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April 10 2013

12:21 PM

If age is anything, 32's the number

According to the numbers, Justin Rose's age should serve him well this week (Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The average age of the first 76 winners of the Masters is 32.66 years. That bodes well this week for:

> Adam Scott, who'll be 32 years, 8 months, 26 days old when Thursday's first round begins

> Justin Rose, who'll be 32 years, 8 months, 12 days old

> Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who'll be 32 years, 5 months, 29 days old

> Brandt Snedeker, who'll be 32 years, 4 months, 3 days old

"Perfect," Snedeker said when informed of the average number.

"I hope that's a good omen," Rose said.

Alas, the average age of the first-time Masters winner is 31.55 years. And since none of the four above have won a Masters, they skew slightly older in that regard.

Still, you get the point. Being 32 is a good age at Augusta National. Golfers are generally entering or have reached their primes, especially for winning majors.

"I always sort of scripted it that between 30 and 40 was going to be my prime," Rose said. "It was time to put into practice all of the things that I learned and often I've had to learn the hard way."

Added Snedeker: "This is the time we play our best golf. I have to take advantage of my skills and really put golf first and make sure that this is my prime time to win majors, win tournaments and try to maximize that time."


WINNING THE MASTERS AT 32
The list of Masters winners who were 32 years old when they slipped on the Green Jacket (*-multiple Masters wins)

Year Winner Age
1962 Arnold Palmer* 32 years, 6 months, 30 days
1972 Jack Nicklaus* 32 years, 2 months, 19 days
1984 Ben Crenshaw* 32 years, 3 months, 4 days
1990 Nick Faldo* 32 years, 8 months, 21 days
1992 Fred Couples 32 years, 6 months, 9 days
2003 Mike Weir 32 years, 11 months, 1 day
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