The stats you need to know from Round 1 of The Masters
Some of the best stats from Round 1 of the masters, with a little help from The 15th Club
Brooks Koepka, who finished with a six-under 66 to share the first round lead with Bryson DeChambeau, posted the only bogey-free round of the day. It was just his second round in the 60s at Augusta National. Since 2017, Koepka leads all players in the majors in relation to par (40-under), in addition to birdies/eagles made (140) and rounds led or co-led (8).
Speaking of rounds in the 60s, DeChambeau's 66 was the lowest round of his major championship career, having only recorded one other round in the 60s (a 69 in the second round of the 2018 US Open).
Thursday also marked the first time that two Americans in their 20s have shared the lead after a round at The Masters since the final round in 1982 when Craig Stadler and Dan Pohl reached a playoff.
Rory McIlroy topped the field for driving distance on day 1 with an average of 324 yards, while Patton Kizzire led the driving accuracy stats with 14/14 fairways hit.
Koepka's co-leader Bryson DeChambeau posted the most birdies of anyone (nine) during the opening round, including six on his last seven holes. Phil Mickelson was second in that stat category with seven.
DeChambeau also shared the lead in the putting stats with Kizzire, Kevin Kisner and Justin Harding, averaging 1.39 putts per hole.
Ian Poulter topped the GIR stats by hitting 16/18 greens, and currently lies two shots behind the leaders on four-under-par. DJ, Koepka, Marc Leishman, Corey Conners and Thorbjorn Olesen all hit 15/18.
The par-four 18th proved the hardest hole of the day, averaging a score of 4.356 thanks to four double bogeys.
The par-five 13th was the easiest hole during in the opening round, giving up four eagles and averaging 4.552
Tiger Woods carded an opening two-under-par 70. In each of his past four Masters victories, he has opened with the same score. He is also now the only player to shoot a score of par or better in each of the last nine major championship rounds contested. His score to par of -21 in that span is best of anyone – one ahead of Brooks Koepka (-20) and Francesco Molinari (-20).
Phil Mickelson is one shot behind the leaders thanks to a five-under 67 during day 1. If he wins this week, he would become the oldest major winner in history at the age of 48.
The last 13 Masters winners were inside the top 10 after the 1st round, and that number is 77% all-time.
The current top 10 are as follows:
-6 : Koepka, DeChambeau
-4: D.Johnson, I.Poulter
-3: Harding, Rahm, Scott, Kisner, Aphibarnrat
Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day are all currently T11 at -2.