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The Open by Numbers

By: | Sun 15 Jul 2018 | Comments


2018 Open Preview & Picks

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89 Sergio Garcia’s second round at Carnoustie in 1999
67 Paul Lawrie’s final round at Carnoustie in 1999
6 Padraig Harrington’s score at the final hole in 2007 - it meant he finished tied with Sergio Garcia, whom he beat in a playoff.
62 Branden Grace’s third round at Birkdale in 2017
4 The most consecutive Open wins, by Young Tom Morris from 1868 to 1872 - the championship was not held in 1871.
5 Number of Claret Jugs won by Tom Watson and the late Peter Thomson
6 The sixth hole at Carnoustie is named Hogan’s Alley after the preferred route taken on the hole by 1953 champion Ben Hogan.
7 Carnoustie has hosted the Open on seven previous occasions.
8 Eight players contested the first Open in 1860. This year there will be 156.
156 Numbers of players who will start at Carnoustie
9 The lowest round in relation to par at an Open Championship is nine under, by Paul Broadhurst in 1990 and Rory McIlroy in 2010.
10  Tiger Woods won his last major 10 years ago in the US Open.
10 Paul Lawrie's deficit going into the final round in 1999
11 The 11th hole at Carnoustie, formerly called Dyke, was renamed ‘John Philp’ in honour of the retiring course manager in 2012.
12 Early Open Championships were played over a 12-hole course, with three rounds.
13 The record winning margin at The Open, by Old Tom Morris in 1862 over the 36-hole format.


14 The 14th hole at Carnoustie is named Spectacles due to the two bunkers which come into play if the hole is into the wind or players miss the fairway.
15 In 15 years, from 1966 to 1980, Jack Nicklaus finished no worse than sixth in the Open.
16 In two Opens at Carnoustie, including one he won in a play-off, Tom Watson failed to make a par once on the tough 16th, a par three measuring 248 yards.
17 The age of Justin Rose when he finished fourth in the 1998 Open at Royal Birkdale while still an amateur - it remains his best performance at The Open
18 Van de Velde needed to play the 18th in the final round in 1999 in six shots or fewer to seal victory, but took a triple-bogey seven and eventually lost out to Lawrie in the playoff


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