Why is the Masters typically dominated by the USA?

The US has 59 Masters victories, GB&I have just five and there's been no European wins since José María Olazábal in 1999.

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The US has 59 Masters victories, with just five wins from GB&I and no European wins since José María Olazábal in 1999.

The Masters has been won by Americans on 59 occasions, which is by far the most by any nation.

In the last 15 years the US has ten Masters victories - in the same time span they have won six US Open wins, eight Opens and eight USPGA's.

It's now 17 years since a European triumphed when José María Olazábal donned the green jacket for a second time in 1999.

There hasn't been a British winner at Augusta for 20 years since Nick Faldo won in 1996, whereas in the last 20 years Britain has won three US Opens, three Opens and two USPGA Championships.

With 59 wins, USA are comfortably on top - South Africa has the second-most with five.

Jack Nicklaus 1986 Masters

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for Masters wins with six

Gary Player was the first international winner of the tournament, and in the last 16 years South Africa has two wins and seven runner-ups.

Player's triumph in 1961 put a stop to 24-straight American wins and his second green jacket in 1974 came after 12 more home-nation victories.

We know that a predominantly right-to-left ball flight helps and with the course getting longer and longer over the years the power hitters have been featuring high on the leaderboard.

Bubba Watson has a game that suits the layout perfectly, his right-to-left fade is the required shape at Augusta and comes down softly on the firm, undulating greens.

However golf at the top level is now more international than it has ever been.

The UK boasts the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose who have both come agonisingly close at Augusta in recent years.

Charl Schwartzel won The Masters in 2011 and his compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace both have the potential to bring home another South African victory.

With Adam Scott and Jason Day Australian golf is now stronger than it's ever been.

This year's tournament could be the most open in years.






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