The Masters is golf’s only major championship played on the same course every year, so while the layout has been narrowed, lengthened and tweaked in a number of ways, many historical trends have stood the test of time.
Course experience is key. No first-timer has won the Masters since 1979. In recent years, winners have needed fewer laps around Augusta National before winning. But for many years, most Masters winners had to compete in the tournament at least six times before advancing to the winner’s circle. The average number of Masters appearances across the last 10 champions is 7.5. The moral of the story is that it takes some time to figure out all the nuances of this course before finding success.