WGC Bridgestone Invitational: Some Funny Numbers in Golf

Espen UldalContributor IIIAugust 4, 2011

No one has won more WGC-titles on Firestone than Tiger Woods, but victory number seven is far away.
No one has won more WGC-titles on Firestone than Tiger Woods, but victory number seven is far away.Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

What's in a number?

121 is the number of titles—including majors since 1999—that American players have won on the European Tour after last week’s 2011 Irish Open. English players have won 265, while Spanish players have won 159 (50 by Seve Ballesteros) and Scottish players have taken 127 titles (31 by Colin Montgomerie).

38 is the number of titles that Tiger Woods has won on the European Tour, including his major victory in the 1997 Masters at Augusta National. Phil Mickelson is the second most winning American on the European Tour since 1972 with seven victories. Tom Watson is third with five titles.

10 is the number of first time winners on the PGA Tour so far this year.

4 is the number of players that have notched top-10s in the first two World Golf Championships of 2011. Besides defending champion of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational Hunter Mahan, the others include Cadillac Championship winner Nick Watney, Accenture Match Play Championship winner Luke Donald, along with Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar. Mahan is also one of four past winners of the Bridgestone Invitational in the 2011 field.

13 is the number of titles won on the European Tour by a player from Fiji. Only one golfer from Fiji has ever won on the European Tour, Vijay Singh.

1 is the number of titles that players from Brazil, Chile, Japan, Portugal, Singapore and Switzerland have each won on the European Tour.

2007 was the year Tiger Woods created a European Tour record by winning the tournament for a third consecutive season. He became the first player to win the same event for three consecutive years on two different occasions, having already won the event in 1999, 2000 and 2001 then in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

7 is the amount of times Tiger Woods has won WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Woods won the event for a seventh time in 2009—the first time a player has won an official European Tour event on seven occasions.

4 is the worst place Tiger Woods has ever finished at Firestone. Woods has a remarkable record over the South Course at Firestone. He has played in the tournament 11 times, winning it on seven occasions, he tied for second in 2004, placed fourth in 2002 and tied for fourth in 2003.

35 is the total number of European Tour Members who are playing in the 2011 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Matto Manassero is the only European Tour Member making his debut in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

70 is the number of American players in this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

25 is the number of European players in this week’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

64 is lowest final round by a winner in WGC Bridgestone Invitational—Hunter Mahan holds that record, shooting six under par in 2010.

8 is the number of consecutive years that Phil Mickelson has won on the PGA Tour (2004–2011).

3 is the number of major winners in the field who have also won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational: Tiger Woods (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2009), Stewart Cink (2004) and Darren Clarke (2003).