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Course stats: Augusta National at 78th Masters

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The 78th Masters is in the books, but before we put the year’s first major in the rearview mirror, let’s first take a look back at some interesting statistical nuggets from the week that was:

• No hole was easier last week than the par-5 13th, which played to a scoring average of 4.6993. The 510-yard hole yielded 130 birdies and eagles, compared to just 43 combined bogeys, doubles and the dreaded “others.” 

• The hardest hole? That’s easy – the par-4 11th, the start of Amen Corner. That 505-yarder played to an average of 4.4797, surrendering only 10 birdies all week. By contrast, players made 109 bogeys, 17 doubles and one “other.” 

• The par-4 17th no longer features the Eisenhower Tree down the left side, but the missing pine didn’t greatly affect scoring. The 440-yarder averaged 4.2399 over the four days. Throughout the tournament’s history, it has played to an average of 4.15.

• Sixteen players walked away with crystal after recording an eagle. Justin Rose led the field with three (3, 8, 13).

• The player with the most birdies recorded last week: John Senden, with 18. He made at least three every round, which was somewhat surprising, considering that he averages only 3.61 birdies per round this season. That’s only good for 76th on Tour. Winner Bubba Watson made 15 birdies.

• In his Masters debut, Jordan Spieth hit a tournament-best 53 greens in regulation at Augusta. Alas, he hit only 12 greens on Sunday – his worst performance of the week – when it mattered most. Watson hit only 10 greens Sunday and 50 for the week to finish T-5 in that category.

• Watson, no surprise, led the field in driving distance at Augusta, topping the category at 305.6 yards per pop. Rory McIlroy was second, at 304 yards.

• Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 50-year-old who finished fourth, hit a tournament-best 48 (or 56) fairways last week. That was eight more than Watson (40).

Luke Donald led the way in the Masters’ putting statistic, which is an average of putts per hole. He averaged 1.44, ahead of Rickie Fowler and amateur Chang-woo Lee. 

Chris Kirk made the most par-5 birdies of any player in the Masters field – 12. For all of the talk about Watson’s incredible length, he made only six birdies on the par 5s.

Jimmy Walker (5) led the field in par-3 birdies, while Rory McIlroy and Miguel Angel Jimenez (10) took top honors in par-4 birdies.