2013 Masters Tournament: 5 Important Stats and Facts to Remember
The 2013 Masters Tournament takes place from April 11 till April 14 at Augusta National.
While it's relaxing to sit back and watch the drama unfold from home, there are some very interesting Masters facts worth paying attention to that could provide some foreshadowing to the eventual winner.
However, be sure and keep these lesser-recognized Masters facts in the back of your minds this week.
Let's take a look at a few intriguing facts as they relate to the year's first major.
All historical records and stats from official Masters website
In the storied history of the Masters Tournament, there have only been four wire-to-wire winners. It's incredibly tough to lead at Augusta National from the end of the first round to the end of the final round.
In fact, no golfer has achieved the feat since 1976, when Raymond Floyd went wire-to-wire.
Raymond Floyd 1976
Jack Nicklaus 1972
Arnold Palmer 1960
Craig Wood 1941
Knowing this fact, pay close attention to the top of the leaderboard following the first round.
Attempts Before First Victory
The vast majority of the time, it takes experience at the Masters to don the green jacket.
While no first-time Masters player has won at Augusta National, merely three men have won with only one year of previous experience: Horton Smith (1934), Gene Sarazen (1935) and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979).
Since 2000, only four players have won the year's first major with fewer than five previous Masters appearances.
Winners with Five or Fewer Masters Starts Since 2000
Bubba Watson (3)
Zach Johnson (3)
Mike Weir (4)
Charl Schwartzel (2)
Will another relatively inexperienced pro win like Bubba Watson did last year?
Toughest All-Time Holes at Augusta National
In the 76-year history of the Masters, only four holes at Augusta National boast cumulative averages under par (No. 2, No. 8, No. 13 and No. 15). Instead, 14 holes on the course have lifetime averages over par.
Four Toughest All-Time Holes at Augusta National
No. 1: Par 4 Hole 10 (4.32 average)
No. 2: Par 4 Hole 11 (4.29 average)
Tied - No. 3: Par 3 Hole 12 (3.29 average)
Tied - No. 3: Par 3 Hole 4 (3.29 average)
Holes 10, 11 and 12 historically rank as the hardest at Augusta National.
How will leaders fare on these same holes in 2013?
Birdies to Win Masters
Everyone eagerly awaits the back nine on Sunday at Augusta, but it's extremely rare for a golfer to make a birdie to actually win the Masters.
Since 1934, only six golfers have birdied their final hole to literally win the Masters.
Masters Champions Making Birdie on Final Hole to Win:
Phil Mickelson (2004)
Mark O'Meara (1998)
Sandy Lyle (1988)
Gary Player (1978)
Arnold Palmer (1960)
Art Wall (1959)
It's a fact worth remembering as you watch the final few groups play No. 18 on Sunday.
Holes-in-One at Augusta National
In the 76-year history of the Masters, there has been a hole-in-one made during official tournament action only 23 times. Of those holes, No. 4, 6, 12 and 16, to yield a hole-in-one over the years, No. 16 has given up far more than any of the rest (15 times).
Adam Scott and Bo Van Pelt both aced No. 16 in 2012, while Nathan Green and Ryan Moore accomplished the feat in 2010. That being said, we may well see more holes-in-one in 2013.
Of all the holes-in-one made at the Masters, no player recording an ace has ever won the Masters Tournament in the same year.