Player-by-player guide to the 2017 Masters field

Ben Coley profiles every player in the Masters, including detailed course form and a look at how they've played in 2017.

Dustin Johnson

Masters record: 30-38-38-13-MC-6-4

2017: Won WGC-Mexico and Genesis Open in dominant fashion; followed up in Match Play so seeking a four-timer. The best in the world right now.

First time here as a major winner and Augusta form shows steady improvement. Used to make too many mistakes but never been better at keeping things clean. Happy at home, confident on course, and churning out wins with alarming regularity. Second major feels inevitable. Possible to argue this is least suitable of the four, especially now he’s cutting the ball, but won't stop him going well.

Jordan Spieth

Masters record: 2-1-2

2017: Won Pebble Beach Pro-Am; poor start to Match Play saw him eliminated but was pleased with his progress; hitting it well.

Course specialist with demons to overcome after last year's meltdown. Two wins since suggest he'll be all right. En route to being the greatest putter of all-time, especially from mid-range, and a guaranteed Hall-of-Famer who certainly hasn't finished winning majors, probably the set. Arguably still the man to beat despite disappointing pre-Masters performance in Houston.

Rory McIlroy

Masters record: 20-MC-15-40-25-8-4-10

2017: Lost SA Open play-off; three top-10s from three stroke play starts; back to full fitness but lacklustre in Match Play.

Four-time major winner who needs this for the career slam. Should already have it, after shooting 80 when leading through three rounds in 2011. Those ghosts laid to rest by now and has flirted with the lead a few times since. Still the best player in the world when on-song – and he knows it, too. Blind respector of offices first, womens' rights campaigner second.

Hideki Matsuyama

Masters record: 27-54-MC-5-7

2017: Won Phoenix Open; second in Hawaii, to add to sensational end of 2016; slightly concerning form last few weeks.

The best Asian golfer of all-time. Still just 25, and bound to translate prolific lower-level wins into big-time ones very soon, particularly if putter continues to behave. Has brought the top-of-the-backswing pause into fashion in a way Sandy Lyle never could. Do not adjust your TV sets - just wait, watch and admire.

Jason Day

Masters record: 2-WD-3-20-28-10

2017: Fifth at Pebble Beach; personal problems explain modest form since although encouraging news suggests should play.

Twice in the top three here and tied for 10th a year ago when unable to quite get going. Arrived as the world's form player, which he isn't this time, but lower expectations may help. As slow and fragile as the Titanic but otherwise likeable family man with a complete game when firing on all cylinders.

Jon Rahm

Masters record: Debut

2017: Won first PGA Tour title in Farmers Insurance Open; impressing all the time, including at Match Play (2nd); guaranteed rookie of the year.

The next big thing. Doesn't even bother to swing the club fully - doesn't need to, still rips it miles and on silly lines. Took just a handful of starts as a professional to win and did so in a top-grade PGA Tour event before two fine WGC performances. Majors ask a new question but was 23rd as an amateur in last year's US Open, and is the most talented Masters debutant since Spieth finished T2 in 2014. Oh, and he's European. Spanish, to be precise.

Rickie Fowler

Masters record: 38-27-38-5-12-MC

2017: Won Honda Classic after fourth in Phoenix; back to 2014/15 form; didn’t play Match Play but won’t lack for sharpness after T3 in Houston.

A mighty talent but the type some folk bizarrely like to write off at the earliest opportunity. Four PGA Tour wins plus two on the European equivalent just about ended such talk and showed what he can do at truly elite level with top-fives in all four majors back in 2014. Poor subsequently, including opening 80 here last year, but primed to put that all behind him after putting finishing touches to preparation with T3 in Houston. Slight concern over Green Jacket, orange shirt, white trousers and hi-top shoes look.

Henrik Stenson

Masters record: MC-17-17-38-MC-MC-40-18-14-19-24

2017: Twice opened with 64s; runner-up in Dubai; poor at Bay Hill, skipped Match Play but will warm-up in Houston where he goes well.

Still to crack the top 10 here and only recently worked out how to break 70, which would be a concern given how frequently he does both those things everywhere else. Does at least arrive as the Champion Golfer of the Year 2016 and wears that mantle as well as he wears an only slightly cooler version of the military-style flat-top. Jumpy action but cold as ice inside, although still prone to losing it completely.

Justin Rose

Masters record: 39-22-5-36-20-11-8-25-14-2-10

2017: Runner-up in Hawaii, one of three top-fives; consistent as ever and putting quite well by his standards; another to skip Match Play.

Just a lovely, lovely man and a fine example to all. Emotional winner of the 2013 US Open at Merion, after which came a touching eulogy to his late father, Ken. Has subsequently contended in other majors and chased home Spieth here in 2014, but has serious chipping demons to overcome if he's to win a jacket. Would wear it with pride though, as he does his gold medal. Shame about the shades. Lovely man.

Phil Mickelson

Masters record: 46-34-7-3-MC-12-6-7-3-3-3-1-10-1-24-5-5-1-27-3-54-MC-2-MC

2017: Made every cut; finished seventh in WGC-Mexico; some superb stuff at Match Play where made last eight. 

Now 46 and it's approaching four years since he won a tournament of any kind. Won this one thrice, starting with a star jump and latterly being cruel to Lee Westwood. Remains as popular as ever as we all blissfully ignore FBI investigations in favour of retweeting his latest flop shot off the bonnet of someone's car. Particularly well-supported by the patrons and not impossible to imagine one last hurrah, especially given penchant for a free drop.

Adam Scott

Masters record: 9-23-MC-33-27-27-25-MC-18-2-8-1-14-38-42

2017: Best finish of 11th in Genesis Open; yet to really contend and, as ever, skipped the Match Play. Undercooked?

Achingly handsome, especially in Green Jacket he won for taking this title four years ago. No longer allowed to anchor the putter as he was then which might stop him adding a second at the age of 36 and hasn't done much here since the win. Expect relentless ball-striking, hopeless putting, and a tie for 17th.

Justin Thomas

Masters record: 39

2017: Won first two events, including 59 at Sony Open; slightly off-the-boil since, including poor Match Play form.

Four PGA Tour wins and one round of 59, all before his 24th birthday which comes just after the Masters. Much of this expected when he joined the paid ranks as one of the most decorated amateurs in modern times and didn't take long to shake the tag of 'Spieth's best friend', a boost to everyone. Still to find consistency and basically a non-factor in majors so far but that will change in time. Patience is key, JT.

Bubba Watson

Masters record: 20-42-38-1-50-1-38-37

2017: Best finish of 25th in Hawaii; struggling with new ball and weight loss but better signs in Texas; may just be peaking.

Petulant and largely unimpressive at times, but presumably a decent enough sort when you get to know him. Two-time winner of this event, first when taking play-off via hook wedge and then when holding off Spieth, but pretty disappointing in the main of late and switch to novelty golf balls has, unsurprisingly, backfired. It’s not his fault though.

Paul Casey

Masters record: 6-MC-10-11-20-MC-38-MC-6-4

2017: Shot 67-66 weekend for 16th in WGC-Mexico; getting there with new ball.

Forearms like Achilles and a swing which has barely changed through his various ups and downs. Once among that crop of 'bound to win one eventually' players but less so now, although has been a consistent force for a couple of years and struck a good work/life balance, if this can be called work. Ultimately though, will be remembered for referring to himself in the third person and by initials only. "This is a great win for PC," he'll say, if he wins. Gladly, that seems unlikely.

Sergio Garcia

Masters record: 38-40-MC-8-28-4-MC-46-MC-MC-38-45-35-12-8-MC-17-34

2017: Won Dubai Desert Classic, arguably best in-contention play of career; steamrollered by Rahm in Texas but game looks as good as ever.

Once said at this very tournament that he wasn't good enough to win a major, which is of course nonsense. Not the first foot-in-mouth instance but all adds to the appeal of one of professional sport's more fragile and therefore real characters. No doubt Augusta doesn't suit him as well as most other major venues but has all the shots and isn't quite as shaky over the short putts these days. Oh, wouldn't it be something?

Brandt Snedeker

Masters record: 41-3-MC-15-19-6-37-MC-10

2017: Three top-10 finishes, including WGC-Mexico; playing well.

Can't work out whether he's top-heavy or puffs his chest out like David Brent when backstage. That aside, lots to like about a player who could be seen behind the bar pouring pints at an Open Championship once. Man-of-the-people shtick isn't an act and would be a popular winner. Has contended here twice previously and dynamite short-game raises prospect of another good week. Shame he's ditched the visor. Blink and you'll miss it.

Louis Oosthuizen

Masters record: MC-MC-MC-2-MC-25-19-15

2017: Two top-fives, including third in Phoenix Open; consistent and game looked in good shape in Match Play.

Lost a play-off to Bubba here when making albatross on the second hole of final round, a shot which will guarantee his place in Augusta history. Frustrating character who probably doesn't match his rivals when it comes to sheer will to win and is in fact happiest when at home in South Africa mucking around on a tractor. Pure swing and effortless brilliance make him a danger regardless and is, of course, a major champion.

Patrick Reed

Masters record: MC-22-49

2017: Sixth in Hawaii; made every cut subsequently without threatening; possibly not at his best.

Big price on best form, which includes win in a FedEx Cup Playoff event last year followed by brilliant Ryder Cup in which he famously downed McIlroy. Slight concern that his career is eventually defined by team golf rather than majors and a tad one-dimensional with that sling draw, but when he's on boasts a sharp short-game and is full of self-belief. Wears a very bad necklace, however.

Tyrrell Hatton

Masters record: Debut

2017: Three top-five finishes; nothing worse than 13th in stroke play; huge improver.

First met fame for being called 'Hatton' and playing without a hat on, then for behaving like a spoilt brat, but more recently for impressive consistency as he establishes himself on global stage. Win in Dunhill Links no surprise as it's a style of golf which suits, whereas would be a slight surprise were he to contend here at the first try. Growing up in front of us but could quite easily regress and throw a club into Rae's Creek - maybe even a hat. Doing well though.

Tommy Fleetwood

Masters record: Debut

2017: Won Abu Dhabi Champs; runner-up in WGC Mexico; best form of career this year.

Rapidly improving Southport man with locks to be admired. Truly world-class from tee-to-green and while claw putting grip always raises concerns, it seems to be working for him. So does partnership with caddie who has been instrumental in this career-best run he's on and no reason he can't keep climbing the rankings. Either a Bruce Lee fan or has long legs, or both.

Charl Schwartzel

Masters record: 30-1-50-25-MC-38-MC

2017: Sixth defending Valspar Championship; knee issue appears behind him; little else of real note.

Finished with four birdies in a row to win this in 2011, benefiting from Rory McIlroy's collapse but taking the opportunity when others couldn't. No doubt inspired by friend Oosthuizen's win at St Andrews a year earlier and not really threatened to add to his major tally since. Injury niggles and occasionally cold putter part of the reason and chances are he'll end a good career with one major.

Brooks Koepka

Masters record: 33-21

2017: Rediscovered scoring for brief time in Match Play; alarmingly poor previously.

Ladies' man who has gone off the boil this year, having ended 2016 in striking form post-Ryder Cup debut. As with most of his age/class, hits it an absolute mile and usually a good putter, too. Some eye-catching major form suggests he can be a factor at this level but will need a return to his best. Hinted at it in Texas a fortnight prior to the Masters, but no more than a hint and must improve.

Marc Leishman

Masters record:MC-4-MC-MC

2017: Won Arnold Palmer Invitational; previously solid but unspectacular; made last 16 at Match Play.

Stole the Arnold Palmer Invitational from Kevin Kisner, his second PGA Tour win and long overdue at that. Would be great story given that he skipped this tournament two years ago with his wife perilously ill. She's now recovered almost fully, child number three is on the way, and Leishman can play with the freedom of a man who knows there's more to life than this silly game. Sneaky chance.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Masters record: MC-7

2017: Fifth in Dubai and two top-20s on PGA Tour.

Looks half his age and is only 22. Staying-on seventh here last year a mighty effort and has since taken his European Tour haul to three, including the season-ending DP World Tour Championship which he won with a brave up-and-down on the 72nd hole. Special talent who for now bases his game around accuracy. Bright future does include competing for and probably winning majors and seeks to keep this one in Sheffield.

Thomas Pieters

Masters record: Debut

2017: Two top-five finishes on PGA Tour, including WGC-Mexico; adjusting very quickly to new status.

Star of last year's Ryder Cup, having earned his place with a series of low-ish grade European Tour wins. Hits the ball an absolute mile and is utterly fearless; in fact, every inch the modern golfer and he even learned his trade at college in the US. Has benefited from the guidance of Nicolas Colsaerts but already progressed beyond his mentor's achievements and not stopping. One of the more likely first-timers given make-up of game.

Matt Kuchar

Masters record: 21-50-MC-24-27-3-8-5-46-24

2017: Shot 64 on return en route to ninth in Phoenix; otherwise low-key.

Wears Sketchers. Unfairly criticised for supposed lack of wins but has seven of them, including a WGC and a PLAYERS, which is pretty good given he hits it nowhere and is essentially just a solid player. All the more impressive if you consider his career was in tatters for a good five years post-amateur breakthrough. Good at ping pong and zingers, bad at swearing. Golly, Matty.

Alex Noren

Masters record: Debut

2017: 13-21 in first two events; back to 2016 form in Match Play where making DJ work hard before defeat.

Success story of 2016, as he won four times on the European Tour and, granted better timing, might've earned a Ryder Cup debut. A smidge one-dimensional in that he hits everything with a cut, but on the other hand knows his strengths and is able to play to them. Links pedigree suggests Open his best major bet but keeps rising to challenges and that could include a strong Masters run.

Branden Grace

Masters record: 18-MC-MC-MC

2017: 13th in two of first three starts; generally low-key season.

One of the toughest operators on the European Tour, who made his mark in the US when contending for the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. Out-of-bounds drive with everything on the line paints a misleading picture and likely to take a chance if it does come his way. Not as obviously talented as some in the same category and has something of an unfashionable game, but makes up for it in spades. Like Noren, a potential Open winner but perhaps an unlikely Masters one.

Danny Willett

Masters record: 38-1

2017: Led through 54 holes of Maybank Championship; otherwise poor but gained confidence-boosting Match Play win, at least.

Opportunistic victory last year but impressive the way he strode through the door after Spieth had nudged it open, birdieing 16, making an almighty par on 17 and finding fairway and green on 18. Up and down since, with no further titles, and in the midst of swing changes which help explain a hopeless Sunday from the lead in Malaysia. Long-term will bounce back; short-term likely to struggle defending and could be a bet to miss the cut.

Gary Woodland

Masters record: 24-WD-26-MC

2017: Runner-up in Honda one of three top-six finishes; appears at his peak on course but personal problems off it.

Effortlessly powerful type who hasn't won as many as he'd have expected to, but must be remembered he was late to the sport having shunned a potential NBA career. Has shown glimpses here at Augusta, including when seven-under through 10 holes once, and one of the more interesting contenders at bigger prices if all is well at home following withdrawal from Texas citing family issues.

Lee Westwood

Masters record: 24-44-6-MC-44-MC-MC-30-11-43-2-11-3-8-7-46-2

2017: Eighth in Abu Dhabi the highlight; made every cut; enjoying life.

Former world number one whose career spans three decades and is missing only one thing: a major. Has come closest here, with three top-three finishes in the last seven years, and was probably unlucky to bump into Phil-on-fire in 2010. Seven of last eight wins have been in low-grade Asian events and seven years since securing second of just two titles in the US, but come April and Augusta tends to play well.

Ross Fisher

Masters record: 30-MC-15-47

2017: Saved best for WGC events; qualified thanks to group win in Match Play.

Looks like your uncle who can’t quite let go of his youth and prone, reportedly, to upsetting the odd Wentworth member with inappropriately loud music. Hitting the ball as well as ever and contended for every major in 2009, while he had a chance to win this in 2011. Right game for it and another of the more interesting options outside the big names.

Russell Henley

Masters record: MC-31-21

2017: Flashes of his best before pieces came together in Houston.

Tough, talented 27-year-old who turns 28 shortly after the Masters. Secured the final invite with brilliant Shell Houston Open win, shooting final-round 65 in difficult conditions thanks in the main to a red-hot putter, which is by no means rare for him. Had previously hinted that his turn was near and can't be ruled out as a local with progressive Augusta form-figures and a big-game mentality. And if it doesn't work out, he can always go and get the guitar (another The Office reference, I'm afraid; Henley likes to play guitar you see).

Zach Johnson

Masters record: MC-32-1-20-MC-42-MC-32-35-MC-9-MC

2017: Sixth in Sony Open, 12th in Phoenix; yet to contend.

Plotted his way to victory here in 2007, laying up on every par-five as +1 proved a winning total in terrible conditions. No fluke about it, though, and now one of a select group to have won a Masters and an Open at St Andrews, having landed the latter via a play-off in 2015. Not quite at his best lately and no better than distant ninth in this since win.

Adam Hadwin

Masters record: Debut

2017: Contended regularly before first win in Valspar Championship. Newly married.

Has beard + is from Canada = a good egg. Impressed when landing the Valspar Championship, but for one bad drive on 16 which would've cost lesser men the tournament. That was due reward for a string of good performances this season and all-round game should bring further reward. First Masters appearance might be too much but can take inspiration from compatriot Mike Weir's win in the event.

Daniel Berger

Masters record: 10

2017: Seventh in Phoenix; 16th in WGC-Mexico; up and down so far.

Winner of the FedEx St Jude Classic last summer, due reward for some excellent golf since graduating to the PGA Tour with less fanfare than some of his college rivals. Unique swing has something to do with it but really good attitude will serve him well in years to come. Power game suits and you sense he'll either flirt with the very top of the leaderboard, or struggle from an early stage. Hard to say which and wouldn't be sure he knows what to expect, either.

J.B. Holmes

Masters record: 25-MC-4

2017: Made every cut; 12th in WGC-Mexico Championship the pick.

Returned from brain surgery in 2011 to subsequently double his tally of PGA Tour wins to four. Followed fourth in this last year with third in the Open Championship and remains underrated, given that those efforts earned him a second Ryder Cup appearance in which he again shone. Big price for a player so obviously talented, clearly suited to the track and having played nicely enough this year.

Jimmy Walker

Masters record: 8-38-29

2017: Ninth in Hawaii and 11th in Genesis Open; closing in on best form.

Transformation from journeyman to major champion an impressive one and now has six wins in last four years having previously looked a dodgepot. Waywardness off the tee not too much of an issue here and appears to be getting back into some sort of form following post-PGA blip. Like Holmes, possible to make a strong case for him at a big price.

Kevin Kisner

Masters record: 37

2017: Runner-up in Arnold Palmer; fourth in Sony Open; solid.

Georgia Bulldog who was overawed by debut in this event last year, but stayed on nicely in the end and will have derived plenty from the experience. That came as his game took a poor turn following breakthrough win, but back to his best now. Bit unlucky not to win the API recently and while steady game not obviously suited to Augusta, he's really tough and could be a surprise factor.

Rafa Cabrera-Bello

Masters record: 17

2017: Made every cut; fifth Indian Open, sixth Qatar Masters.

On the face of it, a massive price for one who regularly contends and hasn't missed a cut since Jordan Spieth was no more than an idea. Also now a Ryder Cup player and handled himself really well at Hazeltine, despite being on the losing side and underused by his captain. Price reflects lack of wins - just two so far - but don't be surprised if he works it all out eventually. Single-handedly keeping the 'rock on' hand sign going and why not.

Byeong-hun An

Masters record: MC-MC

2017: Made every cut; sixth in Phoenix Open having led through 54 holes.

Winner of the 2015 BMW PGA Championship when a European Tour rookie and has loads of scope. Hits the ball really well and has already gone close to winning on the PGA Tour more than once, despite limited opportunities. Former US Amateur champion could be world-class one day soon.

Emiliano Grillo

Masters record: 17

2017: Back-to-form seventh in Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Argentine youngster who will bid to follow in the footsteps of El Pato, or Angel Cabrera as he's better known, who won this once and also lost a play-off. Grillo has the game for majors and is one of the better ball-strikers in world golf, so a good week would not surprise now that he's found form again. Criticised for not winning on European Tour but wasted no time in the US and loads more to come.

Shane Lowry

Masters record: MC-39

2017: Became a dad; two top-20 finishes in limited starts; so-so.

New dad who has an air of the big-time about him, having landed a gamble for locals by winning the Irish Open as an amateur and broken through in the US via the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a massive event in the middle of the season. Game went awry as he tried too hard to earn a Ryder Cup spot last year and a little to prove at present, while US Open failure when leading another potential issue.

Bernd Wiesberger

Masters record: 22-34

2017: Two top-fives, including when shooting second-round 63 in Malaysia where disappointing Saturday was costly.

An underachiever who still has time on his side. So very consistent and capable of scoring bursts few can match, while the fact he played alongside Rory in the final group at the 2014 PGA Championship further underlines that three wins in Europe doesn't do him justice, especially as two were very much low-grade. Must win again soon. Yet to break 70 despite solid play here. Pounds greens.

Bill Haas

Masters record: 26-42-37-20-20-12-24

2017: Made every cut with three top-20s; typically solid; third in Match Play.

Consistent but an infrequent contender at the top level - last year's major form of 24-51-9-56 just about a fair reflection of what he is. That said, is a former FedEx Cup champion with six PGA Tour wins and a solid all-round game, while dad's experience can't hurt if he needs some advice before the final round. Seems a little odd in writing these roughly price-order profiles that he sits between those he does given achievements are undoubtedly superior.

Brendan Steele

Masters record: MC

2017: Solid but unspectacular, including 6-6 start to the year. Not firing at the weekend.

Finally doubled his tally at the Frys.com Open late last year. Hits it high, drives it straight and fairly long, and did contend for the PGA Championship won by Keegan Bradley back in 2011. Makes his Masters return five years since missed cut on debut with reasonably low expectations.

Charley Hoffman 

Masters record: 27-9-29

2017: Three missed cuts to go with two top-fives; second at Bay Hill, finishing with birdie after hope had gone.

Definitely overpriced on the strength of good play all three visits to Augusta, during which time he's equalled Stenson's total number of sub-70 rounds. Form figures of 27-9-29 showcase a love for the course and streaky nature makes him a no-brainer bet for the first-round lead after return to form in Orlando. Flaky in contention but does have four wins and plenty of ability.

Francesco Molinari

Masters record: 30-MC-19-MC-50

2017: Five top-20s in six stroke play starts; best at Bay where seventh but not really contending in any of these.

Enjoying a superbly consistent run, even by his own standards, since winning his second Italian Open title last year. A good Pointless answer if category 'winners of World Golf Championships' ever comes up, likewise Ryder Cup players/golfing brothers. Better than when last in the Masters field but hard to envisage much more than 19th, his standout finish in five visits, for a player whose accurate game is seen to better effect elsewhere.

Jason Dufner

Masters record: 30-24-20-MC-49-MC

2017: Five top-25s in six starts without contending.

Former PGA champion who has often started well at Augusta, but failed to maintain it. Light schedule this season and has played well without threatening to win, something he's become rather good at. Hates putting. Expect announcers to say ‘c’mon Jason, raise a smile!’ Good on him for refusing to budge.

Jim Furyk

Masters record: 29-28-4-14-14-6-MC-4-28-22-13-33-10-MC-24-11-25-14-MC

2017: Just five starts and limited impact, including when taking 1.5 points at Match Play.

Mr. 58 (score, not age, shot in Travelers last year) who has since been named Ryder Cup captain despite being a woeful Ryder Cup player. Still, he's a respected major champion and almost certainly an excellent human. Not a Masters champion, though.

Martin Kaymer

Masters record: MC-MC-MC-MC-44-35-31-MC-49

2017: Fourth Honda Classic, fourth Abu Dhabi; consistent.

Two-time major champion known for fading the ball, which is generally considered a negative at Augusta except when discussing DJ's chances. Went so far as changing his action in a bid to get competitive here but sensibly abandoned that plan, which paid off when he won the US Open at Pinehurst. A long time since that last victory and some worrying displays in the mix, but that old saying about form and class applies and a third major is possible at some point.

Pat Perez

Masters record: 45-MC

2017: Built on late-2016 win with a string of good performances, pick of which a top-five at Torrey Pines.

No longer a stark raving lunatic and an impressive winner in Mexico late last year, having had to work his way back to fitness. Still says what he thinks (see: Tiger Woods) but that's why he's popular among golf fans. Sixth in the PGA a decade or so ago but has never looked a major winner.

Russell Knox

Masters record: MC

2017: 17-11 to start the year in Hawaii; modest since.

The Scottish Graeme McDowell: Tough, accurate, easy to underestimate and increasingly difficult to understand. Missed cut here on debut a reflection of the fact Augusta doesn't obviously suit his skill set and not in the best of form. Sister works on the radio.

Ryan Moore

Masters record: 45-13-14-35-38-MC-12-MC

2017: Third on first start of the year; rubbish in February but better in March despite not being at his best.

A better player than these odds imply but an unfashionable one, even if he is fashionable by nature. Also comes from Washington state so is inherently cooler than just about every other golfer. Nearly won the TOUR Championship last year only to be outdone by Rory and with three top-15s here, not one to write off completely.

Andy Sullivan

Masters record: MC

2017: Not really firing, although played ok for 20th in Mexico.

Chirpy midlander, too chirpy you might say, and seems to have levelled out now after an impressive couple of years which earned him a Ryder Cup spot. Not sure how far he can go but in the immediate, might be missing the cut here.

Kevin Na

Masters record: MC-MC-12-59-12-55

2017: Decent Match Play effort came after rare missed cuts. Earlier best was fourth at Riviera, a favourite of his.

An over-achiever who has worked incredibly hard and fought a lot of negative sentiment to get where he has. Sure, you can argue he should've won more than once, but he's won once more than most. A lot to admire and neat and tidy game means he could pick up a decent cheque, perhaps via third 12th-place finish in five years. Whatever he does will take a while.

Soren Kjeldsen

Masters record: MC-30-7

2017: Poor start to the year but turned things around slowly and was very good for two days at Match Play.

Won the Irish Open shortly after turning 40 back in 2015. That signalled a return towards the top of European golf and appears to be coming out of brief slump having beaten Rory and others at the Match Play. Did somehow sneak a top-10 finish here last year and, whatever happens, will display that annoyingly chipper vibe of most Danes. Hygge, I believe it's called.

Steve Stricker

Masters record: MC-MC-38-19-10-MC-MC-MC-6-30-11-47-20-31-28

2017: No better than 27th at top level; almost made a winning Champions Tour debut when second.

Is he even in the field? Someone should check. Looking for an eighth successive cut made at Augusta, a sequence which began with his most recent top 10 in 2009. Short game works everywhere but 50 now and hard to fancy despite near-miss on the Champions Tour.

Webb Simpson

Masters record: 44-MC-MC-28-29

2017: Another who’s been busy; best effort by far a play-off defeat in Phoenix where putting woes were in evidence.

Ex-anchorman back in form this year, losing a play-off to Matsuyama in Phoenix. Prone to the odd shank so stand guard in Butler Cabin, but has done phenomenally well to compete in this day and age given that he's a bad putter and doesn't hit it particularly far. If wins will have child, name it Augusta, but peaked in 2012 so that shouldn't be an issue.

Chris Wood

Masters record: MC-42

2017: Pair of top-20s in Middle East; top-30 in WGC-Mexico.

Reigning BMW PGA champion who has gone close in two Opens, once as an amateur. Convinced he's good enough to take another step up the ladder at some stage and did really well on Ryder Cup debut, but niggling injuries and lack of consistency remain concerns and hard to make a case for here.

Hudson Swafford

Masters record: Debut

2017: Secured first PGA Tour win at CareerBuilder; dip in form thereafter but more like it lately.

Superbly-named Harris English lookalike who won for the first time on the PGA Tour earlier this season in the CareerBuilder Challenge. Type to build on that in time but will be happy to make the cut on Masters debut close to home.

Kevin Chappell

Masters record: 44

2017: Miles away from 2016 form and without a top-40 finish.

Fallen off the face of the earth since nearly winning various titles last year, including the TOUR Championship. Probably still the most capable maiden on the PGA Tour and has shown his skills in majors before. Not many positives to be taken from recent play, mind.

Scott Piercy

Masters record: 54-29

2017: Another who is below best this year, standout effort coming in Mexico where closing 66 saw him edge towards top 30.

Languid, capable Vegas player who you sense likes a good time. Some high-class form to his name, mostly in defeat, and can look shaky over putts when it matters, while is also predictable from the tee. Does at least produce some fascinating Q&As on twitter. Example: Q: Which major would you most like to win? A: Don’t mind. #HiYa

William McGirt

Masters record: Debut

2017: Best form in no-cut events; largely struggled before making last 16 at the Match Play.

Recently voted an overachiever by his peers and not sure it’ll have same impact as being voted underachiever did for Fowler. Won the Memorial last summer, a deserved first PGA Tour win, and one of those who could be forcing certain commentators to consult their media guides by playing well to a point.

Angel Cabrera

Masters record: MC-10-9-15-MC-MC-8-37-25-1-18-7-32-2-MC-22-24

2017: Showed a brief glimmer in Puerto Rico but still missed the cut, as he has in three of four starts, the other a share of 54th.

Former winner who looks gone at the game for most of each year but has played nicely here more often than not, including each of the last two renewals. Edging towards the abyss but a top-20 finish far from impossible.

Ernie Els

Masters record: 8-MC-12-17-16-27-2-6-5-6-2-47-27-MC-MC-MC-18-47-13-MC-22-MC

2017: Missed six cuts; exception an out-of-the-blue T13 in Qatar. 

Bona fide legend of the game who probably should own a Green Jacket (twice runner-up) but won’t be winning one now. Just please, please, please don’t do another six-putt.

James Hahn

Masters record: MC

2017: Typical flashes, including R1 65 at Valspar; yet to contend.

First famous for doing that awful dance across the 16th green in Phoenix, but now a two-time PGA Tour winner. Both those successes came out of the blue and on proper championship courses, but the idea that he might repeat the trick here seems a little absurd.

Jhonattan Vegas

Masters record: MC

2017: Consistent, as he has been for some time; best a closing fourth at Honda when shooting Sunday 64.

Best golfer in the history of Venezuela and now a two-time winner on Tour, thanks to last summer’s hard-fought Canada success. Playing well now fit again and could better sole previous effort here. Not to be confused with drunken UK comic of the same name.

Sean O’Hair

Masters record: MC-14-10-30-MC-32

2017: Started brightly with 11-9 sequence; withdrew from Valspar and then missed cut at Bay Hill, shooting 80 in R2.

By all accounts has defied a pretty rotten upbringing to forge a path on the PGA Tour which has, perhaps unsurprisingly, had its share of ups and downs. Boasts a touch of class but no longer the promising, would-be major winner, more wily veteran who might pick up another John Deere Classic. Did break 70 three times in one visit here, back in ’09, which takes some doing.

Bernhard Langer

Masters record: CUT-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

2017: Still setting the standard on Champions Tour, including win (36-hole event).

As it turns out, was not witness to voter fraud in Florida. Glad that was cleared up. As good as ever on the Champions Tour and contended here as recently as two years ago. Evidently boasts an impressive skincare regimen.

Curtis Luck

Masters record: Debut

2017: Flirted with leaderboards; best of 23rd in Dubai; DQ at the Arnold Palmer

Man-bunned Australian youngster a virtual shoo-in for top amateur having been playing nicely with the big boys this year, following US Am win last. Bright future but history suggests making the cut should be considered an achievement.

Hideto Tanihara

Masters record: MC

2017: Playing well all over the world; best form when semi-finalist at Match Play.

Been around a while now and yet to better share of fifth in the Open over a decade ago, although semi-final appearance and eventual fourth at WGC-Match Play runs close. That earned him a second crack at the Masters, 10 years on from a missed cut (85-79) in his first.

Jeunghun Wang

Masters record: Debut

2017: Confirmed fortitude with Qatar Masters play-off win; 23rd at Bay Hill a strong debut there.

Three-time European Tour winner with an exceptional short-game, one which helped him to the most recent of those titles. Suspicion this is a little too soon for him but has made rapid progress over the last 18 months and it wouldn't be a total surprise to see his name towards the top of the leaderboard at some stage.

Daniel Summerhays

Masters record: Debut

2017: Approaching 10th start and just one top-20; far from his best.

Brace of top-10 finishes in majors last year represents his best form and on neither occasion did he really compete for the title. Still enough to suggest he can win on the PGA Tour at some stage. Not here, though.

Mackenzie Hughes

Masters record: Debut

2017: Done fairly well given new status as winner; 10th at Pebble Beach best since that November victory.

Impressed in winning the RSM Classic last year, his fifth PGA Tour start in what’s his rookie season. Just bits and pieces subsequently and hard to take a strong view as to his potential, in both the short and long term. Happy to be here.

Roberto Castro

Masters record: MC

2017: Largely disappointing, standard accuracy not helping; no top-20s.

Not to be confused with the revolutionary, now-deceased Cuban leader, primarily because he has a different first name and remains alive. PGA Tour maiden who qualified for this by making it to East Lake last season. Neat and tidy and the odd ridiculous round in him when the putter fires, but will do well to break 72 here.

Billy Hurley III

Masters record: Debut

2017: Solid 29-20 in Hawaii; moderate since including Florida missed cuts.

Remarkable win in last summer’s Quicken Loans National, where one year earlier he’d made an emotional, televised appeal for his missing father, who would later take his own life. Fair to say Hurley, also a former Navy man, won’t be too bogged down in the importance of the Masters.

Brian Stuard

Masters record: Debut

2017: Some decent enough scoring bursts; best of 16th in Phoenix; not in that form lately.

Done little of late, except to deny Jamie Lovemark in New Orleans last year. Not forgiven for that effort. Unlikely to feature as a short-hitter lacking the required class.

Fred Couples

Masters record: 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

2017: Contending every week on Champions Tour; appears to be in good health.

Skipped this last year but a run of five top-20 finishes from 2010 to 2014 suggests there’s half a chance he could again get competitive, even if these things don’t last forever. Back to better health lately and playing nicely with the old boys. Interesting in a low-key three-ball at 11/4 or so.

Rod Pampling

Masters record: 5-16-37

2017: Best of 17th in no-cut Hawaii event; largely a non-factor.

Surprise winner in Vegas earlier this season, although not a fluke one – played wonderfully well and holed the putts when he had to, before a stunning finish at the final hole. Since reverted to type, but you won���t find many 500/1 shots whose course record is as strong as T5-T16-T37.

Si-Woo Kim

Masters record: Debut

2017: A series of missed cuts and a withdrawal; injury issues.

Made it all the way to East Lake last year, in part thanks to a really impressive breakthrough success at the Wyndham Championship. One of the brightest young talents in the world still isn’t talked about by many, but 2017 has been undermined by a nagging wrist injury which could ruin this Masters debut.

Vijay Singh

Masters record: 27-MC-39-17-MC-24-1-18-7-6-6-5-8-13-14-30-MC-MC-27-38-37-54-MC

2017: Extremely poor throughout; fitness presumably an issue as well as form.

Run of missed cuts this year suggests he’ll struggle, as he has in this for over a decade now. Don’t borrow anything from his medicine bag.

Yuta Ikeda

Masters record: 29-MC

2017: Poor in general; half a point from three games in Match Play.

Enjoyed a superb end to 2016 and is a major force in Asia. Nice to see him get competitive on day one at the Match Play and finished a respectable 29th here a few years ago, but that remains the pick of his efforts in the top grade and looks to be as good as he is.

Brad Dalke

Masters record: Debut

2017: Appears to be ticking over nicely at Oklahoma.

Just 19 and earned his spot here having finished runner-up to Luck in the US Amateur. Shot 73-85 to miss the cut in last year’s Texas Open, which underlines the task at hand, but a name to remember.

Ian Woosnam

Masters record: MC-14-30-1-19-17-46-17-29-39-16-14-40-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-44-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC

2017: Largely uncompetitive on Champions Tour.

Winner of 50-odd titles, most famously this one in 1991. Probably unfortunate not to add another major along the way but obviously not going to do that now he has more letters than numbers in his Augusta record.

Jose Maria Olazabal

Masters record: 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

2017: Best of 40th on Champions Tour; MC-MC on European.

Get the feeling he thinks he can still compete with the youngsters but injuries have curtailed a brilliant career. Still stripes a long-iron, though.

Mark O’Meara

Masters record: MC-24-48-24-39-11-27-4-21-15-31-18-30-1-31-MC-20-MC-8-27-31-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-MC-22-MC

2017: Not troubling the judge on the Champions Tour.

Used to be mates with Tiger. Another one of the former champions who will enjoy their week here but won’t properly compete. Remarkable T22 here two years ago but was playing better at the time.

Scott Gregory

Masters record: Debut

2017: Won New South Wales amateur.

Winner of the Amateur Championship and made a bright start to the Open last summer, until coming unstuck after group was put on the clock. Hard to see him shooting anything close to par here despite reportedly impressive short-game and guidance from Justin Rose.

Trevor Immelman

Masters record: 56-MC-5-MC-55-1-20-14-15-60-50-MC-MC-MC

2017: One or two more encouraging signs, most notably T29 on home soil in Tshwane Open.

Probably shouldn’t be the same price as Olazabal and Woosnam, but that’s because they should be bigger rather than Immelman being too short. Some reports that he’s feeling better about his game and looks to be playing a little better, but the 2008 champion won’t be doubling up.

Stewart Hagestad

Masters record: Debut

2017: Won minor event in early March.

Came from four-down with five to play to win the US Mid-Am last summer, for which he gets a spot in this field. Presumably still uses a long putter without anchoring it. Know not a single other thing about him except that he’s mates with Justin Thomas. Who isn’t?

Toto Gana

Masters record: Debut

2017: Key member of the Lynn University Golf Team, of course.

Won a play-off for the Latin America Amateur Championship, which now carries with it a Masters invite. Likely to be seriously outclassed.

Larry Mize

Masters record: Refuses to type it out in full; winner in 1987.

2017: Key form a share of 10th in Champions Tour's Chubb Classic.

Chipped in to win this 30 years ago, denying Greg Norman in an act of extreme cruelty. More recently has understandably struggled to compete but made the cut last year.

Mike Weir

Masters record: 28-27-24-1-MC-5-11-20-17-46-43-MC-MC-MC-44-MC-MC

2017: Miserable.

Continues to miss the cut or withdraw. In fact, his second place in the 2014 Byron Nelson might be the biggest shock in golfing history, and he’s since fallen around 1600 spots in the world rankings.

Sandy Lyle

Masters record: Won it in 1988; T20 in 2009 and MC-MC-MC-54-44-MC-MC since

2017: Virtual no-show on the Champions Tour.

Two-time major champion without a top-20 finish here since that 1988 success. Approaching 60 and do well to be around for the weekend.


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