Masters 2014: A look back through the numbers
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Four days, four rounds, countless scoring curiosities at the Masters. Here are a few:
• If you’re thinking that long-hitting Bubba Watson ate up the par 5s, well, with an eagle and six birdies he definitely played them well. But Bernhard Langer, a Champions Tour guy, also went 8 under, so it’s not as if Watson won the tournament on the longer holes.
• Chris Kirk played the par 5s best, going 12 under. He birdied the par-5 second all four days, the eighth three times, the 13th three times and the 15th twice. In Round 2, he made birdies on each of them.
• However, Kirk made only two birdies on par 4s – both at No. 10 – and played them in 10 over.
• Kirk bogeyed the par-4 18th all four days.
• The par-5 second? It was also mastered by Bill Haas and Jason Day, each of whom made four birdies. They might be able to tutor Thorbjorn Olesen, who played the second in 4 over, making a double and a triple.
• Rickie Fowler, on the other hand, never figured out the par 5s. He made three bogeys on those holes and played them in just 4 under.
• Adam Scott was 7 under from holes 6 to 18. However, he was 8 over at Nos. 1-5.
• Francesco Molinari could offer testimony that Golden Bell, the par-3 12th, is a little hole with big trouble. He played it in three bogeys and a double.
• On holes 11-14, Molinari went 11 over. He was level par everywhere else.
• Lucas Glover’s trouble spot was the par-4 11th. He made bogey there each day.
• Nick Watney? He had four bogeys at the par-3 fourth.
• No Eisenhower Tree? So what. There still was a brutal green at the other end of the 17th, and a few players made bogey there each day: Billy Horschel, Thomas Bjorn and Fred Couples.
• Horschel also had his problems at Nos. 10 and 11, going 6 over.
• But no one had more trouble at 10 and 11 than Stephen Gallacher, who was 9 over.
• Mike Weir was 9 over for the tournament, 6 over on the 16-17-18 stretch.
• Justin Rose provided a little bit of everything at the par-4 third, recording a 2, a 4, a 5 and a 6.
• Steve Stricker went 4 over at the third, Lee Westwood 3 over.
• Darren Clarke played the par 3s in 9 over. He was level par on the 4s and 5s.
• Avoiding the double bogey was a big challenge at Augusta National. Bubba Watson pulled it off, as did Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker, Thomas Bjorn, Ian Poulter, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Russell Henley.