In the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, bad scores loom around every corner. Bogeys or worse are everywhere, and avoiding the high numbers is almost as important to winning as making birdies and eagles to build a round.
However, it’s exceedingly rare to go through an entire Masters with few bogeys or worse. In the history of the Masters, a green jacket winner hasn’t made fewer than five bogeys-or-worse in the Masters in which they won.
Four times in Masters history, however, a player has managed to go at least 40 consecutive holes without a bogey.
The longest par-or-better streak in Masters history belongs to Stuart Appleby, who went 50 consecutive holes with a par or better in the 2001 Masters. From the the fifth hole of the first round, Appleby went on to make 45 pars and five birdies in that streak, setting the mark for efficiency at the Masters. However, Appleby didn’t finish well in the tournament. He was T-31 in the end, as Tiger Woods completed his Tiger Slam.
Francesco Molinari nearly tied Appleby’s record in the 2019 Masters. From the 14th hole in the first round through the sixth hole in the final round, Molinari didn’t drop a shot. In 49 holes, he made 36 pars and 13 birdies to surge into control of the tournament.
In 1947, Ben Hogan went 43 holes without dropping a shot. From the 20th hole of the tournament, he made 35 pars and eight birdies. Hogan finished T-4 that week in a high-scoring affair (by Masters standards).
The other golfer to go at least 40 consecutive holes without a bogey is Steve Stricker. Starting with second hole of the 2009 Masters, Stricker made 33 pars and nine birdies in 42 holes without dropping a shot. Stricker finished T-6 that week.