The Masters 2017: Course and current form stats for the season's first major

Can Rory McIlory justify being one of the favourites for the 2017 Masters?
Can Rory McIlory justify being one of the favourites for the 2017 Masters?

Andy Swales returns with analysis of both course and current form stats ahead of the Masters, focusing on the market leaders. Can Dustin Johnson maintain his incredible form? Will Jordan Spieth bounce back from his 2016 nightmare? Here's the lowdown...

"Jordan Spieth is a mentally-strong competitor and it would be a massive shock if he didn't contend this week."

One of the most fascinating aspects of this week's Masters Tournament will be watching world No 1 Dustin Johnson attempting to continue his remarkable recent run.

The big-hitting American has won his last three events and another on Sunday would make it seven successes during the past 10 months.

However, the pressure on the 32-year-old to clinch a second Major title will be immense and how he copes with the expectation of it all will provide some of the most compelling viewing this weekend.

Gut reaction says he will not make it four-in-a-row, although it would be a massive surprise if he failed to finish in the top half-a-dozen either.

DJ tied-for-fourth 12 months ago and was sixth in 2015.

Another golfer under pressure this week will be Jordan Spieth who in Georgia last year appeared to be coasting towards a successful defence of his Masters title, midway through his final round.

But a back-nine collapse allowed Danny Willett to become an unlikely champion, although Spieth did manage to recover his composure to cross the line in a tie-for-second.

The 23-year-old Texan has never finished lower than second in three Augusta starts and, despite last week's debacle in Houston, he will go into this week's major championship in reasonable, if not tip-top, shape.

His second round 77 in the Shell-sponsored event on Friday was his worst PGA Tour round for over 13 months.

But Spieth is a mentally-strong competitor and it would be a massive shock if he didn't contend this week.

Historically, the cream of world golf usually finds a way of reaching the top end of Augusta's leaderboard by Saturday evening.

This is largely because the Masters has a small select field and that it is played on the same course every year - unlike the other three majors.

There is always a sizable number of former ageing champions who are no longer able to contend with today's top young guns.

It is also a notoriously difficult venue for rookies to learn. Even though recent winners such as Charl Schwartzel (2011), Spieth (2015) and Willett (2016) all triumphed on their second visit to the tournament, only one rookie has worn the Green Jacket in over 80 years - Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

So taking into account former winners over the age of 50, amateurs and rookies, you can reduce the size of an already small field by at least one-third.

Thus experience counts for a lot in the season's first major and making his ninth appearance in the tournament is Rory McIlroy who will be hoping the various pressures on DJ and Spieth will weigh heavily on their shoulders this week.

The 28-year-old will always tee-up as one of favourites, although the one factor that could go against him is his lack of tournament golf in recent months.

Due largely to injury, the Northern Irishman has contested just 12 competitive strokeplay rounds during the last 18 weeks, which is an issue also facing Jason Day - the fourth and final member of the 'World's Big Four'.

The Australian is also undercooked and may struggle emotionally having spent time with his terminally ill mother.

And what about Phil Mickelson who is in decent shape too? His experience around Augusta is immense and, at just a few months short of his 47th birthday, would love to become the oldest-ever Masters champion taking over from Jack Nicklaus who won in 1986 at the age of 46 years and two months.


Masters Stroke Averages

Last five years @ Augusta Nationsl

Average (Rounds)

69.92: Jordan Spieth (12)
71.30: Justin Rose (20)
71.40: Lee Westwood (20)
71.58: Tiger Woods (12)
71.70: Paul Casey (10)
71.71: Dustin Johnson (14)
71.75: Matt Kuchar (20)
71.80: Rory McIlroy (20)
71.89: Louis Oosthuizen (18)
71.94: Phil Mickelson (16)
71.94: Jason Day (17)

Min. No. of Rounds = 10


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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2
Dustin Johnson 1 1 1 3 MC 2
Rory McIlroy 30 4 7 2
Jason Day 58 23 64 5 MC
Hideki Matsuyama 51 45 25 MC 1 33 27
Henrik Stenson MC MC 7 Wd 2 8
Jordan Spieth MC 30 12 22 1 9 3
Adam Scott MC 45 14 11 9
Justin Thomas 39 MC 5 MC 39 MC 1
Rickie Fowler 3 12 16 1 4 MC 36
Alexander Noren 5 49 55 MC 21 13
Sergio Garcia 30 12 14 49 1 11
Patrick Reed MC 51 38 61 59 23 68 12
Justin Rose 15 13 38 4 39 4 2
Jon Rahm 10 2 3 5 16 1 34
Tyrrell Hatton 17 4 10 4 3 13
Paul Casey 9 41 16 11 39 28 58 MC
Danny Willett 39 69 MC 5 54 MC
Bubba Watson 9 34 MC 38 Wd MC
Phil Mickelson 55 5 7 34 65 16 14 21
Branden Grace 39 MC 32 Wd 22 13 13
Matt Kuchar MC 30 22 20 22 MC 9
Brandt Snedeker 17 28 7 MC 4 9 MC
Russell Knox 39 MC 70 MC MC 11
Jimmy Walker MC 39 25 21 11 55 MC MC
Brooks Koepka 9 MC 48 MC MC 42 MC
Rafael Cabrera-Bello MC 17 5 38 37 34 11 6 19
Marc Leishman 9 1 27 MC 24 20 20
Louis Oosthuizen 17 28 48 21 5 3 41
Charl Schwartzel 17 45 6 38 MC MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 17 13 16 68 5 MC
Francesco Molinari 58 7 20 14 MC 14 12
Emiliano Grillo 51 7 52 43 63 33 MC
Tommy Fleetwood 39 10 2 12 MC MC 1
Thomas Pieters 30 MC 5 MC 2 23 MC
Gary Woodland 39 58 38 2 5 MC 20 6
Kevin Kisner 17 2 11 48 10 25 4
JB Holmes MC 51 12 34 23 24 33
Ryan Moore 30 34 18 28 MC 61
Bill Haas 3 41 32 11 17 13
Daniel Berger 5 39 MC 16 MC 7 MC 45
Bernd Wiesberger 23 17 45 3 32 37 4
Yuta Ikeda 51 61 MC MC
Kevin Chappell 44 39 49 55 MC 48 75 MC
Martin Kaymer 17 23 23 4 23 48 4
Scott Piercy 58 MC 32 MC 55 73 41 57
Adam Hadwin 6 1 34 39 12 49 2
Jeunghun Wang 58 23 71 MC MC 1 11
Hideto Tanihara 4 32 15 22 9 27
Ross Fisher 5 3 MC MC 19
Zach Johnson 9 66 58 27 12 MC 6
Kevin Na 9 MC MC 52 4 16 70 36
Charley Hoffman 23 2 MC 4 MC 24 54 MC
Lee Westwood MC 17 28 17 26 23 8
William McGirt 9 MC 28 MC 66 24 MC 49
Byeong Hun An 58 49 49 48 55 6 49 13
Brendan Steele 30 48 14 39 16 20 6
Jim Furyk 30 41 58 39 66
Chris Wood 49 39 28 19 11 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 5 27 32 37 MC MC MC MC
Andy Sullivan 15 58 20 MC 28 73 MC
Jhonattan Vegas 15 17 38 4 15 28 34
Pat Perez 17 17 38 28 14 Wd 4 69
Shane Lowry 51 Wd 14 16 33
Webb Simpson 58 MC 41 39 MC 2 66 13
Si Woo Kim Wd 30 49 Wd 72 MC MC MC MC Wd
Jason Dufner 12 51 11 23 14 25 MC
James Hahn 49 49 41 28 58 MC MC 36
Hudson Swafford 6 10 38 MC MC MC 1 13
Sean O`Hair 49 MC Wd 65 11 66 47 9 11
Roberto Castro MC MC 45 MC MC 28 50
Daniel Summerhays MC MC 52 55 MC 16 MC 36
Russell Henley 1 45 9 43 16 MC 13
Steve Stricker MC 23 42
Mackenzie Hughes 23 MC 32 66 MC 10 MC 54 27
Billy Hurley MC MC 52 28 MC 77 20
Brian Stuard MC 38 27 39 MC 16 77 MC 45
Rod Pampling MC 41 MC MC MC 64
Vijay Singh MC MC MC MC 57
Ernie Els MC MC MC MC MC 13 MC MC
Bernhard Langer #
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC
Mike Weir MC
Trevor Immelman MC MC 29 MC MC MC MC
Angel Cabrera 34 MC MC 54 MC
Fred Couples #
Ian Woosnam #
Mark O`Meara #
Larry Mize #
Sandy Lyle #
Curtis Luck Dq 47 MC 23 49
Scott Gregory
Brad Dalke
Stewart Hagestad
Toto Gana
# Play Senior Tour Golf
Player 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Dustin Johnson 4 6 MC 13 38 38 30
Rory McIlroy 10 4 8 25 40 15 MC 20
Jason Day 10 28 20 3 Wd 2
Hideki Matsuyama 7 5 MC 54 27
Henrik Stenson 24 19 14 18 40 MC MC 38 17 17
Jordan Spieth 2 1 2
Adam Scott 42 38 14 1 8 2 18 MC 25 27
Justin Thomas 39
Rickie Fowler MC 12 5 38 27 38
Alexander Noren
Sergio Garcia 34 17 MC 8 12 35 45 38 MC MC
Patrick Reed 49 22 MC
Justin Rose 10 2 14 25 8 11 20 36 5
Jon Rahm
Tyrrell Hatton
Paul Casey 4 6 MC 38 MC 20 11 10
Danny Willett 1 38
Bubba Watson 37 38 1 50 1 38 42 20
Phil Mickelson MC 2 MC 54 3 27 1 5 5 24
Branden Grace MC MC MC 18
Matt Kuchar 24 46 5 8 3 27 24
Brandt Snedeker 10 MC 37 6 19 15 MC 3
Russell Knox MC
Jimmy Walker 29 38 8
Brooks Koepka 21 33
Rafael Cabrera-Bello 17
Marc Leishman MC MC 4 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 15 19 25 MC 2 MC MC MC
Charl Schwartzel MC 38 MC 25 50 1 30
Matthew Fitzpatrick 7 MC
Francesco Molinari 50 MC 19 MC 30
Emiliano Grillo 17
Tommy Fleetwood
Thomas Pieters
Gary Woodland MC 26 Wd 24
Kevin Kisner 37
JB Holmes 4 MC 25
Ryan Moore MC 12 MC 38 35 14
Bill Haas 24 12 20 20 37 42 26
Daniel Berger 10
Bernd Wiesberger 34 22
Yuta Ikeda MC 29
Kevin Chappell 44
Martin Kaymer 49 MC 31 35 44 MC MC MC MC
Scott Piercy 29 54
Adam Hadwin
Jeunghun Wang
Hideto Tanihara MC
Ross Fisher 47 15 MC 30
Zach Johnson MC 9 MC 35 32 MC 42 MC 20 1
Kevin Na 55 12 59 12 MC MC
Charley Hoffman 29 9 27
Lee Westwood 2 46 7 8 3 11 2 43 11 30
William McGirt
Byeong Hun An MC MC
Brendan Steele MC
Jim Furyk MC 14 25 11 24 MC 10 33 13
Chris Wood 42 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 7 30 MC
Andy Sullivan MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC
Pat Perez MC
Shane Lowry 39 MC
Webb Simpson 29 28 MC MC 44
Si Woo Kim
Jason Dufner MC 49 MC 20 24 30
James Hahn MC
Hudson Swafford
Sean O`Hair 32 MC 30 10 14
Roberto Castro MC
Daniel Summerhays
Russell Henley 21 31 MC
Steve Stricker 28 31 20 47 11 30 6 MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes
Billy Hurley
Brian Stuard
Rod Pampling 37
Vijay Singh MC 54 37 38 27 MC MC 30 14 13
Ernie Els MC 22 MC 13 47 18 MC MC MC
Bernhard Langer 24 MC 8 25 MC MC MC MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC 34 50 MC MC MC MC 44
Mike Weir MC MC 44 MC MC MC 43 46 17 20
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC 50 60 15 14 20 1 55
Angel Cabrera 24 22 MC 2 32 7 18 1 25 37
Fred Couples MC 20 13 12 15 6 MC MC 30
Ian Woosnam MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 44 Wd
Mark O`Meara MC 22 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Larry Mize 52 MC 51 MC MC MC MC 30 MC MC
Sandy Lyle MC MC 44 54 MC MC MC 20 45 43
Curtis Luck
Scott Gregory
Brad Dalke
Stewart Hagestad
Toto Gana

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