Eighty seven players are set to tee off at the Masters this week, the joint-smallest Augusta field since 1997. Each player will hold varying levels of hope and expectation as they prepare to make the drive down the most famous road in golf, we're talking about Magnolia Lane of course.
Here at The Sportsman we’ve flicked through the history books and plucked out nuggets of Masters gold, from 0 to 20, plus a few dazzling special features at the end.
No player has ever won the famous Masters par-3 contest, and then gone on to double up and grab the Green Jacket.
Can the World No.1 bag his second major success? Justin Rose leads the way in the rankings and can draw on an impressive record at Augusta, having finished runner-up twice in the last four years.
Bubba Watson has more Masters triumphs than any other player over the last dozen years: 2012 and 2015. The American, who finished T5 last time out, is very hit-and-miss at the Masters but when he’s firing on all cylinders he’s an absolute delight to watch. He’ll once again be bidding to join an elite category of eight players that have won 3+ Masters.
Brooks Koepka has won three of the last six majors, a simply astonishing statistic. In his first three appearances at the Masters he’s finished T33, T21, and T11, so if he carries on along this trend he’ll win it in his fourth showing this week...
Each of the last four winners of the Masters have been first-time winners: defending champion Patrick Reed, alongside Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, and Jordan Spieth.
It’s about time we mentioned Tiger. Mr Woods is aiming for a 5th Green Jacket as he bids to end that elusive run for his 15th major, having last been victorious at the 2008 US Open. Just imagine the scenes…
Jack Nicklaus has won the Masters a staggering SIX times, achieved between 1963 and 1986. A record that’s unlikely to be topped anytime soon. In his last success he was 46-years-old, making him the oldest winner of all time.
Tiger Woods and Steve Pate are the only two players to have ever recorded seven straight birdies in a round.
How’s this for a comeback. Jack Burke Jr. was a whopping EIGHT shots back heading into the final round of the 1956 Masters, but somehow conjured up a quite staggering comeback to finish top of the pile.
It took former winners Fred Couples and Angel Cabrera 9 attempts to win their first Masters. This time out Dustin Johnson will be making his ninth appearance at Augusta...
Ten of the last 13 major winners have gone the way of a first-time winner. We’ve already touched upon that fact that the last four Masters victors have all been first-timers. Could this trend continue in 2019?
Ten years ago Anthony Kim broke the record for the most birdies in a single round, bagging 11.
He’s cropping up quite frequently now, our Tiger. The four-time winner holds the record for largest winning margin, when he incredibly roared to 18 under-par back in 1997 - his first Masters success. A whopping 12 strokes ahead of second place.
Sergio Garcia, the 2017 champ, endured somewhat of a stinker last year when he carded a 13 on the par-5 15th in his opening round. During that horror hole he plopped the ball into the water a grand total of FIVE times.
Remember what you were doing at 14? Well, back in 2013, not only did Guan Tianlang become the youngest player ever to compete in the Masters - 14 years, 168 days - he became the youngest to ever make the cut in a major championship. Stunning.
15th, the position Rory McIlroy finished in 2011. At the start of day four he was four shots clear but then disaster struck, as he shot the worst ever final round by a leader, 80. Ouch.
The 16th hole has had more hole-in-one successes (20) than the other 17 holes combined (9).
Seventeen different players have won the Masters on multiple occasions. 9 of which have succeded twice, including the aforementioned Bubba Watson. Five players have jubilantly put on the Green Jacket on three separate occasions, while Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer are both on four, topped only by Jack Nicklaus on six.
The World Ranking of defending champ Patrick Reed who will be bidding to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods, in 2001 and 2002.
It took Sergio Garcia a whopping 19 attempts - a record - to get his mitts on the Green Jacket. But it was worth the wait.
We’ll end on Tiger. When he stormed to victory for the first time in 1997 he shattered 20 records!
Here’s a few other juicy mentions to get the taste buds tingling ahead of Thursday’s showcase spectacle.
$2.50 - Price of a Masters Club sandwich
21 - Tiger Woods can lay claim to being the youngest ever Masters winner. Aged just 21 years and 104 days he blew apart the field in 1997 to win his first major
29 - Aces in Masters history
41 - Mark O'Meara, the last player to win in his 40s, back in 1998.
52 - The record number of appearances, by Gary Player
60 - The amount of Masters that have been won by Americans
63 - The course record, held by both Greg Norman and Nick Price
72 par, 7,475 yards - par and course length in 2019
$250 - The cost of producing a Green Jacket
1934 - The first ever Masters
2,500/1 - The price of the 1991 champ Ian Woosnam to win again this year
$1,980,000 - How much last year’s winner, Patrick Reed, took home in prize money