10 Notes to Know: April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020
Justin Ray
  1. Monday, April 13, marks the 23 years since the final round of Tiger Woods’ victory at the 1997 Masters. Woods set Masters records for margin of victory (12 strokes), scoring (270, -18), and age by a winner (21 years old).
  1. Woods averaged more than 323 yards off the tee that week at Augusta National, 25 yards more than any other player in the field. To this day, that is the longest average driving distance by a player in a single Masters Tournament (Tony Finau, at 316 yards in 2019, is second).
  1. Six years later, on April 13, 2003, Mike Weir became the first man from Canada to win a major championship when he won the Masters in a playoff over Len Mattiace. Weir averaged 26 putts per round for the week, a mark no Masters winner has bettered since.
  1. April 13 is also the anniversary of Adam Scott’s 2013 win, when he became the first Australian player to win the Masters. Scott hit 76 percent of his greens in regulation that week, the most by a Masters winner in 12 years.
  1. Tuesday, April 14, will mark the one-year anniversary of Woods winning the 2019 Masters Tournament. With his historic win, Tiger joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win a green jacket in three different decades.
  1. Woods won his first major, the 1997 Masters, 22 years before his 2019 win. Tiger joined 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.
  1. Wednesday, April 15, is the anniversary of the final round of the 1979 Masters, won by Fuzzy Zoeller. Zoeller was the first player to win in his Masters debut since Gene Sarazen in 1935. No player has done it since.
  1. The 2020 Masters has been rescheduled for November 12-15. The last time one of the four major championships (as they are now defined – Masters, PGA, U.S. Open & The Open) was held in the month of November was 1936. That year, Denny Shute won the PGA Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.
  1. This week, the PGA Tour was scheduled to head to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage. The last player to win the Masters and then win the following week on the PGA Tour was Bernhard Langer in 1985.
  1. There are more than 200 players with 30 or more measured PGA Tour rounds since the beginning of last season. Of that group, the player to lead in strokes gained approach is Collin Morikawa, at 1.19 per round.