RSM present a statistical look back at Tiger Woods’ historic one-shot triumph at the Masters Tournament.
After holding his nerve against a stellar field when the going got tough at Augusta National Golf Club, Woods claimed his fifth Green Jacket and 15th Major title – leaving him just three behind Jack Nicklaus, who holds the record for most Major victories with 18.
At 43 years old, Woods is the oldest player to win the Masters, since Nicklaus triumphed in 1986 – and he is only the second player to win five Green Jackets, also behind Nicklaus, who has six.
The comparisons with Nicklaus don’t stop there. Woods is just the second player after Nicklaus to have a gap of at least 20 years between Major wins – there are 22 years between Woods 1997 Masters win and his victory last week, while there are 24 years between Nicklaus’s 1962 U.S. Open Championship win and his final Major triumph in 1986, at Augusta.
The 14 years between Woods last two Masters wins – in 2019 and 2005 – is also the longest wait between Masters triumphs, a remarkable feat considering how far he had fallen…
In terms of where Woods excelled at Augusta, the key area was in strokes gained approach, where he led the field.
Intriguingly, over the last five years each player who has led this category has finished inside the top three – with three players claiming victory that year: 2015 Jordan Spieth (won), 2016 Danny Willett (won), 2017 Justin Rose (second), 2018 Jordan Spieth (third), 2019 Woods (won).
Let’s take a closer look at Woods overall performance last week….