You Oughta Know: 80th Masters


As the start of the 80th Masters draws near, here are some things You Oughta Know about the goings-on at Augusta National:

• Augusta National official yardage: 7,435

• Length of second cut: 1.38 inches

• The first hole was the fourth-toughest opening hole on the PGA Tour last season.

• In the past five seasons it has ranked 4, 1, 2, 2, 3.

• Of players with a minimum of 25 Masters rounds, Tiger Woods has the lowest scoring average, 70.86 in 78 rounds. Phil Mickelson is second at 71.09 over 88 rounds.

Jordan Spieth's 28 birdies last year were a Masters record

• Spieth was the fifth wire-to-wire winner last year, joining Raymond Floyd (1976), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Arnold Palmer (1960) and Craig Wood (1941).

• Spieth was runner-up in 2014, the eighth instance in which a player won the year after being runner-up (Ben Crenshaw, 1984-85, Jack Nicklaus, 1971-72, Gay Brewer, 1966-67, Nicklaus, 1964-65, Arnold Palmer, 1961-62, Byron Nelson, 1941-42, Ralph Guldahl, 1938-39).

• It's well known that Jack Nicklaus holds the record for Masters wins with six. But he also shares the mark for most runner-up finishes, four, with Ben Hogan and Tom Weiskopf.

• Over the past five years, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott have the best cumulative score to par in the Masters, 23 under. Spieth has amassed his total in just two appearances, 2014 and 2015.

• What are Shell Houston Open winner Jim Herman's chances this week? Only four players have won the Masters after winning the week before. Phil Mickelson was the most recent, in 2006.

• The statistical outlook for Spieth isn't good, either. The last five defending champions have followed with a finish of T-38 (Bubba Watson), T-14 (Adam Scott), T-50 (Watson), T-50 (Charl Schwartzel) and T-27 (Phil Mickelson).

• How far back can someone be after the first round and still win? The largest first-round deficit by an eventual champion is 7 shots (Tiger Woods, 2005, Nick Faldo, 1990).

Compiled from information provided by the Golf Channel Research Dept.