Compare Masters Champions

It’s the age-old debate – how would Masters champions from different decades fare against each other? Well, we have tried to answer that question by comparing the statistics of past winners to see who would come out on top. See for yourself who would win based on our data analysis and how they match up.

Tiger vs. The Golden Bear

Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus

Apprentice vs. Master
2017

Sergio García

1980

Seve Ballesteros

Battle of the Lefties
2004

Phil Mickelson

2003

Mike Weir

Battle of the Brits
1989

Nick Faldo

2016

Danny Willett

The King vs. The Golden Bear

Arnold Palmer

Jack Nicklaus

The Hawk vs. Slammin' Sammy

Ben Hogan

Sam Snead

Player vs. Watson

Gary Player

Tom Watson

Young Jack vs. Old Jack
1963

Jack Nicklaus

1986

Jack Nicklaus

Tiger vs. The Golden Bear
Tiger Woods
Jack Nicklaus
1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 Year 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
United States Nationality United States
274 Score 281
-15.00 Vs. Par -7.00
6 Margin of victory 3
Prize Money
1 Eagles 0
22 Birdies 16
8 Bogey 9
0 Double Bogey 0
40 Fairways 51
73.15% % of Fairways 94.44%
304 Driving Distance 268
77.78% % GIR 77.78%
117 No. of putts 122
         
         
WINNER
Tiger Wins!
Apprentice vs. Master
Sergio García (2017)
Seve Ballesteros (1980)
2017 Year 1980
Spain Nationality Spain
279 Score 275
-9.00 Vs. Par -13.00
Playoff Margin of victory 4
£1,980,000 Prize Money £55,000
1 Eagles 1
14 Birdies 23
7 Bogey 10
0 Double Bogey 1
45 Fairways 50
83.33% % of Fairways 92.59%
300.7 Driving Distance 248.9
75.00% % GIR 68.06%
119 No. of putts 118
         
         
WINNER
Seve Wins!
Battle of the Lefties
Phil Mickelson (2004)
Mike Weir (2003)
2004 Year 2003
United States Nationality Canada
279 Score 281
-9.00 Vs. Par -7.00
1 Margin of victory Playoff
£1,170,000 Prize Money £1,080,000
0 Eagles 0
16 Birdies 16
5 Bogey 9
1 Double Bogey 0
41 Fairways 42
73.93% % of Fairways 77.78%
290.4 Driving Distance 271.2
73.61% % GIR 52.78%
117 No. of putts 104
         
         
WINNER
Big Phil Wins!
Battle of the Brits
Nick Faldo (1989)
Danny Willett (2016)
1989 Year 2016
England Nationality England
283 Score 283
-5.00 Vs. Par -5.00
Playoff Margin of victory 3
£200,000 Prize Money £1,800,000
1 Eagles 0
15 Birdies 13
10 Bogey 8
1 Double Bogey 0
45 Fairways 38
83.33% % of Fairways 70.37%
240.0 Driving Distance 285.0
65.28% % GIR 66.67%
115 No. of putts 114
         
         
WINNER
Willett Wins!
The King vs. The Golden Bear
Arnold Palmer
Jack Nicklaus
1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 Year 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
United States Nationality United States
281 Score 281
-8.00 Vs. Par -7.00
3 Margin of victory 3
Prize Money
1 Eagles 0
16 Birdies 16
9 Bogey 9
0 Double Bogey 0
         
         
WINNER
The King Wins!
The Hawk vs. Slammin' Sammy
Ben Hogan
Sam Snead
1951, 1953 Year 1952, 1954
United States Nationality United States
277 Score 286
-11.00 Vs. Par -2.00
4 Margin of victory 4
Prize Money
1 Eagles 0
17 Birdies 15
7 Bogey 12
0 Double Bogey 0
         
         
WINNER
The Hawk Wins!
Player vs. Watson
Gary Player
Tom Watson
1961, 1974 Year 1977, 1981
Australia Nationality United States
278 Score 278
-15.00 Vs. Par -10.00
2 Margin of victory 2
Prize Money
1 Eagles 0
16 Birdies 18
7 Bogey 7
0 Double Bogey 1
         
         
WINNER
Gary Player Wins!
Young Jack vs. Old Jack
Young Jack (1963)
Old Jack (1986)
1963 Year 1986
United States Nationality United States
286 Score 279
-2.00 Vs. Par -9.00
1 Margin of victory 1
£20,000 Prize Money £140,000
0 Eagles 1
11 Birdies 16
9 Bogey 9
0 Double Bogey 0
         
         
WINNER
Old Jack Wins!
Sources

Sources:
Wikipedia, Biography.com, augusta.com, golfstats.com, youtube.com, individual golf fan sites.

Methodology:

Overall
To determine what makes ‘A Masters Champion’ an average has been calculated across all previous Masters winners for each available metric.

2018 prediction
A list of the current favourite golfers to win the 2018 Masters was compiled.

There are 5 qualitative metrics for which we have applied a binary score of 0 or 1. If the golfers in 2018 favourites list matches the average they are given a score of 1, if not, a score of 0.

There are also 11 quantitative metrics for which we have applied a score depending on how close the 2018 favourites are to the average.

The scores for each category are then summed to give a total rating out of 16 categories for each player.

In order to achieve an overall prediction in terms of a percentage an average of the 16 ratings has been taken.

Disclaimer:
All visualisations based on data available online (March 2018).

GIR, Fairways Hit, Avg. drive and No. of Putts data only available since 1980.

2018 Masters winner prediction based on methodology utilising available data.