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Crazy golf: 10 reasons why you should love the U.S. Masters

by Josh Powell | April 9, 2013

1. Incredible shots like this one from Louis Oosthuizen in 2012

2. And this one from Bubba Watson to win the Masters last year

3. There are loads of mind-blowing stats like this

  • There have been 23 holes in one at the US Masters, with 65 per cent of them coming on the 16th hole
  • Phil Mickelson has played in the US Masters on 17 occasions and 71 per cent of the time he has finished in the top 10
  • ‘Lefty’ also holds the record for the most birdies at a US Masters. Making 25 in the 2001 tournament
  • 30 per cent of the time the US Masters is decided in a play-off
  • In 2009 Dustin Johnson became just one of three players to hit four eagles in one tournament. The other two are Tiger Woods and Bruce Crampton
  • Justin Rose has led the US Masters four times and never won #Bottler
  • 14 per cent of Champions are over par after the first 18 holes
GET IN: Keegan Bradley shows his appreciation for awesome stats about the US Masters

GET IN: Keegan Bradley shows his appreciation for awesome stats about the US Masters

4. Tiger Woods is back at his incredible best

  • World number one
  • Four-time Masters winner
  • Youngest ever Masters champion at 21-years-old in 1997
  • Lowest ever US Masters winning score – 18 under par
  • Widest ever winning margin in 1997 – 12 shots ahead of Tom Kite
  • In 18 US Masters tournaments, Tiger has finished in the top five 10 times. That is a 55 per cent strike rate

5. How could we mention Tiger and not include this piece of genius?

6. Some people just can’t pull off the green jacket (We’re looking at you Nick Faldo)

Nick Faldo Green Jacket

7. But some people were born to wear it

Mickelson and Tiger

8. Golfers love playing in the US Masters

‘The course is perfection and it asks perfection.’ Three-time US Masters winner Sir Nick Faldo

‘I always said if they have a golf course like this in heaven, I want to be the head pro.’ Three-time US Masters winner Gary Player

‘If the Masters offered no money at all, I would be here trying just as hard.’ Two-time US Masters winner Ben Hogan

‘If you don’t get goose bumps when you walk into this place, you don’t have a pulse’. Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton

The Masters

9. It has all the ingredients for a major meltdown

1996Greg Norman blows a six stroke lead on the final day. After going into the final round 13-under-par Norman shot a 78 to hand Nick Faldo victory.

1979 – Second round and third round leader Ed Snead held a five shot lead going into the final day. He bogeyed the last three holes on his final round to card a 76 and then lost in a play-off against the fantastically named Fuzzy Zoeller.

2011Rory McIlroy lead after each of the first three rounds and after the first nine on the fourth round, but crumbled spectacularly. Despite holding a five shot lead going in to day four McIlroy hit eight over par on the final day to card a fourth round total of 80. He made a triple-bogey on the 10th and a four-putt double-bogey on the 12th, eventually finishing in 15th place – 10 shots off the lead.

1956Ken Venturi led for the entire tournament but in difficult conditions the American scored six-over-par on the back nine holes of the final round. A day four score of 80 handed the green jacket to Jack Burke Jr who won the tournament by one shot.

10. Paddy Power is refunding losing bets if your golfer eagles the 13th hole on Sunday!

MB BIR masters

And as a bonus here is an awkward Bubba Watson handshake with Augusta Chairman Billy Payne…

Awkward Bubba Watson handshake

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