Thursday, 03 July 2014
Graeme McDowell  (Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell (Getty Images)

Following an excellent first day at Le Golf National, take a statistical look back at the best of the numbers...


64 - Leader Kevin Stadler's opening round which featured 7 birdies

0 – Bogeys in a blemish-free effort from the American, the only flawless round on day 1

1 - This is Stadler's first ever visit to France

65 – 2012 Open de France winner Marcel Siem’s first round total

8 - Amount of birdies for Siem on his way to the 6 under par opening round

4 – Birdies in a row for Jamie Donaldson from the 12th to 15th on his way to a 67

68 - Stephen Gallacher’s previous best round at Alstom Open de France before carding 66 on Thursday

9 - Nationalities inside the top ten (1 American, 1 German, 3 Scots, 1 Chilean, 1 Welshman, 2 Italians, 2 Frenchmen, 1 Finn, 3 Englishmen)

17 - Combined number of shots the afternoon marquee group of Victor Dubuisson (7), Martin Kaymer (6) and Graeme McDowell (4) took on the par 4 first hole today

5 - Shots Kristoffer Broberg dropped in his last 2 holes as the Swede finished bogey-quadruple bogey to sign for a 1 under par 70

500 – European Tour appearances now for David Howell, who today became the second youngest player in history to join the ‘500 club’

206 - Number of starts Howell remains behind record-holder Sam Torrance

3 – 3s in a row from the 5th to the 7th for Matthew Fitzpatrick as the youngster continues to impress on The European Tour

9 – Petr Gal's score at the par four 13th - the largest of the day

3 – Double bogeys in a row for current Race To Dubai Number 1 Thomas Bjorn from 16 to 18

18 - Shots between first and last place following the first round at Le Golf National

30 - Players under par on Thursday

3,000,000 - Euros up for grabs in prize money at this week's Open de France, making it the richest of the Continental Open Championships

1906 - Inaugural year of the championship, which is this week in its 98th edition with 22 of those having been played here at Le Golf National

30 - Top temperature in degrees celcius on a beautiful first day in Versailles

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-5
T2JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-4
4KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-3
T5BALDWIN, MatthewENG18-2

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