Bubba Watson tees off on the seventh hole during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Matt
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
By Sean Zak
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

What makes a champion at Augusta National? Long tee shots and accurate approaches.

Sounds obvious, but the stats back it up, per golf stats guru Jake Nichols, who joined the GOLF.com podcast to break down how Augusta National, as a course, breeds a specific type of champion.

Nichols explains how Bubba Watson’s fate for a third green jacket hangs on the four par-5s. For Rory McIlroy, who has improved his par-5 performance through the years, it is very similar.

In the end, Nichols settles on Rickie Fowler as his predicted champion. To understand why Fowler’s success at northern courses helps Nichols reach that conclusion, listen to the podcast below.

The GOLF.com podcast will have episodes each night of competition, live from the Masters. Subscribe here to have updates sent straight to your device. For those interested in how to get on Augusta National and some of the greatest courses in the world, check out this podcast with Top 100 man himself, John Sabino.

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