On Sunday, Patrick Reed fought off a charging field to capture his first major championship.
But what happens to the winners of the Masters? We took a look at what the road to the Masters historically was like for the eventual champion, but does a green jacket lead to success the remainder of the year? We took a look at how Masters champions performed after their big win over the past 31 years to try and find out.
Immediately following the Masters, winners tend to do fairly well at their next event. Only six have missed the cut and the average finish was 18th. But unless your name is Tiger or Phil, don’t put much hope in a top 5 finish. Only Tiger Woods in 1997 won the next event after Augusta (he also finished third following 2001 and 2002’s wins) and Phil Mickelson finished second in 2004 and 2010.
When it comes to just the basics of making the cut, Masters champions made the cut for 86 percent of tournaments the remainder of the year. Nick Faldo (1989, 1990), Vijay Singh (2000), Tiger Woods (2001, 2002), Mike Weir (2003) and Adam Scott (2013) made 100 percent of the cuts the remainder of their championship years.
As for piling on more wins, however, Masters champions tend to fall short. They have averaged 0.8 additional wins after winning in Augusta. Seventeen of the 30 winners did not win another event that year. Tiger Woods holds the mark for most wins post-Masters with four wins in 2001. He also had three wins following the 2002 and 2005 green jackets. Only Jordan Spieth has matched that mark with three wins following his 2015 Masters championship.
When the standard of success is broadened out to top 25 finishes, Masters champions have a bit more success. They finished in the top 25 in 62 percent of the tournaments they played. And just to highlight how dominant Tiger Woods was during the time he was the defending Masters champion, he finished in the top 25 more than 90 percent of the time in both 2001 and 2002.
But of course, the most eyes are on the majors and if the Masters winner can find success at the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship. Only five of the past 30 Masters champions have gone on to win another major that same year (Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods - twice, Mark O’Meara, and Nick Faldo).
Only Jordan Spieth has won the U.S. Open following a Masters win and all other wins were at the Open Championship, where Masters winners have to have the best success. On average, Masters champions finish in 17th place, while they average about 23rd place at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
Take a look at the data below to take a deeper dive into how Masters champions have fared the remainder of their championship year and take your best guess at how Sergio Garcia might perform the rest of 2017.
|Year||Player||Next event||Cut Made %||Wins||Top 25 Percentage||US Open||Open Champ||PGA|
|1999||Jose Maria Olazabal||CUT||64.71%||0||29.41%||WD||CUT||CUT|
|1994||Jose Maria Olazabal||34||89.47%||2||73.68%||CUT||38||7|