Rory McIlroy Masters Record [972 Holes Analysed]

As another Masters championship approaches, we decided to take a look at Rory McIlroy’s Masters record at Augusta. It’s the only one of the four major championships that have eluded him, as he tries to end the 10-year wait for the career grand slam.

Let’s have a look at a few of the key data based on his previous 15 attempts to win The Masters.

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Rory McIlroy Masters Record

Rory McIlroy Record At The Masters

McIlroy has done just about everything at Augusta except win the tournament. His Masters record is one which most players would dream of having.

Rory’s best finish at The Masters was in 2022 when he closed with his best-ever round at Augusta, a 64, to finish just 3 shots behind Scottie Scheffler.

Along with his runner-up finish in 2022, McIlroy also has a tied 5th in 2018 and 2020, plus a 4th place in 2015.

Out of his 15 appearances, he’s only missed the cut three times, in 2010, 2021 and 2023, and made 10 consecutive cuts between 2011 and 2020.

On top of this, Rory also holds one of the best scoring records at Augusta. His scoring average of 71.5 over 54 rounds is better than the 6-time winner, Jack Nicklaus at 71.98 and the 3-time winner Nick Faldo at 72.72.

This great record around Augusta has meant that Rory has picked up $4,167,521 in prize money from the 15 events played.

McIlroy’s World Ranking At The Masters

Despite holding the World Number 1 position for many weeks on multiple separate occasions between 2012 and 2022, McIlroy has only gone into The Masters as the top golfer in the world once, in 2015.

In his first appearance at The Masters, McIlroy was ranked 17th in the world rankings, where he finished in a tie for 20th.

Since then, his highest ranking at the tournament is 13th in 2021. That year, he missed his 2nd ever cut at The Masters with rounds of 76 and 74.

McIlroy’s Overall Performance At The Masters

Rory’s played a total of 54 rounds at Augusta. His best round of 64 came when he holed out from the bunker on 18 in the final round of the 2022 Masters.

In contrast, his worst round at Augusta was during the final round of the 2011 Masters. A closing round of 80 was enough to end his title hopes and leave him in a tie for 15th.

Out of the 972 holes played in tournament rounds, 20.7% of those McIlroy has made birdie and he has a total of 10 eagles scored. He’s also only ever managed a birdie streak of 3 holes.

The most birdies he’s made in a round at Augusta is 7 on multiple occasions, and he’s managed to shoot a bogey-free scorecard 4 times.

Although his lowest opening round in The Masters is 65, McIlroy is prone to a slow start with a scoring average of 71.73 for the first round and 72.13 for the second.

He always seems to perform better on the final two days, with his round scoring average dropping to 71.5 on Saturday and 70.42 on Sunday (despite including his worst-ever round of 80).

McIlroy’s Hole By Hole Performance At The Masters

Like all of the players at The Masters, Rory makes his score on the par 5s. On the four par 5s at Augusta, McIlroy has a combined score of 94 under par.

This is very good compared to a score of +56 on the ten par 4s and +11 on the four par 3s.

His favourite hole at Augusta is the par 5, 15th, where he has a combined score of 28 under par. This is compared to his least favourite hole, the 11th, where he’s played the long, dogleg par 4 in 19 over.

Out of the two nines, McIlroy has scored better on the back nine over the years. He’s been an impressive 20 under par on the final nine holes, most of which coming in the last six, where he’s a whopping 56 under par.

Rory’s worst stretch of holes is at the start of the back nine, however. On holes 10 to 12, McIlroy is a total of 36 over par. This was where his 2011 Masters fell apart, starting the back nine with a triple bogey, bogey, and double bogey.

McIlroy Interesting Masters Numbers

Rory’s lowest tournament round came in 2015 when he finished on 276 shots (-12). Despite it being his best score at The Masters, it was only good enough for a 4th place finish, 6 shots behind the runaway winner, Jordan Speith.

His biggest lead going into a final round at The Masters was back in 2011. However, the 4 shot advantage wasn’t enough to win Rory his first major championship.

Not many players have managed to beat par all four days at Augusta National, however, McIlroy managed this in 2015 with scores of 71, 71, 68, and 66.

McIlroy also has a pretty impressive birdie record at The Masters. On average, he scores a birdie every 4.8 holes in a round.

Has Rory McIlroy Won The Masters?

Rory McIlroy has never won The Masters. His best finish at the tournament was in 2022 when he finished in 2nd place behind Scottie Scheffler. McIlroy led the 2011 Masters, going into the final round with a 4-shot lead, however, a final round of 80 put him out of contention and he finished tied 15th.

How Much Did Rory McIlroy Win At The Masters?

Following his runner-up finish at the 2022 Masters, Rory McIlroy collected a prize of $1.62 million. However, in 2023 he missed the cut so would’ve only made $10,000. This amount took his overall winnings from The Masters to $4,167,521, from the 15 events he’s played at Augusta National.

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