Breaking down Round 1 stats from Augusta
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.