Masters facts and figures: Augusta shockers

Augusta has witnessed some of the best performances in golf's history, but here are some of the least-flattering stats in Masters history...

Billy Casper 2005 Masters
A scoreboard showing Billy Casper's unofficial 106 in the first round of the 2005 Masters
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Augusta National has witnessed some of the best performances in golf's history, but here are some of the least-flattering since the inception of the Masters

Some of the Masters facts and figures that get the attention for all the wrong reasons...

Tom Weiskopf took 13 strokes to complete the par-3 12th in 1980 – an amazing 10-over-par on one hole and the highest official over-par score in Masters history.

Highest ever round: 106 - Billy Casper, first round, 2005 (unofficial). Before the even, Casper was sent a letter by Masters officials asking him to stop playing (he had that right as a past captain). His 106 – which he never turned in a scorecard for – included a 14 at the par-3 16th.

Highest cut: 154 (10-over-par) in 1982

Only 34 players recorded par-or-better scores in 1956. In the first round in 1936, the second round in 1954 and the fourth round in 1956, only two players notched par-or-better scores.

The highest composite score - taken from the highest Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday scores in Masters history – is 372, or 82-over-par.

The highest-ever average round score came during the first round in 1936, where 52 players averaged 78.60

Hole-by-hole – highest scores in Masters history

Hole 1, par 4: 8 (four players) Hole 2, par 5: 10 (two players)

Hole 3, par 4: 8 (Douglas B. Clarke, 1980)

Hole 4, par 3: 8 (Henrik Stenson, 2011)

Hole 5, par 4: 8 (four players)

Hole 6, par 3: 7 (two players) – Jose Maria Olazabal played this hole in five-over-par in 1991 but still managed to claim his first of two Masters titles

Hole 7, par 4: 8 (two players)

Hole 8, par 5: 12 (Frank Walsh, 1935)

Hole 9, par 4: 8 (three players)

Worst possible cumulative front-nine score: 77 (41-over-par)

Hole 10, par 4: 9 (Danny Lee, 2009)

Hole 11, par 4: 9 (four players) Hole 12, par 3: 13 (Tom Weiskopf, 1980) Hole 13, par 5: 13 (“Tommy” Nakajima, 1978)

Hole 14, par 4: 8 (Nick Price, 1993)

Hole 15, par 5: 11 (three players)

Hole 16, par 3: 11 (Herman Barron, 1950)

Hole 17, par 4: 7 (17 players)

Hole 18, par 4: 8 (seven players)

Worst possible cumulative back-nine score: 89 (53-over-par)

 Worst possible cumulative 18-hole score: 166 (94-over-par)

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