By the numbers: Key stats from Garcia's Masters win

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 10, 2017, 12:35 am

Sergio Garcia won his first major title in a playoff over Justin Rose. Here are the key stats from the final round at the Masters.

Sergio Garcia

• First major championship victory

• 74 starts before first major win; most of any player all-time

• Most Masters starts ever before first win (19th start)

• Wins first major on what would have been Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday

• Most top-10s in majors at time of first major win (22)

• Fifth player to earn low amateur and win Masters in career

• Others – Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

• Third major champion (and Masters champion) from Spain

• 54-hole Masters leaders from Spain have won all three attempts

• Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal both converted only 54-hole Masters leads

• 1-1 in major championship playoffs (lost 2007 Open)

• 10th career PGA Tour win (Seve Ballesteros had 9 in career)

• Hit 75 percent GIR in regulation; tied for second-most in the field

• Was 47 over on weekend in Masters from 1999-2016 (5 under this week)

• First since Olazabal in 1994 to eagle 15th in final round of Masters win


Justin Rose

• Loses first career playoff in a major championship

• Second career runner-up in Masters (T-2 in 2015)

• 109 birdies/eagles in Masters since 2012 (most of any player)

• Eighth career top-5 finish in major championships

• 21 birdies this week; two more than any other player in field

• Hit 75 percent GIR; tied for second-most in field with Garcia

• Eighth player to win U.S. Open and lose Masters playoff in career


Charl Schwartzel

• Solo third; had not finished in top-20 since 2011 win

• Started final round four back (was four back in 2011 win)

• Was ranked 29th in the world in 2011 Masters (29th this week)


Matt Kuchar

• 5-under 67; best career round in the Masters

• Lowest career final round score in a major championship

• Ace on 16; first career hole-in-one in any major


Thomas Pieters

• Four straight birdies on back nine (12-15)

• 5 under on holes 7-15; second 9-hole stretch of 5 under this week

• Masters debut; last to win debut was Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979

• Second-best finish as pro in U.S. (T-2 at Genesis Open)


Paul Casey

• 4-under 68; 12 under in last three final rounds of majors

• 17 under in last five final rounds played in the Masters

• Third consecutive top-6 finish in the Masters

• Combined 14 under in Masters over last three years


Rory McIlroy

• 3-under 69; first round in the 60s this week

• Only player in top 10 each of last four years in Masters

• Made one bogey over last 28 holes (5 under in span)

• 2018 will be fourth attempt to complete Grand Slam in Masters

• No player who has completed Slam has needed more than three attempts to do so


Jordan Spieth

• 3-over 75 in final round; was 6 over thru 14 holes today

• T-11; first career finish outside top 2 in Masters

• Only player to finish second or better four straight times is Jack Nicklaus

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.