The Masters: By the numbers

Most golf fans could tell you that Tiger Woods has four Masters Tournament titles to his name, or that Jack Nicklaus was 46 years old when he won his sixth Green Jacket in 1986. With that in mind, offers up some of the more obscure numbers associated with the first Major Championship of the year.

1.50 – A Pimento Cheese sandwich, a staple of any patron’s lunch options at Augusta National Golf Club, costs just $1.50.

4 – Only four albatrosses have been made at the Masters – Gene Sarazen in 1935, Bruce Devlin in 1967, Jeff Maggert in 1994 and Louis Oosthuizen in 2012.

– There have been five wire-to-wire winners – Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Raymond Floyd (1976) and Jordan Spieth (2015).

– Between 1960 and 1966, all seven editions of the tournament were won by either Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus or Gary Player.

11 – Only 11 men have won the Masters and the Par 3 Contest, but never in the same year. Those men are Sam Snead (won the Masters in 1949, 1952 and 1954), Art Wall Jnr (1959), Arnold Palmer (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964), Gay Brewer (1969), Tom Watson (1977, 1981), Tommy Aaron (1973), Ben Crenshaw (1984, 1995), Raymond Floyd (1976), Vijay Singh (2000), Sandy Lyle (1988) and Mark O’Meara (1998).

12 – Scott Verplank has the lowest cumulative score over one week on the iconic par three 12th hole. The American made birdie every day in 2003.

15 – Jack Nicklaus has 15 top fives at the Masters.

17 – There have been 17 play-offs in Masters history. The first was in 1935, in just the second edition of the event, when Gene Sarazen beat Craig Wood.

32 – The average age of a Masters Champion is 32.

50 – Arnold Palmer made 50 consecutive Masters appearances (1955-2004), more than anybody else.

69 – Since the inception of the Official World Golf Ranking, no Masters winner was ranked lower than Angel Cabrera when he won in 2009. The Argentinean was World Number 69 when he ran out a winner at Augusta National.

87 – The number of players who will compete at Augusta National this year, the lowest figure since 1997.

89 – Tiger Woods is 89 under par for his 20 appearances.

95 – Doug Ford is the oldest-living Masters winner (1957) at the age of 95. Jack Burke (1956) is also 95, but was born five months after Ford.

1934 – Ross Somerville made the first hole-in-one at the Masters in 1934. The amateur used a mashie niblick from 145 yards.

2005 – Tiger Woods is the last man to open with an over par score (74) and win the tournament. He did so in 2005, when he ended up beating Chris DiMarco in a play-off.