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On the Number: December

Numbers rule our lives. Check your watch. Your paycheck. Your scorecard.

Your GHIN sticker.

Without numbers, birdies would only be animals.

So with that in mind, take your time in reviewing some of golf’s most important numbers from the last month or so:

1.58 – The amount in dollars that Tiger Woods made every half-second in December. (More on that later.)

112 – Number of strokes taken by South African amateur Marius Scholtz to finish one round of the Sunshine Tour’s Q-School.

71 – Bob Charles’ age on Nov. 30, when he became the oldest man to ever make the cut in a major non-seniors tour at the New Zealand Open.

1,000 – Days until the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales, according to a press release sent Jan. 4 by the European Tour.

2:22 – Time, in hours, it took Brett Wetterich to finish the final round of the Target World Challenge. Wetterich teed off in the first group and flew solo after Rory Sabbatini’s controversial WD.

2:10 – Time, in hours, Wetterich said he has made it around TPC River Highlands at the Travelers Championship, the fastest round he’s ever played on Tour.

170,000 – Amount in dollars that Sabbatini collected for his WD at the Target World Challenge.

385 – The distance, in yards, of Mike Dobbyns’ winning drive at the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship on Christmas Day.

394 – The distance, in yards, of senior champion Frank Miller’s record-breaking 394-yard poke.

2 – Number of bullets that Boo Weekley forgot to take out of his carry-on before going to the airport last week. Weekley was red-flagged – meaning authorities will be watching him – and eventually released.

17 – Number of times Weekley said the word “ain’t” during his Wednesday press conference at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

3 – Number of times Weekley used the word “sushi.”

1 – Number of times Weekley used the word “heinie.” (Weekley was describing where exactly he received shots for shoulder pain from a recent ladder accident.)

5 – Size, in carats, of the diamond Greg Norman put on Chris Evert’s ring finger after she accepted his proposal.

65,000,000 – The amount in dollars at which Norman is offering his 7.4-acre South Florida estate.

5,000,000 – The amount in dollars at which Norman bought the estate for in 1991.

39 – The average Golfweek/Sagarin ranking of the nine players currently in the top-10 of the U.S. Ryder Cup points standings, excluding Tiger Woods. Included on the list are Joe Durant (No. 163), Woody Austin (No. 50), and Hunter Mahan (No. 48).

82 – The average Golfweek/Sagarin ranking of the nine players currently in the top-10 of the European Ryder Cup points standings, excluding top-ranked Justin Rose. Notable players include Steven Webster (No. 289) and Daniel Chopra, who is ranked 96th after his Mercedes-Benz Championship win last week.

Bonus numbers:

273,972 – The amount in dollars that Tiger Woods makes in a day, based on a 2007 report on Forbes.com that lists Woods’ earned $100 million over a 12-month period.

Based on that same salary, Woods makes $11,415.52 an hour, $190.25 a minute, and $3.17 a second. For the 4,146 total strokes he took in 2007, Woods earned $24,119.63 per shot.

– Ray McCarthy, Dan Mirocha, Eric Soderstrom

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