Masters in Review
The number of players who went all 72 holes without a three-putt. Americans Jim Fuyrk, who finished 11th, Brandt Snedeker (tied19th) and Jonathan Byrd (tied 27th) came away unscathed, which on Augusta’s famously fast and contoured greens is some achievement. YE Yang (tied 57th), by contrast, had eight three-putts, the highest of the field.
It took this many attempts for Bubba Watson to win the Masters. Watson’s previous best finish was a tie for 20th on his debut in 2008.
The number of strokes it took Phil Mickleson to complete the par-3 fourth hole during the final round. Mickelson’s triple bogey – which came after his tee-shot ricocheted off a grandstand railing – was the only one made at the hole all week but it proved extremely costly; Lefty missed out on the play-off by just two shots.
The percentage of American households that tuned into the final round of the tournament, representing a 22 per cent year-on-year drop and the worst television ratings since the 2004 tournament. Tiger Wood’s absence from the leader board and the Easter holiday are thought to be reasons behind the fall. The event was broadcast in over 200 countries.
The number of eagles made at the risk-reward 13th. This reachable par-5 played to an average of 4.72, ranking it the third easiest hole on the course, but it still caused problems for some: nine players made double bogey here.
T he stroke average of Augusta National’s par-4 first hole during the
tournament, making it the hardest hole of the week. The first gave up only 11 birdies in four days, while the field also recorded 13 double bogeys and four dreaded “others” at the 445-yarder. Rory McIlroy, many people’s favourite for the event, played the hole in five-over-par to finish well down the leader board.
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The number of birdies that Lee Westwood made during the week, which was the most of any player. Westwood, who finished just two shots out of the play-off, also finished first in the number of greens in regulation category (80.56%) but struggled with his putter. The Englishman had a total of 128 putts, eight more than champion Bubba Watson and a staggering 21 more than Phil Mickelson.
Padraig Harrington and Jonathan Byrd’s joint-winning score at the Masters Par 3 Contest, which had to be curtailed due to rain. Eleven players have managed to win the Par 3 and the Masters itself, although not a single one of them won both events in the same year.
T he position that Patrick Cantlay finished to earn top amateur honours. Cantlay, who finished on a total of seven-over 295, had a rollercoaster final round. The 20-year-old made just six pars in his closing 72, a round
that also included two eagles, five birdies, one quadruple bogey, one double bogey and three bogeys.
T h e dis t an ce, in y ards , that Louis Oosthuizen’s miraculous four-iron shot for an albatross on the par-5 second hole of the final round travelled. It was the first albatross – or double-eagle – ever made on the hole during the Masters.
Keegan Bradley’s average driving distance, which was the longest of the field. This number was lower than in previous years due to the softness of the course, particularly in the first two rounds. Bubba Watson, who is considered the longest on the PGA Tour, averaged 290 yards. Only drives on two holes at Augusta – the fifth and 15th – count towards this statistic.
Bubba Watson’s winning share, in US dollars, of the tournament’s US$8 million prize purse. Inaugural Masters Tournament winner Horton Smith received US$1,000 for his win in 1934.
The amount of prize money, in US dollars, t h a t T i g e r Wo o d s h a s e a r n e d f r o m competing in the Masters. Woods, a fourtime winner, finished the 2012 edition in a share of 40th place, good enough for a US$32,000 payday.
Story of the week (clockwise from opposite): Jim Furyk; Rory McIlroy; Lee Westwood; the 13th hole; Phil Mickelson; Louis Oosthuizen's albatross ball; amateur Patrick Cantlay; Tiger Woods
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