Firstly we must apologise for the delay in releasing our 2nd Masters preview. We have had plenty of responses after our 1st piece, asking when will we be producing the next one. Whilst we feel we have let ourselves down in how long it has taken, we really thank everyone that has got in touch. If you do have any questions or queries with anything about what we do, please do send us a cheeky line, we try and respond as quickly as possible – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Right though, on to the important stuff. If you are yet to check out what we had to say in our 1st Masters preview, please do check it out, we went through all the trends of previous winners and cancelled out golfers galore till we were left with just a few.
Rory McIlroy did make the list, but has since got significantly worse in the driving accuracy department, so theoretically he shouldn’t have made the end. But we didn’t feel it was right to take his name out. He is still a half decent player after all…
What we have decided to do for this second piece is leave it all up to you. We have engrossed ourselves into the world of stats and numbers which after a short while, start merging into each other and creating a bizarre, arithmetically diseased vortex. We do now suffer from Arithmophobia, thankyou for asking.
What has been produced is a table of a whole host of players we feel could not be ignored at this years Masters. There are a few omissions that will surprise some, but what we have done is get as many down as we could, so everyone can see for themselves who may take their fancy this year.
The green highlights indicate that the relevant golfer fits the stat needed in our trends from preview 1. Annoyingly some players who have not played enough events (Tiger, Day for example) do not have recognised stats on the PGA Tour website, so we have had to work it out as best we can.
Now, if you haven’t been confused by any of that, then enjoy the number numbness you will feel once you’ve scowered through the tables. If you get through it unscathed, have a little look at a few names we have picked out and hopefully after it all, you can feel a little happier before putting your hard-earned money on one of the greatest sporting occasions of the year.
(Our 3rd and final preview will be published next Monday night GMT)
As we said in our 1st preview – Adam Scott, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia have already impressed us, but here are a few others.
Justin Rose – Obviously, you cannot ignore someone of his quality and stats wise he pretty much fits the bill. Winning his maiden major last year will have given him the world of confidence and he has a decent record at Augusta – everytime he makes the cut he has never finished lower than T39 and overall he has 2 top 10s. One to bet in play maybe.
Zach Johnson – If he could hit the ball just that bit further, he would be beyond perfect. We know he won the 2007 Masters, but lets be honest that was a completely different ball game with the weather causing absolute mayhem for the field – he always thrives in horrendous conditions. His other results at Augusta show he doesn’t quite suit the course because of his lack of length, but he has really impressed us this season and we wouldn’t blame you if you fancied him this year.
Graham DeLaet – We know he has never played at Augusta but it is somewhere that could really suit his eye. DeLaet’s tee to green game is up there with the best and he could prove interesting value at 100s. He fits every stat and we are not surprised by this at all. He went on a mad run of 5 top 10s in a row to start the season, before the inevitable drift he experienced recently. A T8 at the Valspar Championship is a sign things are looking good again and we expect him to go well at the Shell Houston Open. Keep your eye on the Canadian.
Hunter Mahan – A major winner in the waiting. No doubt about that, it is just a matter of time really. He fits everything for this years Masters, except he missed the cut in 2013. But 2 top 10s and a T12 in 2012 show he has the game to overcome Augusta. 4 top 10s this year prove he is in good form, another interesting e/w shout.
Bill Haas – If he drove the ball 2 yards further on average he would have fit everything. We are not surprised at all, because Haas is another one of those players too good to not have won a major. He has had a very steady season so far, impressing us especially at the Humana Challenge where he finished T6. He never strikes us as the sort of player who loves a birdie fest, so to see him shoot -23 was encouraging. Never got a top 10 at The Masters but can really see this being the first time for Haas jnr.
Jamie Donaldson – What a season the Welshman is having. He has now joined the PGA Tour on a special temporary membership because of his stellar performances up to now. T2 at the WGC Cadillac proved his capabilities with the big boys and he fits all the stats for what Augusta requires. Did miss the cut in his first appearance here last year, but he is certainly a different animal now and when you can get him at 150s, you have to think about it.
Freddie ‘Boom Boom’ Couples – His only major win came at Augusta in 1992 and he will always be in the field until he decides he can swing no more. 10 top 10s in 29 appearances and you have to consider the fact he hasn’t finished outside the top 15 in his last 4 starts here. He is playing out of his skin on the Senior Tour, with 3 top 5s and a win, so why wouldn’t you put your spare change on this stalwart of the game? A top 20 bet could be very interesting.