Breaking down Round 1 stats from Augusta

Fred Couples walks to the 15th green during the first round of the Masters.

Fred Couples walks to the 15th green during the first round of the Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - From the stats department, some numbers to chew on as you settle in to watch the Masters on Friday:

  • Fred Couples, who shot 66 in Round 1 to take the outright lead, has been the leader/co-leader after the first round 18 times on the PGA Tour. He has converted three into victory. The last time he led the Masters after Round 1 was in 1998. He tied for second that year.
  • Only two first-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win on the PGA Tour this year – Ryan Palmer (Sony Open) and Dustin Johnson (Pebble Beach).
  • The 495-yard par-4 10th played toughest on Thursday with a 4.458 average. The 530-yard par-5 15th played easiest at 4.708.
  • Nine eagles were recorded in Round 1.
  • Keep an eye on these pins: No. 1, which is 15 paces on and five paces from the left; No. 11, which is six paces on and four from the left; No. 13, which is 14 paces on and 5 from the left; and No. 18, which is 29 paces on and six from the right.
  • Dustin Johnson led the field in driving distance at 305.5 yards. Alvaro Quiros was second at 304.5. They are paired together in Rounds 1 and 2.
  • Sam Snead is the older winner of a PGA Tour event. He was 52 years, 10 months, 8 days when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.
  • At 46, Jack Nicklaus is the oldest winner of the Masters. Julius Boros, the oldest major champions, was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.
  • Of the Champions Tour players in the hunt at Augusta, Fred Couples (66) is 50, Tom Waston (67) is 60, Sandy Lyle (69) is 52 and Berhard Langer (71) is 52.
  • Three of Tom Watson’s last five rounds in a major have been at par or better.
  • Since 1934, only 10 players have won the week before a major. Anthony Kim, who won in Houston last week, is tied for seventh after Round 1 at Augusta.
  • Phil Mickelson has finished in the top 10 at the Masters 12 times in 16 starts.
  • Y.E. Yang, the 2009 PGA champion, shot 67 on Thursday. He missed the cut last year and finished T-30 in 2007.
  • David Toms’ 69 in Round 1 was just the second time he has broken 70 in 37 career rounds at the Masters.
  • Jim Furyk shot 80 on Thursday. The last time he carded 80 or higher came at the 2002 U.S. Open.
  • Only once has international players won the Masters in three consecutive years. From 1988-91, international players won four straight green jackets – Sandy Lyle (1988), Nick Faldo (1989), Nick Faldo (1990) and Ian Woosnam (1991).
  • Tiger Woods has had over 1,300 playing partners in his career on Tour. Only 18 have gone on to victory. The average finish of his playing partners is 22nd.
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