Every year, the Masters attracts one of the top fields in the world, but how have Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and others fared?
It’s no surprise that the Masters has such a prestigious reputation in golf, given the mix of course, event history, and field. For many fans, it’s the be-all and end-all, and it’s only natural that it’s the first big championship of the year.
The famous players in the field are tough to overlook as we approach Augusta National Golf Club, which is always the case, but especially so with Tiger Woods’ impending comeback to competitive activity.
As a result, in the run-up to the 2022 tournament, we’ll take a look at some of the famous players in the field and their experiences at The Masters. There’s no better place to start than with Tiger, of course.
At The Masters, Tiger Woods
The man barely needs an introduction anywhere in golf, but especially at Augusta. With the exception of 1996, Woods has played this event 23 times and has made every cut. With five Green Jackets, he is second only to Jack Nicklaus in history, with the most recent coming in 2019.
He’s only missed the cut four times out of 22 attempts, and he has seven top-five finishes, not counting his victories. There’s also this background in which to place his power.
Tiger’s finishes at the Masters as a pro.
He’s faced 1,929 opponents over the course of his 21 appearances as a pro and lost to just 204 of them, which is astounding.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) April 4, 2022
So, you could say Tiger Woods has a certain air about him when he’s here.
At the Masters, Dustin Johnson:
Johnson’s record at The Masters had been a bit of a roller coaster prior to 2020. However, DJ’s performance in the November edition of the tournament unlocked him, as he set a new 72-hole scoring record by shooting 20-under par to win.
Overall, the lanky American has significantly improved his game at this venue, or at least he did before missing the cut last year. His victory was preceded by T2, T10, T4, and T6 finishes. In his 13 starts at Augusta, he’s only missed two cuts.
At the Masters, Jordan Spieth
While many players need a lot of practice to get the hang of Augusta, Spieth is not one of them. The Texan finished second in his first career start in 2014, then went on to win the following year, setting numerous scoring records in the process.
In eight trips to the Masters, he has never missed the cut, and he has never shot higher than 75 in a single round on the course. At this track, Spieth has only finished worse than T21 once and, even more incredible, has five T3 or better finishes, including the victory.
At the Masters, Rory McIlroy:
Only a victory at Augusta National separates Rory McIlroy from completing his career grand slam. It has, however, appeared to be his white whale at times.
The Northern Irishman has a career-best fourth-place finish from 2015, which is one of six top-10 finishes in 13 tries. Unfortunately, McIlroy has missed the cut twice in his career, most recently a year ago, as he continues his quest for the elusive grand slam.
At the Masters, Lee Westwood
The 48-year-old Englishman is no stranger to Augusta National and has had a lot of success there in the past.
Westwood has six top-10 finishes and three top-5 finishes in his career, including two second-place finishes or ties for second-place finishes. He didn’t make the cut in 2021, but he had made it in every appearance since 2006.
Is Justin Rose the winner of the Masters?
Rose has never won the Masters, though he has come close twice in his career, finishing outright second in 2017 and T2 in 2015.
Furthermore, the Englishman led by 18 holes at Augusta National in 2021 but couldn’t hold on in the final stretch. Despite this, he’s only missed one cut in 16 tries at the year’s first major and has a total of six top-10 finishes at AGNC.