The Loop

A Masters contestant's Everest: Four rounds in the 60s

April 11, 2010

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- If you think the winning score for this year's Masters will be 15 under par or lower, you can probably scratch Lee Westwood off your list of potential winners.

That's because in order to reach 15 under, Westwood would have to shoot 69 -- and that would make him the first player in the 74 Masters played to date to shoot four rounds in the 60s in the same Masters.

This is the third-straight year -- and 12th time overall - a player has entered the final round of the Masters with a chance to break 70 in all four rounds. Trevor Immelman shot 75 in winning in 2008 and Angel Cabrera shot 71 last year while also winning. So although history says Westwood will miss the record, it also says he's likely to be donning the green jacket come Sunday night.


Eleven times in Masters history players have entered the final round with a chance to shoot four rounds in the 60s. Here's how they have fared:

Gary Player (1961)             69-68-69-74    Won

Arnold Palmer (1964)         69-68-69-70    Won

Ed Sneed (1979)                68-67-69-76    T-2

Seve Ballesteros (1980)     66-69-68-72    Won

Fred Couples (1992)           69-67-69-70    Won

Raymond Floyd (1992)       69-68-69-71    2

Craig Parry (1992)              69-66-69-78    T-13

Phil Mickelson (2001)         67-69-69-70    3

Retief Goosen (2002)         69-67-69-74    2

Trevor Immelman (2008)    68-68-69-75    Won

Angel Cabrera (2009)         68-68-69-71    Won

*-- E. Michael Johnson