By the numbers: The Masters

Ahead of the start of the Masters on Thursday, we’ve picked out some of the most intriguing numbers surrounding the tournament.

40,000 – The number of ‘patrons’ expected on the course for the four championship rounds. That number swells to around 50,000 during the two cheaper practice rounds earlier in the week.

7,475 – The total yardage of the course for the 2019 event, up slightly from 2018 due to the lengthening of the fifth hole, which now measures 40 yards longer thanks to a new tee box that was installed last summer. The course has undergone several reconstructions in its 82-years to keep up with ball technology.

1,600 – The estimated number of azaleas on the picturesque par-five 13th.

1934 – The year of the first Masters. Officially called the “Augusta National Invitation Tournament”, it was won by American Horton Smith, who lead wire-to-wire to claim the $1,500 winner’s purse.

900 – The number of pieces of sterling silver used to make the Masters trophy, which is a replica of the clubhouse.

675 – The number of yards the course has been lengthened since the 1940 Masters. Tom Watson, who first won the event in 1975, has cited this as the reason for him saying farewell to the tournament in 2016. “I’m spinning my wheels,” quipped the eight time major winner this time last year. “It’s too big for me.”

63 – The Masters course record (nine under par), which is shared by Zimbabwe’s Nick Price and Australia’s Greg Norman, shot in 1986 and 1996 respectively. This is also a record low round for any major championship.

60 – The number of magnolia trees that line the gorgeous Magnolia Lane, the main driveway heading to Augusta’s main clubhouse.

52 – The record for the most appearances at the Masters, which is held by Gary Player. The South African – who has three Masters titles to his name – also holds the record for the most consecutive cuts with an impressive 23 between 1959 and 1982.

21 – Tiger Woods’ age when he won the Green Jacket in 1997, making him the youngest-ever winner. Jordan Spieth was five months off this record when he won in 2015.

12 – The record winning margin, again held by Mr Woods after finishing on 18 under par, 12 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Kite.

7 – The amount of shots it took Jordan Spieth to get the ball in the hole on the par-three-12th in the fourth round of the 2016 Masters. That collapse ultimately cost him the tournament.

6 – The number of Masters titles won by Jack Nicklaus, which is the record. The Golden Bear’s first title came in 1963 at 23-years-old. Little did he know, he would return 23 years later and become the oldest Masters winner at 46-years-old, edging Greg Norman and Kite by one stroke.

4 – The number of albatrosses (or double eagles) recorded at the Masters, with the most famous being Gene Sarazen’s second shot on the par-five 15th in 1935, aptly named ‘the shot heard around the world’. Sarazen would go on to tie for lead in the final round and defeat Craig Wood in a mammoth 36-hole playoff on the Monday.