Number of years that Rory McIlroy has served as tournament host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which begins Thursday at Ballyliffin (Ireland) Golf Club. This will be the final year as the Irish Open frontman for McIlroy, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland whose foundation hosts the tournament (tee times).
Number of qualifiers, out of 288 contestants at four Final Qualifying sites in the United Kingdom, who earned berths in the British Open. Among the dozen, South Africa’s Retief Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, shot rounds of 71 and 72 to win one of three spots at Prince’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England. The British Open will be played July 19-22 at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links (scores).
Number of times in 16 career rounds at the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic that Bubba Watson has shot in the 60s, yet he has finished no better than T-13 in the event. Watson, who enters this week’s tournament at Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort, will be making his first start since he rallied from six shots off the pace two weeks ago to win the Travelers Championship. Watson has a second home near the resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (tee times).