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Masters Scoring Average For Every Golfer in 2022 Augusta Field

Masters Scoring Average For Every Golfer in 2022 Augusta Field

The azaleas are in bloom, Tiger Woods is on property and the stage is set for an epic four rounds at Augusta National. It’s time once again for the best golf betting week of the year at the Masters.

Familiarity is one of the things that makes this such a special tournament. While the other three big ones annually bounce around from course to course – many of which we only see every 5 or 10 years – starting each major season at Augusta National is strangely comforting. Golf fans know every hole front and back and remember not only the winner from each year, but how that winner played certain shots all over the back nine.

It also removes a lot of the guesswork when handicapping. While Augusta has evolved and certain holes have been tweaked, the course is largely the same as it was 20 years ago. And we can get a great idea of how well this course suits a given player’s game by looking at their career scoring average at the Masters.

There are a few outliers near the top after the rescheduled 2020 Masters was played in November and featured historically low scoring and a record-setting 20-under-par 268 from winner Dustin Johnson. Scoring was much more familiar in 2021, when Hideki Matsuyama carded a 10-under-par 278 to take the green jacket. We have included all professional players in the field for reference, but be aware of circumstance when viewing players with only a few rounds under their belts.

It’s also important to note that four of the top 10 players in scoring average have only played four rounds at Augusta. All of them did so in the 2020 Masters. We have included these players for reference, but four rounds isn’t necessarily enough to draw any meaningful conclusions compared to players with significant Masters success over time.


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Masters Scoring Average of 2022 Field

  • 1. Will Zalatoris – 69.75, 4 rounds
  • 2. Jon Rahm - 70.3, 20 rounds
  • 3. Jordan Spieth – 70.44, 32 rounds
  • 4. Tony Finau – 70.63, 16 rounds
  • 5. Tiger Woods – 70.87, 90 rounds
  • 6. Xander Schauffele – 70.88, 16 rounds
  • 7. Scottie Scheffler - 71.13, 8 rounds
  • 8. Abraham Ancer – 71.13, 8 rounds
  • 9. Dustin Johnson – 71.2, 40 rounds
  • 10. Cameron Champ – 71.38, 8 rounds
  • 11. Brooks Koepka – 71.41, 22 rounds
  • 12. Corey Conners – 71.43, 14 rounds
  • 13. Hideki Matsuyama – 71.45, 38 rounds
  • 14. Rory McIlroy – 71.48, 48 rounds
  • 15. Justin Thomas – 71.5, 24 rounds
  • 16. Cameron Smith – 71.5, 20 rounds
  • 17. Robert MacIntyre – 71.5, 4 rounds
  • 18. Viktor Hovland – 71.63, 8 rounds
  • 19. Sungjae Im – 71.67, 6 rounds
  • 20. Justin Rose – 71.68, 62 rounds
  • 21. Collin Morikawa – 71.88, 8 rounds
  • 22. Patrick Reed – 71.89, 28 rounds
  • 23. Bubba Watson – 72.02, 50 rounds
  • 24. Marc Leishman – 72.03, 30 rounds
  • 25. Tommy Fleetwood – 72.06, 18 rounds
  • 26. Si Woo Kim – 72.11, 18 rounds
  • 27. Webb Simpson – 72.18, 34 rounds
  • 28. Fred Couples – 72.2, 132 rounds
  • 29. Louis Oosthuizen – 72.23, 44 rounds
  • 30. Russell Henley – 72.27, 18 rounds
  • 31. Patrick Cantlay – 72.31, 16 rounds
  • 32. Thomas Pieters – 72.33, 6 rounds
  • 33. Bryson DeChambeau – 72.35, 20 rounds
  • 34. Adam Scott – 72.37, 76 rounds
  • 35. Charl Schwartzel – 72.38, 40 rounds
  • 36. Matt Fitzpatrick – 72.38, 26 rounds
  • 37. Christiaan Bezuidenhout – 72.38, 8 rounds
  • 38. Lee Westwood – 72.44, 72 rounds
  • 39. Paul Casey – 72.46, 52 rounds
  • 40. Brian Harman – 72.6, 10 rounds
  • 41. Daniel Berger – 72.64, 14 rounds
  • 42. Padraig Harrington – 72.7, 48 rounds
  • 43. Danny Willett – 72.75, 20 rounds
  • 44. Bernhard Langer – 72.76, 130 rounds
  • 45. Kevin Na – 72.76, 34 rounds
  • 46. Ryan Palmer – 72.8, 20 rounds
  • 47. Stewart Cink – 72.89, 64 rounds
  • 48. Jose Maria Olazabal – 72.9, 102 rounds
  • 49. Sergio Garcia – 73.0, 72 rounds
  • 50. Francesco Molinari – 73.0, 34 rounds
  • 51. Kevin Kisner – 73.0, 20 rounds
  • 52. Vijay Singh – 73.13, 93 rounds
  • 53. Zach Johnson – 73.24, 54 rounds
  • 54. Max Homa – 73.25, 4 rounds
  • 55. Takumi Kanaya – 73.25, 4 rounds
  • 56. Shane Lowry – 73.28, 18 rounds
  • 57. Mike Weir – 73.38, 68 rounds
  • 58. Gary Woodland – 73.48, 27 rounds
  • 59. Tyrrell Hatton – 73.5, 16 rounds
  • 60. Luke List – 73.5, 4 rounds
  • 61. Billy Horschel – 73.54, 24 rounds
  • 62. Jason Kokrak – 73.83, 6 rounds
  • 63. Larry Mize – 73.85, 116 rounds
  • 64. Joaquin Niemann – 74.17, 6 rounds
  • 65. Lucas Glover - 74.25, 24 rounds
  • 66. Matthew Wolff - 74.33, 3 rounds
  • 67. Sandy Lyle – 74.54, 114 rounds
  • 68. Mackenzie Hughes – 75.17, 6 rounds
  • 69. Erik Van Rooyen – 76, 1 round
  • 70. Hudson Swafford – 77.25, 4 rounds
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Career Masters Scoring Average Betting Tips

Augusta is a second-shot course that tends to reward the best iron play and allows players a little more freedom off the tee as opposed to traditional tight, rough-lined fairways at the U.S. Open. Looking at past Augusta National scoring average for the current Masters field, we can compile a few tips and betting takeaways to apply in April as a tradition unlike any other plays out in Augusta, Georgia.

The Cream Rises

There’s no question that Augusta National brings the best out of the top players in the world. Of those with at least 30 Masters rounds under their belt, the top three in lifetime scoring average are Jordan Spieth (70.44), Tiger Woods (70.87) and Dustin Johnson (71.2). Phil Mickelson, who’s sitting out this year, is fourth at 71.32.

Spieth is a future Hall of Famer and Woods, Johnson and Mickelson have been the four most prolific winners on Tour over the past three decades by far. This course always seems like the perfect playground for the world’s best to thrive, as we’ve seen with Woods winning five times and Mickelson three times. It also shows the importance of looking at the big picture – while it took Johnson a while to break through, he has been one of the best Masters performers for years and finally got it done with a record-setting win in 2020.

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Pay Attention to Newcomers

As we’ve seen in recent years, first-year players and relative newcomers can still seriously contend over the weekend. Will Zalatoris currently tops the list with a 69.75 scoring average after finishing solo second in his Masters debut in 2021. Sungjae Im finished T-2 in his Masters debut in 2020 and both guys are excellent ballstrikers with control of their trajectory who figure to play well at a course like Augusta. While experience is clearly a huge advantage in the Masters, finding the right rookie with a made-for-Augusta game can pay off in the short term.

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The Masters Sweet Spot

The average number of rounds played from the top 50 on our list is 34.64. That makes perfect sense at a course like Augusta National. It’s so nuanced that players learn new tricks every year and gradually amass an understanding of how to play certain shots over time.

It’s also a brutally demanding test that requires a lot of distance on certain tee shots, even more so in recent years with several renovations. Augusta National lengthened the par-4 11th hole by 15 yards and the par-5 15th hole by 20 yards ahead of the 2022 Tournament. The No. 5 hole is also especially tough and now plays as a 495-yard par-4 with the tee box moved back some 40 yards in 2019. Experience is extremely helpful here as long as a player still has the physical skills required on certain drives and approach shots. The course is just too much to handle after a certain age.

Our average of 34.64 rounds played among the top 50 would be 8.5 tournaments if the player had made every cut. With a few missed cuts it would take roughly 10-11 years to amass 34 competitive rounds at Augusta. Keep an eye out for players in this wheelhouse – they should in theory be the ones with the best combination of course knowledge and physical ability.

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Not For Everyone

Conversely, we know that certain players who are good enough to win on Tour and qualify for the Masters each year aren’t necessarily a good fit at Augusta. Some players just can’t quite break into contention even with significant experience.

Billy Horschel is a perfect example here – Horschel has six Tour wins from 2013-2022 and seven Masters appearances in that timespan. But he has never cracked the top 15 and is firmly in the bottom half of current qualifiers with a career scoring average of 73.54. Same goes for guys such as Gary Woodland (73.48, 27 rounds) and Tyrrell Hatton (73.5, 16 rounds).

Even if a player is in good form coming into Augusta, we can conclude that some players with a significant amount of experience probably just aren’t a great fit for the golf course.

About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.