TEN NOTES TO KNOW: FINAL ROUND OF THE 2019 MASTERS TOURNAMENT
1. For the first time in 3,955 days, Tiger Woods won a major championship. Woods’ won his fifth green jacket, becoming just the second player in Masters Tournament history to win five or more. Jack Nicklaus has won it six times. At 43 years, 3 months and 16 days old, Woods is the oldest Masters winner since Jack’s win at age 46 in 1986.
2. Woods won his first major, the 1997 Masters, 22 years ago. Tiger joins Jack as the only players to win major championships 20 or more years apart. Nicklaus won majors 24 years apart – the 1962 U.S. Open and the ’86 Masters.
3. Once again, iron play was a massive indicator of success at Augusta National. Tiger led the field in strokes gained approach – over the last five years, players to lead the field in that statistic have finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 1st in the Tournament.
4. Tiger won a major for the first time in eleven years, tying the mark for most years between sequential major victories in a career. Woods is the first player to wait eleven years to add to his major championship tally since Ben Crenshaw at the 1995 Masters.
5. Tiger has now won The Masters in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Woods is one of two players to win The Masters in three different decades, joining – guess who – Nicklaus.
6. For the 24th time in the last 29 years, the Masters winner came from the final grouping on Sunday. Chasing at The Masters continues to be an immensely difficult task on a Sunday – 94 percent of Masters winners have been in the top-five entering the final round.
7. The last man standing between Woods and the Green Jacket on Sunday was Brooks Koepka, who finished tied for second. Koepka is a combined 55-under-par in majors since the 2016 PGA Championship began, 15 shots better than any other player in that span (Rickie Fowler, -40).
8. Before dropping a shot on the seventh hole Sunday, Francesco Molinari put together a run of 49 consecutive holes without a bogey or worse, the second-longest such streak in the history of The Masters. Molinari wound up with four bogeys or worse – two of them double-bogeys. That is tied for the fewest bogeys or worse in the last 30 Masters – Steve Stricker also made just four back in 2009.
9. Dustin Johnson finished tied for second, his best career finish in The Masters. Dustin has now finished runner-up in three of the four majors, missing only the PGA Championship in the ‘second place slam.’ Johnson played holes 13 through 18 in nine-under-par for the week.
10. The most talked about number in all of sports – Jack’s 18 majors – is seemingly back in play for Woods. This was Tiger’s 75th major championship played as a professional. In Jack Nicklaus’ 76th major as a pro, the 1980 PGA Championship, he won major number 17.