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The Green Jacket is the symbol of Masters success, but what happens to each champion after winning the exclusive event? Do they use it as a springboard for continued success, or does becoming a Masters champion lead to a tapering off of success for the rest of the season?

A new report from The Action Network highlights how the last 20 Masters champions fared after winning the Green Jacket at Augusta. By analyzing their remaining seasonal performances, the report shows each champions’ remaining PGA events, times missing the cut, average finishes, average scores, total earnings, and earnings per stroke.

Masters
Champion
Year Remaining PGA
Tournaments Entered
(Missed Cut)
Average
Finish
Average Score
(When Not Cut)
Total
Earnings
Earnings
Per Stroke
Tiger Woods 2005 13 (2) 19th -8.2  $6,940,934  $2,096

The Masters is widely recognized as the most prestigious tournament on the golfing calendar. Walking away from Augusta with the Green Jacket is a dream for all who play the game.

With all the highs that come from being crowned Masters Champion, though, we found that many golfers did not always excel on the PGA Tour after winning the tournament.

By analyzing the results and earnings from the remainder of their winning seasons, a new report from The Action Network highlights which of the last 20 Masters champions had the best seasonal performances after winning the Green Jacket.

Tiger Woods and Spieth Set the Standard

Ranking their post-Masters season based on earnings per stroke, Tiger Woods’ (2005) performances lead the way. Taking part in a further 13 PGA events, he missed the cut only twice and was left with an average finish of 19th place. Over the remainder of the season, Tiger went on to win the British Open (-14), WGC Invitational (-6), and WGC Championship (-10), earning him over $3.8M from these events alone. Impressively, out of the 11 events Tiger cut, he placed top-four in nine of them. Even when placing outside the top-four, Woods still managed to score under par (Wachovia Championship: 11th (-2) and Deutsche Bank Championship: 40th (-3)).

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While Tiger’s 2005 performances were exceptional, he arguably had an even better run after his 2002 Masters title. Entering another 10 PGA events over the rest of the season, he never missed the cut or shot above par. Woods averaged a seventh-place finish in all the rest of his tournaments in 2002. Like the 2005 season, he went on to win three more tournaments at the US Open (-3), Buick Open (-17), and the WGC Championship (-25). He missed out on a top-10 finish in only two events in 2002.

More recently, Jordan Spieth’s 2015 Masters season was one of the greatest of the last 20 years. Appearing in 14 PGA events, he missed the cut only twice and lifted trophies at the US Open (-5), John Deere Classic (-20), and Tour Championship (-9). He also came close at the Crowne Plaza Invitational (-11) and PGA Championship (-17), placing second in both events. Out of all the last 20 Masters winners, Spieth went on to have the lowest average score of -11.

Ranking the Last 20 Masters Champions

Below is a list of the last 20 Masters winners, in order of earnings per stroke based on PGA results and earnings from the remainder of their winning season:

Masters
Champion
Year Remaining PGA Tournaments Entered
(Missed Cut)
Average
Finish
Average Score (When Not Cut) Total
Earnings
Earnings Per Stroke
Tiger Woods 2005 13 (2) 19th -8.2  $6,940,934  $2,096
Jordan Spieth 2015 14 (3) 26th -11.0  $6,986,445  $2,034
Tiger Woods 2002 10 (0) 7th -10.4  $4,227,125  $1,543
Adam Scott 2013 11 (0) 23rd -1.5  $2,792,143  $901
Phil Mickelson 2004 13 (2) 31st -3.5  $2,296,223  $712
Hideki Matsuyama 2021 10 (1) 38th -3.8  $1,647,175  $670
Zach Johnson 2007 15 (3) 40th -1.5  $2,264,936  $634
Phil Mickelson 2010 13 (2) 34th -3.2  $2,023,014  $596
Bubba Watson 2014 12 (2) 36th -4.4  $1,803,972  $586
Bubba Watson 2012 13 (3) 29th -5.7  $1,717,359  $531
Mike Weir 2003 11 (0) 14th -1.4  $1,620,735  $523
Patrick Reed 2018 12 (2) 35th -3.3  $1,426,015  $463
Phil Mickelson 2006 9 (0) 26th -1.4  $1,132,679  $443
Dustin Johnson* 2020 4 (0) 30th -5.0  $494,561  $437
Ángel Cabrera 2009 10 (2) 42nd +0.9  $1,082,027  $421
Charl Schwartzel 2011 10 (0) 21st -2.5  $1,096,788  $390
Sergio García 2017 10 (1) 31st -2.8  $946,050  $354
Trevor Immelman 2008 14 (5) 63rd +3.0  $1,047,522  $331
Tiger Woods 2019 6 (2) 54th -6.0  $394,898  $326
Danny Willett 2016 4 (1) 62nd +7.0  $85,173  $85
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*COVID caused a delay in the tournament, thus limiting tournaments between the 2020 and 2021 Masters.

Unfortunately, not all Masters champions carried their winning ways into the rest of the season.

Looking slightly further down the table, Trevor Immelman (2008) got off to an incredibly rocky start after winning the Masters, getting cut from his next three PGA tournaments. Immelman did show a touch of class at the Stanford St. Jude Championship (-4), placing second, but with an average finish of 62nd and an average score of +3 (post-Masters), he struggled to replicate his success at Augusta.

Coming in at odds of around +5500 to win the 2016 Masters, Danny Willet was an outsider to walk away with the Green Jacket. Willet entered just four further PGA events, missing the cut at the next tournament and averaging a finishing position of 62nd. He never got close to shooting under par after the Masters (his best final score being +5 at the PGA Championship).

Interestingly, no player (of the last 20 champions) has gone on to win their next tournament after winning the Masters. Phil Mickelson got the closest, placing second in both the 2004 (HP Classic of New Orleans) and the 2010 (Wells Fargo Championship).

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