Stats & Info: The Masters

Top stats to know: Masters preview

April, 8, 2014

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesDefending champion Adam Scott looks to become the fourth player to win the Masters in back-to-back years.
The Masters gets underway on Thursday, with ESPN's coverage beginning on Wednesday. Even without Tiger Woods in the mix, there are plenty of storylines coming out of Augusta.

Here are some of the top statistical storylines we'll be covering.

Defending Champ
Adam Scott is the defending champion. He’s attempting to become the fourth player to win this event in back-to-back years, joining Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Tiger Woods (2001-02).

In the last eight majors, Scott is the only player to make the cut in all eight and post a combined score under par (-4).

Phil has a good history
Phil Mickelson is seeking to become the fourth player to win four Masters titles. Since 2001, Mickelson has won the Masters three times and finished in the Top 5 nine times.

This is the first Masters since 1994 in which Tiger Woods will not compete. Woods has finished in the Top 6 eight times in the last nine Masters’.

McIlroy doesn’t have a good history
Last year was a lost year of majors for Rory McIlroy, as he never really found himself in contention and didn’t finish better than seven shots behind the winner.

At the Masters, McIlroy has more rounds of 76 or worse (5) than he does in the 60s (4). Four of those rounds of 76 or worse have come in his last five weekend rounds at Augusta (beginning with his final round 80 in 2011).

The last 21 majors (beginning with Padraig Harrington at the 2008 PGA Championship) have been won by 19 different players. The only repeat winners during this stretch are McIlroy and Mickelson. Fifteen of the champions during this stretch have been first-time major winners, including 12 of the last 15 majors.

First-Round Leader
Just one player in the last 29 years has won the Masters after holding at least a share of the first-round lead. That was Trevor Immelman who shared the first-round lead in 2008 with Justin Rose. The last player to win the Masters after holding the outright first-round lead was Ben Crenshaw in 1984.

36-Hole Leader
Just two players in the last 14 years have won the Masters after holding the 36-hole lead. Trevor Immelman held a one-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker after the second round in 2008, while Mike Weir held a 4-shot lead after 36 holes in 2003 and went on to win in a playoff over Len Mattiace.

Best Bet on Sunday
The eventual Masters champion has come out of the final Sunday pairing 19 out of the last 23 years, but each of the last three winners --Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012) and Adam Scott (2013) – have come from outside that pairing.

Cream Rises to the Top
Since 1986, the Masters has been won 17 times by a player with an Official World Golf Ranking in the top 10, more than any other major.

Nine key holes for Tiger at Masters

April, 3, 2012

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesThe 16th hole is the only par-3 at Augusta National Golf Club where Tiger Woods has shot below par in 15 professional trips to the Masters.
Earlier today, Farrell Evans postulated that the key for Tiger Woods at the Masters will be his play on the par-3s and par-4s. Stats & Information looks at the holes that are most important for Tiger to tame this weekend.

1st Hole, Tea Olive (Par 4, 445 yards)
Don't be surprised if Woods struggles on the first hole Thursday. Tiger has birdied the first just four times in his professional career and has shot over par 19 times. Woods’ 16-over on the first since 1997 is his worst cumulative score on any hole at Augusta.

3rd Hole, Flowering Peach (Par 4, 350 yards)
The shortest par-4 on the course, Woods has shot 8-under on the third, tied for his best score on Augusta’s par-4s. His 16 birdies are his most on any par-4 on the course.

4th Hole, Flowering Crab Apple (Par 3, 240 yards)
The longest par-3 on the course is also Tiger's least favorite. His 13-over on the fourth since 1997 is his worst on any of Augusta’s par-3s and his second-worst hole on the course. Woods hasn’t birdied the fourth since the second round of the 2004 Masters, his longest birdie drought on any hole at Augusta.

10th Hole, Camellia (Par 4, 495 yards)
There are five holes at Augusta that Woods has played seven over par or worse in his pro career, including the first three holes on the back nine. Woods hasn’t birdied the 10th twice in a single Masters.

11th Hole, White Dogwood (Par 4, 505 yards)
The 11th hole has been Woods’ third-most likely bogey hole at Augusta. Tiger hasn’t birdied the 11th since the fourth round of the 2008 Masters.

12th Hole, Golden Bell (Par 3, 155 yards)
Despite being the shortest par-3 at Augusta, Woods has carded three double bogeys or worse on the 12th in his pro career, his most on any hole of the course. Woods has birdied the 12th just once in the 2000s (2005, third round).

14th Hole, Chinese Fir (Par 4, 440 yards)
Woods is 1-under par on the 14th in his pro career, his closest hole to par on the course. Tiger shot 2-under on 14 in 2011, the first time he had done so since his first Masters win in 1997.

16th Hole, Redbud (Par 3, 170 yards)
Woods has shot par at the 16th 49 out of 60 times (82 percent), his highest par rate on the course. Woods has scored par in each round of his last two Masters.

17th Hole, Nandina (Par 4, 440 yards)
Tiger has shot 5-over on 17 in the final round (compared to 3-under in the first three rounds) and has never birdied on Sunday. It’s his second-worst score on a hole in the final round of the Masters.