The Masters 2022
It feels like we all know this course like the back of our hand with its many iconic landmarks, Magnolia Lane, Amen Corner, The Eisenhower Tree, Rae’s Creek, Ike’s Pond, The Hogan, Nelson and Sarazen Bridges and of course the Butler's Cabin where the winner is escorted immediately after signing their card to be presented with the most famous jacket in world sport.
The course is an extremely taxing walk with it’s huge undulations, it will be interesting to see how Tiger gets around, oh yeah the GOAT is back. How good is that!
Augusta National is a true test of all facets of a players game. To be in contention players will require accuracy off the tee to give them a chance to get the ball to the right level on the green to help minimise 3 putts, given the severity of the undulation greens. There are quite a few risk-reward holes none more than the 2 back 9 par fives (13 & 15), mishit the approach and you’re swimming! Just ask Sergio who spun 5 off the green into the water to take a 13 back in 2018!
Date: 7-10 April, 2022
Course: Augusta National, Augusta, Georgia
Length: 6,867 meters
Defending Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Key Course Stats
- Par 4 Birdie or Better
- Strokes Gained: Approach
- Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
- Driving Distance
- Putting Average
- Strokes Gained: Putting
- Par 5 Performance
- Bogey Avoidance
Key Correlation Tournaments
- Genesis Invitational
Justin Thomas: A perfect statistical profile to win here. Has played enough at Augusta and sits in the right age bracket. His diversity of game is ideal here. He ranks 2nd in key stat of Par 4 Birdie or Better while he ranks Top 16 in Bogey Avoidance, Scrambling, GIR, Strokes Gained: Approach, Proximity, Putting Average and Driving Distance.
Matthew Fitzpatrick: Another who ticks the age/experience boxes. Quality short game who ranks 4th in Scrambling. Also ranks 5th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green, 16th in Bogey Avoidance and 20th in Strokes Gained: Putting.
Tyrell Hatton: The Englishman has been the best putter on Tour this year, ranking 1st in Strokes Gained: Putting and 2nd in Putting Average. If he can combine that with his best iron game, he will contend. Has a Top 20 here.
Billy Horschel: Played seven Masters and had a T-17 as his best so tick and tick. Form is strong and he ranks Top 20 in Strokes Gained: Putting, GIR, Par 4 Birdie or Better and Bogey Avoidance.
Talor Gooch: Rookies rarely win it but Gooch profiles nicely and can find himself in the Top 20. He has a great record at the Genesis and leads the Tour in Par 5 Performance.