Master Blog | Margin of victory

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Margin of victory records refer to the number of strokes by which the winner beats the runner-up. And that record on the PGA Tour is 16 strokes — four golfers in tour history have won by 16 shots.

The largest margin of victory in any tournament played on the PGA Tour or now counted by the tour as an official win is 16 strokes. That record is shared by J. Douglas Edgar, Joe Kirkwood Sr., Sam Snead and Bobby Locke.

Edgar's 16-shot win happened first, at the 1919 Canadian Open. It was the first of three career PGA Tour wins for Edgar. Joe Kirkwood Sr. won the 1924 Corpus Christi Open to tie the record, one of 13 tour wins for him.

One of only 4 golfers to record a tour win by 16 shots
Sam Snead

Then there are the two Hall of Famers who share the record, Snead and Locke. (It was Snead who bestowed the nickname "Ol' Muffin Face" on Locke.) Snead's record-tying win was also his very first, and it happened at the 1936 West Virginia Closed Pro. Locke is the most-recent 16-stroke winner on the PGA Tour, and his huge win happened at the 1948 Chicago Victory National Championship.

The record for the largest margin of victory at the US masters is currently held by non other than Tiger Woods. Who recorded a 12 stroke victory over of Tom Kite.

So today we ask our pro's what will be this years margin of victory at the US Masters. In the last 10 years the competition has been decided by playoff, with the average margin just 1.6 strokes. And, only 5 times since 1934 has the margin been any greater than 5 strokes.

So what do our pro's think?

Matt: 2 shots, if the average is just 1.6 it again will be tight. I can't really see anyone running away with it.

Reeves: 3 shots, it's been 3 years since it was won by anymore than 2 shots. So maybe someone will pull ahead on the last day.

So, as this is a par 4 hole we will give a birdie for getting the answer correct, a par for being within 2 shots either way and a bogie for anything else.

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