By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods tees off at 10:45 a.m. ET Thursday to start his quest of winning his first Masters since 2005. All eyes will be on his putting, which has been the key element to his three PGA TOUR wins this year. But make sure you keep tabs on how many greens in regulation Woods hits this week.
In each of his four Masters victories, Woods has always hit at least 75 percent of his greens in regulation.
In his 14 Masters starts that he didn't win, Woods never hit more than 73.6 percent of his greens.
More than fairways hit or putts per round, the greens in regulation statistic most accurately parallels Tiger's final position on the leaderboard.
He ranked first in the field in that category for his first three wins, and ranked second in his last win in 2005.
Last year, he suffered his worst result as a pro at the Masters, finishing tied for 40th. He also suffered his worst greens in regulation performance, hitting just 55.6 percent and finishing 51st in the field.
For the 2013 PGA TOUR season, Woods ranks 76th on TOUR in greens in regulation, hitting 67 percent.
That hasn't stopped him from winning three times, but if he posts the same percentage this week at Augusta National, history suggests he will not be wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday.
TIGER'S GREENS IN REGULATION AT THE MASTERS
|Year||Greens in regulation||Percentage||Rank in field||Final result|
|1995*||42 of 72||58.3%||43rd||T-41|
|1996*||22 of 36||61.1%||-||Missed Cut|
|1997||55 of 72||76.4%||1st||Won|
|1998||46 of 72||63.9%||17th||T-8|
|1999||50 of 72||69.4%||1st||T-18|
|2000||51 of 72||70.8%||7th||5|
|2001||59 of 72||81.9%||1st||Won|
|2002||54 of 72||75%||1st||Won|
|2003||46 of 72||63.9%||8th||T-15|
|2004||49 of 72||68.1%||5th||T-22|
|2005||54 of 72||75%||2nd||Won|
|2006||47 of 72||65.3%||13th||T-3|
|2007||43 of 72||59.7%||7th||T-2|
|2008||50 of 72||69.5%||7th||2|
|2009||52 of 72||72.2%||6th||T-6|
|2010||49 of 72||68.1%||16th||T-4|
|2011||53 of 72||73.6%||5th||T-4|
|2012||40 of 72||55.6%||51st||T-40|