The Masters at Augusta National: Ben Coley's A-Z Guide to the Field


Golf expert Ben Coley outlines each player's profile on the course for The Masters, including the course form, scoring averages and more.


Form of masters: 15 to 44
Average scoring: 72.88
Sub-70 rounds: 0/8
Chances: 175/1

The best of Thailand, who has accumulated an extraordinary record at WGC events, finishing fifth or better in four of his last six. This tells him that he can compete with the best in the world and two cuts made here, including a debut 15, suggest that a Green Jacket is not totally out of the question. Me, for example, will be there for Bubba Watson's reaction to being served squid and noodles in a yellow curry sauce at a future masters dinner. Please let it happen.


Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 150/1

Cute handsome that looks like he could easily solve a horrible crime that – not again! – obliges the Danish police to work with their Swedish counterparts. Defiantly nervous to defeat Justin Thomas on the first day of Match Play, he added Tiger Woods's scalp heroically and finished fourth. This came from several strong performances including a solid effort at Sawgrass and he has not missed a cut since last summer. Limited experience in majors and will be making his Masters debut but reaches miles of ball and there is certainly a feeling in Europe that he can make the grade level elite join it all. He would not rule out a major effort in a course that should play with his strengths, one he visited in February and another in which his caddy was also successful.

BLING, Devon (A)

Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 1500/1

US Amateur Vice Champion who has won events like the Unknown Jackrabbit Invitational. He's getting ready for it by putting on basketball courts at UCLA – a technique employed by a Tiger Woods before his own debut in Augusta, and it will not surprise him to know that Woods is his golf idol. He also enjoys a card magic point, which may explain a scenario where we have seen him hit the ball 75 times, but he is eight below and leading. Somewhat hilarious, he's actually from Cornwall.


Form of masters: 27-54-MC-22-52
Average scoring: 73.72
Sub-70 rounds: 3/18
Chances: 125/1

Meaningless Respond when & # 39; Great Champions & # 39; appear after his success in the 2011 PGA Championship, which helped trigger a change in the rules, given the method he employed with the putter. Maybe he'll force another rule amendment if he continues to play slowly, but I disagree with the real point: he does not have a good Masters record, except for the strange Sunday flourish, and if he has four legs to win, he will, I will fear, three putt.


Form of mastersMC-10-9-15-MC-MC-8-37-25-1-18-7-32-2-MC-22-24-MC-MC
Average scoring: 72.53
Sub-70 rounds: 11/64
Chances: 1000/1

Like the absent Ernie Els and Thongchai Jaidee, he is closing his 50th birthday and therefore eligibility for the Champions Tour, where no doubt he can become a force. At this level, he has long since fallen from such status, but it will take a decade since he broke the hearts of Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry, and no doubt he will be willing to mark the occasion with a respectable effort.


Form of masters: 17-MC-38
Average scoring: 73.50
Sub-70 rounds: 1/10
Chances: 100/1

The Muscles of Las Palmas, who made an attractive debut here, were in 17th in difficult conditions, before being seated quarter after day on their third visit a few years later. He packaged the all-important sub-70 round for trend fans while doing so, and has a top-10 pair ending in his name, while in 2019 he usually remains on the mark finishing 11th without scaring anyone. Slight worry that his long game has not been very well fired since third in Bay Hill and remains an unlikely Masters champion, despite the history of Spanish success here.

CANTLAY, Patrick

Form of masters: 47-MC
Average scoring: 74.33
Sub-70 rounds: 0/6
Chances: 66/1

Consistency model whose breach here last year was rare, one of only two over 2018. The fact of having lost two already in 2019 says something, perhaps, but both have been marginal and in general it remains as reliable as for only a couple of years before the age of 30. He is expected to become a regular contender given his mentality and complete play but the crisp facts say he only won once on the PGA Tour and that in a low-key event really. Still, the best is yet to come and given that he is not a Chinese teenager, he must escape a slow game penalty and go well.


Form of masters: 6-MC-10-11-20-MC-38-MC-6-4-6-15
Average scoring: 72.33
Sub-70 rounds: 15/42
Chances: 28/1

Brentian figure who appears as a maniacal idiot by the ego. Now, this may be because he is indeed a maniacal idiot by the ego, but increasingly I am thinking he is one of the good guys: first golfer, UNICEF ambassador second … probably a double champion Valspar in third. It's late in the day for him to be winning majors and I would not be sure if last month's win made him a kind of re-winning winning machine, but the form is all over there in the book and he has the right to play well in a tournament. Of course you are vulnerable to your strengths. A two-way player who will do for many and is an excellent vehicle for success in the sub-markets.

CINK, Stewart

Form of masters: MC-23-27-28-MC-24-17-20-10-17-3-MC-MC-MC-50-25-14
Average scoring: 72.95
Sub-70 rounds: 6/58
Chances: 400/1

Good announcement for the power of the sun that makes its masters return after a hiatus of five years. Apparently he finished fourth in the PGA Championship last year and although I really have no recollection of this, it shows that he continues to operate at a fairly high level. In fact, he actually finished 24th in the Open Championship before Bellerive, while his last Augusta run resulted in 14th place. This tells you that he could play well but he has never been so dangerous here but a great effort in 2008 and he will do well to break the top 20.


Form of masters: 32-10-10-31-5-11-5-35-1-21-10-15-7-2-27-11-26-36-28-6-39-3-30-MC-MC -6-15-12-13-20-MC-18-38
Average scoring: 72.28
Sub-70 rounds: 11/82
Chances: 500/1

It remains smooth as silk in every department as it approaches its 60th anniversary and, unlike some of its veteran colleagues, continues to show love for Augusta. Since 2010, he has made seven of eight cuts, T18 and T38, his last two results, and it is still easy to see him playing well at some point.

DAY, Jason

Form of masters: 2-WD-3-20-28-10-22-20
Average scoring: 71.55
Sub-70 rounds: 6/29
Odds: 25/1

Star of the successful children's game Operation, taking the show due to its permanent state of bad health. Head, shoulders, knees, toes – they've all been gone at some point and this has inspired a level of negative sentiment from the relentless world of golf bettors. If he had been born at another time and was a little less willing to share his physical problems, he was likely to be cast as a man of the popular family, because, well, he seems to be quite cool. The master record makes it as good a place as his second-highest score, which was no worse than 28th on the seven occasions he did not give up and if he gets in good shape after reported back problems, he has the potential to slip the radar. The game is absolutely made for the whole, perhaps more than any other player in the sport.


Form of masters: 21-38
Average scoring: 73.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/8
Chances: 22/1

World-class operator who has won five times between June 2018 and February 2019 to stand out as a great potential champion in the coming months. This conversation has cooled off a bit since he was unable to sustain a form that was unsustainable, but all chances of him keeping an eye on it since he won in Dubai and have spent time testing the optimal level of stomach acid needed to quickly break a sandwich of cheese. . First came to have greater prominence here as an amateur, competing up the middle, and while great efforts like a pro were a little lacking, it's just a matter of time. If his iron set came back, he could be right in the middle of things here and that coat would look fantastic on him.


Form of masters: 10
Average scoring: 70.25
Sub-70 rounds: 2/4
Chances: 35/1

Ankle healed quickly after at that incident on the eve of last year's renewal, but I'm still a bit worried about his pride. The memory of a feverish Finau running and then huddling in celebration of a hole in the par-three competition still makes me shiver – this tournament is really cursed. Of course the great man refused to leave that mark in his week and instead fired a 68 opening and a closing of 66 to finish in 10th, a Herculean effort from one of the friendliest players around. Still stuck in a discreet win but played the majors terrified over the past year and fact, we think he came out of the boil because he is finishing the 20th says a lot about how far he has come. It should play well, even if the fundamentalist value tells you that you are wrong in supporting it.


Form of masters: MC-7-32-38
Average scoring: 72.86
Sub-70 rounds: 2/14
Chances: 80/1

It still looks like he's late for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, but seventh place in his professional debut here in 2016 shows that we should take him more seriously than that. It has followed up with a couple of respectable efforts and an average score of 72.86 should not be overlooked. Accomplishments here even more impressive, given that he did not hit much or much and I would still be of the opinion that his best great chances – and make no mistake, he will have them – should come elsewhere. Billy Foster's experience in the purse can not hurt, however, given his previous here with Lee Westwood.


Form of masters: MC-17
Average scoring: 72.67
Sub-70 rounds: 1/6
Odds: 25/1

They say there's a place in Mexico
Where a man can fly over mountains and hills
And he does not need an airplane or some kind of engine
And he'll never go
And his name is Tommy Fleetwood.

… and he must classify a contender here, given his traction impulses that regularly ended up within a Vidal Sassoon of his target, not to mention the precision irons that Laboratoires Garnier once described as "three magnify." I would not say he's Head & Shoulders above the rest of the English challenge, but … oh, I ran out of shampoo marks. I really hope he plays well because he's worth it.

FOWLER, Rickie

Form of masters: 38-27-38-5-12-MC-11-2
Average scoring: 71.77
Sub-70 rounds: 7/30
Chances: 18/1

On a quiet night, when the TV is off, the child is sleeping, my wife is away, I often wonder: how many times has Rickie Fowler been the best man at a wedding? Very, I guess. Will he have his day at the altar? I hope so – we all hope so – and while I'm talking literally about weddings here, we can switch to the metaphor and do it over majors, in which he has often been the maid of honor (and we will change sex too ) and never the bride. The second year of last year offered hope – hope that all these agreements (two mixed metaphors do not make a metaphor) have made it stronger; that he will do the next job. Perhaps Phoenix was a prelude to a great success – he had his heart broken many times (stop it), but finally won, despite a demanding Sunday. He hopes the same trick works again here. (Hooray for parentheses!)

GARCIA, Sergio

Form of masters: 38-40-MC-8-28-4-MC-46-MC-MC-38-45-35-12-8-MC-17-34-1-MC
Average scoring: 72.94
Sub-70 rounds: 11/66
Chances: 45/1

Defending Masters has historically been a serious challenge – particularly for those trying to do it for the first time. Still, it should not be as difficult as Garcia made it look 12 months ago, when he scored 13 in the 15th. Yes, he needed 13 kicks to put the ball in the hole, the same hole in which his winning Masters had been fully lit in 2017. Garcia responded negatively with one bird in the next, but rounds of 81-78 still leave him with demons to ban It was always like this. Let's just hope he is not kicked out for defecating in Rae's Creek or plucking the heart out of an azalea because he did not admit the putt, the absolute maniac.

GRACE, Branden

Form of masters: 18-MC-MC-MC-27-24
Average scoring: 73.28
Sub-70 rounds: 3/18
Chances: 125/1

Kind that hit the other three majors, but never here, probably due to the fact that he does not lift it and places it like a feather on a bed of chewing gum. The first four rounds on the course were weak, but his six subsequent tests at least show a steady improvement and a close from 67 to 24th place last year raises confidence to some degree. The same will happen with Dustin Johnson's loss in Match Play and, while not perfectly fit for the course, makes up for it with his attitude, tenacity and underestimated skill in other departments. I could win a big one this year, but that's certainly not the only one.

GRILLO, Emiliano

Form of masters: 17 to 51
Average scoring: 74.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/8
Chances: 150/1

The talent has not yet materialized, being a finger-tapping machine with a kind of chip on the shoulder, and whoever won their first PGA Tour began as a fully paid member. That's not to say that he has not got time to get there – he's only 26 after all – but so far his great performances leave a lot to be desired. With consistency levels at the Tour level, five cuts lost in 12 starts and no better than the 12th, say he is so far away from what is required in the competitions. On the plus side, he would be among the favorites in a market of those who would have the most genuine bird chance. He would also be among the favorites in a market related to lost chances, mind.


Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 400/1

The South African who, having looked like a determined traveler for the success of the Sunshine Tour, has taken off in the last two years. In fact, this time in 2017, he was out of the top 500 in the world for just five wins, including a first on the European Tour, to see him climb into the all-important top 50. It's hard to know how much more is left in the closet and he's been busy this year, but it's dangerous to totally waive anyone who's been at the top of his game this year.

HATTON, Tyrrell

Form of masters: MC-44
Average scoring: 75.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/6
Chances: 100/1

The first round here was 80 and the most recent six was 70, so it's getting there, despite the lack of patience, so the narrative goes to Augusta National. Form in 2019 is actually more of a concern, especially for a second round of 81 in the Valspar Championship, and he is among Europeans who failed to take advantage of the post-Ryder Cup collision to have impressed at Le Golf National. This type of course is much better for him than this, but the last two great results can be read from 6 to 10 and it is possible for him to discover this at some point. Growing in me.

HOFFMAN, Charley

Form of masters: 27-9-29-22-12
Average scoring: 71.70
Sub-70 rounds: 6/20
Chances: 175/1

Put him in 100/1 for the first round here when I was fine and he was good, and he hit the frame in the same market for the sponsors last year, extending his overall record in Augusta to five matches, five top-30s finishes and an insufficient score average. That record will be under threat this year, unless his iron play improves dramatically, although there were better signs in that department when the 18th at Valspar. Probably not enough to suggest he turned a corner, but he should at least be on the radar for another speedy start.


Form of masters: 25-MC-4-50
Average scoring: 73.21
Sub-70 rounds: 1/14
Chances: 150/1

Party or hunger, more and more, having won on the Riviera and played miserably on both sides. Again, we saw this in evidence at Match Play, where he reviewed Jon Rahm on the second day, but on the other hand offered little, and an Augusta 25-MC-4-50 record speaks of this unpredictability. Whatever he does, it's going to take ages.


Form of masters: 37-MC-17-MC
Average scoring: 74.17
Sub-70 rounds: 0/12
Chances: 125/1

However, to break 70 here at 12 will, but came close and fundamentally seems a kind enough for the Masters once having the headlines by beating 18 greens in regulation during a round of the US Open at Merion. It relies heavily on confidence, which has led to great success at the FedEx Cup, and it remains to be seen whether making cut-on-cut has done enough to raise the levels before its return here. Maybe another player in the lead market of the first round, having walked away quickly many times lately, but will need to shoot sixty to hit the frame and that is far from being achieved.

HOVLAND, Viktor (A)

Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 1000/1

Norwegian star in training (though to hear it, you'd think he was born and raised in the United States), who won the US Amateur in some style last year and has since fought with Matthew Wolff on the university circuit. He says he was relaxed in the race and did not do much in preparation, trying to convince himself that this is just another tournament. Good luck with that, my friend. As for Masters' memories, he remembers Adam Scott's victory as his oldest. God, I'm old. Probabilities probably underestimate you, believe it or not.


Form of masters: 29-28-13-MC-MC-30-MC-19
Average scoring: 73.96
Sub-70 rounds: 0/26
Chances: 125/1

I do not know much about Howell I or Howell II, but with regard to Howell III, I know the fun of January to April that he / she will not qualify for "The Masters shtick" has been removed from the table in the RSM Classic. last November when he boldly won a third win over the PGA Tour and with it a coveted invitation. The reason that matters so much is that Howell is from Augusta, Georgia, and he will be on the moon to return for the second time in this decade. He did not break 70 in 26 rounds, but that may change if the occasion is not too much for one of the kindest and kindest men in North America. Chuckie-three-sticks for president.


Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 500/1

Masters Gained the equivalent of the invitation from one of the sponsors to play here because a) he is a foreigner and b) he has played a good golf lately, almost doing enough to merit through the world rankings. Unfortunately for the Japanese, he has struggled a bit with an injury, which forced his withdrawal from Singapore shortly after Augusta's invitation arrived at the post. Quite frankly, he finished 39th at WGC-Mexico a month later, but he has not played since, effectively losing his place at WGC-Match Play as a result, and it's hard to imagine he's in good shape.


Form of masters: 56-MC-5-MC-55-1-20-14-15-60-50-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC
Average scoring: 73.98
Sub-70 rounds: 9/40
Chances: 1000/1

Now 11 years since he defeated Tiger Woods to win the Masters for three after a tiring final round. His only win since then came on Tour five years later and in the five and a half players he seemed to be holding a one-way ticket to the comment box. That was until he finished third in the Scottish Open last summer, losing a place in the Open Championship by one shot, after which he regularly played very well. More recently, the worm has turned around again and its series of cuts lost here seems to be extended to six.


Form of masters: 30-38-38-13-MC-6-4-10
Average scoring: 71.83
Sub-70 rounds: 6/30
Chances: 8/1

The slugger from South Carolina who for more than a decade has been a winning machine – even on days when virtually everyone on a platform (not me, Grandpa!) Would have told him that it is a bottled job. Clearly, his attack rate has improved and by almost 17% since early 2016, he is, by some margin, the most prolific player in the sport, one you'd be safe to cancel only when he's at the top. of a flight of stairs or carrying a slightly glazed expression. The only question, if it can be termed as such, is that he has a major, and winning the US Open seems to have had an inverse effect – that is, he was contending more in the previous years than he has. the years since. The Masters record is improving and having been forced to retire two years ago, this will be the first time he has recovered after having won twice in the first months of the year. (Note: one of those wins was on the European Tour and therefore may not appear in your media guide)

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson after winning the 2016 US Open


Form of masters: MC-32-1-20-MC-42-MC-32-35-MC-9-MC-MC-36
Average scoring: 73.20
Sub-70 rounds: 5/44
Chances: 100/1

Twice as big as Dustin. No wonder he's a believer.

KANAYA, Takumi (A)

Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 750/1

A high-class amateur who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship last October. "I've been dreaming of going to The Masters since I was a kid," he said after becoming the second Japanese winner of the event. The first was Hideki Matsuyama, who asked to congratulate him, and if Kanaya manages to match Matsuyama's 27th place as an amateur in 2011, it will be an extremely well done job. Possibly the greatest danger for Hovland in the best amateur bets.

KAYMER, Martin

Form of masters: MC-MC-MC-MC-44-35-31-MC-49-16-48
Average scoring: 73.68
Sub-70 rounds: 2/34
Chances: 200/1

Now well off the top 100 in the world, Kaymer is invited to play for the last time based on the triumph of the US Open in 2014. If he wants to return to a course that probably helped ruin him, Augusta having convinced the German that he needed change his game, he would have to win a place like the commoners and the signs so far in 2019 are that he could fight. It still beats lots of greens – that's what happens when he misses one that really leaves his golden arms sweaty.

KIM, Michael

Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 750/1

He placed the submission competition to win the John Deere Classic last summer, his first and only top 10 since October 2016. It is safe to say that he has been disappointed since he finished 17th in the US Open in 2013 as an amateur, and has to do more than relying on the flat stick, if that is to change. Call me negative, but it seems like this is not the place to end up with a series of lost cuts dating to six months or more.

KIM, yeah Woo

Form of masters: MC-24
Average scoring: 73.83
Sub-70 rounds: 1/6
Chances: 150/1

A golfer's culling egg, which dazzled with its ball to break at the Wyndham Championship, added the illustrious PLAYERS nine months later, but only showed flashes of its undoubted brilliance ever since. In part, it's because he has become a wonderful putter and a modest ball striker, which I find impossible to explain, but when everything clicks back, it causes serious damage. Could it be here? Well, he's been doing a lot of birdies, and a 68-bogey on his way to the 24th place here last year tells you he's got the game for that. Always among the most interesting options outside the park and should be a standard bet on the exchanges when it is swayed into something silly-to-one.


Form of masters: 37-43-28
Average scoring: 73.42
Sub-70 rounds: 1/12
Chances: 66/1

Like Kim, one who showed what he can do in this course last Saturday in this case, doing four birdies in a round of 69. This causes three cuts to be made of three appearances in The Masters for University of Georgia. played well in each of the four majors, and who definitely has a good sense for the great team – a fact we came across when he challenged a slow start to winning the WGC-Match Play a fortnight before the tee off. He will probably tell you that he can not win this tournament because he "does not hit enough or enough time" (see below), and he may be right but it is still dangerous to underestimate in a round by round after a very long golf race good this spring. The choice of the short hitters and if he can be folded, say, Webb Simpson, think a little.


Form of mastersMC
Average scoring: 76.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/2
Chances: 300/1

Southern Languid that would have felt like a good fit if the character of Patricia Arquette in Childhood finally found true love in the arms of a Alabama-cheeked farmer, about 20 years younger than her. Far from this acting career that only serves to indicate that I need a break to write Masters profiles, Kizzire has struggled to combine with the heroism of two wins in four matches to launch the 2017-18 campaign, by which time he finally It looked like the talent his coaches and college colleagues claimed to be. Not much to shout about the end of a QBE Classic win with Brian Harman and 76s brace here last year tell him that he has a lot to prove.

KODAIRA, Satoshi

Form of masters: 28
Average scoring: 72.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/4
Chances: 500/1

The first player to qualify for the 2019 Masters by winning a PGA Tour event, somehow taking Si Woo Kim's pocket to win RBC Heritage. Given that his only result in the ten subsequent finals was a home win in Japan to end the year, he has been partying or hungry to some degree – but he made the cut in three of his four big appearances last year. This includes an excellent 28th day here in Augusta and it may again exceed expectations that are admittedly low.

KOEPKA, Brooks

Form of masters: 33-21-11
Average scoring: 72.33
Sub-70 rounds: 1/12
Chances: 20/1

Bonafide great specialist, with the very headline he has won three of his last six starts in them. This is absurdly impressive, as is the fact that he is in a 18-round sequence at major events, but it is somewhat important to recognize that it is highly unlikely that he will maintain that kind of gallop. In fact, he may suffer McIlroy's frustration, whether through the burden of expectation or just through the randomness of golf, although his record at Masters – 33-21-11 – suggests he is approaching another memorable performance at golf. a top one, where a top-10 so far has avoided it. You need your irons to fire again if he wants to deliver you, but clearly, if he hits the front at any stage you would want him to continue and win.


Form of masters: 21-50-MC-24-27-3-8-5-46-24-4-28
Average scoring: 72.13
Sub-70 rounds: 9/46
Chances: 50/1

Smiling assassin found his weapon, winning in Mexico and Hawaii at the turn of the year and maintaining his form ever since, including second place in Austin. Golf is deeper now than when he finished in tenth playing, so he now finishes 26th in playing like that, as was the case in Sawgrass, and the basic impression is that he's doing well enough in whatever format . Augusta is formed better than you imagine for a player who hits a short fade, and he is going to his tenth successive cut which is an effort by any measure. Off course, known for his generosity and once played Rachel Green's father in a hit serial episode Friends titled "That Where the American Rips the Mexican". The reviews were poor.

LANDRY, Andrew

Form of masters: Debut
Average scoring: n / A
Sub-70 rounds: n / A
Chances: 500/1

Heróico vencedor do Texas Open do ano passado, um dos destaques do calendário de golfe durante o qual ele escreveu um bom anúncio para o fator fralda. Desde então, a realidade atingiu bem e verdadeiramente, e apesar de o 15º lugar no Aberto dos EUA de 2016 ter sugerido que ele pode competir nesse nível, ele seguiu um rumo muito diferente. Ele será encontrado aqui a menos que retorne ao seu melhor, mas espere uma reviravolta nas próximas semanas em cursos que sejam mais adequados.

LANGER, Bernhard

Forma de mestres: MC-31-1-16-7-9-26-7-32-31-1-25-31-36-7-39-11-28-6-32-MC-4-20-MC-MC -MC-MC-MC-MC-25-8-MC-24-MC-38
Média de pontuação: 73,29
Sub-70 rodadas: 7/70
Chances: 500/1

O Standard-setter da Champions Tour que lutou aqui em 2014, acabou por se contentar com o oitavo, cerca de 21 anos depois do seu segundo título de Masters. Acabamentos dos dias 24 e 38 nos anos subsequentes são tão bons quanto deveríamos esperar, embora ele esteja em muito melhor forma do que no ano passado. Principal jogador no top senior market e vale a pena notar que ele leva o Martin Kaymer por 5-4 aqui (um empate) se você estiver olhando para o alemão. Todos os cinco sucessos de Langer vieram nos últimos seis anos também.


Forma de mestres: MC-4-MC-MC-43-9
Média de pontuação: 72,78
Sub-70 rodadas: 2/18
Chances: 50/1

Assistido como compatriota Adam Scott quebrou o hoodoo Aussie aqui em 2013, garantindo um top-five terminar de sua autoria. Desde então, tornou-se uma espécie de especialista em Open – deveria ter vencido em 2015 -, mas o nono lugar do ano passado foi ainda mais uma confirmação de que seu jogo sem frescuras pode funcionar muito bem em Augusta. Falta o corte nos JOGADORES, o único borrão no caderno desde que venceu o CIMB Classic em outubro, e seu longo jogo em particular parece bom. Curiosamente (ou não) é a sua luta que diminuiu e ele estará contando com melhorias nesse departamento se ele aparecer no domingo.

LI, Hao-tong

Forma de mestres: 32
Média de pontuação: 72.25
Sub-70 rodadas: 1/4
Chances: 110/1

Jovem afável que rapidamente emergiu como um talento de classe mundial com uma mistura de vitórias e performances de alto nível na derrota. A escolha do lote veio como cortesia de uma surpreendente rodada final para o terceiro lugar no Campeonato Aberto de 2017, mas ele também teve um bom desempenho aqui (T32) e no Aberto dos EUA (T16) no ano passado. Vai perdendo de vez em quando, mas quando ele está, ele é capaz de correr com isso, algo que vimos no final do ano passado, quando ele se tornou um concorrente semanal e realmente deveria ter ganhado um evento da Rolex Series na Turquia. Continua com um potencial ilimitado aos 23 anos e mostrou mais no Match Play do que antes, talvez o seu jogo esteja a acontecer na altura certa.


Forma de mestres: Estréia
Média de pontuação: n / D
Sub-70 rodadas: n / D
Chances: 600/1

Ou Adam Longshot, como ele deve ser conhecido após uma das vitórias mais fora-de-o-azul no Desafio CareerBuilder, onde ele atirou 63-65 no fim de semana para negar Phil Mickelson. Six missed cuts in seven starts followed, but he did play well for 10th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and clearly has something about him if able to scrape through to the weekend. Suspect short-game will likely find him out here, though, and very much a case of running (forbidden here) before he can walk.

LOWRY, Shane

Masters form: MC-39-MC
Scoring average: 74.50
Sub-70 rounds: 1/8
Odds: 125/1

Looked like winning the US Open in 2016 until DJ decided enough was enough, since which he'd been in decline until landing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at the start of the year. Scraped into the field here via the world rankings and has the magic hands required to cope with this challenge, but so far has failed to do much bar an opening 68 in 2016. Struggled a little of late and up against it, with the other three majors far more suitable.

LYLE, Sandy

Masters form: MC-34-MC-48-MC-MC-MC-MC-37-MC-MC-43-45-20-MC-MC-MC-54-44-MC-MC-MC-MC
Scoring average: 75.55
Sub-70 rounds: 1/62
Odds: 2500/1

No signs of stopping some 31 years on from at that bunker shot, and why should he, particularly given that sixth place in the Chubb Classic in February was his best Champions Tour effort in some time. Expect him to fare reasonably well on Thursday (by which I mean shoot 75 or 76), less so on Friday, before departing once more.


Masters form: 27-54-MC-5-7-11-19
Scoring average: 72.00
Sub-70 rounds: 4/26
Odds: 33/1

Carries the hopes of a nation, having been considered a major winner in waiting ever since performing so well as an amateur here in 2011. No doubt he's had his chances to win, never more so than when leading the PGA Championship late in the day 18 or so months ago, and his form at Augusta stacks up really nicely. Indeed, since carding a final-round 80 in 2012 and shooting the same score on his return, he's been excellent, staying on for fifth, fading to seventh, then putting together finishes of 11th and 19th. It's approaching two years since his last win anywhere but perhaps that'll ease the pressure somewhat. Certainly, a decent putting week ought to make him a serious each-way contender.


Masters form: 20-MC-15-40-25-8-4-10-7-5
Scoring average: 71.61
Sub-70 rounds: 10/38
Odds: 7/1

Now a 10-year veteran of The Masters and probably should've won it in 2011, when surrendering a four-shot lead having look unbeatable throughout much of the opening 54 holes. Clearly, four majors since have put much of that to rest but there's a feeling he still needs to win this to bury the ghost completely, not to mention complete the career grand slam. You can argue that last year's final-round disappointment suggests there's too much pressure on him but note that McIlroy has finished fourth, 10th, seventh and fifth since winning the Open in 2014. He's done so without necessarily having his best stuff from tee-to-green and there's a sense that this is his strongest chance yet, as he arrives with a high-profile win behind him, and with the long-game firing. With putting which has improved thanks to time on the phone with Brad Faxon, everything is in place for a huge performance from one of the most talented players in the history of the sport.


Masters form: 46-34-7-3-MC-12-6-7-3-3-3-1-10-1-24-5-5-1-27-3-54-MC-2-MC-22-36
Scoring average: 71.23
Sub-70 rounds: 28/76
Odds: 33/1

Three-time Masters champion who has threatened to make it four on a couple of occasions, notably in 2012 and again in 2015 when no match for Spieth. Won at Pebble Beach earlier in the season – what he'd give to do that again in June and complete his own career slam – and easier to forgive than most for some poor golf since. Remains very difficult to predict but now that he's winning titles again – one this year, almost two – he will fancy his chances of moving level with Woods on four Green Jackets.


Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 200/1

Making a name for himself – KEITH – this year, primarily thanks to a seriously tenacious victory over world-class, baying-for-blood opponents in the Honda Classic. That's an event which has proven to be a reliable major guide in previous years and his long-hitting talents lend themselves to an eye-catching run at some stage. This will be his first major but having been educated at the University of Georgia he won't lack support, and certainly has enough about him to pique interest in the top debutant market.

MIZE, Larry

Masters form: 11-47-16-1-45-26-14-17-6-21-3-MC-23-30-MC-23-25-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-42-MC-MC-30-MC-MC-MC-MC-51-MC-52-52-MC
Scoring average: 74.80
Sub-70 rounds: 4/64
Odds: 3000/1

Playing in his 36th consecutive Masters and it's little wonder he's unwilling to give up his place in the field, having grown up in Augusta. "I’ve got to thank the Good Lord – and a little bit of luck," he said after winning courtesy of a stunning play-off chip-in back in 1987, and he'll need both to make the weekend for the fourth time in six years.

MOLINARI, Francesco

Masters form: 30-MC-19-MC-50-33-20
Scoring average: 73.25
Sub-70 rounds: 1/24
Odds: 25/1

Francesco Molinari, the meek man from Turin who never did win, played in seven renewals of The Masters, finishing no better than 19th, carding one sub-70 round and never really looking like he'd ever so much as threaten to become the first Italian winner of the event. *FRANCESCO MOLINARI*, the Ryder Cup history-maker, the Open champion, the multiple PGA Tour winner, the sneaky-long, the sneaky-sharp, the unmistakably tough… now he really could win The Masters. There have been few more impressive, hard-earned transformations in modern golf and this new model, this Italian stallion, has to be considered. His preparation – winning at Bay Hill, finishing third at the Match Play – has been close to perfect.

Francesco Molinari in action at the WGC-Match Play in Texas

Francesco Molinari in action at the WGC-Match Play in Texas

NA, Kevin

Masters form: MC-MC-12-59-12-55-MC
Scoring average: 73.64
Sub-70 rounds: 2/22
Odds: 200/1

Likeable maverick who is permanently on the brink, and whose victory at last year's Greenbrier was among the more heartwarming tales of the campaign. With it he earned a Masters return but for all his competitive spirit, Na himself would likely admit that the other majors suit better. Here, he's twice performed out of his skin for 12th place and twice shot rounds in the sixties. He needs to be at his absolute best to do any better but it's going to be fun to see if he can catch his ball before it reaches the hole on these glass greens.


Masters form: MC-MC
Scoring average: 76.25
Sub-70 rounds: 0/4
Odds: 125/1

The best player nobody on the PGA Tour had heard of, until he gained an immediate legion of fans following J.B. Holmes's wholly selfish behaviour at Torrey Pines last year. Noren's play-off defeat there suggested he wouldn't be long in adding to a bulging trophy cabinet and he did so in France last summer, but ever since holing a huge putt to win his Ryder Cup singles match at the same venue he's not quite been the player we've got to know. More recently, he's without a top-40 finish in a stroke play event in 2019 and, as a player who hits a fairly flat cut, he already had enough on his plate here.

O'CONNELL, Kevin (A)

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 1500/1

Thirty-year-old winner of the US Mid-Am, a victory which put on hold plans for another crack at professional golf and a scheduled trip to European Tour Qualifying School. He'd given up on the prospect of following peers Cameron Tringale, Russell Henley, Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark onto the circuit having felt he wasn't quite good enough. Coach Todd Anderson says accuracy is his strength; whether it'll take him through to the weekend is in some doubt.

OLAZABAL, Jose Maria

Masters form: MC-MC-8-13-2-42-7-1-14-12-12-1-MC-15-4-8-30-MC-3-44-MC-MC-MC-MC-50-34-MC-MC-MC
Scoring average: 73.02
Sub-70 rounds: 5/62
Odds: 2500/1

I know this makes me the worst person on earth, but does anyone else cringe when they replay that moment after the Miracle of/in/at Medinah when Olazabal says "this one's for you… for him"? I just wish he'd stuck with 'you' instead of attempting to correct himself. Shame. Anyway, he played well here five years ago to finish 34th and shot an excellent second-round 71 in 2015, and still hits the odd four-iron to make even the most dog-preferring person on earth purr like a tabby. Shares a locker with Sergio and will enjoy this occasion, 20 years on from his second Masters victory.

OLESEN, Thorbjorn

Masters form: 6-44
Scoring average: 72.63
Sub-70 rounds: 2/8
Odds: 150/1

Baritone bachelor who rose to the occasion to beat Jordan Spieth in their Ryder Cup singles showdown. In horse racing parlance, that form has taken some knocks, but there's no doubt Olesen is a tough cookie who, despite being wildly unpredictable, has within him a few extra gears which reveal themselves only once or twice a year. We saw as much back in 2013, when he shot a pair of weekend 68s to fly home for sixth on his Masters debut, and he's a better player than his sole subsequent effort, 44th place in 2014. Were it not for some fairly ordinary recent form he'd be one to consider for something like top continental European at a price.


Masters form: MC-MC-MC-2-MC-25-19-15-41-12
Scoring average: 72.56
Sub-70 rounds: 6/32
Odds: 40/1

Gubbed in a play-off here in 2012, the victim of Bubba Watson's side-spinning wedge – and of his own slackness, a point often overlooked given that he lost to a par. Before then, the 2010 Open champion had done nothing at all at Augusta, but he arrives this time looking for six cuts made in succession. Last year he was one of only a handful of players to beat par on all four days and if he can conjure a start akin to the quality of his closing effort at the Valspar recently, he must go well. Immensely frustrating and still yet to win in the US, but a shot here or there and he could've done the grand slam. He'll threaten to win a few more yet.

ORTIZ, Alvaro (A)

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 750/1

Younger brother of PGA Tour player and Tour machine Carlos Ortiz, the pair having grown up learning the game at Guadalajara Country Club. Alvaro gets to Augusta ahead of Carlos courtesy of victory in the Latin America Amateur Championship, benefiting from Christmas sparring sessions with his sibling, and is in fact the first Mexican to feature in The Masters since Victor Regalado some 40 years ago. Regalado went on to finish 31st – anything like that would be a huge triumph.


Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 100/1

Podcast star – ahem, listen here – who is quietly confident ahead of his Masters debut, given that he considers iron-play a strength. Best form so far has often coincided with fairly low expectations and there have been a number of lesser-heralded European Tour raiders – Fitzpatrick, Aphibarnrat, Olesen, Kjeldsen – to embrace the challenge of Augusta National and nose in on the leaderboard in recent years. PLAYERS Championship third showed the world what he can do and while perhaps better suited by majors later on the calendar, wouldn't rule out a big debut effort. Likes: wine, dogs, jokes about sex toys. Dislikes: narcissistic tweeters. Still amazed I got an interview.


Masters form: 31-33-13-25-20-10-27-7-MC-20-6-49-44
Scoring average: 72.56
Sub-70 rounds: 10/50
Odds: 66/1

Divisive type, for reasons beyond his Ryder Cup Houdini acts – turns out some folk don't like the obscenely rich making mention of it all the time and hubris would be an issue. Still, has earned the respect of his peers, many of whom remain baffled by the scores he shoots, and it's easy to argue that he's been playing some of the best golf of his career of late. Loves the challenge of Augusta, where he has missed just one cut in 13 visits, and has booked a couple of late weekend tee-times before flattening out. After a villainous winner in 2018, it would be smashing were Reed placing a Green Jacket around the shoulders of his European Tour doppelganger.


Masters form: 27-4
Scoring average: 71.03
Sub-70 rounds: 3/8
Odds: 16/1

Defied a slow start to finish fourth last year, bullying his way to rounds of 68, 65 and 69. Since then, he's continued to pick up titles at a strike-rate which confirms he's quickly become world-class, and it's easy to forget that he's not yet three years a pro. Returns having played well virtually everywhere in 2019, and while a final-round 76 at the PLAYERS cost him the chance to win the biggest title of his career, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Don't expect temperament to get in the way of further high-profile success and would not be out of place as the fourth Spaniard to win this title. That we can say as much already is testament to his awesome ability and he's high on the shortlist.

REBULA, Jovan (A)

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 1000/1

Two years on from Ernie Els' final (or will it be?) Masters appearance, enter his nephew, winner of last year's Amateur Championship. Rebula has long been considered a potential star from South Africa, where top-class golfers emerge on a steady conveyor belt, and his Georgia Cup victory in March is encouraging. Still, shot 79-79 in the Open last summer and while 73-73 in Dubai at the start of the year was more respectable, he's odds-on to miss the cut.

REED, Patrick

Masters form: MC-22-49-MC-1
Scoring average: 72.75
Sub-70 rounds: 3/16
Odds: 40/1

Unpopular though it has become to say it, Reed was an unpopular Masters winner last year, locals far too familiar with some sinister tales which have followed a teenager right through to adulthood. It's credit to Reed, then, that he's managed still to become a major champion, the manner of his victory here particularly impressive, and he's managed to create a team which keeps negativity at the door. That team has recently expanded to include coach David Leadbetter, which tells you that things have not gone to plan since he made his major breakthrough 12 months ago. Adapting to swing changes while defending the hardest title to defend? You have to set the bar of expectation fairly low, I'm afraid. Just don't tell his mother-in-law I said that.

ROSE, Justin

Masters form: 39-22-5-36-20-11-8-25-14-2-10-2-12
Scoring average: 71.73
Sub-70 rounds: 12/52
Odds: 12/1

Style icon and all-round good guy, whose only real flaw is that he does seem to genuinely like John Terry, erstwhile Chelsea captain and all-round bad guy. Rose made a mockery of those who forecast a transition period following his mega-money switch to Honma clubs (i.e. me) by winning at Torrey Pines, and he played some really good golf to defy a slow start at the PLAYERS. Long been comfortable here, not least when he really should have won two years ago as Sergio Garcia finally secured his first major. Even before then, Rose sat inside the top five after six of his 13 opening rounds, a quite magnificent record, as is a run of 13 cuts made dating right back to his debut some 16 years ago. Twice runner-up would be a popular winner and looks as likely as any to give his running.


Masters form: 50
Scoring average: 74.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/4
Odds: 40/1

Californian with a flawless temperament and close-to-flawless game, even if he wasn't able to show it en route to 50th last year. At the time, he was adjusting to new equipment and heightened expectation, so it's fair to forecast a good deal better having started 2019 with a bang. Missed cut at Sawgrass simply down to an abject chipping and putting display and with both departments usually reliable, last year's Open runner-up – who had earlier been sixth in the US Open – can bounce back and confirm himself a persistent danger man at all levels.


Masters form: 30-1-50-25-MC-38-MC-3-MC
Scoring average: 72.43
Sub-70 rounds: 6/30
Odds: 100/1

Impossible to work out but won well here on his second visit, capitalising on McIlroy's Sunday struggles with a late burst not dissimilar to that of Danny Willett a few years later. Schwartzel has one other worthwhile effort to his name here, a staying-on third in 2017, but he's been playing very poorly in the main this year and it's hard to envisage anything but another week of struggle.


Masters form: 9-23-MC-33-27-27-25-MC-18-2-8-1-14-38-42-9-32
Scoring average: 72.39
Sub-70 rounds: 11/64
Odds: 35/1

Slightly more handsome man than Bjerregaard whose name is sub-optimal from an SEO perspective, given that there happens to be an actor named Adam Scott, too. The golfer won this back in 2013, benefiting from rain-softened greens and dare I say it Steve Williams' presence on the bag to beat Angel Cabrera in a play-off. Cries of 'C'mon Aussie!' won't soon be forgotten and there have been indications that Scott, whose mid-range putting has improved, is getting back to his best. That said he won his major in those years of opportunism and I for one suspect that he'll end his career with one. I don't think he'll mind too much.


Masters form: 44-MC-MC-28-29-MC-20
Scoring average: 73.27
Sub-70 rounds: 2/22
Odds: 80/1

Victory here and I guarantee he would follow Garcia's lead and name his next child Azalea, or else Cabin, Condoleezza, Nantz, Amen… you get the drill. That victory looks more likely now than it did prior to last year's runaway PLAYERS success, but seven largely unsuccessful visits suggest he just doesn't have the game required to truly dismantle Augusta National. Throw in the fact he's just dipped a little lately and he's begging to be taken on in three-balls given the right draw.

SINGH, Vijay

Masters form: 27-MC-39-17-MC-24-1-18-7-6-6-5-8-13-14-30-MC-MC-27-38-37-54-MC-MC-49
Scoring average: 72.79
Sub-70 rounds: 11/82
Odds: 500/1

Won here at the turn of the century and followed it with eight top-20 finishes in succession, and two under-par rounds last year confirm that he can still function at Augusta. Had the temerity to contend for the Honda Classic earlier this year but that came from nowhere and he's missed both subsequent cuts on the PGA Tour.

SMITH, Cameron

Masters form: 55-5
Scoring average: 72.75
Sub-70 rounds: 1/8
Odds: 66/1

Very good youngster from Australia who has caught a few by surprise, especially when hitting the frame at the 2015 US Open won by Spieth. Since then he's thrown in some more high-class form, including when fifth here last year, but you'd still like to see him go and win outside of his homeland and without a partner. Game not dissimilar to Spieth's which goes some way to explaining his performance here but will need to improve on most of his recent form and play the sort of golf which saw him finish sixth in Mexico. Hard to judge but I prefer him for the other stateside majors.


Masters form: 41-3-MC-15-19-6-37-MC-10-27
Scoring average: 72.56
Sub-70 rounds: 6/36
Odds: 100/1

Pigeon-chested pop-putter who has recently gone back to an old flame in coach Todd Anderson. Results were immediate as he flirted with the lead at the PLAYERS and it's reasonable to expect more from the 38-year-old as he returns to the formula which made him such a reliable operator five or six years ago. In terms of Augusta form, boasts five top-20 finishes from 10 visits and felt like he should've won either the 2008 (3rd) or 2013 (6th) editions, the latter following an enormous early-season gamble. Evidently took him a couple of years to get over that but back on track in 2016 (10th) and 2017 (27th) and, having failed to qualify last year, will be champing at the bit to get going again.

SPIETH, Jordan

Masters form: 2-1-2-11-3
Scoring average: 70.05
Sub-70 rounds: 7/20
Odds: 22/1

Owner of a quite sensational Augusta National record, having finished second, first, second, 11th and third so far. A scoring average of 70.05 is the best in this field, and he's sat top of the leaderboard after nine of his 20 rounds. That figure includes three first-round leads and an all-the-way win in 2015, one he was set to repeat until disaster struck at the 12th hole 12 months later. So, he likes Augusta, where his errant driving tends not to be harshly punished and the rest of his game can flourish. The trouble is, he's currently hitting more foul balls than (editor, can you insert the name of a baseball player On here) and you simply cannot win a proper tournament driving it quite so poorly – even here. Now, should he find a way to keep it in play, of course it's possible that he starts casting spells over this magical turf and wins his fourth major championship. And if you think he just had a lucky two years you are, clinically speaking, an idiot.


Masters form: MC-52
Scoring average: 74.67
Sub-70 rounds: 0/6
Odds: 300/1

Former lead singer of retired UK band Wild Beasts who has carved out a successful career in golf, one sparked by that silly fortnight in which he first gave away the Farmers Insurance Open before stealing the title in Phoenix. Poor old Spencer Levin never has been the same since. Stanley meanwhile has grown into one of the premiere PGA Tour ball-strikers, though he's been struggling for much of 2019. With form of MC-52 here, hopes are pinned on a rule change which allows someone else to do the putting – even the actual lead singer of retired UK band Wild Beasts would be an improvement.


Masters form: MC-17-17-38-MC-MC-40-18-14-19-24-MC-5
Scoring average: 73.14
Sub-70 rounds: 4/44
Odds: 50/1

Hilarious Swede who, having ended a long-running caddie relationship late last year, started 2019 in frankly abysmal form. Then came the Match Play, where he was superb in an admittedly winnable group to cruelly deny Jim Furyk a place in this field. That return to form is hard to quantify – many out-of-the-blue match play efforts are of precisely zero predictive value – but he'll be sure to run with it and it could make all the difference. Answered a lot of questions as to his Augusta suitability with fifth place last year, all four rounds 70 or better, and suddenly looks like he needs considering.

THOMAS, Justin

Masters form: 39-22-17
Scoring average: 72.67
Sub-70 rounds: 1/12
Odds: 16/1

Form figures of 39-22-17 here, similar to those of Koepka, represent steady, notable improvement for a player who seems sure to go close to winning this at the very least. Particularly encouraging that he's ranked 11th, sixth and second for greens hit, equally progressive figures which stack up well in an event where finding greens galore is the most efficient path to success. Only slight quibble, then, would be that his typically excellent iron play has started to misfire and he surrendered tamely in the Match Play having been well drawn on paper. Had started the season well though and return to top form perfectly possible.

TWAY, Kevin

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 300/1

Son of Bob Tway, who never quite got the grips with Augusta but will hope his talented heir can enjoy greater success. Tway junior has only played the US Open so far, without success, and his form since winning the Safeway Open has deteriorated. Length off the tee will help buy a few cheap birdies but that's about as good as it will get for the time being.


Masters form: 8-38-29-18-20
Scoring average: 72.35
Sub-70 rounds: 0/20
Odds: 200/1

Star-gazing, angrier-than-you-think bundle of surprises who, if he sees fit, will happily help a playing partner score a little better. Became a major champion in 2016, bravely fending off Jason Day at Baltusrol, but some health issues since have seen him fall a long way in a fairly short space of time. Once looked like he might go really close here, given a high ball-flight and the lack of punishment for his wayward drives, and in fairness he's managed to extend a blemish-free sequence despite his general malaise. Yet to break 70 but has performed with credit five years running and may do so once more.


Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 90/1

Cocksure Englishman who has coped very well with unfamiliar surroundings on the PGA Tour this year. Every aspect of his game has ticked over nicely with sixth place at Bay Hill the most notable reward, and he doesn't look the sort to curl up and die in the face of this unique challenge. Game in fact looks really well suited to Augusta and a top-20 finish, which he managed in the PGA Championship last year, is well within his compass.


Masters form: 20-42-38-1-50-1-38-37-MC-5
Scoring average: 72.11
Sub-70 rounds: 9/38
Odds: 33/1

Winner in 2012 and 2014, first after that hooked wedge helped see off Oosthuizen before a young Spieth snapped away at his heels but was eventually fended off two years later. Those wins aside he'd been mid-pack at best, but last year's top-five saw him break 70 in each of the final three rounds and confirm that he doesn't need to get off to a perfect start in order to get in the mix. Prior to timid Match Play defence he'd looked to be edging towards his best and clearly not one to discount here. That said, Bubba Watson as three-times Masters champion? Nahhhh.

WEIR, Mike

Masters form: 28-27-24-1-MC-5-11-20-17-46-43-MC-MC-MC-44-MC-MC-MC-MC
Scoring average: 73.83
Sub-70 rounds: 6/60
Odds: 2000/1

Canadian pioneer whose victory in this in 2003 prompted a spell of regular contending, before his game went south. At his lowest, failed to make the weekend in 32 events running but there have been the quietest of rumblings lately, a pair of opening 66s on the Tour firing him inside the top five. Failed to build on those rounds though and whatever confidence he's built could erode very quickly here.


Masters form: 38-1-MC-MC
Scoring average: 72.83
Sub-70 rounds: 1/12
Odds: 125/1

Shock 2016 winner after Spieth's dramatic collapse, after which the Sheffield man grabbed the opportunity with both hands and hit shots of the highest quality in an hour of intense pressure. Then followed a serious funk and a very real risk that winning a major ruined him, but Willett has worked hard and earned his reward for that with another gutsy win in Dubai late last year. Experimental, US-led schedule has seen him stutter a little this year but the nuts and bolts are there and he can make the cut for the first time since victory.

WISE, Aaron

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 200/1

Misses a lot of cuts but when he's on, capable of things such as runaway Byron Nelson win, previous runner-up finish to Day, and top-six finishes in two late-season, big-money events in 2018. Must be said that he's been poor for most of this year, all parts taking turns to malfunction, but he would be a youngster to file under the 'could win one of these one day' category.


Masters form: 24-WD-26-MC-MC-MC
Scoring average: 74.24
Sub-70 rounds: 2/17
Odds: 80/1

Antepost selection who has neither enhanced nor undermined his prospects by simply remaining Gary Woodland in the intervening months. Case made then stands now: shot 69 on his very first go and showed several encouraging signs both then and in 2014. Improved since and ended last season's major run with his best finish yet at Bellerive, which carries echoes of many a Masters champion past. Throw in some short-game work which has definitely had an impact and this underachiever looked interesting. I just wish he'd won again since and it goes without saying that he's much to prove when it comes to winning.

WOODS, Tiger

Masters form: MC-1-8-18-5-1-1-15-22-1-3-2-2-6-4-4-40-4-17-32
Scoring average: 70.81
Sub-70 rounds: 23/78
Odds: 14/1

Four-time Masters champion, the most recent an eye-watering 14 years ago. Despite his various, well-documented issues since, Woods' scoring average remains a very healthy 70.81 and a final-round 69 last year, combined with what happened subsequently, has convinced many he's ready to win major number 15. To do so he'll have to eliminate the sort of silly mistakes which held him back at the PLAYERS and on the final green at the Match Play, but there have otherwise been some very encouraging signs, and providing he can keep it on the golf course he remains with the ability to fire at these pins with more confidence than most. Have to go back to 2007 for the last time he entered the final round of this tournament within three of the lead and history suggests he needs to be in front through 54 to be in front through 72. It looks more likely now than it has for many a year.


Masters form: 29-39-16-14-40-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-44-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC
Scoring average: 75.48
Sub-70 rounds: 2/56
Odds: 2500/1

The Raymond van Barneveld of golf (Google it), having retired from Masters duty immediately after shooting 82-81 here in 2016 only to change his mind. Rounds of 76, 78, 79 and 76 subsequently may leave him regretting that decision and an 11th missed cut in succession looks a shoo-in. Not even sure I'd back the great man to be top Welshman.

  • Scoring average and sub-70 rounds based on figures dating back to 1996; Masters form is exhaustive; odds as available with Sky Bet at time of publication (01/04/19) and subject to change


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