For all golf fans, US champions in early April are very pleased with the high school golfer. But it's also a great bet opportunity for the player. So what are the most important golfing positions for the champions? Well, in a close investigation of former US champions, some interesting changes will prove to be very useful to find the winner of this year …
1 – Since 1990, more than 80% of US champions have won or finished 2. at least once already that year
At that time, only Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999, Ben Crenshaw in 1995 and Nick Faldo in 1990 were not taken to finish first or second at either the US PGA or the European Championships in the year they won the tournament.
Noteworthy that all three golfers had already won the champions last year, though – in 1994, 1984 and 1989 respectively.
2 – This year, more than ever, Augusta will pay for big hitters. This is because the course has been extended to 155 meters to 7445 meters with six-hole changes. Augusta has now been longer than 400 meters in the last 5 years.
The course plays long so that unless there is a lot of rain to neglect a big hitters advantage, we want golfers that are well-kept for driving.
3. The most important point is the Greens-In-Regulation (GIR) percentage. GIR simply measures how often the player reaches green in the regulation a number of strokes (or less). For example, on par 4 hole, regulation would be to make green in two strokes. On par 5, three strokes.
To show how important these statistics are, only a champion champion has not even ranked in the first two for the GIR percentage by the end of the race in the last six years.
4 – Mastersin are a tournament for a proven winner. A big name for golfers like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have amazing records in this event. For example, Mickelson has finished no less than 12 in the past 8 years!
Unlike British openings, surprisingly long chances are very popular. No golfer who played the champions for the first time has won the tournament since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, so that the previous championship test is becoming.
Armed with the above levels, it should be possible to eliminate a large part of the 2006 US Masters field as potential winners. An attractive golfer is likely to have a good former championship form, has won or finished second place in competition at least once already that year and posted a lot of driving distance and GIR statistics for his relatives.