Despite THE PLAYERS jumping back into the front of the line with a revived March tournament date, the Masters remains the first true “Major” of the season. Much like the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which finishes around the same time in early April, the Masters pulls in many casual fans who wouldn’t otherwise follow the sport too closely.
In the spirit of the research that most of us do before filling out our NCAA tournament bracket, where we look for one little nugget about a team who made a run through the Ohio Valley Conference to see if they can become a Cinderella, here is one fact about each player in the 2019 Masters. Ordered from top seed (betting favorite) to bottom seed (almost certain to miss the cut).
Rory McIlroy 7/1 – The McRib played in six final groups last season, including his pairing with eventual Masters champion Patrick Reed on Sunday at Augusta. Walked away with zero wins.
Dustin Johnson 10/1 – DJ’s competed in eight Masters, and despite his left-to-right ball flight not suiting the course, DJ has finished T6, T4, T10 in his last three trips around Augusta National.
Justin Rose 14/1 – Rosey lost to Submergio on the first hole of a playoff in 2017, after missing two putts under seven feet in the final six holes. He remains an elite ball striker which can go a long way at Augusta.
Tiger Woods 14/1 – The greatest golfer of all time has only one win since 2013, which came last September at the 30-man Tour Championship. Of course, the Masters is also a limited field event… Still, the Big Cat hasn’t won a green jacket in 14 years. Since then, holes 7, 11 and now 5 have been lengthened. TW is still great tee to green, but he’s going to be laying back on these holes. He’ll need to hit it close to win because his putting has been dreadful this year.
Brooks Koepka 18/1 – Three-time major winner Brooks Koepka has had an indifferent start to the season, which can be blamed on his intentionally shedding 24 pounds in four months. His killer diet and exercise routine apparently returned to normal around mid-March, and folks have speculated (confirmed) that this purge was in preparation for an ESPN Magazine Body Issue shoot. Sad!
Francesco Molinari 18/1 – The best finish by an Italian in the Masters is Constantino Rocca’s T5 in 1997, something that Molinari, last year’s Open champion, will look to better. If he does, we’re guaranteed to be disappointed on Sunday.
Jon Rahm 18/1 – Rahm finished solo 4th last year in his second Masters, and since his win at the Hero World Challenge in October, Rahm has posted seven top 12s in eight events.
Justin Thomas 18/1 – Augusta is the ultimate second-shot golf course, and JT ranks 5th on tour in Strokes Gained: Approach to the Green. Rest assured that he won’t face any bunker loving hecklers amongst the azaleas. Not on ANGC’s watch.
Rickie Fowler 18/1 – Mr. Flower owns eight top-5 finishes in majors, including his one-stroke loss to Patrick Reed last year. What does PMI even mean? Click here for more info.
Bryson Dechambeau 20/1 – Bryson has played the Masters twice, once as an amateur and once as a professional. Interestingly, he finished lower as an am (T21, in 2016), than as a pro (T38 last year)
Jordan Spieth 20/1 – Spieth’s played in five Masters, and has lost to a total of 14 players across all five tournaments. His finishes are as follows: T2 – 1 – T2 – T11 – 3. His sunday scripting is gross (not the good kind) so he’ll be looking for a jacket to cover up his shirt.
Tommy Fleetwood 25/1 – The last 7 Masters winners have gained 13.4 strokes, tee to green, in their two most recent starts prior to the Masters. This Ryder Cup stud is one of five golfers in that category this year.
Paul Casey 28/1 – Aside from Sir Nick Faldo, Paul Casey and Lee Westwood own the two best records for Englishmen at the Masters. In 12 appearances, Casey has 5 top 10s, including three straight from 2015-2017.
Jason Day 30/1 – The oft-injured Aussie ranks 5th this year in Strokes Gained: Putting, which makes him dangerous on Augusta’s difficult greens. He also ranks DFL in being able to handle allergies, tied with Big Cat. Something to keep an eye on in pollen season.
Tony Finau 30/1 – Tony Finau dislocated his ankle celebrating an ace in last years Masters Par-3 Contest and then finished tied for 10th. Also, his real first name is Milton.
Bubba Watson 35/1 – Bubba Watson owns two green jackets (although it’s technically just one). His real name is Gerry, he owns a candy store and wants to become the Mayor of Bagdad, FL. That’s not a joke.
Hideki Matsuyama 35/1 – Can Hideki win? Maybe. Matsuyama has finished no worse than 19th in his last four Masters, despite being a dismal putter. He currently ranks 183rd on Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting.
Adam Scott 40/1 – Adam Scott owns the prettiest golf swing on tour. This is not an opinion.
Cameron Smith 40/1 – Perhaps the least talked about elite golfer in the world, Cam Smith ranks ahead of Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Branden Grace, and a slew of other yuuge names in the OWGR. The world’s 28th-ranked player finished T5 at ANGC last year.
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1 – With a win, Oosthuizen would become only the second Masters champion with a surname beginning with two vowels, after 1973 champion Tommy Aaron.
Xander Schauffele 40/1 – In the same vein, were Xander to take the title, he would become the first Masters champion whose name includes an X.
Phil Mickelson 45/1 – The only thing that Phil Mickelson does left-handed is play golf. Otherwise he’s a righty. Also, he’s got three Masters victories and would become the oldest Masters champion in history with a win this year.
Henrik Stenson 50/1 – When asked to choose between his wife and his three wood, Stenson chose his three wood. A true company man.
Marc Leishman 50/1 – At the Masters, Leishman has missed more cuts (3) than he has top 10s (2). He put together a strong showing in 2018 and this is a strong darkhorse bet at 50/1.
Matt Kuchar 50/1 – Tipping is not permitted at Augusta National so Matty should be able to steer clear of any potential controversies. Plan on a stress-free smile filled week from Kuch.
Sergio Garcia 50/1 – Garcia kind of entered the wilderness after winning the Masters in 2017 and welcoming his first child later that year, but he’s recently returned to form with five straight made cuts and three top 25s.
Patrick Reed 60/1 – Reed is famously estranged from his parents, to the point that they watched his triumph at Augusta last year from their family home in the same town. Which made it all the more strange when Reed’s mom Jeanette swooped in on Twitter to defend Patrick after reading an April Fool’s Day post about him.
Kevin Kisner 65/1 – Kevin Kisner would be the best pro to play a round with, full stop. “This ain’t no hobby, fellas!”
Patrick Cantlay 70/1 – Cantlay finished in the top 25 of his first four PGA Tour events as an amateur in 2011, but has missed out on the Masters every year except 2012 (T47 for low amateur honors) and last year (MC).
Gary Woodland 80/1 – Gary Woodland played basketball in college and he’s surprisingly friendlier than he may appear.
Ian Poulter 80/1 – Enjoys Cool Sculpting.
Webb Simpson 80/1 – Webber’s wife Dowd is an absolute rocket. She also serves as a reminder that Barry Bonds wasn’t part of the MLB players union. As a result, his character in MVP Baseball 2005 was named Jon Dowd.
Brandt Snedeker 100/1 – Snedeker’s streaky iron play and occasionally scorching putter have carried him to nine top 10s in majors, to go along with his 13 major MCs.
Hao Tong Li 100/1 – Li turned professional at the staggeringly young age of 16, and recorded a T7 in the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions to notch the best PGA Tour finish for a Chinese player.
Matthew Fitzpatrick 100/1 – Matthew Fitzpatrick attended Northwestern University for less than a semester, but some folks still consider that significant.
Rafa Cabrera Bello 100/1 – Rafa’s sister Emma is also a professional golfer. She plays on the Ladies European Tour. Do with that what you will.
Tyrrell Hatton 100/1 – It’s pronounced Tierr-ill.
Billy Horschel 125/1 – B.Ho hasn’t broken through for a major yet and his best chance may have been his first professional appearance. Billy was tied for the lead at Merion in 2013 before finishing four shots back of Justin Rose.
Branden Grace 125/1 – Grace’s 8-under round of 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017 made him the first player to break 63 in a major (cc: Johnny Miller).
Charl Schwartzel 125/1 – Since turning professional in 2002 he has 2 wins on the PGA Tour. One of them happened to be at Augusta. One of the least inspiring winners of our lifetime.
Charles Howell III 125/1 – Chucky Triple Sticks ranks 19th all time with $38 million in career earnings. A legend amongst hardcore golf cults.
Eddie Pepperell 125/1 – Edward is one of the more thoughtful players on tour, and we would strongly recommend this No Laying Up podcast with him. He also loves to spend his evenings boozing, even while competing in The Open Championship.
Keegan Bradley 125/1 – Keegan Bradley once gave Vogel a glove at the 2014 Ryder Cup because I he had a shirt with his face on it. Having his pre-shot routine on Sunday primetime would be an ideal scenario for #content and a death sentence for pace of play.
Lucas Bjerregaard 125/1 – The 27-year-old Danishman took down TW in the quarterfinals of the recent WGC Match Play event. He then lost to Matt Kuchar in the semis and to Molinari in the consolation match, which ruined his chance to pick up a special temporary membership to the PGA Tour. Sorry bout your luck.
Matt Wallace 125/1 – Wallace won four times during last year’s European Tour season, including thrice in 2018. All three wins came in different countries (India, Germany, and Denmark). The Fried Egg’ gambling guru Paulie had some unmemorable yet positive things to say about Matt, so we blindly like his chances at 125/1.
Shane Lowry 125/1 – Lowry won the Abu Dhabi Championship this year after blowing a three-shot final-round lead, trailing by three with seven holes to go, then rebounding for a victory in regulation.
Zach Johnson 125/1 – Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, and Jack Nicklaus are the only players to win a Masters and an Open Championship at St. Andrews. Also, ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Alex Noren 150/1 – After Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson, and Jesper Parnevik, Noren is the fourth Swede to crack the world top 10. Also remarkably good looking, damn those Swede’s.
Charley Hoffman 150/1 – Charley plays best at events with color schemes that match his sponsor, Waste Management. Look for him to put together a strong showing this week.
Danny Willett 150/1 – Danny Willett won the 2016 Masters. Trevor has attended one Master’s and this was it. He still struggled with PTSD for months after seeing Jordan Spieth melt down on 12. Thoughts and prayers.
Si Woo Kim 150/1 – Siiiii Woooooo shakin’ that ass.
Thorbjorn Olesen 150/1 – Thorbjorn’s first name means Thunder Bear. An up and coming european star (maybe).
Byeong Hun An 190/1 – Benny apparently started playing golf because he wasn’t athletic enough to play table tennis. A true outcast in South Korea.
Ryan Moore 200/1 – Moore was the last player selected to the 2016 Ryder Cup and ended up clinching the winning point for the U.S. team. Let us never forget when he thought it would be cool to wear a tie and vest to play golf in the 2000s. Unforgivable.
J.B. Holmes 230/1 – J.B. Holmes changed his name from John Holmes because John Holmes is a male pornographic actor. This is the best fact in the entire field [OTC].
Keith Mitchell 230/1 – Mitchell ranks 10th on tour in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee, and his prodigious driving skill buoyed him to a win at the 2019 Honda Classic. Has a proclivity for wearing hats which are too big for his head.
Aaron Wise 250/1 – Wise won the 2018 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award. Put on a bunch of muscle mass since last year #Gainz.
Kyle Stanley 250/1 – Kyle’s wife is named Dolly Enneking Stanley, which might be an odder name than Dowd. How dare you speak about Dowd that way Vogel. Meet me in my office [OTC].
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 300/1 – At 19, Kiradech bought a $150,000 Mercedes. He did not have $150,000. His mother gave him 90 days to make that money on the golf course. He did so, and kept the car.
Martin Kaymer 300/1 – Martin Kaymer has won two majors, remember him? People like to talk about how his muscles “glisten” when he sweats. A perfect human specimen.
Brian Harman 350/1 – Harman once made Rickie Fowler cry.
Kevin Na 350/1 – Kevin hates for his ball to touch the bottom of the cup.
Jimmy Walker 400/1 – Walker owns the course record at Augusta National… the par-3 course record, that is. Walker shot a 19 on the par-27 layout in 2016.
Justin Harding 400/1 – Harding plays almost exclusively on the Sunshine Tour in his home country of South Africa, which is why you likely haven’t heard of him. His first European Tour victory came in early March at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Stewart Cink 400/1 – In 2009, Stewart Cink stole happiness and joy from the golf world.
Andrew Landry 500/1 – Landry’s rise to the PGA Tour would make a great Dan Jenkins novel.
Bernhard Langer 500/1 – Langer missed six straight Masters cuts from 2006-2012, and has since racked up three top 25s, including a T8 in 2014.
Fred Couples 500/1 – Despite major back issues that prevent Couples from playing anywhere close to a full senior schedule, he is a force at Augusta. His finishes since 2010: 6 – T15 – T12 – T13 – T20 – MC – T18 – T38
Ross Fisher 500/1 – Ross Fisher shot a 61 at St. Andrews in 2017, and folks were not pleased.
Satoshi Kodaira 500/1 – Satoshi locked up his spot in the 2019 Masters early, winning the 2018 RBC Heritage just a week after last year’s Masters.
Shugo Imahira 500/1 – Shugo was the Japan Tour’s leading money winner in 2018. He also stands just 5-foot-5.
Vijay Singh 500/1 – The languidly striding Fijian nearly rolled back the clock at the 2019 Honda Classic, contending in the final group on Sunday until his tee shot found water down the stretch and ending his chances to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history.
Adam Long 600/1 – PGA Tour rookie Adam Long is 31, and won his first Tour event (the Desert Classic, in January) in just his sixth start in the big leagues.
Chez Reavie 600/1 – It’s (sadly) not pronounced Shay Ri-vay.
Kevin Chappell 600/1 – Couple good ones from this article – Chappell auditioned for the titular role in Dennis the Menace, believes each ball has only one birdie in it and changes balls after every one, is fascinated by conspiracy theories, and knows every Garth Brooks song by heart.
Kevin Tway 600/1 – Kevin Tway’s golf bag is emblazoned with a massive orange #GAINZ hashtag.
Andrew Putnam 750/1 – His wife’s name is Tawny Frans.
Jason Dufner 750/1 – Auburn alum Jason Dufner will likely finish dead last this week after drowning his sorrows from his team’s narrow Final Four defeat.
Jovan Rebula 750/1 – Ditto the above – Rebula is a junior at Auburn. He is also Ernie Els’s nephew.
Larry Mize 750/1 – Mize is doing what we all would if we scraped out one Masters title, and playing the event every damn year despite only rarely contending.
Michael Kim 750/1 – Kim went to Torrey Pines High School, so it kinda makes sense that he’s a golfer.
Mike Weir 750/1 – See entry for Larry Mize.
Patton Kizzire 750/1 – See entry for Jason Dufner. Lotta Tigers in this one.
Sandy Lyle 750/1 – See entry for Larry Mize, except Lyle also won the ‘85 Open Championship.
Shubhankar Sharma 750/1 – Sharma’s Masters appearance last year made him the fourth
Indian to play in the event.
Takumi Kanaya 750/1 – Kanaya joins Hideki Matsuyama as the only Japanese players to win the Asia-Pacific Amateur.
Viktor Hovland 750/1 – Hovland plays for Oklahoma State alongside Matthew Wolff, who has dominated the college season. In five years, we’ll likely look at this OSU team as one of the best college teams in recent memory.
Alvaro Ortiz 1000/1 – Ortiz has played in every Latin American Amateur Championship since the event’s inception in 2015, and finally won it this year with a tournament record score of -14.
Angel Cabrera 1000/1 – El Pato has won two majors – a Masters and a U.S. Open at Oakmont. He’s a big of a big-game hunter.
Devon Bling 1000/1 – This man will steal your girl.
Kevin O’Connell 1000/1 – In one of the weirder stories you’ll hear from this end of the betting odds, O’Connell graduated from UNC in 2011 and played three seasons of unsuccessful mini-tour golf. He then re-attained his amateur status. But the pro golf bug still itched. O’Connell had been planning to try to re-classify as a professional and qualify for the European Tour before winning the U.S. Mid-Am last summer. So he’s still an amateur. Got all that?
Mark O’Meara 1000/1 – O’Meara played one of the most famous practice rounds of all time, watching Tiger decimate Isleworth in the run-up to his astounding 1997 victory.
Trevor Immelman 1000/1 – See entry for Larry Mize.
Ian Woosnam 2000/1 – See entry for Larry Mize.
Jose Maria Olazabal 2000/1 – See entry for Larry Mize. Frankly it’s a bit insulting to put JMO at 2,000 to 1, as he’s won two of these things. Devon Bling sounds like a porn star for heaven’s sake, make him the longest odds.