The Masters 2021: Course stats for this year's opening major championship at Augusta National

Augusta National, home of The Masters and the opening golf major of 2021
The unmistakable Augusta National, home of The Masters

Augusta National's notoriously treacherous greens play a huge role in deciding every golfer's fate at The Masters. Check out our course stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"Rarely in PGA Tour events does anyone average more than two putts per green. However, at Augusta, only one player in the last eight editions (2013-20) has managed to average below 2.0 (GiR) for 72 holes."

Approximately five months after the major championship circus last departed Augusta National , the world's elite are back in town to contest the 2021 Masters.

Not since 1970-71, has the last major of one campaign, also opened the following year's calendar.

Back then, Dave Stockton's reign as PGA champion lasted barely six months before Jack Nicklaus collected his ninth major title at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.

When the 2020 Masters was held mid-November, having been rescheduled following last spring's Covid-lockdown, the weather was cooler, which meant the ball travelled shorter distances through the air and there was less run on softer fairways.

Approach shots required a little more club than usual, although putting surfaces remained incredibly quick.

If you examine data from the last five editions (view Masters Stats (2016-20) below), you will see how softer fairways, less run and marginally slower greens played their parts during last November's tournament.

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More golfers managed to keep their tee shots on the fairway in 2020, than during the previous four events, and this was replicated for Greens in Regulation which yielded a higher average percentage success rate. There were also fewer putts taken on greens, although the tournament average remained much higher than at all other PGA Tour events.

When the golfers meet up again this week, playing conditions at Augusta are likely to have 'returned to normal' for its early to mid-April slot.

Remarkable putting data

Generally speaking, hitting fairways off the tee has never been a major issue at Augusta. Over the previous five years (2016-20), only three of the 29 regular courses had a higher average percentage for Driving Accuracy.

But from there it becomes so much more difficult for approach shots to remain on putting surfaces - certainly not helped by Augusta's incredibly fast and undulating greens.

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As for the greens, the stats are astounding. Rarely in PGA Tour events does anyone average more than two putts per green.

However, at Augusta, only one player in the last eight editions (2013-20) has managed to average below 2.0 (GiR) for 72 holes.

Not including tournaments at Augusta, the Tour average for the years 2016-20 is 1.749 yet, in The Masters, it's 2.668. Quite a stark reminder of what putting surfaces are like in The Masters.

All about accurate iron play

What is particularly telling is the importance of the Greens in Regulation and Putting tables at Augusta.

Five of the last eight champions topped the Putting stats, with two of the other three winners ending up second in this table. The odd one out is Danny Willet in 2016.

Regarding Greens in Regulation, five of the last eight winners registered a top-three position in this category.

And an analysis undertaken by Golf magazine a few years ago suggests that accuracy with the irons play a greater role at Augusta than in any other event.

According to this study, there was little difference between the percentage of putts holed in the 3-10 foot range at The Masters, as in other Tour events. But from outside 20-25 feet, the difference is quite abrupt.

Therefore, the player who consistently hits his iron shots to within 10 feet of the flag, has a much greater advantage at Augusta than at the majority of Tour layouts.

And if you can limit the number of times you end three-putting - which will certainly happen frequently here - your chances will be better than most.

Click here to view Augusta Scoring Ratings (and explanation) for The Masters (2015-20)

Masters Stats (2016-20)


Putting Averages for Greens Hit in Regulation*
`16: 3.059
`17: 2.737
`18: 2.569
`19: 2.521
`20: 2.484

Driving Accuracy (%)*
`16: 66.42
`17: 65.11
`18: 67.79
`19: 68.38
`21: 70.35

Greens in Regulation (%)*
`16: 57.47
`17: 63.07
`18: 65.02
`19: 66.16
`21: 67.92
* - Tournament averages for those completing at least 54 holes.

Course Comparisons (1.1.16 - 31.12.20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
67.69: Augusta National (Masters) (4/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
64.03: Augusta National (Masters) (21/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.789: Chapultepec (WGC Mexico Ch'ship) (28/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Augusta Champions (2013-20)


Category positions: GiR & Putting (GiR)
`20: Dustin Johnson (GiR - 1st); (Putts - 1st)
`19: Tiger Woods (GiR - 1st); (Putts - 1st)
`18: Patrick Reed (GiR - 21st); (Putts - 2nd)
`17: Sergio Garcia (GiR - 2nd); (Putts - 1st)
`16: Danny Willett (GiR - 31st); (Putts - 36th)
`15: Jordan Spieth (GiR - 3rd); (Putts - 1st)
`14: Bubba Watson (GiR - 5th); (Putts - 2nd)
`13: Adam Scott (GiR - 1st); (Putts - 1st)

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Augusta National Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 1 2 10 4 6 MC 13 38
Justin Thomas 4 12 17 22 39
Jon Rahm 7 9 4 27
Collin Morikawa 44
Bryson DeChambeau 34 29 38 21
Xander Schauffele 17 2 50
Patrick Reed 10 36 1 MC 49 22 MC
Tyrrell Hatton MC 56 44 MC
Webb Simpson 10 5 20 MC 29 28 MC MC 44
Patrick Cantlay 17 9 MC 47
Rory McIlroy 5 21 5 7 10 4 8 25 40 15
Brooks Koepka 7 2 11 21 33
Tony Finau 38 5 10
Viktor Hovland 32
Daniel Berger 32 27 10
Matt Fitzpatrick 46 21 38 32 7 MC
Jordan Spieth 46 21 3 11 2 1 2
Billy Horschel 38 56 MC 17 MC 37
Sung Jae Im 2
Paul Casey 38 MC 15 6 4 6 MC 38
Lee Westwood 38 18 2 46 7 8 3 11
Harris English 42 MC
Scottie Scheffler 19
Matthew Wolff MC
Tommy Fleetwood 19 36 17 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 13 32 19 11 7 5 MC 54 27
Ryan Palmer 33 MC 10
Louis Oosthuizen 23 29 12 41 15 19 25 MC 2 MC
Joaquin Niemann MC
Adam Scott 34 18 32 9 42 38 14 1 8 2
Victor Perez 46
Abraham Ancer 13
Cameron Smith 2 51 5 55
Jason Kokrak MC
Kevin Na 13 46 MC 55 12 59 12 MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 38
Kevin Kisner MC 21 28 43 37
Max Homa MC
Marc Leishman 13 49 9 43 MC MC 4
Justin Rose 23 MC 12 2 10 2 14 25 8 11
Sergio Garcia MC MC 1 34 17 MC 8 12 35
Corey Conners 10 46 MC
Shane Lowry 25 MC MC 39 MC
Matt Kuchar MC 12 28 4 24 46 5 8 3 27
Robert MacIntyre
Will Zalatoris
Carlos Ortiz
Bernd Wiesberger 58 24 43 34 22
Jason Day MC 5 20 22 10 28 20 3 Wd 2
Matt Wallace 46 MC
Brian Harman 44 MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC
Si Woo Kim 34 21 24 MC
Brendon Todd MC MC
Matt Jones MC
Lanto Griffin MC
Bubba Watson 57 12 5 MC 37 38 1 50 1 38
Gary Woodland MC 32 MC MC MC 26 Wd 24
Ian Poulter 25 12 44 49 6 20 MC 7 27
Sebastian Munoz 19
Dylan Frittelli 5 MC
Danny Willett 25 MC MC MC 1 38
Cameron Champ 19
Martin Laird MC 57 20
Michael Thompson 25
Francesco Molinari MC 5 20 33 50 MC 19 MC
Phil Mickelson 55 18 36 22 MC 2 MC 54 3 27
Zach Johnson 51 58 36 MC MC 9 MC 35 32 MC
Henrik Stenson MC 36 5 MC 24 19 14 18 40 MC
Robert Streb MC MC
Jim Herman MC
Stewart Cink MC 14 25 50 MC
CT Pan 7
Hudson Swafford MC
Brian Gay 38
Charl Schwartzel 25 MC MC 3 MC 38 MC 25 50 1
Jimmy Walker 60 36 20 18 29 38 8
Bernhard Langer 29 62 38 MC 24 MC 8 25 MC
Mike Weir 51 MC MC MC MC MC 44 MC MC MC
Fred Couples MC MC 38 18 MC 20 13 12 15
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC MC MC MC 34 50 MC MC
Vijay Singh Ret MC 49 MC MC 54 37 38 27 MC
Sandy Lyle MC MC MC MC MC MC 44 54 MC MC
Larry Mize MC MC MC 52 52 MC 51 MC MC MC
Tyler Strafaci
Ian Woosnam MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Joe Long
Ollie Osborne

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