Saturday 27 May 2017

Sergio Garcia's Masters victory in numbers and the stats behind the Spaniard's first green jacket

Danny Willett presents Sergio Garcia with the green jacket
Danny Willett presents Sergio Garcia with the green jacket
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

​Five years after claiming he was not good enough to win a major, Sergio Garcia proved himself wrong in thrilling fashion by beating Justin Rose in a play-off for the Masters.

On what would have been the 60th birthday of two-time champion Seve Ballesteros, Garcia became the third Spanish winner at Augusta National with a birdie on the first extra hole following a sensational duel with his Ryder Cup team-mate.

The pair had finished tied on nine under par after closing rounds of 69, with Rose unable to save par in sudden death after pushing his drive into the trees, but Garcia finished an unforgettable day in style by holing from 12 feet for birdie.

Here, we take a statistical look at Garcia's triumph...

3: Garcia's win came after three previous top-10 finishes at Augusta National - eighth in 2002, tied for fourth in 2004 and tied eighth in 2013.

74: It was his 74th major championship appearance. Since 1934, when the Masters was established, only Jay Haas (86), Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie (both 75) have played in more such events without a victory.

2013: The play-off between Garcia and Rose was the first in the Masters since 2013, when Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera after two additional holes.

50: Rose made 50 per cent more birdies than Garcia in the regulation 72 holes, 21 to the Spaniard's 14. Garcia, though, added another when it mattered in the play-off.

452: Garcia's eagle at the 15th hole in round four was his first for 452 holes at the Masters, since the 13th hole of round one in 2011.

54: Garcia hit 54 greens in regulation (75 per cent), a mark bettered only by Paul Casey with 56, and 45 fairways (80.36 per cent) - one behind Soren Kjeldsen for the lead in that category.

73: Garcia's major appearances without a title before this year's Masters

6: He was also sixth in driving distance with an average of 291.5 yards. American Brooks Koepka was the only player to break 300 yards, at 302.5.

26: Even Garcia's often unreliable putter largely held firm - though his average of 1.65 putts per hole was only the 26th best mark in the field, he three-putted only once. American Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker led the way with just 1.51 putts per hole.

4.46: The first hole, Tea Olive, played the toughest over the course of the week - a par four, it played at an average of 4.46 strokes including a second-round average of 4.72. The easiest hole was the par-five 13th, which played at 4.63.

60: Sunday would have been the 60th birthday of Garcia's late compatriot and idol Seve Ballesteros, a two-time Masters champion.

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