Notable Player Stories at Augusta National Golf Club

The Masters attracts one of the best fields in the world each year, but how have the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and more fared?

Given the combination of course, tournament history and field, it’s no wonder The Masters holds the place it holds in the golf world. It’s the be-all and end-all for many fans and fittingly it’s the first major championship of the year.

As we head to Augusta National Golf Club, the notable players on the field are impossible to ignore, which is always the case, but especially so with Tiger Woods’ impending return to competitive sport.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the notable players in the field and their history at The Masters ahead of the 2022 tournament. Of course, there’s no better place to start than Tiger.

Tiger Woods at the Masters

Nowhere in the world of golf does the man need an introduction, but especially at Augusta. Woods has played this event 23 times and made every cut except 1996. He owns the second most Green Jackets in history, behind only Jack Nicklaus, with five, the last of which came in 2019. Of the 22 cuts made, he’s also only finished outside the top 18 four times and has seven top five finishes – not counting his wins. There is also this context in which to place your dominance.

So yeah, you could say Tiger Woods has a way of being in this place.

Dustin Johnson at the Masters

Prior to 2020, Johnson’s record at The Masters was up and down slightly. But the November edition of the tournament unlocked DJ when he broke the 72-hole scoring record by shooting 20 under par in the win. Overall, the lanky American has drastically improved his game on this court, or had it before last year’s missed cut. His victory was preceded by finishes of T2, T10, T4 and T6. And overall he only missed two cuts in 13 starts in Augusta.

Jordan Spieth at the Masters

While many players need experience to get a handle on Augusta, Spieth doesn’t fall into that category. The Texan finished second in his first career start in 2014 and then won the following year, setting a ton of scoring records. He’s never missed the cut at The Masters in eight trips and, amazingly, has never gone above 75 in a single lap of the course. Spieth has only finished worse than T21 once at this distance and, more unbelievably, has five finishes of T3 or better, including the win.

Rory McIlroy at The Masters

A win at Augusta is the only thing standing between Rory McIlroy and winning the career Grand Slam. However, it has appeared like its white whale at times. The Northern Irishman has had a career-best finish of fourth since 2015, which is part of six top-10 finishes in 13 attempts in his career. Unfortunately, McIlroy has also missed the cut twice in his career, including a year ago, as he continues to hotly follow that elusive slam.

Lee Westwood at The Masters

The 48-year-old Englishman is no stranger to Augusta and has had plenty of success at the tournament over the years. Over the course of 20 career appearances, Westwood has had six top 10 finishes and three top 5 finishes, including two second or tied second places. He missed the cut in 2021 but had made it in every previous appearance since 2006.

Did Justin Rose win the Masters

Rose has never won The Masters in his career, although he came close on two separate occasions, finishing second overall in 2017 and T2 in 2015. In addition, the Englishman also held the 18-hole lead at Augusta in 2021 but was unable to hold that down the entire homestretch. Despite this, he missed just one cut in 16 attempts at the first major of the year and a total of six top 10 finishes in his career at AGNC. Notable Player Stories at Augusta National Golf Club

John Verrall

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