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Carnoustie is hosting its seventh Open Championship. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Carnoustie is hosting its seventh Open Championship. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Number Crunch: 2007 Open Championship

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The Open Championship has generated some eyebrow-raising numbers since it was first played in 1860. Mark Spoor unveils some of the most amazing numbers posted by players ranging from Old Tom Morris to Tom Weiskopf to Tom Watson.

By Mark Spoor, Coordinating Producer

The Open Championship began at Prestwick in 1860, when eight players challenged for the title over three rounds of a 12-hole course. Since then, the Open has posted many intriguing and interesting numbers.

With more to come.


10: The number of players who have won the Open Championship in their first attempt. The most recent of these was Ben Curtis at Sandwich in 2003. Interestingly enough, it happened twice at Carnoustie, this year's venue. Ben Hogan won in his first try in 1953 and Tom Watson raised the Claret Jug in his 1975 debut.


13: The number of strokes Old Tom Morris won The Open by in 1862, the largest margin of victory in Open history.


1: The number of Open champions who have posted the exact same score for all four rounds. Denny Shute won with four 73s in 1933.

3: The number of players who have won Open Championships in three different decades. Harry Vardon won in 1896, 1903 and 1911. J.H Taylor won in 1894, 1900 and 1913 and Gary Player was victorious in 1959, 1968, and 1974.

5: The number of winners who were the outright leader after each round: Ted Ray, 1912; Bobby Jones, 1927; Gene Sarazen, 1932; Henry Cotton, 1934; Tom Weiskopf, 1973.

6: The number of times Harry Vardon won the Open, the most of any player. Four players have won it five times: James Braid (1901, '05, '06, '08, 10), J. H. Taylor (1894, '95, 1900, '09, '13), Peter Thomson (1954, '55, '56, '58, '65), Tom Watson, (1975, '77, '80, '82, '83).

7: The number of times Jack Nicklaus finished second at the Open Championship (1964, '67, '68, '72, '76, '77, '79).

16: The number of Open appearances made by Nick Faldo before his first victory in 1994. That's the most appearances before a first win in Open history.

16: The number of top-five Open Championship finishes by Jack Nicklaus and J.H. Taylor, the most of any player.

17: In years, the age of Young Tom Morris when he won the Open Championship in 1938, the youngest winner in Open history.

20: The largest stroke difference by one player in back-to-back rounds in Open Championship history. R.G. French shot a 71 in the second round and a 91 in the third round of the 1938 tournament.

27: The number of times that St. Andrews has hosted the Open Championship, the most of any course. Carnoustie will be hosting its seventh Open Championship this year.

28: The lowest nine-hole score in Open Championship history, done by Denis Durnian, in the opening round at Royal Birkdale in 1983.

35: The number of rounds under 70 carded by Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo at the Open, Championship the most of any player.

46: The age in years of Old Tom Morris when he won the Open Championship in 1867, the oldest winner in tournament history.

63: The lowest single-round score in Open Championship history, done six times, (Mark Hayes, second round Turnberry, 1977; Isao Aoki, third round Muirfield, 1980; Greg Norman, second round Turnberry, 1986; Paul Broadhurst, third round St Andrews, 1990; Jodie Mudd, fourth round Royal Birkdale, 1991; Nick Faldo, second round and Payne Stewart, fourth round Royal St George's, 1993).

148: The number of rounds under 70 turned in during the 1994 Open Championship at Turnberry, the most of any Open Championship.

267: The lowest winning score in tournament history, done by Greg Norman at Royal St. Georges in 1993.

750,000: In British pounds, the winner's check for this year's tournament ($1,508,925).

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