It was a record, of sorts, for the first day of the Open Championship.
John Bickerton played the first 12 holes with nothing worse and nothing better than a par on his card.
How many of those 12 pars were birdie chances? "Proper birdie chances?" Yes. "Six or seven."
And there was the story of the Droitwich golfer's round of 75.
"I couldn't hole a thing," he said. "My score was not a decent reflection of how I played."
His first dropped shot came when his second shot kicked straight left on the 13th. On the 14th his ball had ricocheted 30ft through the green.
Not one birdie all day but he was desperately unlucky on the 18th. His drive travelled through the Valley of Sin, appeared briefly on the green and then, with all the spite the gods could muster, it disappeared back down again. Leaving Bickerton with a fiendish putt which he couldn't get closer than 12ft from the pin.
The wind, stronger than in the morning, seemed to him to be a cross wind on every hole but he had coped. Until he got on the greens on which his ball, late in the afternoon, had started to rock.
"But it's nice to be here," said this cheerful soul before hauling his putter off to the practice green.
Robert Rock hit his drive to the 18th to a position pin high and 60ft from the hole. Two putts and he had secured his birdie.
He also birdied the 15th and he signed for a 73.
Decent day's work, surely. Perish the suggestion.
"I was dreadful," said the Lichfield man. "Absolutely useless. That score was the very best it could possibly have been."
Why so? "Because of my driver. I couldn't get it anywhere near a fairway."
Rock's problem, it seems, is exacerbated when he plays in the left to right wind that was present yesterday.
"That's how it is in the wind; I knew that before I came here.
"A left to right wind exaggerates my swing faults and I was forced into using a threewood on the back nine."
He then dragged his caddy, Adam McCandless off to the practice range to try to find some answers. 'You drive for show' is not a philosophy that impresses Rock. But his mood did brighten when he contemplated this morning's start time.
"I'm off at 6.40 and perhaps the wind won't be up by then."
Rob Steele, the Warwickshire amateur, took his putter to his third shot at the par-four second and needed it twice more after that.
But he sank a 15ft putt for birdie at the next before reaching the turn in two over. He had been condemned to a 3.37 start and thus caught the worst of the weather and a double bogey at the 13th did considerable damage to his round of 78.
* John Daly last night explained why he missed the champions dinner traditionally held before the Open championship at St Andrews.
The dinner was held on Tuesday evening and several former champions not playing this week - including Seve Ballesteros, Peter Thomson, Bob Charles and Gary Player - attended along with the likes of defending champion Todd Hamilton and 2000 winner Tiger Woods.
"I didn't bring a coat or anything," said the 1995 Open champion, who shot a one-under-par 71 yesterday.
"I didn't think about it. I'm not into the dinners, man. You can't get a coat and a tie on this fat boy!