Phil Mickelson

Sod, silversmith and a funky clubhouse all in play at Open

The British Open is not only golf's longest running major championship, it's also the most quirky. Simply put, it's like nothing you'll see any other week in the largely cookie cutter world of tournament golf.

Not to worry, for those tuning in and wondering what they're seeing. Here's a guide to things you'll need to know this week:

IT'S THE OPEN: Never mind that there are hundreds of tournaments that use the word "Open." This is the British version — and the oldest of all the Opens — but it seems a bit presumptuous that the Royal & Ancient refuses to call it anything but The Open. Former champion Nick Faldo joked recently that the name will soon be shortened...