2024 Masters Day 1 Facts, Stats and Numbers We Noticed

The first day of the 2024 Masters in the books. Here are the numbers that mattered most.
Apr 11, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Max Homa tees off on No. 12 during the first round of the
Apr 11, 2024; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Max Homa tees off on No. 12 during the first round of the / Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Network

AUGUSTA, Ga. — After a morning delay, the 88th Masters got rolling on Thursday and despite the late start, intermittent gusts and an unfinished round, there were still dizzying amounts of low scores and memorable shots. Here are some of the notable numbers from Masters Thursday. 

53 – Total birdies (50) and eagles (3) on the 8th hole, the highest number of par-breaking scores on the par-5 in Masters history.

5 – Back-nine birdies for Bryson DeChambeau, who finished with a seven-under 65 to grab the solo lead.

4 – Number of pine needles DeChambeau said his approach on the par-5 15th hole clipped, which left enough steam on his ball to still reach the green and set up a two-putt birdie. 

18 – Holes without a bogey for Scottie Scheffler, the only bogey-free round completed on Thursday. He trails DeChambeau by one.

8 – Number of times the opening round of the Masters has been delayed in its history, following a two-and-half-hour weather delay to kick off the round on Thursday.

Patrons leave the course after play was stopped as the sun set in Round 1 at the 2024 Masters,
Patrons leave the course after play was stopped as the sun set in Round 1 at the 2024 Masters, / Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Network

49 – Number of times it has rained at some point during 88 Masters Tournaments.

1983 – The last time the Masters finished on a Monday. The forecast for the rest of the week looks good, so here’s hoping this number isn’t updated on Sunday.

35.933 – The field’s scoring average on the front nine, the second-lowest Round 1 scoring average since World War II. The front nine averaged 35.478 in Round 1 in 2020 when the event was staged in November.

353 – Opening tee shot yardage from 6-foot-8 amateur Christo Lamprecht, a senior at Georgia Tech. The 23-year-old, who is taller than most players on Georgia Tech’s basketball team and likely the tallest Masters competitor ever, is playing his first Masters. 

354 – Opening tee shot yardage from 5-foot-10 Rory McIlroy, who is playing in his 16th Masters.

2 – Patrick Cantlay’s score on the par-4 17th after holing out from the fairway. He’s the fourth player to eagle the hole and first since Davis Love III in 1998.

4 – Number of LIV golfers currently in the top 10. DeChambeau leads and he’s joined by Tyrrell Hatton (3 under through 14 holes), Joaquin Niemann (2 under, finished) and Patrick Reed (2 under through 14).

2 – Birdies by Tiger Woods, against one bogey, in his opening 13 holes before play was called due to darkness. Woods, along with many of his fellow competitors, will be out at 7:50 a.m. Friday to finish the round.

Jeff Ritter


Jeff Ritter is the Managing Director of SI Golf. He spent more than a decade at Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine, and in 2020 joined Morning Read to help spark its growth and eventual acquisition by Sports Illustrated in 2022. He's a member of the Golf Writers' Association of America (GWAA) and has covered more than 25 major championships. He helped launch SI Golf Plus Digital, Golf Magazine’s first original, weekly e-magazine, and served as its top editor. He also launched Golf's “Films” division, the magazine’s first long-form video storytelling franchise, and his debut documentary received an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting. His writing has earned first-place awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, the MIN Magazine Awards, and the Golf Writers Association of America, among others. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A native Michigander, he remains a diehard Wolverine fan and will defend Jim Harbaugh until the bitter end.