The closing time a Masters winner emerged from a place less than 5th position on Sunday, Dustin Johnson was once now not but five years previous. Sungjae Im, Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith and Dylan Frittelli — the 4 gamers closest to Johnson at the chief board coming into Sunday at this yr’s match — had now not but been born. Greats reminiscent of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Participant have been nonetheless within the box. Nicklaus even made the reduce.
In 1989, Nick Faldo shot a third-round 77 to stumble down the chief board. He started the fourth around tied for 9th position, 5 photographs in the back of chief Ben Crenshaw. However he recovered with a 65 on Sunday and defeated Scott Hoch in a playoff to win the primary of his 3 inexperienced jackets.
Since then, each and every Masters winner has been in first, 2nd, 0.33, fourth or 5th position coming into Sunday’s ultimate around. The ones gamers this yr: Johnson, Im, Ancer, Smith and Frittelli. Justin Thomas sits in 6th position, simply out of doors the zone.
Plus, 24 of the closing 29 Masters winners have come from the final group. This yr, there are two ultimate teams on account of the split-tee get started, however just one consists of gamers who’ve a possibility: Johnson, Im and Ancer at nine:29 a.m.