Ten Rookies To Watch
April 03, 2011
The biggest name of all the first-timers this year, Fowler will be trying to make his first PGA Tour win a major. It would be fun to watch it happen just to see how much the green jacket clashes with his standard bright orange Sunday outfits.
The former college basketball player has burst onto the scene in 2011 with four top 10s, including a win at the Transitions Championship. Woodland certainly has the length to contend at Augusta, ranking eighth on the PGA Tour with an average driving distance of 301.7 yards.
The Australian hasn't carried his momentum over into 2011 from last year's FedEx Cup Playoffs like many expected. Still, at only 23, you can probably pencil Day in for a few more trips down Magnolia Lane in the future.
It's hard to believe that the Wisconsin native is the only multiple winner on the PGA Tour in 2011, especially since his two wins matched his number of career victories heading into the year. "Little Cheese" has attended the Masters as a fan numerous times, with the first time coming when he was 14. It's a safe bet that this will be his most memorable trip to Augusta yet.
No one in America had heard of this guy until he almost won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, and we're pretty sure no one has seen him since. Havret hasn't exactly kept the momentum going from that close call with his recent play in Europe. History is not on his side as no Frenchman has ever won a green jacket, but it will be interesting to see if he can make another run at a major title on U.S. soil.
If a Tiger can find such success at Augusta, why can't a Lion? Kim qualified for his first Masters by winning last year's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The senior at the University of Michigan will undoubtedly enjoy his time at Augusta National, even if he won't get much studying for finals done during the week.
A recent winner at Bay Hill, Laird has quietly climbed into the top 25 of the world rankings. The long-hitting Scotsman should have no problem with Augusta National's yardages, which have been dramatically lengthened throughout the years.
The reigning U.S. Amateur champion seems poised to be a future star once he graduates from Oklahoma State. Uihlein handled himself well in his recent PGA Tour experience, making the cut at the Transitions Championship and finishing T-57. He's also got experience winning in this state having just claimed the Georgia Cup.
The Venezuelan has taken the golf world by storm in his inaugural year on the PGA Tour. He qualified for the Masters with his win at the Bob Hope Classic, which was just the second tournament of his rookie campaign. It's safe to say he'll be pretty popular at Augusta with his entertaining style of play.
It's rare to make the Ryder Cup before qualifying for a Masters, but such is the path the Indiana University product has taken. And as long as Overton, 27, doesn't start shouting, "Boom, baby!!!" around Augusta's hallowed grounds, he should be invited back for years to come.