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The Masters early starters face highest risk of missing the cut


On the eve of The Masters, the opening three-ball of Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jr. and Wesley Bryan may be concerned to see that teeing off between 8am-9am on the opening day has led to the lowest portion of cuts made in recent years.

The Masters early starters face highest risk of missing the cut

Averaging tee off times and cuts made (%) in 2016 and 2017, the first hour on the Thursday has led to a lumpy 57% of green jacket hopefuls not making it through to the weekend.

Though, after the early nerves have settled at Augusta, 9am-10am has historically been the best time to tee off, with a full 79% of mid-morning tee offs making the cut.

That’s good news for 2019 Masters champion Danny Willett who heads out at 9.58am, while  returning former world number one Tiger Woods has been handed an opening round time of 10.42am. Thankfully for Tiger, the 10am-11am slot is the joint-second most successful with 67% of golfers teeing off in that hour making the cut.

As the rowdy patrons roll through the gates, navigating the Georgia course looks to become more testing with 55% of pros teeing off between 11am-12pm falling short of the magic number come Friday evening.

Bookmakers’ favourites Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson all tee off in the final hour, where the missed cuts rate stands at a not-too concerning 36%.