The Masters officially turned 85 last month – and it’s safe to say a lot has changed since the inaugural tournament. The attire, equipment, prize money and layout of Augusta are all notably different from 1934. However, one theme has remained consistent throughout – the elite quality of golf on show.
Golf Care, a specialist golf insurance provider, has created an interactive website called ‘What Makes A Masters Champion’, which calculates the average profile of a Masters winner using 85 years of data.
This winning formula combines a variety of personal and performance statistics, including the champion’s age, weight, driving distance, GIR %, and fairways hit %.
Visitors can view each individual winner’s card and can relive their iconic victories by watching footage from past tournaments.
Using the formula behind an average Masters champion, Golf Care has predicted which 10 British golfers are most likely to win this year’s tournament, based on what they have in common with past victors.
According to this data, Justin Rose is most likely to don the green jacket, followed by Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood.
Former Europe Ryder Cup Captain and Golf Care ambassador Bernard Gallacher, who played in the 1970 Masters, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to compete with some true Masters icons, and what makes them so unique is their extraordinary performance statistics and their ability to handle pressure, particularly when it gets to the back nine.
“Looking at Golf Care’s data, it’s quite incredible the sort of numbers which are needed to win the Masters. It just goes to show why this tournament is so prestigious, because it’s so difficult to win.
“Anyone who’s anyone in golf has won the Masters. This website confirms that and is a must for any golf enthusiast.”
As well as exploring the average stats of a Masters champion and seeing which British golfers are most likely to win this year’s tournament, visitors can explore how much the most difficult holes on Augusta’s back nine have changed over the years.
They can also pit iconic winners against each other to see who would win based on their Masters performances. Hypothetical play-offs include Tiger Woods v Jack Nicklaus, Sergio Garcia v Seve Ballesteros and Ben Hogan v Sam Snead.
Find out what makes a Masters champion and discover why the Masters is a staple event on the sporting calendar by visiting Golf Care’s interactive website.
Launched in 2003, Golf Care in the UK’s number one specialist golf insurance provider offering a variety of policies to cater for every golfer’s needs.
Providing reliable cover against theft, loss or damage to golfing equipment, damage to property, Personal Accident and Public Liability, as well as hole-in-one insurance and the option for worldwide cover, Golf Care has become the UK’s largest specialist golf insurer www.golfcare.co.uk