Thursday, 16 January 2014
Romain Wattel  (Getty Images)
Romain Wattel (Getty Images)

After an enthralling opening day in the UAE, took a numerical, and sometimes sideways, look at the key numbers from the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

67 – The low round of the day, shot by 3 players (Matthew Baldwin, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Romain Wattel)

0 – Frenchman Wattel was blemish-free in his opening 5 under par round

32 – The low 9 of the day set on the back by Cabrera-Bello

4 – Shots 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley was under par

2 – Shots under par that 4 of the 2012 Medinah heroes were on Thursday (Luke Donald, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy)

3 – Inches short Paul Casey was from a hole in 1 on the 15th- it would have been the 10th ace in the tournament’s history and Casey’s 2nd (his other came in 2011 at the 12th)

85 – Cumulative shots under par Kaymer is now in 25 rounds at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after his first round 70

21 – Of those have been rounds under par

5 – Birdies all day at the par 4 9th, ranking the hardest hole on Thursday at an average of 4.44

54 – Approximate percentage of the field to birdie the par 5 18th in the first round (68 players), ranking the easiest hole at an average of 4.51

8 – Nationalities in the top ten following the first round including 2 South Africans (George Coetzee, Dawie van der Walt) and 2 Scotsmen (Craig Lee, Marc Warren)

391 – Birdies on day one

0 – Eagles during the opening day’s play; there were only 5 in total last year

1 – Falcon – the famous clubhouse which towers over the closing holes of each 9

51 – Players under par today

15 – The amount of shots between first and last place

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