Explore Masters Statistics

As you’d imagine, you need to post some pretty impressive scores in order to win the Masters – as these statistics illustrate. The below data is based on average performance and personal statistics for every Masters winner of the last 85 years and captures the commonalities between different champions. If you dream of winning the Masters, it’s bad news unless your driving distance is over 277 yards!

Average stats of a Masters champion

vs PAR
Double Bogeys
Avg. Drive 276.7
Fairways Hit 79%
GIR 68%
No. of Putts 114
Age (when won) 32
Age turned Pro 21
Handed Right
Height 5.9
Weight 181
  • 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


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

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.