SAN DIEGO (AP) — A brief look at the 108th U.S. Open golf championship, which starts Thursday (all times EDT):

Course: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South).

Length: 7,643 yards.

Par: 35-36—71.

Format: 72 holes of stroke play.

Field: 156 players (10 amateurs).

Purse: TBA ($7 million in 2007)

Winner's share: TBA ($1.26 million in 2007)

Defending champion: Angel Cabrera.

Earlier this year: Tiger Woods won the Buick Invitational by eight shots for his fourth straight title and sixth overall at Torrey Pines.

Ten years ago: In the only other USGA event held at Torrey Pines, Masters champion Trevor Immelman won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, 3 and 2, over Jason Dufner.

Noteworthy: Woods has not walked 18 holes since having surgery on his left knee two days after the Masters.

Quoteworthy: "I'm good to go. I plan on playing competitive. Come game time on Thursday, I'll be ready." — Tiger Woods.

Key statistic: Eleven players have won the 11 majors held in California.

Key pairing: Thursday, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, 11:06 a.m.

Television: Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., ESPN; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., NBC Sports; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., ESPN. Saturday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., NBC Sports. Sunday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., NBC Sports. Monday playoff (if necessary), Noon to 2 p.m., ESPN; 2 p.m. to the conclusion, NBC Sports.