Golf Monthly looks at some interesting facts and figures ahead of the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews
The Open 2015: by the numbers
Below, we look at some stand-out facts and figures surrounding The Open Championship and St Andrews, the Home of Golf.
0 – The number of bunkers Tiger Woods found at St Andrews on his way to the title in 2000.
1 – Round Jordan Spieth has played at St Andrews – a practice round before 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen.
2 – The number of Major titles Jordan Spieth has won before the age of 22. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy managed one between them at this age.
4 – Number of shots Bobby Jones took in Hill bunker on the 11th hole at the St Andrews Open in 1921 before ripping up his card and walking off.
6 – The number of times Harry Vardon won the Open – a record. James Braid, John Henry Taylor, Peter Thomson, and Tom Watson all have five wins.
7 – Jack Nicklaus has been runner-up at the Open a record seven times.
7 – The number of double greens on the course at St Andrews.
8 – The number of players who took part in the first Open, played at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860.
9 – The number of strokes Tommy Nakajima took on the Road hole during the third round of the 1978 Open. He was tied for the lead when he putted his ball into the famous Road bunker then took four strokes to get out.
17 – In 1868 ‘Young’ Tom Morris became the youngest golfer to win the Open at 17 years and five months old.
19 – The number of strokes Tiger Woods finished under par for the 2000 Championship at St Andrews – still a record for any Major.
22 – The number of holes at St Andrews before it changed to 18 in 1764. This move influenced other courses and led to the traditional format.
23 – Years since an Englishman won The Open – Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992.
29 – This year will be the 29th time The Open is held at St Andrews. The first was in 1873 and won by Tom Kidd who took away a prize of £11 for his troubles.
36th – Jordan Spieth’s best finish from his two Open starts.
40 – Years since Tom Watson’s first of his five Open wins. He bows out at St Andrews this year at the age of 65. None of his wins came at The Home of Golf, however.
46 – The most number of Open appearances set by Gary Player.
46 – ‘Old’ Tom Morris became the oldest golfer to win the Open at 46 years and 99 days old in 1867.
62 – The Old Course record – Victor Dubuisson, George Coetzee (2012), Paul Casey (2013), Tommy Fleetwood, Louis Oosthuizen (2014)
63 – Rory McIlroy’s first round score at St Andrews in 2010, equalling the lowest score at a Major.
74 – ‘Old’ Tom Morris is the oldest player to play in the Open at 74 years, 11 months, and 24 days, in 1896.
112 – The number of bunkers on the Old Course.
144 – It is the 144th staging of the Open Championship this year.
156 – The number of players who will contest this year’s tournament.
£170 – 2015 summer green fee for visitors to the Old Course. St Andrews residents can get an annual membership for £187.
7,279 – The yardage of the par 72 Old Course.
£1,150,000 – How much the winner of this year’s Open will take home, up £175,000 from last year. It’s the first time the competition’s winner will win over £1 million. Jack Nicklaus won just £5,250 for his win at St Andrews back in 1970.