The first 12 players, including ties, in previous year's Masters Tournament, The first 4 players, including ties, in previous year's U.S. Open, The first 4 players, including ties, in previous year's Open Championship, The first 4 players, including ties, in the previous year's PGA Championship. Has not won a golf tournament in nearly four years, a difficult-to-believe stretch for a player of his ball-striking caliber. When is the 2021 Masters Tournament? 5 JON RAHM Age: 26 World Ranking: 3 Masters appearances: 4 Best Masters finish: 4, 2018 Sits at No. DUSTIN JOHNSON Age: 36 World Ranking: 1 Masters appearances: 10 Best Masters finish: Win, 2020 The defending champ won a long-overdue second major in dominant fashion last November, breaking the Masters 72-hole scoring record by two in a five-shot victory. 15 in the World Ranking that week but had dropped outside the top 50 before Austin. Golfweek:Civil rights group calls for PGA Tour, Masters to pull event from Augusta National in protest of Georgia's new voting law. He drives it well (22nd in SG) and putts it well, too, which is always a strong combo. Bryson DeChambeau figures to be hot on Dustin Johnsons trail with the big-swinging American seeking vengeance after a disappointing performance in the fall. PanVictor PerezIan PoulterJon RahmPatrick ReedJustin RoseXander SchauffeleScottie SchefflerCharl SchwartzelAdam ScottWebb SimpsonVijay SinghCameron SmithJordan SpiethHenrik StensonTyler Strafaci (A)Robert StrebHudson SwaffordJustin ThomasMichael ThompsonBrendon ToddJimmy WalkerMatt WallaceBubba WatsonMike WeirLee WestwoodBernd WiesbergerDanny WillettMatthew WolffGary WoodlandIan WoosnamWill Zalatoris. MORE: At Augusta, the jockeying for position begins with practice rounds. That includes last year, where he was done in by a Thursday 75 only to shoot 14 under the last three days to finish T-5. JORDAN SPIETH Age: 27 World Ranking: 38 Masters appearances: 7 Best Masters finish: Win, 2015 For the first time in three years, Spieths insistence that hes feeling confident ahead of the Masters does not ring hollow. PATRICK REED Age: 30 World Ranking: 7 Masters appearances: 7 Best Masters finish: Win, 2018 Controversies asideand they are very much pluralhes a major champion with nine PGA Tour victories at age 30. Hell be stoked to be back at the Masters for the first time since 2012 and eager to improve on his recent major record, where hes missed the cut in four of his last five attempts. MAX HOMA Age: 30 World Ranking: 37 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: CUT, 2020 No longer just the Twitter Guy. Finally comfortable swing wisehes been working on being less steep in the transitionand had top-10s in four of his last six starts before winning the Valero Texas Open on Sunday. This will make an even 40 starts at Augusta, and hes missed the cut six years in a row, so you have to wonder how many more times hell give it a go. Has two top-10s in 18 starts at Augusta but none since 2008. Contending for tournaments (even against the old guys) is better for your confidence than grinding on the cutline of Korn Ferry events, which is how he spent the few years prior to turning the big five-oh. "Yeah, I think this year in April, the Masters will feel like it's back, and it will feel the same. MC at Augusta last year then lost a playoff at the RSM Classic the week after, but has no top-20s in his five stroke-play starts since. Returned at the WGC-Match Play but struggled with a pretty violent two-way miss. Hes a very good iron player (17th in SG/approach on the season) and thus makes a bunch of cuts, racking up finishes in the T-20 range. Yes, there have been a number of solid finishes, but he has not won in 18 months and hes dropped out of the top 10 in the world for the first time in three years. JASON KOKRAK Age: 35 World Ranking: 33 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: CUT, 2020 The big graduate of Xavier won for the first time in 200-plus PGA Tour starts last fall at Shadow Creek but missed the cut just a few weeks after in his Masters debut. Smile, friends, for major season is upon us. A jaw-dropping talent who has been unlucky to have won just one major, as hes finished second at least once in all fourincluding Augusta in 2012. Won in the Dominican Republic last fall but has missed the cut in nine of his 13 starts since, and he ranks outside the top 200 in strokes gained/overall this season. Still, Perez is in good shape to get his card for next season through non-member points. PATRICK CANTLAY Age: 29 World Ranking: 10 Masters appearances: 4 Best Masters finish: T-9, 2019 Was on quite a heater heading into the Players, with six straight finishes of T-17 or better including a win, a runner-up and a T-3. 18. Entering this year's Masters Tournament in April, 84 players have currently qualified for Augusta National. Scotland's Robert MacIntyre and Americans Will Zalatoris and Brian Harman moved into the top 50 to secure an invitation. Round 2 begins at the same time on Friday. PAUL CASEY Age: 43 World Ranking: 18 Masters appearances: 14 Best Masters finish: T-4, 2016 With each passing year it becomes more likely hell finish a fantastic career without a major. Lovely ball-striker who struggles with his short putting, and hes missed the cut in 10 of his 16 major starts, but he has made the weekend in three of four Masters appearances. Has a sneaky good Augusta history, with five top-10s and eight top-25s in 14 starts, but he missed the cut in 2019 and faded considerably after an opening-round 65 last fall. The sports world turns towards Augusta, Georgia this weekend. LANTO GRIFFIN Age: 32 World Ranking: 57 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: CUT, 2020 Only recently has he become a regular in golfs biggest events after spending the better part of a decade toiling on the mini-tours. James Colgan is a news and features editor at GOLF, writing stories for the website and magazine. 84. Had three missed cuts and a withdraw in a five-event stretch before finishing T-9 at the Players. Hes one of the five shortest hitters on the PGA Tour, which leaves him no margin of error if he wants to contend. HUDSON SWAFFORD Age: 33 World Ranking: 175 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: CUT, 2017 One of a healthy handful of Georgia Bulldogs in the field. VCU grad lives in Jacksonville and has become close with Vijay Singh, interestingly enough. ROBERT MACINTYRE Age: 24 World Ranking: 45 Masters appearances: First Scottish lefty has long maintained the goal of getting into the top 50 in the World Rankings, which would get him into all the big events on both sides of the pond. MORE: 50 defining Masters moments, ranked. 2021 Masters TV schedule (ET) TV coverage for the 2021 Masters will be split between ESPN and CBS. No finishes better than T-20 in his first six Masters starts but something has clicked, as hes been in the top 10 in each of the past two. IAN WOOSNAM Age: 63 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: 31 Best Masters finish: Win, 1991 Missed the cut in eight straight Masters before saying that the 2016 edition would be his last. 50. No one makes swinging the club 130 mph look easier, but hes failed to improve his putting, and its costing him week after week. Missed the cut in the next three before saying the 2019 edition would be his last. 30. FRANCESCO MOLINARI Age: 38 World Ranking: 108 Masters appearances: 9 Best Masters finish: T-5, 2019 Led heading to 12th tee on Sunday of the 2019 Masters before disaster struckhe rinsed two balls and made two doubles coming home as Tiger triumphed. Odds as of Apr 3, 2023 from Ranks fifth on tour in SG/off the tee and 11th in SG/tee to green. Thats how he putts these days. Made the cut at Augusta on the number in November to avoid MCs in all three majors in 2020. Golf Digest has ranked all 88 players in the fieldfrom the contenders to the amateurs, from the defending champion to champions of eras pastto help you make better wagers, win your pool or simply be a more educated fan. 86. Johnson, who has only had the green jacket off the course for four months, summed it up, "Yeah, I think it will be back to feeling like a normal Masters. Rest, shmest. 43. His last stroke-play finish better than T-18 on the PGA Tour came 20 starts ago at the 2020 Genesis Invitational. One of the tours straightest hitters (hes third in fairway percentage) but also one of the shortest, which is how he ranks 153rd in SG/off the tee. Right? ESPN Internet Ventures. Missed the cut in the three Masters following his win before a T-25 last November. Finished T-59 (out of 72) at the WGC-Workday, T-31 at Bay Hill and missed the cut at the Players. Got into the Tour Championship last August, which got him into the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January despite not being a champion (thanks to one-time COVID rules). This weekend is all about learning for me. Wound up playing last two days in three under to finish T-25, his best showing in five starts at Augusta. Masters Field as of {{data[0]['asof'] | date }} from masters.com Quietly has four top-10s in his last six stroke-play starts, including an under-the-radar T-9 at the Players. CHRISTIAAN BEZUIDENHOUT Age: 26 World Ranking: 35 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: T-38, 2020 First and foremost, so you can correct your friends: its pronounced Buh-ZAY-din-hote. 3. Tony Finau never gave Masters champion Jon Rahm or anyone else much of a chance Sunday, closing with a bogey-free round of 5-under 66 that gave him a 3-shot victory in the Mexico Open. Hes something of a Tony Finau-light in that he seems to always be in contention but struggles to kick down the door, and while he has three runners-up already this season, hes spoken candidly about his frustration not to have won since January 2019. SANDY LYLE Age: 63 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: 39 Best Masters finish: Win, 1988 Two-time major winner won his green jacket in 1988, six years before this writer was born, but thats neither here nor there. Rose to No. Hes not going to overpower any course with length, but hes long enough to reach three of the four par 5s at Augusta without doing anything special, and he can get red-hot with the putterhe ranks 27th in SG/putting this season. 65. A deep sleeper whose odds will be reasonable given his relative anonymity among the general sporting public. 71. Koepka was at Augusta National on Sunday, practicing and playing a few holes and says he intends to play this week. Despite his funky swing there is nothing funky about his gamehe drives it beautifully (33rd in distance and 25th in accuracy) and that always plays well in the big events. 62. Hes since blossomed into one of the tours best young players. CHARLES OSBORNE (a) Age: 20 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: First Known as Ollie, hes a junior at SMU and finished runner-up to Tyler Strafaci in the 2020 U.S. The Masters Field for 2023 listed by Official World Golf Ranking. 16. Currently ranked No. JOE LONG (a) Age: 23 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: First Englishman beat his longtime buddy Joe Harvey to win the 2020 British Amateur at Royal Birkdale. MICHAEL THOMPSON Age: 35 World Ranking: 105 Masters appearances: 2 Best Masters finish: T-25, 2013 Won the 3M Open last July with an amazing putting week and is making his first Masters appearance since 2013. Since then, its been a slogno finishes better than T-36 in nine starts, and he withdrew from the WGC-Workday after an opening-round 83. BRYSON DECHAMBEAU Age: 27 World Ranking: 5 Masters appearances: 4 Best Masters finish: T-21, 2016 He was all the talk ahead of last years Masters. Obviously last year, there was nothing normal about last year, for the whole year, really," Johnson said. Lee Elder will hit a ceremonial tee shot. Went back to Australia to ride things out, and remained a few extra months even after the PGA Tour resumed. 48. LARRY MIZE Age: 62 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: 37 Best Masters finish: Win, 1987 The Augusta native s chip-in to beat Greg Norman in a playoff Amateur victory at Bandon Dunes. Got my invitation to play the 2021 Masters, Im going for it again after saying I wouldnt play again, but with the back operation which as gone really well, Im going to playing again cant wait . His recent putting stats jump off the page, as hes averaging four strokes gained on the greens over his last five tournaments. Dont look too much into the recent so-so play. Always a great top-10 bet and, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the breakthrough is coming soon. Leads the tour in consecutive cuts made at 20 and hardly ever has a bad week, with seven top-10s in his last nine starts. That was his seventh match of the week, though, so certainly fatigue played something of a role. TYRRELL HATTON Age: 29 World Ranking: 8 Masters appearances: 4 Best Masters finish: T-44, 2018 Fiery Brit has three big wins over the last 13 months to get into the World top-10. Amateur the previous summer. He withdrew from the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with back spasms and did not play in either the Players or WGC-Match Play to get healthy for majors season. His last top-10 in one came at the 2016 Open Championship. Hes hasnt lost any distance and the Masters has proven fertile ground for the 40-somethings. His ball-striking hasnt quite been up to that standard, which helps explain recent so-so results, but given how well he swings it things cant possibly be far off. Finished T-33 or better in all four of his major startstwo of which came as an amateurand has proven multiple times that he can hang on loaded leader boards. One likely explanation is his poor iron play; ranks 169th in SG/approach this year and 114th last year. A field of 88 players competed at the 2021 Masters Tournament, with 54 making the 36-hole cut. 45. 77. IanWoosnam is back in. Posted top-25s in the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open last year but missed the cut at Augusta, which forces him to hit a bunch of long irons, hybrids and fairway woods. Brooks KoepkaFinish:-8Total:280 2. MIKE WEIR Age: 50 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: 21 Best Masters finish: Win, 2003 Now PGA Tour Champions-agewhere did the time go? But hes done plenty of damage on gentler set-ups and is coming off a huge win at the WGC-Match Play at least for his World Ranking and bank account. These includemandatory face coverings, social distancing, hand sanitizing and cashless payments forall concessions and merchandise. 1. VIJAY SINGH Age: 58 World Ranking: N/A Masters appearances: 27 Best Masters finish: Win, 2000 One of the fitter 58-year-olds on Planet Earth, the Big Fijian seems wholly unwilling to cower in the face of his advancing years. BERND WIESBERGER Age: 35 World Ranking: 54 Masters appearances: 5 Best Masters finish: T-22, 2015 Austrian player won three times in Europe in 2019 and thus still sits high in the Ryder Cup standings, but he hasnt been able to post any finishes of note in big events on this side of the pond. 3 in the World Ranking but by many metricssuch as strokes-gained/overall since June 1, 2019hes golfs best player. I'm definitely looking forward to that. 9. !he played a full slate of events on the 50-and-older circuit and posted two solo seconds in 12 starts. His finishes at Augusta have gotten progressively better since his T-39 debut in 2016, and he shared the lead after Friday last November before a disappointing weekend. Comes in off a much-needed week of rest, as he played five in a row culminating with the WGC-Match Play. BRIAN GAY Age: 49 World Ranking: 209 Masters appearances: 2 Best Masters finish: T-38, 2013 Broke a seven-plus-year win drought last fall at the Bermuda Championship, so hes back at the Masters for the first time since 2013 as the oldest non-past champion in the field. Contact us at easyofficepools@gmail.com with your office pool ideas. PAN Age: 29 World Ranking: 155 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: T-7, 2020 Former World No. Hes shown a taste for the big moment, and we selfishly wouldnt hate the image of his gnarly mullet cascading down the collar of a green jacket. There is not alternate list for the Masters, as the tournament is an invitational. The field will be playing for a $11.5 million purse, with 50 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking among the top contenders. 1. Dustin Johnson Unfortunately, his game and his body are not where hed like itranks outside the top 100 in SG/off the tee, SG/approach and SG/overall. Hes a proven winner and knows how to close the deal, and hes well on his way to putting together a Hall of Fame rsum. Stranger things have happened, but itd be pretty strange. Best finish in 10 career major starts is a T-43 at the 2016 Open Championship. This year is more the latter, simply because Rory is not in very good form at the moment. Thats mainly thanks to his terrific ball-strikingyou wont find a better rhythm in golf, and hes picked up an average of 5.75 shots tee-to green over his last eight starts where Shotlink was in place. Playing on a major medical extension, hes missed six cuts in 13 starts this year and three of his last five. FanDuel PGA DFS Picks: Mexico Open Cash and GPP Strategy With a couple numbers working in favor of Will Gordon, Ryan Andrade advises finding a spot for him in your FanDuel lineups. COREY CONNERS Age: 29 World Ranking: 43 Masters appearances: 2 Best Masters finish: T-10, 2020 Canadian had to Monday qualify into the Valero Texas Open, then win the Valero Texas Open, just to get into the Masters two years ago. 15. IAN POULTER Age: 45 World Ranking: 64 Masters appearances: 15 Best Masters finish: T-6, 2015 Hes been sliding down the World Ranking and is closer to age 50 than 40, so youd think his days as a world-class player are numbered, but his countryman Lee Westwood has re-set the age clock and Poults showed plenty of fire in waxing Rory McIlroy on the first day of the WGC-Match Play. DeChambeau enters Augusta National with just one victory since his U.S. Open triumph at Winged Foot, but a bevy of top-10 finishes. CHARL SCHWARTZEL Age: 36 World Ranking: 211 Masters appearances: 11 Best Masters finish: Win, 2011 The only Masters champ to birdie his final four holes to win has been in the wilderness for three-plus years. MATT FITZPATRICK Age: 26. And he relishes the chance to shape approaches into greens, a necessity during Masters week. In addition to full-time PGA Tour Champions life, he still plays quite a few tour events via his past champion/money-list statushes fifth all-time in earnings with more than $71 millionand Google his workout routines if you want a reason to feel worse about yourself. Looked out of his sorts in his Masters debut last fall but should benefit from the firmer conditions this time around. Still can contend on his style of golf course, but Augusta is a big ask these days with his last five Masters starts resulting in MC/MC/T-36/T-58/T-51. 59. Has got his game back since then and played some really consistent golf toward the latter half of 2020, including a T-19 at the PGA Championship and a solo fourth at the U.S. Open. Has just two top-10s on the PGA Tour since that magical week at Royal Portrush in 2019but one came a few weeks ago at the Players. Concession obsession:Golf fans flock to famous foods at The Masters Tournament. Made huge leaps to start the year in Hawaii, where he finished second in back-to-back weeks, and hes second on tour in consecutive cuts made with 15. At the Players, he was going along fine until making a quintuple-bogey 8 on 17 on Thursday, then promptly withdrew with a back injury. In his next start at the Match Play, he made a show in reprimanding Dustin Johnson for raking away a six-inch putt without it being given. SHANE LOWRY Age: 33 World Ranking: 44 Masters appearances: 5 Best Masters finish: T-25 Loved what he said last year after barely making the cut: I want to get two more rounds here just to keep learning how to play this place because I dont quite have it figured out yet. Its a lot of golf course for a 61-year-oldeven one as cool as Freddy. Rahm and 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth are 12-1, while four-time major winners Rory McIlory and Brooks Koepka are listed at 14-1 and 16-1, respectively. Wouldve qualified for special temporary membership had he won the consolation match at WGC-Dell Match Play, but Matt Kuchar would not budge. But hes struggled to find week-in, week-out consistency. USE OF AND/OR REGISTRATION ON ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF OURVISITOR AGREEMENT(UPDATED 1/6/23),PRIVACY AND COOKIES NOTICE(UPDATED 1/4/23) ANDCALIFORNIA PRIVACY NOTICE. Youd think his homemade, timing-dependent swing would produce a bunch of missed cuts, but it doesnt, and he comes in off three straight stroke-play top-10s at the WGC-Workday, Arnold Palmer and the Players. Nothing really jumps out statistically to suggest he has a chance to contend, but thats why they play the games on the field. 37. Not quite slumping but not playing to the standard he set in the 2018-19 range. 14. CAMERON SMITH Age: 27 World Ranking: 30 Masters appearances: 4 Best Masters finish: T-2, 2020 Became the first player in Masters history to shoot four rounds in the 60s last yearand still lost by five shots to Dustin Johnson. Five years! Im going to get a few more chances to come back here. With 14 wins, a major and a Players, hes already a Hall of Famer before turning 28, and his hibachi-hot weekend at TPC Sawgrass was a reminder of the top-level gear that he, and very few others, have. All eyes are on the knee. 55. Count on it. He has not missed a cut in his 13 starts since but has just one top-10, and as a result hes slipped considerably in the World Ranking. But Phil is an all-time great and he remains as committed as ever, often heading straight to the range after disappointing rounds like a player 20 years his junior. All I can say is if anybodys thinking of betting on me on the Masters, maybe think about it twice because theres a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week, he said atthe WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The tours road warrior has already played 17 events on the wrap-around season and weve only just hit April. Prior to joining GOLF, James graduated from Syracuse University, during which time he was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from. 28. Hes missed just five cuts in his 35 starts at Augusta but two of those came in the past two Masters. He tied for third in 2021 and led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green. on the weekend for his third PGA Tour title. Plus, he hung near the lead at last years PGA Championship, so its not crazy to think he could find a hot putter somewhere (he gained 1.9 strokes putting that week at Harding Park) and contend again. After months of eager anticipation, the Masters has finally returned to April. Hovland picked up a second PGA Tour win in Mexico to end 2020 and followed it up with two runner-ups and a T-5 in his next four starts, all against elite fields. Tiger Woods is out, recovering from his car crash. Itd be a shame if he finished his career without a major, so perhaps the golf gods owe him one for all the near-missesthe long-ago ones and the recent ones. In fact, he leads the tour in that statistic over his past 24 rounds. Individual winners of PGA Tour events that award a full point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship from previous Masters to current Masters. Shot 75 on Friday in his Masters debut last year, then resolved to bring a new happy guy outlook to the PGA Tour, so perhaps thats behind the turn-around. Comes in on a run of fine if unspectacular form, with five straight made cuts and a T-6 at the WGC-Workday. Then he struck it great at the Honda but putted poorly, and thats kind of been the story over the past year: one part of the game is firing, the other isnt. Phil MickelsonFinish:-8Total:280 Masters 2023 Winner 2023 Masters Leaderboard Latest Web1 Scottie Scheffler -10 F 2 Rory McIlroy -7 F T3 Cameron Smith -5 F T3 Shane Lowry -5 5 Collin Morikawa -4 Qualifications for Masters Invitation Masters Tournament Champions (Lifetime) US Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years) British Open Champions (Honorary, non-competing after 5 years) Its incredible, really, given he has 37 top-10s and 20 top-fives on the tour since the lone 2016 Puerto Rico Open win. The first round should start around 8 a.m. Thursday, April8. Has played in two PGA Tour events since that huge week, shooting 77-75 at Torrey Pines and 78 at Riviera before withdrawing. Are you sensing a pattern? JIM HERMAN Age: 43 World Ranking: 132 Masters appearances: 1 Best Masters finish: CUT, 2016 Was a shock winner at the final event of the 2019-20 regular season, the Wyndham Championship, where he shot 124 (!) GOLF.com and GOLF Magazine are published by EB GOLF MEDIA LLC, a division of 8AM GOLF. 69. Still chasing win No. That day sent the Italian into a tailspin; he said there were already mechanical problems creeping into his move, and he decided to take some time away as he moved his family from London to Southern California, but surely the collapse also had an effect. Another major, though? Plenty of players believe that axiom as well, though in recent years, the winners have been guys who came in playing great. The data is revealing. That said, he has made the cut in all five Masters starts and in each of his last six major appearances, so it wouldnt be a surprise to see him make the weekend. 48 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and was recently named to the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team. Held the 54-hole lead in back-to-back weeks at Bay Hill and the Players, a remarkable run for a man who turns 48 this month, and came up one shot short both weeks. Three golfers were added to the field Monday, March 29, when the last Official World Golf Ranking before the Masters was Amen Corner during the Friday round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia. 52. Seems to always fly under the radar until he pops up on the leader board and were all like, oh yeah. 12. Hes not giving away strokes in one particular area, so its unlikely to be anything structurally wrong. Sunday charge at the Players Championship, Jon Rahm just broke the PGA Tour single-season money record. Christiaan It reached a breaking point at the Players, where he opened with 79 and was then seen grinding on the range with instructor Pete Cowena notable development given McIlroys longtime work with his childhood coach, Michael Bannon. Hes feeds off the crowds energyand, occasionally, claps back to a hecklerso hell definitely be glad theyre back at Augusta. Dustin Johnson will host his first-ever champions dinner, last years November Masters making him the shortest-tenured green jacket-holder in more than eight decades. Finally put together some big finishes against top-level fields in his last two starts, a solo fourth in Austin and a T-9 at the Players despite needing to hole a 24-footer at the crack of dawn Saturday morning just to make the cut.
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