News & Tours
July 20, 2012

What the stats project for Day 3 at the Open Championship

Ten notable second-round stats that indicate how the Open Championship might unfold Saturday, provided by Golf World contributing writer Brett Avery, who compiles the Rank and File statistical sections for the magazine's coverage of the major championships and other significant events.

-- Relation to par: Snedeker -10, Faldo -12

-- Eagles: Snedeker 0, Faldo 2 (including a 25-yard chip-in at No. 5 Thursday)

-- Birdies: Snedeker 10, Faldo 10

-- Bogeys: Snedeker 0, Faldo 2 (No. 1 Thursday, No. 7 Friday)

-- Lead: Snedeker by one over Adam Scott, Faldo by three over Gordon Brand Jr. and John Cook

Faldo's 130 broke the longstanding mark of 132 set by Henry Cotton in 1932 at Royal St. George's and tied by Faldo (67-65) and Greg Norman (66-66) in 1990 at St. Andrews. Faldo shot two-under 69 in the third round at Muirfield to total 199, tying his own 54-hole record from two years earlier at the Old Course. And his closing 73 gave him a one-shot victory over Cook (66-67-70-70), making only his third Open start -- but first in a dozen years. Faldo made it dramatic Sunday with bogeys at the 11th, 13th and 14th before birdies at the 15th and 17th. Those dropped shots cost him the honor of being the first man in Open history with four rounds in the 60s.

--10 under: Snedeker is ranked 29th

--Nine under: Scott 13th

--Six under: Tiger Woods fourth

--Five under: Thorbjorn Olesen 112th

--Four under: Paul Lawrie 31st, Matt Kuchar eighth, Graeme McDowell 12th, Jason Dufner seventh

--Three under: Ernie Els 40th, Thomas Aiken 136th

--Two under: Steven Alker (a local qualifier) T-789th, Luke Donald first, Steve Stricker 14th, Jim Morrison 218th.

-- Brett Avery