The Masters at Augusta National: Ben Coley's A-Z guide to the field

Ben Coley provides a complete guide to the field ahead of The Masters
Ben Coley provides a complete guide to the field ahead of The Masters

Golf expert Ben Coley profiles every player in the field for The Masters, including course form, scoring averages and more.

APHIBARNRAT, Kiradech

Masters form: 15-44
Scoring average: 72.88
Sub-70 rounds: 0/8
Odds: 175/1

Thailand's finest who has built up an extraordinary record in WGC events, finishing fifth or better in four of his last six. That tells you he can absolutely compete with the best in the world and two cuts made here, including a debut 15th, suggest that a Green Jacket is not entirely out of the question. I for one will be there for Bubba Watson's reaction to being served calamari and noodles in a yellow curry sauce at a future Masters dinner. Please let it happen.

BJERREGAARD, Lucas

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 150/1

Handsome bugger who looks like he could easily solve a gruesome crime which - not again! - forces the Danish police to work with their Swedish counterparts. Defied nervousness to beat Justin Thomas on day one of the Match Play, added the scalp of Tiger Woods in heroic fashion and eventually finished fourth. That came on the back of several strong performances including a solid effort at Sawgrass and he's not missed a cut since last summer. Limited experience in majors and will be making his Masters debut, but hits the ball miles and there's certainly a feeling in Europe that he can make the grade at elite level if putting it all together. Wouldn't rule out a big effort on a course which should play to his strengths, one he visited in February, and one on which his caddie has enjoyed success, too.

BLING, Devon (A)

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

US Amateur runner-up who has won events such as the hitherto unknown Jackrabbit Invitational. He's been preparing for this by putting on basketball courts at UCLA - a technique employed by one Tiger Woods before his own Augusta debut, and it won't surprise you to learn that Woods is his golfing idol. Also enjoys a spot of card magic, which might explain a scenario in which we've seen him hit the ball 75 times yet he's eight-under and leading. Somewhat hilariously, he's actually from Cornwall.

BRADLEY, Keegan

Masters form: 27-54-MC-22-52
Scoring average: 73.72
Sub-70 rounds: 3/18
Odds: 125/1

Pointless answer when 'major champions' comes up after his 2011 PGA Championship success, which helped provoke a change to the rules given the method he employed with the putter. Perhaps he'll force another rules amendment if he continues to play slowly but I digress from the real point: he doesn't have a very good Masters record, except for the odd Sunday flourish, and if he has four feet to win it he will, I'm afraid, three-putt.

CABRERA, Angel

Masters form: MC-10-9-15-MC-MC-8-37-25-1-18-7-32-2-MC-22-24-MC-MC
Scoring average: 72.53
Sub-70 rounds: 11/64
Odds: 1000/1

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

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CABRERA BELLO, Rafa

Masters form: 17-MC-38
Scoring average: 73.50
Sub-70 rounds: 1/10
Odds: 100/1

The Muscles from Las Palmas who made an eye-catching debut here, staying on for 17th under difficult conditions, before sitting fourth after day one on his third visit a couple of years later. Bagged the all-important sub-70 round for the trends fans in so doing, and has a couple of major top-10 finishes to his name, while so far in 2019 he's generally kept on brand by finishing about 11th without giving anyone a scare. Slight worry that his long game hasn't quite fired since third place at Bay Hill and remains an unlikely Masters champion despite the history of Spanish success here.

CANTLAY, Patrick

Masters form: 47-MC
Scoring average: 74.33
Sub-70 rounds: 0/6
Odds: 66/1

Model of consistency whose missed cut here last year was rare, one of just two throughout 2018. The fact he's missed two already in 2019 tells you something, perhaps, but both have been marginal and in general he remains just about as reliable as they come for one still a couple of years shy of 30. Expect him to develop into a regular major contender given his mindset and all-round game, but the bare facts tell you he's 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's not a Chinese teenager, he ought to escape a slow-play penalty and go well.

CASEY, Paul

Masters form: 6-MC-10-11-20-MC-38-MC-6-4-6-15
Scoring average: 72.33
Sub-70 rounds: 15/42
Odds: 28/1

Brentian figure who comes across as a bit of an ego-maniacal prat. Now, this might well be because he is indeed an ego-maniacal prat, but increasingly I'm warming to the view that he's one of the good guys: golfer first, UNICEF ambassador second... probably a two-time Valspar champion third. It's late in the day for him to be winning majors and I wouldn't be sure last month's victory from the front makes him some sort of reinvented winning machine, but the form is all there in the book and he's entitled to play well at a course which is vulnerable to his ball-striking strengths. Each-way player who will do for many and is an excellent vehicle towards success in the sub-markets.

CINK, Stewart

Masters form: MC-23-27-28-MC-24-17-20-10-17-3-MC-MC-MC-50-25-14
Scoring average: 72.95
Sub-70 rounds: 6/58
Odds: 400/1

Fine advert for the power of the sun who makes his Masters return after a five-year hiatus. Apparently, he finished fourth in the PGA Championship last year and while I've genuinely no recollection of that, it shows that he continues to operate at a fairly high level. Indeed, he in fact finished 24th in the Open Championship prior to Bellerive while his last Augusta spin resulted in 14th place. That tells you he could play well but he was never all that dangerous here, bar one big effort in 2008, and he'll do well to crack the top 20.

CONNERS, Corey

Masters form: MC
Scoring average: 74.50
Sub-70 rounds: 1/2
Odds: 150/1

Final man in the field having rallied impressively to win the Valero Texas Open. Demonstrated there the kind of awesome ball-striking which is required at Augusta National and wouldn't be shocked if he were to ride the wave through to the weekend, though suspect short-game, lack of time to prepare and emotional letdown all factors in mitigation. That said the second of two rounds he played here as an amateur was a three-under 69. Whatever happens he's in dreamland.

COUPLES, Fred

Masters form: 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
Scoring average: 72.28
Sub-70 rounds: 11/82
Odds: 500/1

Remains silky smooth in all departments as he approaches his 60th birthday and, unlike some of his fellow veterans, continues to showcase a love for Augusta. Since 2010, he's made seven of eight cuts, T18 and T38 his last two results, and it remains easy enough to see him playing well at some stage.

DAY, Jason

Masters form: 2-WD-3-20-28-10-22-20
Scoring average: 71.55
Sub-70 rounds: 6/29
Odds: 25/1

Star of hit children's game Operation, having got the gig owing to his permanent state of ill-health. Head, shoulders, knees, toes - they've all gone at some stage and that's inspired a level of negative sentiment from the unforgiving world of golf punters. Had he been born in another era and been a little less willing to share his physical woes, chances are he'd be cast as a popular family man instead because, well, he does seem to be quite nice. Masters record makes this as good a place as any for his second major having been no worse than 28th on the seven occasions he hasn't withdrawn and if he does arrive in good shape following reported back trouble, has the potential to slip just slightly beneath the radar. Game is absolutely made for the joint, perhaps more so than any other player in the sport.

DECHAMBEAU, Bryson

Masters form: 21-38
Scoring average: 73.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/8
Odds: 22/1

World-class operator who won five times between June 2018 and February 2019 to mark himself down as a potential major champion in the months ahead. That talk has cooled somewhat since he's been unable to sustain form that was unsustainable, but every chance he's had an eye on this since winning in Dubai and has been spending time testing the optimum stomach acid pH level required to swiftly break down a pimento cheese sandwich. First came to wider prominence here as an amateur, contending to the halfway point, and while major efforts as a professional have been a little lacking it is only a matter of time. If his iron play comes back around he could be right in the thick of things here and that jacket would look fantastic on him.

FINAU, Tony

Masters form: 10
Scoring average: 70.25
Sub-70 rounds: 2/4
Odds: 35/1

Ankle healed quickly after that incident on the eve of last year's renewal, but I'm still slightly worried about his pride. The memory of a jubilant Finau sprinting and then crumpling in a heap in celebration of a hole-in-one in the par-three competition still makes me shiver - that tournament truly is cursed. Of course, the big man refused to let that shape his week and instead fired an opening 68 and a closing 66 to finish 10th, a herculean effort from one of the most likeable players around. Still stuck on one low-key win but played the majors terrifically throughout last year and fact we think he's gone off the boil because he's finishing 20th tells you much about how far he's come. Ought to play well even if the value fundamentalists will tell you you're wrong to back him.

FITZPATRICK, Matt

Masters form: MC-7-32-38
Scoring average: 72.86
Sub-70 rounds: 2/14
Odds: 80/1

Still looks like he's turned up late for the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship but seventh place on his pro debut here in 2016 shows we should be taking him more seriously than that. Followed it up with a couple of respectable efforts and a scoring average of 72.86 is not to be sniffed at. Achievements here all the more impressive given that he doesn't hit it far or high and I'd still be of the view that his best major chances - and make no mistake, he will have them - should come elsewhere. Billy Foster's experience on the bag can't hurt, though, given his previous here with Lee Westwood.

FLEETWOOD, Tommy

Masters form: MC-17
Scoring average: 72.67
Sub-70 rounds: 1/6
Odds: 25/1

They say there's a place down in Mexico
Where a man can fly over mountains and hills
And he don't need an airplane or some kind of engine
And he never will
And his name is Tommy Fleetwood

...and he must rate a contender here given his sling-draw drives which regularly ended up within a Vidal Sassoon of his target, not to mention precision irons which Laboratoires Garnier once described as 'tres magnifique'. Wouldn't say he's Head & Shoulders above the rest of the English challenge, but... oh, I've run out of shampoo brands. I really hope he plays well, though, because he's worth it.

FOWLER, Rickie

Masters form: 38-27-38-5-12-MC-11-2
Scoring average: 71.77
Sub-70 rounds: 7/30
Odds: 18/1

On a quiet evening, when the TV is off, the kid is asleep, my wife is out, I often wonder: just how many times has Rickie Fowler been best man at a wedding? Lots, I reckon. Will he ever have his day at the altar? I hope so - we all hope so - and while I am talking literally about weddings here, we can switch to metaphor and make it about majors, in which he's been many times the bridesmaid (heck, let's switch sex, too) and never yet the bride. Last year's second here offered hope - hope that all those jiltings (two mixed metaphors do not a metaphor make) have made him stronger; that he will make the next one work. Perhaps Phoenix was a prelude to major success - he'd had his heart broken there many times (stop it) yet finally won despite a demanding Sunday. He'll hope the same trick works again here. (Hooray for parentheses!)

GARCIA, Sergio

Masters form: 38-40-MC-8-28-4-MC-46-MC-MC-38-45-35-12-8-MC-17-34-1-MC
Scoring average: 72.94
Sub-70 rounds: 11/66
Odds: 45/1

Defending The Masters has, historically, been a serious challenge - particularly for those attempting to do so for the very first time. Still, it shouldn't be nearly as hard as Garcia made it look 12 months ago, when he carded a 13 at the 15th. Yes, he required 13 shots to get his ball in the hole, the very same hole at which his winning Masters bid had been fully ignited in 2017. Garcia responded manfully with a birdie at the next but rounds of 81-78 still leave him with demons to banish. It was ever thus. Let's just hope he doesn't get himself expelled for defecating in Rae's Creek or ripping the heart out of an azalea because it didn't concede the putt, the absolute maniac.

GRACE, Branden

Masters form: 18-MC-MC-MC-27-24
Scoring average: 73.28
Sub-70 rounds: 3/18
Odds: 125/1

Flat-hitting type who has contended in the other three majors but never here, probably owing to the fact he doesn't hoist it up high and land it like a feather on a bed of bubblegum. First four rounds at the course were accordingly poor, but his subsequent six at least show steady improvement and a closing 67 for 24th place last year raises confidence to some degree. So too will his defeat of Dustin Johnson at the Match Play and while not perfectly suited to the course, makes up for much of that with his attitude, tenacity and underestimated skill in other departments. Could win a major this year but surely this isn't the one.

GRILLO, Emiliano

Masters form: 17-51
Scoring average: 74.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/8
Odds: 150/1

Talent unfulfilled as things stand, being a sweet-swingin', greens hittin' machine with something of a chip on his shoulder, one who won his very first PGA Tour start as a fully paid-up member. That's not to say he doesn't have time to get there - he is just 26, after all - but so far his major performances leave much to be desired. Given levels of consistency at Tour level, five cuts missed in 12 starts and nothing better than 12th tells you he's so far proven short of what's required in majors. On the plus-side, he'd be among the favourites in a market on who will have the most genuine birdie chances. He'd also be among the favourites in a market relating to chances missed, mind.

HARDING, Justin

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 400/1

South African who having looked a journeyman set for the odd Sunshine Tour success, has taken off over the last two years. In fact, this time in 2017 he was outside the top 500 in the world only for five wins subsequently, including a first on the European Tour, to see him climb inside the all-important top 50. Difficult to know just how much more there is left in the locker and he has been busy of late, but dangerous to totally dismiss anyone who has been at the top of their game this year.

HATTON, Tyrrell

Masters form: MC-44
Scoring average: 75.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/6
Odds: 100/1

First round here was 80 and most recent of six was 70, so he's getting there despite lacking the patience, so the narrative goes, for Augusta National. Form in 2019 is in truth more of a concern, especially so a second-round 81 at the Valspar Championship, and he's among the Europeans who have failed to capitalise on the post-Ryder Cup bump having impressed at Le Golf National. That sort of course far better for him than this one but last two major results stateside read 6-10 and it's possible he figures it out here at some stage. Growing on me.

HOFFMAN, Charley

Masters form: 27-9-29-22-12
Scoring average: 71.70
Sub-70 rounds: 6/20
Odds: 175/1

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

HOLMES, J.B.

Masters form: 25-MC-4-50
Scoring average: 73.21
Sub-70 rounds: 1/14
Odds: 150/1

Feast or famine type, increasingly so, having won at Riviera and played miserably either side of it. Again we saw that in evidence at the Match Play, where he ransacked Jon Rahm and Si Woo Kim but went out early anyway, and an Augusta record of 25-MC-4-50 speaks to that unpredictability. Whatever he does, it'll take ages.

HORSCHEL, Billy

Masters form: 37-MC-17-MC
Scoring average: 74.17
Sub-70 rounds: 0/12
Odds: 125/1

Yet to break 70 here in 12 goes but has come close, and fundamentally looks a nice enough type for The Masters having once made headlines by hitting 18 greens in regulation during a US Open round at Merion. Relies massively on confidence, which we've seen carry him to great success in the FedEx Cup, and it remains to be seen whether making cut upon cut has done enough to raise levels ahead of his return here. Perhaps another player in the first-round leader market, having been quickly away many times of late, but will need to shoot sixty-something to hit the frame and that's so far been beyond reach.

HOVLAND, Viktor (A)

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

Norwegian star in the making (although, to listen to him you'd think he was born and bred in the USA) who won the US Amateur in some style last year and has since been slugging it out with Matthew Wolff on the college circuit. Says he's stayed relaxed in the run-up and hasn't done a great deal in the way of preparation, in an attempt to convince himself this is just another tournament. Good luck with that, pal. As for Masters memories, he recalls Adam Scott's win as his earliest. God I'm old. Odds probably underestimate him, believe it or not.

HOWELL III, Charles

Masters form: 29-28-13-MC-MC-30-MC-19
Scoring average: 73.96
Sub-70 rounds: 0/26
Odds: 125/1

Don't know much about Howell I or Howell II, but as far as Howell III goes I know that the fun of the January to April will he/won't he qualify for The Masters shtick was taken off the table at the RSM Classic last November, when he bravely earned an overdue third PGA Tour win and with it a coveted invite. The reason it matters so much is that Howell is from Augusta, Georgia and he'll be over the moon to be back for just the second time this decade. Hasn't cracked 70 in 26 spins but that could change if the occasion doesn't prove too much for one of the sweetest, kindest men in North America. Chuckie-three-sticks for president.

IMAHIRA, Shugo

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 500/1

Earned Masters equivalent of a sponsors' invitation to play here because a) he's foreign and b) he's played some nice golf lately, almost doing enough to get in on merit via the world rankings. Unfortunately for the Japanese youngster, he's been struggling a little with an injury, one which forced his withdrawal from the Singapore Open just after his Augusta invite arrived in the post. In fairness, he did finish 39th in the WGC-Mexico a month later but he's not played since, effectively losing his place in the WGC-Match Play as a result, and it's hard therefore to imagine he's fighting fit.

IMMELMAN, Trevor

Masters form: 56-MC-5-MC-55-1-20-14-15-60-50-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC
Scoring average: 73.98
Sub-70 rounds: 9/40
Odds: 1000/1

Now 11 years since he beat Tiger Woods to win The Masters by three after a gruelling final round. His only win since came on the Web.com Tour some five years later and in the intervening five-and-a-half, he's largely looked to be holding a one-way ticket to the commentary box. That was until he finished third at the Scottish Open last summer, missing an Open Championship place by one shot, after which he regularly played quite well. More recently the worm has turned again and his run of missed cuts here looks set to be extended to six.

JOHNSON, Dustin

Masters form: 30-38-38-13-MC-6-4-10
Scoring average: 71.83
Sub-70 rounds: 6/30
Odds: 8/1

South Carolina slugger who, for over a decade now, has been a winning machine - even back in the days when virtually everyone with a platform (not me, guv!) would've told you he's a bottle job. Clearly, his strike-rate has improved and at almost 17 per cent since the start of 2016, he is by some margin the most prolific player in the sport, the one who you'd be safe to write off only when he's at the top of a flight of stairs or is carrying a slightly glazed expression. The one issue, if it can be termed as such, is that he has one major, and winning the US Open appears to have had an inverse effect - that is to say, he was contending in them more in the years before than he has the years since. Masters record is getting better though and, having been forced to withdraw two years ago, this will be the first time he tees up having already won twice during the first few months of the year. (Note: one of these 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

JOHNSON, Zach

Masters form: MC-32-1-20-MC-42-MC-32-35-MC-9-MC-MC-36
Scoring average: 73.20
Sub-70 rounds: 5/44
Odds: 100/1

Twice as many majors as Dustin. No wonder he's a believer.

KANAYA, Takumi (A)

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

High-class amateur who landed the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship last October. "I have been dreaming of going to The Masters ever since I was a kid," he said after becoming just the second Japanese winner of the event. The first was Hideki Matsuyama, who called to offer his congratulations, and if Kanaya can match Matsuyama's share of 27th as an amateur back in 2011 it will be a job extremely well done. Possibly the biggest danger to Hovland in top amateur betting.

KAYMER, Martin

Masters form: MC-MC-MC-MC-44-35-31-MC-49-16-48
Scoring average: 73.68
Sub-70 rounds: 2/34
Odds: 200/1

Now well outside the world's top 100, Kaymer is invited along to play for the final time on the basis of his 2014 US Open triumph. If he wants to come back to a course which arguably helped ruin him, Augusta having convinced the German that he needed to change his game, he'll have to earn a place like the plebeians and the signs so far in 2019 are that he might struggle. Still hits loads of greens - it's what happens when he misses one which really gets those golden arms sweating.

KIM, Michael

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

Putted the competition into submission to win last summer's John Deere Classic, his first and only top 10 since October 2016. Safe to say he's generally disappointed since taking 17th in the 2013 US Open as an amateur, and needs to do more than rely on the flat stick if that is to change. Call me negative but it just feels like this isn't the place to end a run of missed cuts which dates back six months and more.

KIM, Si Woo

Masters form: MC-24
Scoring average: 73.83
Sub-70 rounds: 1/6
Odds: 150/1

Curate's egg of a golfer, who dazzled with his ball-striking to break through in the Wyndham Championship, added the illustrious PLAYERS nine months later, but has shown only flashes of his undoubted brilliance since. In part that's because he's become a marvellous putter and a modest ball-striker, which I find impossible to explain, but when it all clicks again he'll do some serious damage. Could it be here? Well, he's been making a lot of birdies, and a bogey-free 68 on his way to 24th place here last year tells you that he has the game for it. Always among the more interesting out-of-the-park options and should be a default bet on the exchanges when he's dangled at something-silly-to-one.

KISNER, Kevin

Masters form: 37-43-28
Scoring average: 73.42
Sub-70 rounds: 1/12
Odds: 66/1

Like Kim, one who showed what he can do at this course on Saturday last year, in this case carding four birdies in a round of 69. That makes it three cuts made from three appearances in The Masters for a University of Georgia graduate who has played well in each of the four majors, and who definitely has a sense for the big-time - a fact we saw in evidence as he defied a slow start to win the WGC-Match Play a fortnight before tee-off. He'll likely tell you in that pithy drawl of his that he can't win this tournament because he 'don't hit it good enough or long enough' (see below), and he may well be right, but still dangerous to underestimate on a round-by-round basis after a run of very good golf this spring. The pick of the short hitters and if he can be backed to beat, say, Webb Simpson, give it some thought.

KIZZIRE, Patton

Masters form: MC
Scoring average: 76.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/2
Odds: 300/1

Languid southerner who would've felt like a nice fit if Patricia Arquette's character in Boyhood had eventually found real love in the arms of a soft-cheeked farmer from Alabama some 20 years her junior. Away from this make-believe acting career which only serves to indicate that I need a break from writing Masters profiles, Kizzire has struggled to match the heroics of two wins in four starts to kick off the 2017-18 campaign, at which point he finally looked like the talent his coaches and colleagues from college said he was. Not much to shout about of late bar a QBE Classic win with Brian Harman and brace of 76s here last year tell you he has a lot to prove.

KODAIRA, Satoshi

Masters form: 28
Scoring average: 72.00
Sub-70 rounds: 0/4
Odds: 500/1

The first player to qualify for the 2019 Masters by winning a PGA Tour event, somehow picking the pocket of Si Woo Kim to land the RBC Heritage. Given that his only subsequent top-10 finish was a win back home in Japan to end the year, it's been feast or famine to some degree - but he did make the cut in three of his four major appearances last year. That includes an excellent 28th here at Augusta and he could again outperform expectations which are admittedly set low.

KOEPKA, Brooks

Masters form: 33-21-11
Scoring average: 72.33
Sub-70 rounds: 1/12
Odds: 20/1

Bonafide major specialist, with the headline very much that he has won three of his last six starts in them. That's absurdly impressive, as is the fact he's on a cuts-made streak of 18 in the big events, but it is somewhat important to acknowledge that he's highly unlikely to maintain this sort of gallop. Indeed it could just be that he endures a McIlroy-like run of frustration, whether via the burden of expectation or just the randomness of golf, although his Masters record - 33-21-11 - suggests he's closing in on another memorable performance in the one major where a top-10 has so far evaded him. Needs his irons to fire again if he's to deliver it but, clearly, if he hits the front at any stage you'd fancy him to go on and win.

KUCHAR, Matt

Masters form: 21-50-MC-24-27-3-8-5-46-24-4-28
Scoring average: 72.13
Sub-70 rounds: 9/46
Odds: 50/1

Smiling assassin has found his gun, winning in Mexico and Hawaii at the turn of the year and holding his form since, including second place in Austin. Golf is deeper now than when he'd finish 10th playing so-so, hence he now finishes 26th when playing so-so, as was the case at Sawgrass, and the basic impression is that he's ticking over nicely enough whatever the format. Augusta form better than you'd think for a player who hits a short fade, and he's going for his 10th successive cut which is some effort by any measure. Off the course, known for his generosity and once played Rachel Green's dad in an episode of hit sitcom Friends titled 'The One Where the American Rips Off the Mexican'. The reviews were poor.

LANDRY, Andrew

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 500/1

Heroic winner of last year's Texas Open, one of the highlights of the golfing calendar during which he authored a fine advert for the nappy factor. Since then, reality has well and truly struck and while 15th place in the 2016 US Open suggests he can compete at this level, it came on a very different course. He'll be found out here unless returning to his best but watch for a turnaround in the coming weeks on courses which suit better.

LANGER, Bernhard

Masters form: 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
Scoring average: 73.29
Sub-70 rounds: 7/70
Odds: 500/1

Champions Tour standard-setter who contended here in 2014, eventually settling for eighth some 21 years on from his second Masters title. Finishes of 24th and 38th in subsequent years about as good as we should expect although he's in much better form than this time last year. Leading player in the top senior market and worth noting that he leads Martin Kaymer 5-4 here (one tie) if you're looking at top German. All five Langer successes have come in the last six years, too.

LEISHMAN, Marc

Masters form: MC-4-MC-MC-43-9
Scoring average: 72.78
Sub-70 rounds: 2/18
Odds: 50/1

Watched on as compatriot Adam Scott broke the Aussie hoodoo here in 2013, securing a top-five finish of his own. Since then has become something of an Open specialist - should've won it in 2015 - but last year's ninth place was yet further confirmation that his no-frills game can work nicely at Augusta. Missed cut at the PLAYERS the only blot on the copybook since winning the CIMB Classic in October, and his long-game in particular looks good. Interestingly (or not) it's his scrambling which has dipped and he'll be relying on improvements in that department if he's to feature come Sunday.

LI, Hao-tong

Masters form: 32
Scoring average: 72.25
Sub-70 rounds: 1/4
Odds: 110/1

Affable youngster who has quickly emerged as a borderline world-class talent with a blend of wins and high-profile performances in defeat. Pick of the lot came courtesy of a stunning final round for third in the 2017 Open Championship but he also performed well here (T32) and at the US Open (T16) last year. Does go missing from time to time but when he's on, he's capable of running with it, something we saw towards the end of last year when he became a weekly contender and really should've won a Rolex Series event in Turkey. Remains with boundless potential at 23 and having shown more at the Match Play than he had previously, perhaps his game is coming around at the right time.

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LONG, Adam

Masters form: Debut
Scoring average: n/a
Sub-70 rounds: n/a
Odds: 600/1

Or Adam Longshot, as he should be known following one of the more out-of-the-blue victories in the CareerBuilder Challenge, where he shot 63-65 over the weekend to deny 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 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.

MATSUYAMA, Hideki

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.

MCILROY, Rory

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.

MICKELSON, Phil

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.

MITCHELL, Keith

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.

NOREN, Alex

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.

OOSTHUIZEN, Louis

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 Web.com 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.

PEPPERELL, Eddie

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.

POULTER, Ian

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.

RAHM, Jon

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.

SCHAUFFELE, Xander

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.

SCHWARTZEL, Charl

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.

SCOTT, Adam

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.

SIMPSON, Webb

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.

SNEDEKER, Brandt

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 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.

STANLEY, Kyle

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.

STENSON, Henrik

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.

WALKER, Jimmy

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.

WALLACE, Matt

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.

WATSON, Bubba

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 Web.com 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.

WILLETT, Danny

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.

WOODLAND, Gary

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.

WOOSNAM, Ian

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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