Number of champions from the past four years who are competing in the LPGA Lotte Championship, which was underway late Thursday at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. Australian Minjee Lee, the 2016 winner, shot 2-under 70; American Cristie Kerr (2017) posted 71; American Michelle Wie (2014) matched par 72; and South Korean Sei Young Kim (2015) opened with 74. China’s Shanshan Feng, the No. 1 player in the Rolex Rankings, held the early lead at 5-under 67 (scores).
Number of times that Davis Love III has won the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage, which begins today at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (tee times). Love, who will turn 54 on Friday, claimed the 1987, 1991, 1992, 1998 and 2003 editions at Harbour Town during a career in which he has won 21 times on the PGA Tour en route to a 2017 World Golf Hall of Fame induction.
Number of players on the PGA Tour who average 300 or more yards in driving distance, led by Trey Mullinax at 318 yards per drive. On the Web.com Tour, 40 players average 300 or more yards in driving distance, led by Kevin Dougherty at 316.9 yards. The average on both tours is about 294 yards.
Number of years that the Spanish Open has been played, with the 91st edition beginning today at the National Golf Center in Madrid (tee times). The Spaniards will be able to cheer for a strong national contingent, led by Jon Rahm, who is No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and No. 24 Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
Number of career starts for Tom Watson on the Champions Tour, once he tees off Friday in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. (tee times). Watson, 68, has won 14 times on the 50-and-older circuit, ranking tied for 17th all-time. In his World Golf Hall of Fame career, Watson also won 39 times on the PGA Tour to tie for 11th all-time.