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April 11 2013

10:07 AM

Key to victory: Tiger's greens hit?

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
(*-amateur)

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
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