The Masters 2019: Course and current form stats for the season's first major

Augusta National: Home of The Masters
The iconic 12th hole at Augusta National where the hopes of many have come to grief in Rae's Creek

Andy Swales provides course and current form stats ahead of this week's opening Major Championship of 2019 at Augusta National...

"Although short hitters rarely prosper at Augusta, it’s never simply been about raw power. It’s more vital here than anywhere to find the best angle to attack the pin."

If it's the second weekend of April, it must be The Masters and the first major championship of 2019.

In theory, it should always be slightly easier trying to assess the fortunes of those taking part at Augusta National, than in the other three slams, because it is the only major to be staged over the same course every year.

It also helps that the field is considerably smaller than those at The Open, US Open and PGA Championship.

Getting The Best Out Of Augusta National

Although short hitters rarely prosper at Augusta, it's never simply been about raw power.

Despite its generous fairways and little rough, there's so much more to shooting low scores here than just blasting a long, straight ball off a tee.

In order to take advantage of a long drive, it's more vital here than anywhere to find the best angle to attack the pin from the fairway.

And this is because Augusta has some of the most treacherous putting surfaces in professional golf.

The undulating greens, combined with a Stimpmeter reading that is higher than at most events on the PGA Tour, means there is very little room for error in this part of Georgia.

Fast, Slippery And Unforgiving Putting Surfaces

At the majority of tournaments, the Stimpmeter usually clocks somewhere in the region of 11 or 12, but in the majors it can be 13 or 14, making the prospect of three-putting a real danger.

So, to reduce the likelihood of suffering from this most annoying of outcomes, the key is to find the right area of the fairway, from where an accurate iron approach will help to diminish (although never completely eliminate at this venue) the probability of taking three stabs.

The last thing a golfer needs is to leave a putt of more than 18 to 20 feet, when the focus can suddenly change from 'trying to make birdie' to 'trying to prevent three putts'.

The ultimate heartbreak befell Tom Weiskopf 50 years ago this month when he had 13 three-putts over 72 holes, to finish joint-second, one shot behind winner George Archer - and you can bet there will be many more sob stories this week when it comes to Augusta's soul-destroying and slippery putting surfaces.

Thus good course management, the ability to drive long and accurately with the aim of leaving a short iron into the green, will pay dividends at The Masters, not to mention a solid putting stroke and a strong nerve. That's what it takes to win around Augusta.

THREE TOP-10s AT AUGUSTA (Since Jan 1st, 2014)
Dustin Johnson
Justin Rose
Rory McIlroy
Jordan Spieth
Paul Casey

THREE TOP-10s (Since Start of February this year)
Dustin Johnson
Rory McIlroy
Justin Thomas
Jon Rahm
Paul Casey
Matt Kuchar
Sergio Garcia
Justin Harding
Si Woo Kim

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W14 W13 W12 W11 W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3
Dustin Johnson 40 6 5 1 9 45 1 16
Justin Rose 9 8 63 MC 1 34
Rory McIlroy 9 1 6 2 4 5
Brooks Koepka 56 56 MC 2 27 57 9
Justin Thomas 24 35 30 9 2 3
Bryson DeChambeau 40 20 46 56 15 6 1
Francesco Molinari 3 56 1 17
Patrick Reed 24 MC 47 50 14 22 56 13
Rickie Fowler 17 47 40 2 36 1 66
Jon Rahm 24 6 12 45 9 10 5 6
Jordan Spieth 30 24 MC 54 51 45 35
Xander Schauffele 24 MC 14 15 10 25
Paul Casey 9 1 MC 3 25 2 2
Tiger Woods 5 30 10 15 20
Tommy Fleetwood 24 5 3 19 28 45 16 42
Jason Day 61 MC 8 Wd 4 5
Tony Finau 61 40 22 25 15 38 MC 13
Matt Kuchar 7 2 26 50 28 22 4
Bubba Watson 40 4 56 17 27 15 4
Marc Leishman 9 MC 23 62 4 43
Louis Oosthuizen 5 2 56 MC 25 MC 4
Patrick Cantlay 24 MC 6 15 MC 9
Phil Mickelson 40 MC MC 39 37 1 MC 2
Gary Woodland 17 MC 30 36 17 7 9
Webb Simpson 56 MC 16 36 39 20
Kevin Kisner 1 24 22 23 27 28 26 57
Hideki Matsuyama 24 8 33 19 9 15 3
Sergio Garcia 5 54 22 9 6 37 Dq 3 7
Cameron Smith 61 56 MC 6 49 15 9
Adam Scott 12 MC 7 MC 2
Alexander Noren 17 MC MC 62 44 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 24 30 MC 3 19 25 22 MC 11
Ian Poulter 17 56 23 3 6 3 6
Keegan Bradley 40 MC 16 46 10 51 67 35
Matthew Fitzpatrick 61 41 2 27 MC 16 4
Matt Wallace 40 30 6 20 33 MC 2 16
Tyrrell Hatton 9 MC MC 29 19 MC 15 38 MC
Hao Tong Li 52 9 MC MC 19 2 12 MC
Henrik Stenson 9 24 MC 17 54 MC MC MC
Eddie Pepperell 56 3 57 67 MC 38 49
Billy Horschel MC 24 26 50 16 45 39 8
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 40 MC 23 MC 3 MC 33 MC MC
Branden Grace 9 MC 72 33 MC 28 2 MC 27
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 4 30 12 69 29 49
JB Holmes MC* 17 MC MC 1 MC 26 MC
Charles Howell 24 35 15 14 6 20 34
Kyle Stanley 52 24 MC MC MC 58 MC MC MC
Justin Harding MC 17 2 1 MC 26 4 11 7 51
Shane Lowry 24 MC MC 62 MC 12 1
Brandt Snedeker 24 30 5 50 MC 55 62
Thorbjorn Olesen 40 41 MC 45 MC 7 MC
Kevin Na 5 MC* MC 36 33 60
Emiliano Grillo 40 26 MC 58 33 52
Keith Mitchell 40 47 6 1 MC MC 73 MC
Si Woo Kim 4 61 56 MC 3 4 MC 29 40
Satoshi Kodaira 24 37 MC MC 51 MC 72 MC
Aaron Wise 40 MC 40 19 MC MC MC
Shugo Imahira 39 Wd
Danny Willett 42 MC MC 27 33 25 MC
Corey Conners 1 MC 41 MC MC MC MC
Zach Johnson 24 MC 40 59 39 28
Charley Hoffman 2 18 MC MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Stewart Cink MC MC MC MC* 50 MC
Patton Kizzire 60 MC* MC 27 MC MC
Kevin Tway MC MC MC MC MC MC 43
Charl Schwartzel 61 MC MC 16 6 Wd MC MC MC
Jimmy Walker 30 67 58 MC 74 MC 44 MC
Adam Long MC MC* 10 MC MC MC MC MC 1
Andrew Landry MC 46 47 MC MC MC 60 28
Martin Kaymer 42 71 33 67 60 MC 24 22
Michael Kim MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Trevor Immelman MC 59 57 MC MC
Vijay Singh MC MC 6 MC
Takumi Kanaya
Angel Cabrera MC MC MC
Bernhard Langer
Fred Couples MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC
Mike Weir MC MC 35 41 MC MC
Sandy Lyle
Larry Mize
Ian Woosnam
Viktor Hovland 40 MC
Jovan Rebula MC
Kevin O`Connell
Alvaro Ortiz
Devon Bling
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Dustin Johnson 10 4 6 MC 13 38 38 30
Justin Rose 12 2 10 2 14 25 8 11 20
Rory McIlroy 5 7 10 4 8 25 40 15 MC 20
Brooks Koepka 11 21 33
Justin Thomas 17 22 39
Bryson DeChambeau 38 21
Francesco Molinari 20 33 50 MC 19 MC 30
Patrick Reed 1 MC 49 22 MC
Rickie Fowler 2 11 MC 12 5 38 27 38
Jon Rahm 4 27
Jordan Spieth 3 11 2 1 2
Xander Schauffele 50
Paul Casey 15 6 4 6 MC 38 MC 20
Tiger Woods 32 17 4 40 4 4 6
Tommy Fleetwood 17 MC
Jason Day 20 22 10 28 20 3 Wd 2
Tony Finau 10
Matt Kuchar 28 4 24 46 5 8 3 27 24
Bubba Watson 5 MC 37 38 1 50 1 38 42
Marc Leishman 9 43 MC MC 4 MC
Louis Oosthuizen 12 41 15 19 25 MC 2 MC MC MC
Patrick Cantlay MC 47
Phil Mickelson 36 22 MC 2 MC 54 3 27 1 5
Gary Woodland MC MC MC 26 Wd 24
Webb Simpson 20 MC 29 28 MC MC 44
Kevin Kisner 28 43 37
Hideki Matsuyama 19 11 7 5 MC 54 27
Sergio Garcia MC 1 34 17 MC 8 12 35 45 38
Cameron Smith 5 55
Adam Scott 32 9 42 38 14 1 8 2 18 MC
Alexander Noren MC MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 38 MC 17
Ian Poulter 44 49 6 20 MC 7 27 10 20
Keegan Bradley 52 22 MC 54 27
Matthew Fitzpatrick 38 32 7 MC
Matt Wallace
Tyrrell Hatton 44 MC
Hao Tong Li 32
Henrik Stenson 5 MC 24 19 14 18 40 MC MC 38
Eddie Pepperell
Billy Horschel MC 17 MC 37
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 44 15
Branden Grace 24 27 MC MC MC 18
Lucas Bjerregaard
JB Holmes 50 4 MC
Charles Howell 19
Kyle Stanley 52 MC
Justin Harding
Shane Lowry MC 39 MC
Brandt Snedeker 27 10 MC 37 6 19 15 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 44 6
Kevin Na MC 55 12 59 12 MC MC
Emiliano Grillo 51 17
Keith Mitchell
Si Woo Kim 24 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 28
Aaron Wise
Shugo Imahira
Danny Willett MC MC 1 38
Corey Conners MC
Zach Johnson 36 MC MC 9 MC 35 32 MC 42 MC
Charley Hoffman 12 22 29 9 27
Stewart Cink 14 25 50 MC MC MC
Patton Kizzire MC
Kevin Tway
Charl Schwartzel MC 3 MC 38 MC 25 50 1 30
Jimmy Walker 20 18 29 38 8
Adam Long
Andrew Landry
Martin Kaymer 48 16 49 MC 31 35 44 MC MC MC
Michael Kim
Trevor Immelman MC MC MC MC MC 50 60 15 14 20
Vijay Singh 49 MC MC 54 37 38 27 MC MC 30
Takumi Kanaya
Angel Cabrera MC MC 24 22 MC 2 32 7 18 1
Bernhard Langer 38 MC 24 MC 8 25 MC MC MC
Fred Couples 38 18 MC 20 13 12 15 6 MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC MC MC 34 50 MC MC MC
Mike Weir MC MC MC MC 44 MC MC MC 43 46
Sandy Lyle MC MC MC MC 44 54 MC MC MC 20
Larry Mize MC 52 52 MC 51 MC MC MC MC 30
Ian Woosnam MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Viktor Hovland
Jovan Rebula
Kevin O`Connell
Alvaro Ortiz
Devon Bling

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