Is being in the lead an advantage?
Leading with a round to go is the place to be, right? Stats beg to differ.
Here’s a fact as interesting as it is surprising: only two of the last seven Masters Tournaments have been won by the 54-hole leader. It is a statistic that sent our brains into overdrive. Is this an abnormally low conversion rate, and thus proof that Augusta is the most pressure-filled course to lead on during the golfing year? Or is it the norm for tour level events, and thus proof that being in the 54-hole lead may not actually be where you’d want to be? We asked the PGA Tour’s statistical gurus to investigate every PGA Tour event held between 2000 and 2016 and this is what they found out.