Masters By the Numbers

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 1, 2011, 3:53 pm

 Masters Tournament


506 – Most birdies by a player in Masters history (Jack Nicklaus)
11 – Most birdies in a single round (Anthony Kim in 2009 during the second round, where he shot 65)
$6,490,806.00 – The most money won by a single player in all Masters finishes (Tiger Woods)
15 – The number of Masters Mark O'Meara played before capturing his first Masters title in 1998, the most attempts of any player before winning the green jacket
34 – The fewest total rounds at par or better for the field across four days, in 1956 when Jack Burke Jr. won with a four-round total of 1-over 289
$1,500 – The size of the first-place purse won by Horton Smith at the first Masters in 1934
$1,350,000 – The size of Phil Mickelson’s check when he won in April last year – 900 times the prize money of the inaugural tournament.
1940 – The year Augusta National Golf Club's head professional Ed Dudley suggested caddie uniforms be coveralls. The chosen color – never to be changed – was white
77.181 – The highest field scoring average across four rounds (1956)
1854 – The year the clubhouse’s original structure was built. It was the home of one Dennis Redmond, owner of an indigo plantation on the land. The structure is believed to be the first concrete house built in the south
6 – Most victories by a single player (Jack Nicklaus: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986). Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods have the next highest total with four a piece
12 – Widest margin of victory. A dozen strokes separated Tiger Woods from the rest of the field in 1997
46; 2; 23 – That’s 46 years, 2 months and 23 days. The age Jack Nicklaus was in 1986 when he won his sixth green jacket and became the oldest Masters champion
21; 3; 14 – That’s 21 years, 3 months and 14 days. The age of Tiger Woods when he won his first Masters in 1997 and became the youngest player to win at Augusta
63 – Low tournament 18, shot by Nick Price (33-30) in his third round in 1986 and also shot by Greg Norman (33-30) during his first round in 1996
1937 – The year Augusta National Golf Club members began wearing green jackets, so that they could be more easily identifiable to patrons
1952 – The year the Champions Dinner was first held by suggestion of Ben Hogan to Augusta co-founder and chairman Cliff Roberts by written letter
1958 – The year the term ‘Amen Corner’ was coined by writer Herbert Warren Wind as it appeared in Sports Illustrated: “A wonderfully evocative ceremony took place at the farthest reach of the Augusta National course – down in the Amen Corner where Rae’s Creek intersects the 13th fairway…”
14 – Number of playoffs in the tournament’s 74-year existence
23 – The age of Seve Ballesteros when he won in 1980 and became the first European to win the Masters. Ballesteros went on to win the Masters once more, three years later
23 – Also the most consecutive cuts made by any player (Gary Player: 1959-1982)
2004 – The year Phil Mickelson won his first Masters with a birdie on 18, making him the fourth champion to win with a birdie on the final hole

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”