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9 numbers you should know from the second round of the British Open

By Mike O'Malley

HOYLAKE, England -- Doing the math on the second round at Royal Liverpool:
 
1: Pheasants interrupting Rory McIlroy on the eighth green.
 
2: Strokes taken by Sergio Garcia at the par-4 second. It was the same hole Garcia eagled in the third round of the 2006 Open, when he shot a front-nine 29, just a stroke off Denis Durnian's Open record set on the front nine at Royal Birkdale in 1983.
 
2: Golf balls lost by Miguel Angel Jimenez in his 73, including a triple-bogey 7 at the eighth hole. Said Jimenez: "Two lost balls, you cannot score."

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7: Birdies by Dustin Johnson in his 65 (with no bogeys).
 
13: Major champions missing the cut (Justin Leonard, Bubba Watson, John Daly, Ben Curtis, Y.E. Yang, Todd Hamilton, Ernie Els, David Duval, Padraig Harrington, Webb Simpson, Nick Faldo, Paul Lawrie, Sandy Lyle).
 
17: Major champions making the cut (Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Darren Clarke, Martin Kaymer, Angel Cabrera, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods).
 
22: Strokes over par by Bryden Macpherson after his first 22 holes in the Open. His Thursday 90 was the highest round in the Open since Ian Baker-Finch opened with a 92 at Troon in 1997. Macpherson improved by 10 strokes Friday for an 80. "Well," he said, "today was better."
 
28: Happy birthday, George Coetzee. He made three consecutive birdies (13 through 15) for a share of the lead before finishing with a 69 to tie his best score in 12 Open rounds. In 2011 at Royal St. George's, Coetzee opened with two 69s and finished 15th. "At one stage of my career," he laughed, "I averaged 69s for majors."

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39: Open Championships for 1985 winner Sandy Lyle, who shot 82-84 to miss the cut. Friday's 84 was one off Lyle's Open high, an 85 at Carnoustie in 1999 -- when that was pretty much even par.

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