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18 numbers you should know from the first round of the British Open

By Mike O'Malley

By Mike O'Malley

HOYLAKE, England -- Doing the math on the first round at Royal Liverpool:
0: Number of Beatles that Bubba Watson is able to identify, even if you spot him John, Paul and George.
1: Clubs snapped by Henrik Stenson. (In the September issue of Golf Digest, Stenson tells Guy Yocom, "I've lost count of how many drivers, fairway woods and wedges I've murdered.")

2: Drivers hit by Matteo Manassero in a five-under-par 67.
3: Consecutive birdies (11 through 13) by Tiger Woods (69).
4:11 (a.m.): When David Howell, in the first group, woke up for his 6:25 a.m. tee time. Said Robert Karlsson, who shot a 69 in that group with Howell (72) and David Duval (73): "The stands were full. I was very impressed. I would not have been there."
7: Birdies by both Brooks Koepka (68) and Matteo Manassero (67).
8: Combined under-par total by true bros Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, both with 68s.

 9: Score that Henrik Stenson made at the 16th hole at Hoylake in the third round of the 2006 Open. (No report available on any broken clubs.)
13 (tie): Best Open finish by Matteo Manassero, when he was a 16-year-old amateur at Turnberry in 2009, playing with Tom Watson, then 59.
25: Birdies for the week by Chris DiMarco to lead the field in the 2006 Open at Hoylake.
66: Rory McIlroy's first-round score.
74.825: Rory McIlroy's second-round scoring average in the Open.
76: Score by Sir Nick Faldo (or, as Dan Jenkins would say, "Low Knight in the field.")
78: Score by local factory worker John Singleton. "It's the Open, isn't it?" Singleton said. "And it's home as well. So it's something special, and I can keep that one with me for the rest of my life."

 79: A tie for the second-worst score by Ernie Els in his 24 Opens. He shot a second-round 79 to miss the cut at St. Andrews in 2010, and in 2008 at Royal Birkdale, Els went 80-69-74-69 to finish T-7.
90: 18-over-par score by former British Amateur champ Bryden Macpherson on nines of 41-49: 0 birdies, eight pars, five bogeys, three doubles, one triple and one quad.
237: Yards that Tiger Woods muscled a shot out of rough and onto the green at the 17th  with no apparent damage to his surgically repaired back.
230,000: Open-week record for spectators (2006 at Hoylake and 2000 at St. Andrews, both wins by Tiger Woods).