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10 numbers you should know from the third round of the British Open

By Mike O'Malley

By Mike O'Malley

HOYLAKE, England -- Doing the math on the third round at Royal Liverpool:
2: Tees used for the start of the round. Because of the ominous weather forecast, players started off the first and 10th tees for the first time in Open history. "I think it's the second-best decision the R&A made this year," said Rory McIlroy. "The first being bringing the Open back to Portrush." Added Keegan Bradley: "It was strange. I was kind of up at 10, 10:30 last night thinking I'd be off at 11. Then all of a sudden I'm first off, 5:30 wake-up. But it was fun playing with Phil and Duf. Come all the way over to Europe, and sure enough to play with Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner, like we do all the time."
6: Strokes over par this week for Tiger Woods on the first two holes, which the members play as 17 and 18: two doubles, three bogeys, one birdie and no pars.

7 or 8: There was momentary confusion over Henrik Stenson's score on the par-5 16th. "I think my caddie got confused," said Stenson, who shot a 73 for the day. "It was three bunker shots -- two in the first and one in the second . . . Myself and playing partner and scorer got it down for a 7" after the man on the bag's initial estimate was 8. "So he obviously wanted to make the day even worse," Stenson said.
17: Major winners making the cut, and how they fared: Darren Clarke (67), Rory McIlroy (68), Graeme McDowell (68), Adam Scott (69), Justin Rose (69), Keegan Bradley (69), Angel Cabrera (70), Jim Furyk (71), Zach Johnson (71), Phil Mickelson (71), Martin Kaymer (72), Charl Schwartzel (72), Tiger Woods (73), Stewart Cink (73), Jason Dufner (74), Tom Watson (75), Louis Oosthuizen (76).
18: Birdies for the week by Rickie Fowler, leading the field (five on Thursday, five on Friday and eight on Saturday).
36: Miles that Tom Watson estimates he has walked this week. "That's a lot of walking," said Watson, 64. "That keeps you in pretty darn good shape." Watson, by the way, has opened all three rounds with a birdie (3s at the par-4 first on Thursday and Friday, and a 4 at the par-5 10th on Saturday).
50: Estimated money games in practice rounds that have involved Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner. "Maybe more," Bradley said.
67: Best round for Darren Clarke in the Open since a third-round 67 at St. Andrews in 2005. Clarke went 68-68-69-70 to win at Royal St. George's in 2011. Diet and workouts have played a part. "If you've got 50 pounds or 60 pounds sitting in front of your gut, you're going to swing a lot slower through the ball than what you would do otherwise," Clarke said. "And I kept leaving the club behind me." His post-round plans? "Not quite Jane Fonda's workout, but I'll probably go to the gym this afternoon and lift … 0, 25 minutes." And as for the diet? "I'll probably have a couple of glasses of wine, but that's about it. I'm not a teetotaler angel or anything. Far from that."

clarke-mike-518.jpg237: Rory McIlroy's yardage on his second shot to the 18th hole. He hit a 5-iron to 11 feet and made it for an eagle.
248: Rory McIlroy's yardage on his second shot to the 16th hole. He hit a 4-iron to 21 feet and made it for an eagle.