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9 numbers you should know from the final round of the Open

By Mike O'Malley

HOYLAKE, England -- Doing the math on the fourth round at Royal Liverpool:
 
1: Remaining major victory needed for Rory McIlroy to achieve the career Grand Slam, after eight-shot blowouts in the U.S. Open and PGA and Sunday's two-stroke win in the Open. As if the Masters needs anything extra to get people jacked up. "I really don't have any doubt that he'll win there," said Rickie Fowler, who tied for second at Hoylake. "Definitely fits his game. It's hard to say that there's really any course that doesn't suit him when he's on his game." But, Fowler added, "It would be nice if I can get him first there."
 
2: Rory McIlroy's trigger words for this week: "process" and "spot." As in, focus on the process, not the result, and pick your spot on the green and roll it over that spot.

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9: Number of top-10 finishes in majors for Rory McIlroy in 24 appearances. Masters: T-8 this year at Augusta National. U.S. Open: won in 2011 (Congressional) and T-10 in 2009 (Bethpage). The Open: won in 2014 (Hoylake) and T-3 in 2010 (St. Andrews). PGA: Won in 2012 (Kiawah), T-3 in 2009 (Hazeltine) and 2010 (Whistling Straits) and T-8 in 2013 (Oak Hill).
 
17: How the major winners who made the cut played the final round:  Jim Furyk, 65; Adam Scott, 66; Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera, 67; Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson, 68; Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, 69; Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner, 71;  Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen, 72; Darren Clarke, 73; Tiger Woods, 75, Martin Kaymer, 79.
 
24: Additional strokes Tiger Woods took versus his winning total at Hoylake in 2006, when he had rounds of 67-65-71-67 (270). He finished this week at 69-77-73-75 (294). Woods played Hoylake's four par 5s in 14 under par in 2006 but was only six under on the par 5s this week.
 
45: Years to the day separating man first landing on the moon and McIlroy winning the Open. The day after the landing in 1969, Neil Armstrong made "one small step … one giant leap." Rory? With the Open win, let's just say he's over the moon.
 
68: Tom Watson's score at age 64. After an opening bogey, Watson made 12 pars and five birdies, including a birdie 4 at the home hole. "You feel lighter," Watson said. "You don't feel like you have a burden that you're taking with you. Keep it running, keep the engine running, if you can. Wake up every morning not in too much pain, and go from there."
 
79: Martin Kaymer's final round, the worst of the day. A month after beating everyone in the U.S. Open by eight or more, Kaymer finished 70th, ahead of only two players who made the cut.
 
2015: Next year's Open, at the Old Course at St. Andrews. Can't wait.

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