Masters facts and figures: part 1

Gary Player at the 2013 Masters
South African Gary Player holds the record for the most Masters appearances
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We take a look at some eye-catching Masters stats ahead of the first major of 2015 at Augusta National

How well do you know your Masters stats? For instance, did you know that Tiger Woods still holds the record for the lowest 72 hole total - a record he set in 1997 when he captured the first of his 15 major championships.


Below, we list some eye-catching facts and figures from the year’s first major championship:

Low Masters Round: 63 - Nick Price 1986, third round; Greg Norman 1996, first round

Low first 18: 63 - Greg Norman, first round, 1996

Low 36: 131 - Raymond Floyd, 1976 (65-66)

Low 54: 201 - Raymond Floyd 1976 (65-66-70); Tiger Woods 1997 (70-66-65)

Low 72: 270 - Tiger Woods - 1997 (70-66-65-69)

High Masters Round: 106 - Billy Casper, first round, 2005 (unofficial)

High 72: 340 - Charles Kunkle, 1956 (78-82-85-95)

Lowest cut: 145 (one-over-par) – 1979, 1992, 1995, 2001, 2009, 2011

Lowest front-nine score: 30 (Johnny Miller, 1975; Greg Norman, 1988; KJ Choi, 2004; David Toms, 1998)

Lowest back-nine score: 29 (Mark Calcavecchia, 1992; David Toms, 1998)

Most contrasting round: Jack Cupit, 1963 (34-48)

Most Birdies in career: 506 - Jack Nicklaus

Most Birdies in single tournament: 25 - Phil Mickelson, 2001

Most birdies in one round: 11, Anthony Kim

Most Consecutive Birdies: 7 - Steve Pate 1999, third round, starting on 7th hole; Tiger Woods 2005, third round, starting on 7th hole

Birdies to win the Masters (final putt): Arnold Palmer 1960; Sandy Lyle 1988; Mark O'Meara 1998; Phil Mickelson 2004

Most Eagles in single tournament: 4 - Bruce Crampton, 1974

Albatrosses: Bruce Devlin, 8th hole 1967, first round (4-wood, 248 yards); Jeff Maggert 13th hole 1994, fourth round (3-iron, 222 yards); Gene Sarazen 15th hole 1935, fourth round (4-wood, 235 yards); Louis Oosthuizen, 2nd hole 2012, fourth round (5-iron, 201 yards)

Most Masters wins: Jack Nicklaus, 6 (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)

Most Masters top-five finishes: Jack Nicklaus, 15

Most consecutive years played: Arnold Palmer, 50 (1955-2004)

Most total years played: Gary Player, 52

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