Stats & Info: Louis Oosthuizen

Top Stats to Know: Open Championship

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Ross Kinnaird/Getty ImagesDefending champion Ernie Els is looking to do something that hasn't been done in over 100 years.
The Open Championship tees off at Muirfield early Thursday morning, with coverage starting at 4 a.m. Eastern on ESPN. To get you ready, we take you through 18 things you need to know.

•  Muirfield is hosting the Open Championship for the 16th time. Among venues currently in the Open Championship rotation, only St. Andrews has hosted more often.

•  Eight of the last 13 leaders after 54 holes have gone on to win the Open Championship. And 11 of the 13 champions were in the Top-3 entering Sunday.

•  The last 19 majors contested have produced 18 different winners. Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship) is the only player to win multiple major titles during this span.

•  Twenty major championships have come and gone since Tiger Woods last victory. That’s twice as long as the next longest drought since Woods played his first full season as a professional in 1997.

•  Tiger missed four of those majors and has only two Top-3 finishes in his last 16 majors. Over his first 46 majors, he had 14 victories and 22 Top-2 finishes.

•  Woods has struggled recently on Saturday and Sunday in the majors. In his last six majors, he is 6-under in the first two rounds and 21-over in rounds three and four. He has not shot a subpar round on the weekend at the Open Championship since 2007.

•  Muirfield is the site of the worst round of Tiger’s major career as a professional. He shot an 81 in the third round in 2002, four shots worse than any other round he’s played at a major as a pro.

•  Ernie Els returns to defend his Open Championship at Muirfield, where he won the last time the Open was contested here. He’s the first player since Greg Norman at Turnberry in 1994 to attempt a title defense while also being the last winner at a particular venue.

•  The only time a golfer successfully defended an Open Championship while also being the last winner at the current course? James Braid at Muirfield in 1906.

•  Rory McIlroy has a history of starting fast at the Open Championship. In five appearances, he has averaged a 67.6 in the first round but slumped to a 72.9 average over the last three rounds.

•  Phil Mickelson hasn’t had much success across the pond – he has only two Top-10 finishes in 19 career Open Championships, and last year was the fourth time he missed the cut.

•  Matt Kuchar is another golfer who isn’t a fan of the Open Championship. He has missed the cut in six of eight appearances, but finished tied for ninth last year.

•  Lee Westwood has never won a major, but has finished in the Top-3 seven times since 2008. Those seven Top-3 finishes without a major title are the most since 1934.

•  Dustin Johnson is the only player under par at the Open Championship in the last two years combined.

•  Johnson is also the only player to finish in the Top 15 each of the last three years.

•  Sergio Garcia has 18 Top-10 finishes in majors, with seven of those coming at the Open Championship.

•  Louis Oosthuizen is one of four South African players to win the Open Championship; the other three have all won multiple times.

•  Only four players have made the cut in each of the last six majors -– Jason Dufner, Adam Scott, Steve Stricker (who is not at Muirfield) and Tiger Woods.
Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesBubba Watson will try to become the rare repeat Masters winner.
With three wins this year, Tiger Woods has regained the No. 1 ranking in the world and dominated the headlines entering the Masters. But 18 majors have been played since Woods last won one, so let’s examine the “Front Nine” and key storylines surrounding other players with a chance to put on the Green Jacket Sunday afternoon.

Don’t Expect Bubba Watson to Repeat
Only three players have repeated as Masters champion and the list reads of golf royalty – Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus.

In fact, each of the last six Masters champions has finished outside the Top 15 each the following year. Considering Watson has just three Top 10s in 20 majors, don’t be surprised to see this trend continue.

The fall – and rise? – of McIlroy
Following a highly publicized equipment switch this season, McIlroy’s game was a work in progress to being the season.

In 2012, McIlroy had five Top-3 finishes and a scoring average of 68.3 entering the Masters. Over his first five events, he did not post a Top-3 finish and his scoring average was nearly three strokes worse than 2012. That was until a runner-up finish in the Valero Texas Open where McIlroy led the field in greens-in-regulation and shot a final round 66.

While McIlroy's game appears to be rounding into form, McIlroy too has had his problems on the weekend at Augusta, putting up Saturday-Sunday scores of 150 and 153 the last two years.

Phil Mickelson looks to equal Arnie and Tiger
Phil Mickelson has his own chase with history going. Mickelson is looking for his fourth Masters title, which is the same number Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods have.

Since 2001, Mickelson has three wins and nine Top-5 finishes at Augusta, which is the same number of wins and one more Top-5 finish than Woods has in that span.

Mickelson’s biggest problem lately? Getting off to a good start.

In his last 11 majors, Mickelson has been over par after the first round in nine of them. His average position on the leaderboard after Round One—62nd.

Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker
The two are linked by near misses both at Augusta and last year at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

Snedeker led after 36 holes, while Scott led by four on the back nine before his historic collapse. But their time is coming.

Scott made the cut in all four majors last year and had the best cumulative score of those players which did. He’s been in the Top 15 in six of the last eight majors and leads the TOUR in par 5 birdie-or-better percentage, an all important stat at Augusta.

If Snedeker is healthy, he also could capture his first major. In his last 16 events, Snedeker has a better scoring average and the same number of Top-5 finishes than Tiger Woods does in that stretch.

If you have won, forget about winning. And if you win, forget about winning
Each of the last six Masters winners did not have a win prior to the Masters the year they won the event. And for the last five Masters champions, it has been a struggle since.

The last five Masters champions have combined for three wins (all by Phil Mickelson) in 327 events since their Masters win.

The last Masters winner not named Mickelson to have a win since capturing the Green Jacket? 2007 winner Zach Johnson.

English Lesson
Luke Donald and Lee Westwood are among the top players in the world, but each is seeking his first major victory. And they couldn’t be any more opposite in their pursuit and shortcoming.

Donald has been a very poor starter in majors, as just five of his last 44 rounds on Thursday and Friday have been under par (31 have been over par). As a result, not surprisingly, Donald has missed the cut or finished outside the Top 20 in 26 of his 38 majors.

Westwood on the other hand has 7 Top 3 finishes in majors since 2008, which is the most by any player in history without a major title. Westwood led the Masters after the first round last year, but given he is 115th in strokes gained putting this year, his putter again could be his undoing.

Greens, Greens and more Greens
If there is one stat which has been the biggest harbinger of Masters success lately, it has been greens in regulation.

Ten of the last 13 Masters champions have been in the Top 4 in GIR for the tournament. And the three which were not – Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera and Mike Weir – were each in the Top 12 in putting.

Some notable names atop the GIR ranking this year include 2012 winner Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker.

Someone new again?
The last 17 majors have been won by 16 different players – only Rory McIlroy has two in that span. And nine of the last eleven major winners were first-time major winners.

Also interesting, since 2009, three players ranked inside the Top 10 have won a major and three players outside the Top 100 have won a major.

Runner-up Need Not Apply
Like Louis Oosthuizen’s chances after losing in a playoff last year?

After reading this, your hopes may be tempered some.

Just once in the last 40 years has someone won the Masters the year after finishing second. That was Ben Crenshaw in 1984. Before that? Jack Nicklaus in 1972.

So while Oosthuizen’s game stamps him as a contender. History says otherwise.

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesAdam Scott has won six of eight events when he's had at least a share of the lead after 54 holes.
Adam Scott will tee off at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday for the first time in his career as the 54-hole leader at a major. Scott’s previous best position entering the final round was a tie for sixth.

Sunday will be the ninth time on the PGA TOUR that Scott has had, at least, a share of the lead after 54 holes. In the previous eight instances, he went on to win six times.

Scott has a four-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell. Since 1990, six players at The Open Championship have a lead of at least four shots after 54 holes. Only one, Jean Van de Velde in 1999, failed to win.

In the last 16 majors, only four have been won by a 54-hole leader, but two of those wins occurred at the Open Championship: Louis Oosthuizen in 2010 and Darren Clarke last year.

If Scott does not win, it wouldn’t be the first time this season a leader lost a final-round lead. In fact, there have been five wins in 2012 by players who trailed by at least six shots entering final round.

McDowell will be playing in the final group for the second straight major and third time in his last 10 majors. When McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open, he was three shots off the lead entering the final round. (Three of the last seven majors have been won by a player who trailed by exactly four shots entering Sunday: Webb Simpson trailed by 4 at Olympic; Charl Schwartzel by 4 at the 2011 Masters; and Martin Kaymer by 4 at the 2010 PGA.)

As for Tiger Woods, he has never won any of his 14 major championships without at least share of the lead after 54 holes.

Woods is five shots back of Scott. If Tiger can come back to win, then it would match the largest 54-hole deficit he’s overcome at a PGA TOUR event (2000 AT&T Pebble Beach, 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational).

Don’t forget that in both of Woods’ 2012 wins he had to come from behind. Woods was four shots back at the Memorial Tournament, and one shot at AT&T National.

However, weekends have not been kind to Woods of late at majors. Following his even-par 70 on Saturday, Woods now has just one sub-par round in last 11 weekend rounds in majors. In 2012 majors, Woods is 4-under on Thursdays and Fridays and 10-over on the weekend.

If Scott in fact does win, then he would be 10th straight first-time major winner – which would extend the modern era record. He would also be 16th different winner in last 16 majors.

Top-10 pros in an unmatched major drought

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Darren Clarke was ranked 111th in the world when he won the 2011 Open Championship, the third straight winner ranked outside the top-10.
The oldest of the four golf majors, The Open Championship, begins on Thursday in Lancashire, England, and recent history suggests that the winner will not be one of the favorites heading into the weekend.

Since the beginning of 2009, fewer players ranked inside the Official World Golf Ranking top 10 have won majors (two) than players from outside the top 100 (three) including last year’s Open Championship winner, Darren Clarke (111th). The only two major winners from inside the top 10 over that span were Rory McIlroy (eighth at the 2011 U.S. Open) and Phil Mickelson (third at the 2010 Masters).

During the previous four-year span from 2005-2008, 10 of the 16 major champions were ranked inside the top 10 at the time of their victory and from 2001-08, 20 of the 32 major winners were ranked inside the top 10.

Long-shot winners have been particularly common at the Open Championship lately, as the last three winners have had an average world rank of 66 (Stewart Cink – 33rd in 2009, Louis Oosthuizen – 54th in 2010, and Darren Clarke – 111th in 2011). Padraig Harrington was the last top-10 golfer to win the Open Championship when he won as the 10th-ranked golfer in the world in 2007.

(For more on the recent run of parity in majors click here)

TIGER HOPING TO FOLLOW THE GOLDEN BEAR

Tiger Woods will tee off at 4:42 AM ET on Thursday in hopes of winning his 15th career major on TOUR. Jack Nicklaus won the 15th of his record 18 career majors at the Open Championship in 1978 at age 38. At age 36, Tiger is still on Nicklaus’ pace, but has gone without a major win since the 2008 U.S. Open.

This weekend will mark the third time in his career that Tiger has appeared in an Open Championship played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. In 2001, Woods finished in a tie for 25th, nine shots behind champion David Duval and in 1996 as an amateur, Tiger tied for 21st overall and posted the low score among non-professionals.

TIGER’S LAST WIN WAS OPENING ACT OF HISTORIC RUN

There are similarities between Tiger’s TOUR play in 2012 and his play leading up to his last Open Championship win in 2006 and that may bode well for him moving forward.

In both seasons, Woods will have entered the Open with four top-five finishes and multiple wins on TOUR (two in 2006, three in 2012).

Tiger not only won the Open Championship in 2006, but it also kick-started a run that saw him win his next six PGA TOUR events. The seven-consecutive wins on TOUR were the 2nd-longest streak in PGA history and the longest in over 60 years. Only Byron Nelson’s streak of 11-straight wins in 1945 was longer.
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Bubba Watson
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1. BUBBA WATSON IS MASTERFUL: Bubba Watson defeats Louis Oosthuizen in the second playoff hole to win the Masters Tournament and his first major championship. It was the first time since 2009 and the 15th time overall that a playoff decided the Masters. Watson becomes the 14th different winner in the last 14 majors and the second straight American winner. He moves into fourth in the new Official World Golf Ranking. Watson won the tournament despite not being in the final pairing. It’s the second-straight year that the winner did not come from the final pairing. Prior to last year, the winner came from the final pairing in 19 of 20 years.

2. MELO IS CLUTCH: Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 43 points, making the game-tying three-point FG in regulation and the game-winning three-point FG in OT as the New York Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 100-99. FROM ELIAS: He is the fifth player in the last five seasons, and the first since Dirk Nowitzki in 2009 to make a game-tying shot in the last 15 seconds in regulation, then make the game-winning shot in the last 15 seconds in OT. Anthony has gone 24-52 from the field in game-tying or go-ahead situations in the last 15 seconds of fourth quarter/OT over the last 10 seasons. Among players that have taken at least 20 field goal attempts over that span, Anthony ranks first in field goal percentage (46.2). His 24 field goals are second to Kobe Bryant who has 26 (26-86, 30.2 FG pct for Bryant).

3. TIGERS USE RARE COMEBACK TO SWEEP RED SOX: Miguel Cabrera hit a game-tying three-run home run in the ninth inning and Alex Avila hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 11th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 13-12 win over the Boston Red Sox to complete the three-game sweep. FROM ELIAS: This is the first time that the Red Sox have ever lost a game in which they held multiple-run leads twice in the ninth inning or later and it's the second time that the Tigers have won a game in this fashion, the first since September 28, 1929 against the Chicago White Sox.

4. YANKEES & RED SOX IN UNFAMILIAR PLACE: Jeremy Hellickson pitched 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 3-0. The Yankees join the Red Sox with an 0-3 start. It’s the second time that they’ve both started a season 0-3. The other instance was in 1966 when the Red Sox started 0-5 and the Yankees started 0-3. That season, the Red Sox finished 72-90 while the Yankees finished 70-89.

5. MUCH ANTICIPATED MLB DEBUT: Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will make his MLB Regular Season Debut Monday. Darvish will face the Seattle Mariners and likely face fellow Japanese superstar Ichiro in the first inning. Darvish was 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA in 7 seasons in Japan.
AP Photo/David J. PhillipBubba Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen to win his first major championship.
Bubba Watson shot four-under par in the fourth round before beating Louis Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole to win his first major championship.

This was the 15th playoff in Masters history, and the ninth that was decided by sudden death. Angel Cabrera beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in the most recent playoff in 2009.

Watson is the 14th different champion in the last 14 majors. The last eight of those winners, and 11 of the last 12, have been first-time major winners. Phil Mickelson's win at the 2010 Masters was the lone exception.

Before 2003, no left-handed golfer had won the Masters. With Watson’s win, southpaws have won five of the last 10 Masters. Mike Weir won in 2003, and Mickelson has put on the green jacket three times.

Watson did all of his damage on the last six holes. In his four rounds, he was 10-under on holes 13 through 18 and even par on the rest of the course.

Oosthuizen had the most dramatic shot of the day, a double-eagle on the second hole. It was the fourth albatross in Masters history. With Oosthuizen’s playoff loss, Gene Sarazen is the only player with a double-eagle to win the same year.

Mickelson was unable to pick up his fourth green jacket, but he did finish in the top-3 for the eighth time. That moves him into a tie with Sam Snead for the second-most top-3 finishes in Masters history, trailing just Jack Nicklaus with 12.

The biggest mover on Sunday was Bo Van Pelt, who shot a 64 to finish at one-under par. Van Pelt shot an ace on the 16th hole on his way to recording the sixth final-round 64 at the Masters.

Van Pelt wasn’t the only player with a hole in one on Sunday. Ten groups later, Adam Scott also recorded an ace on the 16th.

Pre-tournament favorites Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods struggled over the weekend and finished in a tie for 40th at five-over par.

McIlroy followed up a 77 on Saturday with a 76 in the final round. In 14 career rounds at the Masters, he has finished four-over par or worse four times. That compares to only three rounds in the 60s.

Woods’ finish was his worst as a professional in 16 Masters appearances. He finished at five-over and tied for 41st as an amateur in 1995, but his worst previous 72-hole score as a professional was three-over par. That was good for a second-place tie in 2007, as Zach Johnson won shooting one-over for the tournament.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty ImagesPeter Hanson finds himself in an usual position heading into the final round of the Masters, leading a major after 54 holes for the first time.
Moving day at the Masters saw plenty of shuffling on the leaderboard, as the best rounds were shot by those outside the final three pairings.

Seven players entered the third round within one stroke of the lead. Of that group, only two golfers broke par on Saturday. Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson shot 3-under par and will be paired together in the second to last group on Sunday.

The eventual Masters champion has come out of the final Sunday pairing 19 out of the last 21 years, but both exceptions came in the last five events. Last year’s champion Charl Schwartzel was tied for second but played in the penultimate group, and Zach Johnson was tied for fourth in 2007.

Only one Masters champion has come from outside the top-10 on the leaderboard after 54 holes. Art Wall Jr. was six strokes back and tied for 13th heading into the final round before winning the title in 1959.

This year’s PGA TOUR has seen several large comebacks on Sunday. Four different golfers have come from at least six shots down in the final round to win a title.

The last 13 majors have been won by 13 different players. Also in that span, the last seven and 10 of the last 11 champions have been first-time major winners. Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters was the only exception.

Sunday’s final pairing
The final pairing on Sunday will be Peter Hanson and Mickelson.

Before finishing with the third-round lead, Hanson had never been within five shots of the lead entering the final round of a major. In the first three rounds, he leads the field with 18 birdies.

Hanson recorded the ninth score of 65 of better in the Masters third round over the last 40 years. Only two of the previous eight instances led to a title. Tiger Woods won at Augusta in 1997 and 2005 after shooting seven-under in the third round.

After shooting nine straight pars to start the round, Mickelson was six-under on the back nine. His 66 on Saturday was his first career round of six-under or better on the weekend in a major.

With a win, Mickelson can match Woods and Arnold Palmer with his fourth green jacket. Only Jack Nicklaus, with six, would have more.

Mickelson and Woods have been identical statistically this week, with one major exception. Woods has needed 10 more putts to complete his rounds.

Chip shots
Louis Oosthuizen: looking to become the sixth player to win the Masters and Open Championship at St. Andrew’s

Matt Kuchar: within five shots of the lead entering the final round of a major for the first time

Sergio Garcia: after shooting a 75 on Saturday, hasn’t broken par in the third round of the Masters since 2002

Rory McIlroy: his 77 on Saturday was the third time in 13 career rounds at the Masters that he shot five-over or worse

Tiger Woods: failed to birdie a par-5 the last two rounds after only failing to birdie twice in his first 61 rounds at the Masters as a professional
AP Photo/David J. PhillipFred Couples, who has the best career average at the Masters among golfers with at least 100 rounds, is in position to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his 1992 title with another green jacket.
The leader board firmed up early in the second round at Augusta, as the seven players who finished at 4-under par or better through 36 holes started in the first 15 groups. The result was a Masters record-tying seven golfers within one shot of the lead after two rounds.

This is the seventh time in Masters history that five or more golfers are within one shot of the lead through 36 holes. In the six previous instances, the eventual winner came from that group.

Sixty-three players made the cut this year, tied for the second-most at the Masters, trailing 1966 by a single golfer. The other time that exactly 63 players made the cut was 1992 – current co-leader Fred Couples won that year.

Looking at the Co-leaders
Couples and Jason Dufner are tied atop the leader board at 5-under par.

Couples, 52, is looking to become the oldest winner of a major championship. Julius Boros was 48 years old when he won the PGA Championship in 1968. The oldest Masters winner was Jack Nicklaus, who donned the green jacket at 46 after winning in 1986.

Couples entered this year's Masters with the best career scoring average among players with at least 100 rounds. He has had success recently as well. Since 2010, only Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood have a better scoring average at the Masters than Couples among players to play all three years.

Dufner has never won on the PGA TOUR, but has finished in the top-five in two of his last four starts in a major. He lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley at last year’s PGA Championship.

Three players have won the Masters as their first career PGA TOUR victory, including Charl Schwartzel last year.

The chasers
The quantity atop the leader board is also high quality.

Rory McIlroy, who won last year’s U.S. Open, is one shot back. Since the 2010 Masters, he has finished 12 rounds in the top-five at majors and eight as either the leader or co-leader.

Also at 4-under are perpetual bridesmaids Westwood and Sergio Garcia. The two have combined for 29 top-10 finishes in majors without a victory. Westwood has finished second twice at Augusta, and Garcia has finished as runner-up in three majors.

Multiple major winners Vijay Singh and Mickelson lurk three shots behind the leaders; past Open Championship winners Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Lawrie are in the top-10.

Tiger drops off pace
Tiger Woods shot a 75 on Friday, his worst second-round score at the Masters and tied for his second-worst score as a pro at Augusta. Woods failed to birdie a par-5 on Friday, just the third time he has failed to do so during the Masters.

Tiger has never won a major when outside the top-five or with a score worse than 2-under through 36 holes.

Looking ahead to Saturday
The only Masters champion in the last 25 years who was not inside the top-10 after 36 holes was Schwartzel last year.

The largest comeback at the Masters after the second round is eight strokes, by Jack Burke in 1956.

Only one 36-hole leader has won the Masters in the last six years. Trevor Immelman shot a third-round 69 in 2008 on his way to victory.

Westwood a major threat ... as usual

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Since the beginning of 2009, 49 rounds have been held in major championships, Lee Westwood has been in the top-10 following 21 of them during that span, the most among all golfers.
Lee Westwood shot an opening-round 67 of the Masters Tournament and stood alone at the top of the leaderboard at 5-under-par. Westwood has never won a major, but this was the third time he opened a major with a 67 (all coming in the Masters), and the previous two times he finished in second place.

Since the beginning of 2009, there have been 49 rounds in major championships. Westwood has been in the top 10 following 21 of them - 41.7 percent.

History tells us leading, or at least sharing the lead, after the first round of the Masters does not bode well. Just one player in the previous 27 years has won the Masters after holding at least a share of the first-round lead. That was Trevor Immelman, who was tied with Justin Rose after the first round in 2008. The last player to win the Masters after holding the outright first-round lead was Ben Crenshaw in 1984.

Player Notes
Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 and was tied for 29th after the opening round. That might sound like he’s out of contention, but the last time he was this far back after the opening round was 2005 when he was tied for 33rd. That year he went on to win the Masters, his last win there. Looking ahead to Friday, he’ll hope to repeat that 2005 success. He shot a 66 in the second round en route to his win.

After a double bogey on 1, Rory McIlroy had played 10 consecutive holes at the Masters in 9-over par. However, McIlroy birdied 17 and 18 – one of two players to accomplish that Thursday (Louis Oosthuizen) – and finished at 1-under. McIlroy hit just 6 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens.

Phil Mickelson triple-bogeyed the 10th hole, but rallied to birdie three of the final six holes. Mickelson’s putter saved him (a first-round low 25 putts), as he hit only eight of 18 greens and nine of 14 fairways. The triple bogey was the second of his Masters career (in his 75th round). His other triple bogey was on the first hole in the fourth round of the 2007 Masters.

Other Notables
Adam Scott's 75 snapped a streak of six straight round of par or better at the Masters.

Padraig Harrington's 71 was his first sub-par round at the Masters since the first round in 2009.

After an opening-round 71, Steve Stricker has six straight rounds of par or better at the Masters.

Francesco Molinari's 69 was his best career round at the Masters.

Course Info
• Hole No. 1 played the toughest Thursday (4.379). Only three players made birdie (Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Dufner, Peter Hanson).
• Predictably, the 11th hole was second toughest (4.368), yielding only three birdies as well (Ben Crane, Vijay Singh, Hanson).
• No. 16 rated the third toughest (3.168). The only birdies there coming from Sang-Moon Bae, Francesco Molinari and Chez Reavie.
• There were eight eagles, with half coming from two players – Henrik Stenson and Paul Lawrie.

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