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Thursday, 09 January 2014
Peter Uihlein  (Getty Images)
Peter Uihlein (Getty Images)

After an intriguing first day at Durban Country Club, europeantour.com took a numerical, and sometimes sideways, look at the key numbers from the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions.

67 – Raphael Jacquelin’s majestic first round score

0 – Bogeys on the Frenchman’s card in the first round – the only player to remain blemish-free

5 – Birdies for the Open de Espana winner on Thursday, including two in succession to finish

22 – Wind gusts in miles per hour facing the field at points on Thursday
 
31 – The highest temperature reached in Durban during the first round

6 – Inches Colin Montgomerie was away from away from holing his tee shot at the short 15th and winning a Volvo Backhoe Loader excavator worth US$75,000

50 – Age of the former Ryder Cup captain – the oldest in the field this week

9 – Nationalities in the top ten following the first round

4 – Eagles on Thursday (Darren Fichardt, Simon Thornton, Marcel Siem, Victor Dubuisson)

8 – Fichardt’s score on the par five tenth

40 – Pounds Darren Clarke estimates he has lost in weight over the last few months

16 – Players who broke par in the first round

12 – The amount of shots between first and last place

1 – The number of birdies all day on the 387-yard par four first (Miguel Angel Jimenez)

5 – The hardest hole on the course, ranking at an average of 4.56

18 – The easiest hole on the course, ranking at an average of 3.36

12 – The unlucky few who didn’t manage to birdie the driveable par four last

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-12
2GRACE, BrandenRSA18-11
T3LUITEN, JoostNED18-10
T3FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-10
T5HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-9
T5JACQUELIN, RaphaëlFRA18-9

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