Fans look on as Tiger Woods plays his shot at the BMW Championship golf tournament. Photo: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES – Some interesting facts and figures from the 42nd Ryder Cup as we count down to Friday at Le Golf National:

270,000: Number of spectators expected to attend the week's activities.

90: Number of nations from which people will travel for the event.

43: Percentage of ticket buyers who will be French.

7: Percentage of Americans making the trek to support team USA.

Team USA's Tiger Woods and fans during practice. Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters
Team USA's Tiger Woods and fans during practice. Photo: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

41: Number of prior Ryder Cups, with the Americans leading the all-time rivalry 26-13 with two drawn.

19: Number of matches since the British and Irish squad was expanded to a full European side. Europe are 10-8 with one drawn in that span.

82: Number of players who have played for Team Europe.

133.5: Number of points won by English players since 1979, more than any other European nation.

12: Number of nations that have represented the European team.

22: Record number of Ryder Cup matches won by Arnold Palmer.

25: Highest number of points recorded by a Ryder Cup player, achieved by England's Nick Faldo.

England's Sir Nick Faldo in action during the first round of the Senior Open Championship. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters
England's Sir Nick Faldo in action during the first round of the Senior Open Championship. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

52: Age of Ray Floyd when he became the oldest player in Ryder Cup history in 1993.

19: Age of Sergio Garcia in 1999 when he became the youngest player in Ryder Cup history.

34,000: The number of cars parked at park and ride spaces during Ryder Cup week.

3.4: The millimetres in height the grass on the greens will be cut.

8: The mm height of the fairway cut.

98: The mm height of the deepest rough.

9: The number of holes at le Golf National featuring water hazards.

25: The number of years since the USA won on European soil, in 1993 at The Belfry in England.

1,350: The number of volunteer workers at the event this week, from more than 50 nations. They range in age from 18 to 82.

6,900: Approximate number of seats at the first tee.

11,063: The number of seats in 10 grandstands across the course.

Spectators watch from the first fairway during a practice round in preparation for the 2013 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters
Spectators watch from the first fairway during a practice round in preparation for the 2013 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

18: The number of Jumbotron video screens spread across the course.

7,183: The length of the course in yards.

25: The kilometres of rope used to mark off the course areas for spectators and players. Also 9km of fencing and 16.5km of crowd control barriers.

5,250: The number of white stakes used to secure the ropes.

356: The number of club car buggies used on the course, most notably by the US and European teams but also by sponsors, television and caterers.

500,000: The approximate number of litres of water used each day.

8,000: The approximate number of hospitality area meals to be served during competition days Friday through Sunday.

Agence France-Presse (AFP)