Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson finished four strokes behind Jordan Spieth’s record-tying performance at The Masters on Sunday with matching scores of 14-under.
Almost as remarkable as Spieth’s finish were those two runner-up positions, considering that -14 would have won the Masters or gotten Rose and Mickelson into a playoff in 73 of its previous 78 incarnations.
Yes, that mean’s that Rose and Mickelson’s scores, all in defeat, were tied for the fourth-best ever. They just happened to shoot them the same weekend that a 21-year-old from Dallas was tying for the best score ever at Augusta National.
The only times when Rose and Mickelson would not have at least made a playoff are:
1965: Jack Nicklaus, -17
1976: Raymond Floyd, -17
1997: Tiger Woods, -18
2001: Tiger Woods, -16
2010: Phil Mickelson, -16
The two would have faced a playoff against:
1953: Ben Hogan, -14
1995: Ben Crenshaw, -14
2011: Charl Schwartzel, -14