Welcome to a new edition of The Masters 2017! Golf’s most eagerly anticipated and prestigious competition is back with us, starting on Thursday 6th April and culminating on Sunday 9th. If it’s anything like last year’s antics, where Myprotein ambassador and Sheffield-born lad Danny Willett took the green jacket, it’s going to make for compelling viewing.
Last year, 29-year-old Danny Willett took the crown, in doing so becoming the first Great Briton to win the competition since 1996 when Nick Faldo picked up the title. It was an amazing achievement for dark horse Danny, but he’s still got some way to go before he racks up six titles like Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986) or even four like Arnold Palmer (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964) and Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005).
Danny’s win gives England its fourth overall title, or the UK’s sixth if you add in Scotsman Sandy Lyle’s 1988 win and Welshman Ian Woosnam’s victory in 1991. Add all these together and still the total pales into insignificance when compared to the 59 wins of the USA.
Total Wins by Country
|USA – 59||Wales – 1|
|South Africa – 4||Fiji – 1|
|England – 4||Canada – 1|
|Spain – 4||Argentina – 1|
|Germany – 2||Australia – 1|
|Scotland – 1|
Average Age of Masters Winners
At the age of 28, Danny Willett was under the average age of Master’s winners, which currently stands at 32.5 years old. Tigers Woods (21 years, 3 months) in 1997 and Jordan Spieth (21 years, 8 months) in 2015 are the youngest players to don the famous green jacket with Jack Nicklaus at the tender age of 46, being the oldest player to win the championship, achieving this in 1986.
It’s a Fairway To…The White House?
Ahead of this year’s instalment, we took a look at some intriguing trivia surrounding famous American monuments and institutes, distances and shots. We decided to look at two of the biggest hitters on the tour: Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson.
How many shots would it take Bubba and Rory if they were teeing off from hole 1 Tea Olive at Augusta and heading to the lawn outside the White House?
At a distance of 465 miles (as the crow flies), and if both players were driving at maximum capacity, it would take Rory 1,877 shots and Bubba 1,930 shots. Out of interest it would take big hitter Dustin Johnson around 300 shots more!
Going a little bit further up the east coast and towards the Statue of Liberty at 662 miles away, or 1,165,120 yards, Bubba would be there in 2,748 shots and Rory a few less with 2,672. At 1,698 miles away, Yellowstone National Park is a heftier ask – Rory would be there after 6,854 shots and Bubba in 7,048.
Last year Danny Willett won with a total of 283 shots over 4 rounds. If Rory was to drive the ball from Augusta to Danny’s home town of Sheffield, it would take an amazing 16,643 shots, or about 238 winning-standard rounds at The Masters!
Other facts and stats from The Masters, Augusta
✓ Total course length – 7,435 yards
✓ Total holes in one during competition – 27 since 1934
✓ Lowest single round – 63 (Nick Price, 1986 and Greg Norman, 1996)
✓ Highest single round – 95 (Charles Kunkle, 1956)
✓ Lowest total 4 rounds – 270 (Tiger Woods, 1997 and Jordan Spieth, 2015)
We asked Danny Willett how we felt about defending his Master’s title in three words; he said, “mega, proud, excited.”