The Masters: Key Facts


Excitement is high ahead of the 2016 Masters as Jordan Spieth prepares to defend his title at Augusta National.

We take a look at a selection of key Opta stats ahead of the first major of the year, which begins on Thursday.


- American players have won 10 of the 15 Masters tournaments to be played since the turn of the century.

- No European player has won the Masters since Jose-María Olazabal triumphed in 1999 - the longest active drought for the continent in any of the majors.

- Reigning champion Spieth managed a cumulative score of 54 under par across all four majors in 2015 - a record for a calendar year. After triumphing at Augusta, Spieth also won the U.S. Open before finishing tied fourth at The Open and second at the US PGA Championship.

- Spieth also tied for second at the Masters in 2014 and has yet to shoot an over-par round at Augusta. He tied Tiger Woods' record score of 18 under last year and became the first wire-to-wire winner of the tournament since Raymond Floyd in 1976.

- The Masters remains the only major that Rory McIlroy has not won. After failing to record a top-10 finish in his first five attempts, the Northern Irishman has finished tied eighth and fourth in the last two editions.

- The winner of the last major in 2015, US PGA champion Jason Day, has secured top-10 finishes in 48 per cent of the 21 majors he has played in. His best finish at Augusta came on debut in 2011, when he tied for second.

- Dustin Johnson has been sole leader or tied at the top after the first round in each of the last three majors. He is yet to win a major in 27 attempts, though.

- Each of Bubba Watson's Masters wins, in 2012 and 2014, came after the American had finished second in the preceding month's WGC-Cadillac Championship. Watson again finished second at Doral this March.

- Three of Phil Mickelson's five major wins have come at Augusta, in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He has also finished in the top 10 on 15 of his 23 visits to the Masters, his best ratio at any major.

- Lee Westwood has managed four top-10 finishes in the last six Masters, more than any other player over that period. However, the Englishman is winless in 71 major appearances.