The Masters 2018: Course and current form stats for the season's first major

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Andy Swales provides course and current form stats ahead of this week's opening Major Championship of 2018 at Augusta National ...

"Of the 19 first-time Masters champions to have been crowned since 1988, only four had not posted a top-three finish during the opening three months of that year"

Generally speaking, most winners of The Masters arrive in Georgia in half-decent shape, and most of the time in extremely good form.

Yet, attempting to predict the wearer of this year's Green Jacket remains a difficult task, even though it should, in theory, be slightly easier to assess the fortunes of those teeing-up at Augusta National than in any of the other three Majors.

This because The Masters is staged at the same course every year, while also having a considerably smaller field than the US Open, 'British' Open and PGA Championship.

So let's try to establish a few pointers ahead of this weeks' opening Major of 2018.

Going back some 30 years, to when Sandy Lyle became the first Briton to win at Augusta, here are some facts from the period (1988-2017):

• Since 1988, 16 of the 30 champions won at least one tournament during the first three months of the year.

• And during this same period, 24 (80%) had enjoyed at least one podium finish since January 1st, the majority of these performances coming on the PGA Tour. Four of the other six winners had already tasted Major success before.

• Of the 19 first-time Masters champions to have been crowned since 1988, only four had not posted a top-three finish during the opening three months of that year.

• And by breaking down this podium analysis into even smaller pieces, it shows that the players who made up 13 of the 15 North American successes had enjoyed at least one top-three on the PGA Tour since New Year's Day. Of the two that hadn't, one of them - Zach Johnson - had managed to find some reasonable form by finishing in a tie-for-ninth in his final warm-up event at Doral. The other was Phil Mickelson who was already a two-time wearer of the Green Jacket and had plenty of Augusta experience under his belt by the time he teed-up in 2010.

Analysis

In short, this tends to show that good pre-Masters form is vital for any golfer chasing a maiden victory at Augusta. The exception to this rule, since 1988, seems to be Trevor Immelman.

In other words, those with a previous Masters victory can often step up their form during tournament week, while potential first-time winners must be reasonably hot by the time they reach Georgia, enabling them to hit the ground running.

During the past 30 years, just three champions had not had a single strokeplay top-10 on one of the world's major tours between January and March. These were Nick Faldo (1989), Jose Maria Olazbal (1999) and Immelman.

Faldo's highest finish was a tie-for-22nd at Riviera; Olazbal (winner previously in 1994) did reach the last eight of the WGC Match Play and had a T-25 in Dubai; while Immelman continues to confound statisticians with a best stroke-play result of tied-40th at Doral.

So who's going to win this week? What about Jordan Spieth? He's slowly coming to the boil at the right time, by finishing in a tie-for-third at last week's Houston Open.

Best of luck with your Masters selections this week, whether punting for an outright winner or seeking each-way success:

To help you decide, check out our course and current form guides below.

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2
Dustin Johnson 59 7 16 2 9
Justin Thomas 4 2 1 9 17 14
Jon Rahm 52 20 26 11 29 1
Jordan Spieth 3 17 MC 14 9 20 MC 18
Justin Rose 52 3 5 37 8 22
Hideki Matsuyama 36 49 Wd 12
Rory McIlroy 36 1 MC 59 20 MC 2 3
Rickie Fowler 43 14 37 MC 11 MC
Sergio Garcia 9 4 7 33 32 1
Brooks Koepka
Tommy Fleetwood 17 26 14 4 37 6 1
Jason Day 36 22 2 1
Paul Casey 17 1 12 49 8 9
Alexander Noren 3 36 14 3 16 21 2
Henrik Stenson 6 4 MC 60 6 8
Marc Leishman 52 7 37 MC 31 8 47
Tyrrell Hatton 9 69 3 MC 3 15
Phil Mickelson 24 17 1 6 2 5 45 MC
Pat Perez 52 20 41 35 29 21
Matt Kuchar 8 9 40 58 26 62 5 32
Bubba Watson 1 66 9 1 35 40 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 36 3 29 26 26 6 40
Brian Harman 9 54 5 33 MC 20 4
Patrick Reed 9 7 2 37 MC MC 17 23 MC
Kevin Kisner 2 MC 29 MC MC 50 25
Xander Schauffele 17 18 9 17 MC 32
Francesco Molinari 17 26 25 MC 40 45
Charley Hoffman 36 14 MC 20 41 Wd 26 35
Ian Poulter 1 5 41 MC MC 52 6 MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 5 MC 1 5 68 1 27 51 22
Gary Woodland 29 MC 50 49 MC 1 12 7
Branden Grace 29 8 30 37 20 37 15 2
Louis Oosthuizen 9 MC 16 30 24 MC 49
Patrick Cantlay 17 30 4 35 51
Tony Finau 24 17 MC 27 2 MC 6 32
Ross Fisher 36 MC 46 45 2
Matthew Fitzpatrick 36 MC MC 30 MC 3
Daniel Berger 18 59 14 29 MC 11 14
Kevin Chappell 36 7 30 20 8 31 6
Brendan Steele 17 20 49 3 29 20
Webb Simpson 29 8 37 5 MC 36 4
Hao Tong Li 59 54 63 53 MC 1 MC
Adam Hadwin 17 12 9 6 43 35 3
Kyle Stanley 5 14 25 MC MC 51 10
Cameron Smith 5 MC 46 6 48 20 18
Thomas Pieters 52 52 37 13 68 32 5
Satoshi Kodaira 59 MC 54 21 2 2 MC
Dylan Frittelli MC 36 55 11 5 6 19 20
Chez Reavie MC 29 MC 52 73 2 2 36 18
Jason Dufner 64 17 MC 55 17 36 18
Si Woo Kim 9 MC 59 MC 62 35 58
Jhonattan Vegas MC* 52 20 72 MC MC 11
Patton Kizzire 36 MC 12 MC 31 42 1
Yuta Ikeda MC 29 MC 46 39 35 MC
Bernd Wiesberger 29 30 MC MC 32 15
Russell Henley 8 36 58 24 15 MC MC
Yusaku Miyazato 52 60 11 27 5 40 MC
Charl Schwartzel 36 MC 49 48 68 15
Zach Johnson 36 26 16 57 20 14
Adam Scott 41 16 13 53 MC
Bryson DeChambeau 2 Wd 41 55 5 MC MC
Ryan Moore 5 MC 49 9 MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC 59 7 9 MC MC 1 61 48
Ted Potter MC MC MC MC 1 73 MC MC
Billy Horschel 54 MC MC MC MC 43 54
Martin Kaymer MC Wd 53 19 27
Wesley Bryan MC MC MC 63 32
Jimmy Walker 73 28 33 MC 8 63 MC MC
Tiger Woods 5 2 12 MC 23
Austin Cook 36 40 49 MC 31 14 18
Danny Willett Wd 29 MC MC MC
Angel Cabrera MC Wd Wd
Mike Weir 73 MC MC MC
Trevor Immelman MC* 32 MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC
Vijay Singh MC 73 MC MC
Doc Redman 71
Fred Couples
Joaquin Niemann
Yuxin Lin MC MC
Mark O`Meara
Ian Woosnam
Larry Mize
Sandy Lyle
Bernhard Langer
Harry Ellis
Doug Ghim
Matt Parziale
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Dustin Johnson 4 6 MC 13 38 38 30
Justin Thomas 22 39
Jon Rahm 27
Jordan Spieth 11 2 1 2
Justin Rose 2 10 2 14 25 8 11 20 36
Hideki Matsuyama 11 7 5 MC 54 27
Rory McIlroy 7 10 4 8 25 40 15 MC 20
Rickie Fowler 11 MC 12 5 38 27 38
Sergio Garcia 1 34 17 MC 8 12 35 45 38 MC
Brooks Koepka 11 21 33
Tommy Fleetwood MC
Jason Day 22 10 28 20 3 Wd 2
Paul Casey 6 4 6 MC 38 MC 20 11
Alexander Noren MC
Henrik Stenson MC 24 19 14 18 40 MC MC 38 17
Marc Leishman 43 MC MC 4 MC
Tyrrell Hatton MC
Phil Mickelson 22 MC 2 MC 54 3 27 1 5 5
Pat Perez 18 MC
Matt Kuchar 4 24 46 5 8 3 27 24
Bubba Watson MC 37 38 1 50 1 38 42 20
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 17
Brian Harman MC
Patrick Reed MC 49 22 MC
Kevin Kisner 43 37
Xander Schauffele
Francesco Molinari 33 50 MC 19 MC 30
Charley Hoffman 22 29 9 27
Ian Poulter 49 6 20 MC 7 27 10 20 25
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 15
Gary Woodland MC MC 26 Wd 24
Branden Grace 27 MC MC MC 18
Louis Oosthuizen 41 15 19 25 MC 2 MC MC MC
Patrick Cantlay 47
Tony Finau
Ross Fisher 41 47 15 MC 30
Matthew Fitzpatrick 32 7 MC
Daniel Berger 27 10
Kevin Chappell 7 44
Brendan Steele 27 MC
Webb Simpson MC 29 28 MC MC 44
Hao Tong Li
Adam Hadwin 36
Kyle Stanley MC
Cameron Smith 55
Thomas Pieters 4
Satoshi Kodaira
Dylan Frittelli
Chez Reavie MC MC
Jason Dufner 33 MC 49 MC 20 24 30
Si Woo Kim MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC
Patton Kizzire
Yuta Ikeda MC MC 29
Bernd Wiesberger 43 34 22
Russell Henley 11 21 31 MC
Yusaku Miyazato
Charl Schwartzel 3 MC 38 MC 25 50 1 30
Zach Johnson MC MC 9 MC 35 32 MC 42 MC 20
Adam Scott 9 42 38 14 1 8 2 18 MC 25
Bryson DeChambeau 21
Ryan Moore 9 MC 12 MC 38 35 14
Shubhankar Sharma
Ted Potter MC
Billy Horschel 17 MC 37
Martin Kaymer 16 49 MC 31 35 44 MC MC MC MC
Wesley Bryan
Jimmy Walker 18 29 38 8
Tiger Woods 17 4 40 4 4 6 2
Austin Cook
Danny Willett MC 1 38
Angel Cabrera MC 24 22 MC 2 32 7 18 1 25
Mike Weir MC MC MC 44 MC MC MC 43 46 17
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC MC 50 60 15 14 20 1
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC 34 50 MC MC MC MC
Vijay Singh MC MC 54 37 38 27 MC MC 30 14
Doc Redman
Fred Couples 18 MC 20 13 12 15 6 MC MC
Joaquin Niemann
Yuxin Lin
Mark O`Meara MC MC 22 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ian Woosnam MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 44
Larry Mize 52 52 MC 51 MC MC MC MC 30 MC
Sandy Lyle MC MC MC 44 54 MC MC MC 20 45
Bernhard Langer MC 24 MC 8 25 MC MC MC MC
Harry Ellis
Doug Ghim
Matt Parziale
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