The Masters draws out one of the best fields in the world every year but how have the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and more performed?
Taking into consideration the combination of course, tournament history, and field, it’s no wonder that The Masters holds the place it does in the golf world. It’s the end-all, be-all for many fans and it’s fitting that it’s the first major championship of every year.
As we head to Augusta National Golf Club, the notable players in the field are impossible to ignore, which is always the case, but especially so with the impending return of Tiger Woods to competitive action.
That being the case, we’re going to take a look at some of the notable players in the field and their histories at The Masters leading up to the 2022 tournament. Of course, there’s no better place to start than with Tiger.
Tiger Woods at The Masters
The man hardly needs an introduction anywhere in the golf world, but at Augusta in particular. Woods has played this event 23 times and has made every cut except for in 1996. He owns the second-most Green Jackets in history, trailing only Jack Nicklaus, with five, the latest coming in 2019. Of the 22 made cuts, he’s also only finished outside of the top 18 four times and has seven Top 5 finishes — not including his victories. There’s also this context to put his dominance into.
So yeah, you could say Tiger Woods has a way about him when he’s at this place.
Dustin Johnson at The Masters
Prior to 2020, Johnson’s record at The Masters had been slightly up-and-down. But the November edition of the tournament unlocked DJ as he broke the 72-hole scoring record by shooting 20-under par in the victory. On the whole, the lanky American has drastically improved his play at this place, or he had prior to missing the cut last year. His win was preceded by finishes of T2, T10, T4 and T6. And overall, he’s only missed two cuts in 13 starts at Augusta.
Jordan Spieth at The Masters
While many players take experience to get the hang of Augusta, Spieth does not fall into that category. The Texan finished second in his first career start back in 2014 and then won the following year, setting scoring records in abundance as he did so. He’s never missed the cut at The Masters in eight trips and, amazingly, has never shot higher than 75 in a single round on the course either. Spieth has only finished worse than T21 once at this track and, even more incredible, has five finishes of T3 or better, including the victory.
Rory McIlroy at The Masters
Getting a win at Augusta is the only thing standing between Rory McIlroy and winning the career grand-slam. However, it has looked like his white whale at times. The Northern Irishman has a career-best finish of fourth from back in 2015, which is part of six Top 10s in 13 tries throughout his career. Unfortunately, McIlroy has also missed the cut twice in his career, including doing so a year ago as he remains in hot pursuit of that elusive slam.
Lee Westwood at The Masters
The 48-year-old Englishman is no stranger to Augusta and has enjoyed quite a lot of success in this tournament over the years. Over the course of 20 appearances in his career, Westwood has racked up six Top 10 showings and three Top 5 finishes, including finishing second or tied for the runner-up spot twice. He missed the cut in 2021, but had made it in every appearance since 2006 prior to that.
Has Justin Rose won The Masters
Rose has never won The Masters in his career, though he’s come close on two separate occasions as he finished outright second in 2017 and T2 in 2015. What’s more, the Englishman also held the 18-hole lead at Augusta in 2021 but failed to hold on throughout the finishing stretch. Still, he’s only missed one cut in 16 tries at the first major of the year and, all told, has six Top 10 finishes in his career at AGNC.