The Masters at Augusta is arguably the most exciting event on the PGA Tour calendar. The entire event and the aura that it brings is very unique.
One element of the famous course that golf fans love seeing is the slick greens. But slick is an understatement. These putting surfaces are like glass and we have seen the best players in the world struggle on them.
The contours and break on each green at Magnolia Lane make them so difficult to negotiate and a two-putt on any hole is greatly appreciated.
Lou Stagner, a self-confessed 'data nerd' and employee at Arccos Data Insights, posted the differences between three-putt percentages on the PGA Tour and The Masters from 2019 to 2021.
Three-putt percent.— Lou Stagner (Golf Stat Pro) (@LouStagner) November 6, 2021
Augusta vs Tour Average. pic.twitter.com/vLDOmOhM02
Stagner includes data from a number of different distances and the three-putt average is generally higher at Augusta than on the PGA Tour.
Most of the figures are very similar however there are significant differences for putts from 45 to 50 feet. The three-putt percentage at Augusta from this distance is 20.6% whereas the PGA Tour average is 13.5%
The three-putt average at The Masters between 40 and 45 feet is 14.9%, whereas it is 10.5% on the PGA Tour. This would suggest that these are the most challenging distances at Augusta.
Stagner also provides a table that shows 'make-rate' percentage from different distances. There are no stark differentials between The Masters and the PGA Tour here, but the main gaps are from six feet and 12 feet.
Make rate %.— Lou Stagner (Golf Stat Pro) (@LouStagner) November 6, 2021
Augusta vs Tour Average.
1 = 1'0" to 1'11"
2 = 2'0" to 2'11"
The Augusta National 'make-rate' percentage from six feet is 65.43% whereas the PGA Tour average is 61.77%. Also from 12 feet, there is roughly a five per cent difference.
Make of the statistics what you will. It is worth remembering that you face a number of different greens on the PGA Tour which vary in difficulty.
Nonetheless, the three-putt statistics, as narrow as the differentials may appear, do show the treachery of the Augusta putting surfaces.