Masters 2022: five intriguing statistics from Friday’s second round | Golf News and Tour Information

Friday’s Masters second round saw world number one Scottie Scheffler rise to the top of the standings. But there were plenty of other steps to take to produce facts and figures that interested or downright amazed us. Here’s a look at five stats that stood out from Round 2:

One of the quirks of the Masters is how many champions have won their first Masters, failed to defend, and then won their second Green Jacket the following year. It makes sense. Defending is difficult, but a year of hindsight seems to calm things down. Dustin Johnson put himself in position to join that group, standing at T-6, five shots behind Scheffler, but only one from second place. The trend dates back to the early days of the tournament when Horton Smith won the inaugural tournament in 1934 and again in 1936. Others who have done so are Ben Hogan (1951/1953); Sam Snead (1952/1954); Arnold Palmer (1958/1960); Jack Nicklaus (1963/1965); Phil Mickelson (2004/2006) and Bubba Watson (2012/2014). Palmer, in fact, pulled off the trick three times in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964.

OK, the second round wasn’t what most golf fans were hoping for from Tiger Woods, and it certainly wasn’t what the man himself wanted. But Woods’ two-over-par 74 was good enough to make the cut, something Woods has done for 22 straight starts, which is all of his appearances as a pro. This broke a tie with Tom Watson for the third most of all time. Now Woods will have a chance the next time he plays at the Masters to tie the all-time mark of 23 set by Fred Couples and Gary Player.

Number 11 is the terror of Amen Corner

Since the turn of the century, Augusta National’s 11th hole has proven to be one of the most difficult holes at the Masters, often ranking as the first or second most difficult. This year, however, changes to the hole gave it even more teeth. How much more? Consider that in Friday’s second round, the hole ranked as the toughest on the course with a stroke average of 4.6292, better than the second par-5, which was at 4.5730. The 520-yard par 4 gave up just two birdies to a pair of Kevin, Na and Kisner. They didn’t pick up the proverbial two shots on the field, but it was damn close.

In 32 Masters rounds since finishing with a 66 to win in 2011, Charl Schwartzel has had few significant hits. A 68-68 weekend in 2017 led to a third-place finish, but other than that Schwartzel only had one more round in the 60s, while half of those 32 rounds were played in- above par. A five birdie, two bogey 69s, however, left Schwartzel tied for second place with three more at the halfway point, a position after 36 holes that Schwartzel has come nowhere near to occupying in his Masters career, even l year he won.

It’s a long-held belief (and backed up by the numbers) that greens in regulation are the best predictor of success at the Masters. However, after 36 holes, the two players with the most greens hit, Tyrrell Hatton and Sergio Garcia with 29 of 36 for an 80.56 percentage point, are nowhere to be found on the first or even second page of the leaderboard. In fact, the pair share another stat: tied for 23rd place after two rounds. Leader Scheffler sits at 72% for greens hit after two rounds, which is considerably better than the course average of 57%.

Michael C. Ford