The goal at any major championship is to get in the final group on Sunday. That means you’re either in the lead, tied for the lead or pretty close to the lead with 18 holes to play.
However, it’s particularly important to get in the final pairing on Sunday at the Masters.
The Masters winner has emerged from the final pairing of the final round in 21 of the last 25 years. While that 84 percent clip is a strong trend, recent Masters history has bucked the trend. From 1991-2010, the Masters winner came from the final pairing in 19 of 20 years. Zach Johnson was the only exception in that run, when he won at 1-over 289 in 2007 from the third-to-last group. Then from 2011-13, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott all won from outside the final pairing.
In 2014 and ’15, however, both Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth won from the last group on Sunday.
If the trend holds, then Jordan Spieth could become the first player in golf history to win a major in consecutive years in back-to-back (no ties) fashion. It could also mean Smylie Kaufman would become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters in his first try.