Explore Masters Statistics

If you aspire to one day be a Masters champion, here is the key criteria you’ll need to meet. The below data is based on average performance and personal statistics for every Masters winner since 1934 and captures the commonalities that champions possess.

Average stats of a Masters champion

SCORE
280
vs PAR
-8
MARGIN OF VICTORY
3
1
Eagles
17
Birdies
45
Pars
9
Bogeys
0
Double Bogeys
PERFORMANCE STATS
Avg. Drive 276.7
Fairways Hit 79%
GIR 68%
No. of Putts 114
PERSONAL STATS
Age (when won) 32
Age turned Pro 21
Handed Right
Star sign Gemini
Height 5.9
Weight 181
Hair colour Brown
Marital status Married
No. of children 0
No. of siblings 3
Statistics Trivia
  • Country

    Players from the USA have histrocially dominated the Masters - claiming 59% of winners!

    Spain and South Africa are the joint second most succesful countries with 5 wins a piece

  • Prize Money
  • Score

    280 is the average score

    Average score has steadily declined of the years

    1990s was the decade with the lowest average score, helped by Tiger’s emphatic 270 in 1997.

    Average score reduced by only 6 since 1930s, despite apparent improvements in ability & equipment

  • Vs Par

    The average vs. par score is -8

    The lowest vs. par score is -18, by Tiger Woods in 1997 & Jordan Spieth in 2015

    The highest vs. par score is +1 by Sam Snead in 1954, Jack Burke Jr. in 1956 & Zach Johnson in 2007

  • Age Turned Pro

    Bernard Langer was just 15 when he turned pro

    1957 champion Doug Ford was a late bloomer, turning pro at 27

  • Margin Of Victory

    1 shot is the most common margin of victory

    The biggest margin of victory is 12 shots, achieved by Tiger Woods in 1997.

  • Driving Distance

    The average driving distance is 277 yards

    The shortest hitter is Jose Maria Olazabal with only 239.8 yards in 1999

    No prizes for guessing the longest hitter - Tiger Woods with a massive 323.1 yards in 1997! 17 yards ahead of his nearest rival (Bubba Watson)

  • Fairways Hit

    Masters winners hit 79% of fairways

    Nick Faldo holds the record with 96% hit during his 1996 win - supreme accuracy on those narrow fairways!

    Adam Scott and Tiger Woods hold the record for the lowest with only 59% of fairways hit - showing great recovery from the Augusta pines!

  • GIR

    The average GIR for Masters Winners since 1980 is 68%

    The winner with the lowest GIR is Mike Weir with 53%

    Tiger Woods is the most accruate from the fairway, hitting 82% of greens in regulation during his 2001 win

  • No. of putts

    Masters Winners average 114 putts

    Mike Weir has the best putting record of the winners with only 104

    Vijay Singh has the worst record with 124

  • Weight

    The heaviest winner was Craig Stadler at 243 Ibs

    The lightest winner was Ben Hogan at 146 lbs

    The most common weight of Masters winners is 185 lbs

  • Height

    The shortest winners are Gene Sarazen and Ian Woosnam at just 5 foot 4

    The tallest winner is George Archer at 6 foot 5

    The most common height of Masters winners is 5 foot 8

  • Age

    The avg. age of Masters winners is 32

    The youngest winners are Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth who were both just 21!

    The oldest winner is Jack Nicklaus at 46!

  • Star Sign

    The most common star sign of winners is Gemini

  • Marital Status

    The majority of Masters winners were happily married!

  • Hair Colour

    The most common hair colour of Masters winners is Brown

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.