April 10 2013
In three of Tiger Woods' four wins, he led the field in greens in regulation. (Redington/Getty Images)
By Bryan Mullen, PGATOUR.COM
When it comes to how Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson claim their Masters victories, they are more statistically similar than one might assume. They hit about the same number of fairways, they are both even on par 3s during their victorious years and they dominate the par 5s.
But there is one part of the game where they distinctly differ, and it comes around the greens.
In three of Woods’ four victories, he led the field in greens in regulation. The only year he won and did not lead that category was in 2005, but he still finished second in greens hit.
In Mickelson’s three wins, he finished first in greens in regulation only once (2004), but finished an average of 11th place in scrambling, including second in 2004. Last year at Augusta, he was first in scrambling and finished tied for third. It is another example of Mickelson’s well-known ability to get up and down from anywhere.
Woods finished an average of 21st in scrambling during his Masters wins, but was so commanding in hitting greens that scrambling was rarely an issue.