Golf Care crunches data to pick intriguing Masters favourite

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Want to know what it really takes to win the Masters? Golf Care believe they have the answer.

Using performance and personal data of every Masters champion since it began in 1934, the UK’s largest golf insurance provider calculated the average stats of a Masters champion – with interesting results.

This winning formula combines personal statistics such as the champion’s age when they won, whether they’re right or left handed, their height and weight as well as statistics relating to their performance during their famous victory, including their overall score, margin of victory, average driving distance and number of putts. 

The interactive index, which can be viewed here, displays the statistics of every winner allowing users to flick through each year, filter the winners by a range of statistics and even watch footage from the tournament itself.

Masters Champ Stats

So, who is most likely to be victorious around Augusta National this week then? Well, according to the data, it isn’t going to be one of the favourites.

Step forward… Thomas Pieters.

The Belgian, who finished T4 in his Masters debut last year, scored 85% in compatibility when comparing the data from previous winners to players in this year’s field.

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Discussing the findings, former Ryder Cup captain and Golf Care ambassador Bernard Gallacher said: “The research and statistical analysis which has gone into this resource is remarkable and has helped uncover some incredible golfing facts.

“But ‘What Makes A Masters Champion’ is more than just a nod to great golfers of the past –  it’s also an indication of what we can expect in the future.

“I was intrigued to discover that Thomas Pieters was statistically most likely to win this year’s Masters, based on Golf Care’s data. His stock has really grown over the last few years and, while he may not be the first name on everyone’s lips, he could well spring a surprise on golf fans and take the title.”

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