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British Open 2016: 15 telling stats from the first two days at Royal Troon


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TROON, Scotland -- Before most of the action gets underway in the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Troon, we're breaking down some of the most interesting stats and figures from the first two rounds.

0: Open Championship starts at Royal Troon better than Mickelson’s opening 36-hole score (63-69—132). Lefty broke the previous mark for an Open here of 133 set by Bobby Clampett (1982) & Darren Clarke (1997). The best 36-hole start ever in the Open is 130.

0: Rounds lower than 70 in Friday’s afternoon wave of players, compared to 10 rounds in the 60s from players who teed off in the morning. Jason Day and Patton Kizzire shot 70s from the second wave.

1: Number of binder clips worn by players in the field. Phil Mickelson rocked it on Friday and had a classic quote about it: "I know it looks terrible, but it is what it is. I know."

1: Players from Great Britain who enter the third round in the top 15 -- Andrew (Beef) Johnston ... or "Uncle Beef."

5: Number of putts Paul Casey took on the seventh hole Friday—including four putts from inside six feet. You have to see it to believe it.

7: Number of strokes that Henrik Stenson’s opening 133 at Royal Troon improved on his previous-best 36-hole start in an Open Championship, which was 140 at Muirfield in 2013, where he finished third.

9: Top-10s in majors by Stenson -- whose second-round 65 was the lowest score of his major career since 2015, when he opened up with a 65 at Chambers Bay.

12: Number of times Phil Mickelson has held outright or a share of the lead at the end of the first and second rounds on the PGA Tour. He has won eight of those events.

14: Players who made the cut on the number (four-over 146), including Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Danny Willett, Colin Montgomerie, Paul Lawrie and Jim Furyk.

18: Difference in scores between Billy Horschel’s first and second rounds. The former FedEx Cup champ followed his first-round 67 with an 85 on Friday.

23: PGA Tour events since the last player to make the cut on the number would go on to win. Brandt Snedeker accomplished the feat at this year’s Farmers Insurance Open. Interestingly, Snedeker also made the cut on the number this week at Troon.

44: Double bogeys or worse on Railway through two rounds. The 11th hole is by far the toughest hole of the week, with four players posting quintuple-bogey 9s.

81: Number of players who made the cut at four-over 146.

123: Yards of the Postage Stamp -- the shortest hole in the Open rota. That hasn't prevented some big numbers from showing up already at the hole -- which always seems to happen.