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Masters 2024: Power rankings for the entire field at Augusta

April 08, 2024

Masters Week is here, and rather than have you cram and try to do your own research on every competitor in the 2024 Masters field, we have done the work for you. Whether you're a casual or massive golf fan or interested in the below write-ups for your Masters pools or bets, you're in the right place. We are here to make you more educated about this year's participants at Augusta National.

Below you'll find power rankings for the 2024 Masters field. I have designed these rankings to be a fantastic reference tool. Take a moment to peruse the key in case any of the information below is baffling. Make great use of the list, and more importantly, enjoy the 88th Masters!

Key:

  • Age: Self-explanatory. That being said, six of the last 10 winners were in their 20s, three were in there 30s, and Tiger (2019) was in his 40s.
  • Odds to win: These are the best futures odds listed for each player across multiple domestic betting boards (as of Sunday).
  • OWGR/Data Golf: Let’s face the facts, the OWGR is incomplete. To give us a better top line view of player performance, I included the Data Golf rankings.
  • Player trend: This list is meant to be an immediate reference tool for next week. Quite simply, what direction is a player’s game going. Up is good, down is bad.
  • Masters appearances/cuts made: The number of times a player has competed in the tournament along with the number of successful cuts made.
  • Best Masters finish: Again, another quick reference tool. In the last five years, all but one winner had a top-five finish of better prior to winning the green jacket. The outlier is Scottie Scheffler. Scheffler’s best finish prior to winning the Masters was T-18.
  • Notes: A quick summary for each player to pique or deter your interest in their chances to win or play well in the 2024 Masters.

We’ll first mention a few names not in our top 50 who are not likely to factor into the late weekend precedings.

Older past champions

Fred Couples, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, Mike Weir

It’s very unfortunate Bernhard Langer won’t be here, as he planned for this to be his final Masters. We’re sure he’ll be back. It’s a big year for Jose Maria Olazábal, who won his first green jacket 30 years ago—and 25 years since he earned his second Masters title. Olazabal has played three PGA Tour Champions events in 2024, finishing in the top 30 in all of them. We know not to sleep on the seniors at Augusta. Mike Weir plays actively on the PGA Tour Champions and owns 11 top-five results in his senior career.

Here's a quick ranking of seniors in the field—for your Masters pool picks (if Phil Mickelson is included in this bucket of 50-plus somethings, he's obviously the pick after his T-2 here last year):

  1. Mike Weir
  2. Vijay Singh
  3. Fred Couples
  4. Jose Maria Olazábal

Amateurs

Santiago de la Fuente, Stewart Hagestad, Christo Lambrecht, Neal Shipley, Jasper Stubbs

True to the legacy of Bobby Jones, five amateurs qualified for the 88th Masters. Really six, but in the most unusual of twists, the 2023 U.S. Amateur Champion Nick Dunlap won on the PGA Tour back in January. By taking his tour card, he lost his amateur spot. I wonder if he will still stay in the Crow’s Nest.

Here’s how I’d rank the amateurs in the 2024 Masters field:

  1. Neal Shipley
  2. Jasper Stubbs
  3. Santiago de la Fuente
  4. Christo Lamprecht
  5. Stewart Hagestad

LIV players not ranked below

Sergio Garcia cemented his top spot on this list with a great showing at Doral, losing in a playoff. The 2017 Masters champion has shown some semblance of form in 2014 with a runner-up to Joaquin Niemann at Mayakoba, then the close call in Miami.

  1. Bubba Watson
  2. Charl Schwartzel
  3. Adrian Meronk
  4. Sergio Garcia

The others

Eric Cole, Cameron Davis, Rickie Fowler, Austin Eckroat, Lucas Glover, Ryo Hisatsune, Lee Hodges, Nicolai Højgaard, Stephan Jaeger, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk, Kurt Kitayama, Jake Knapp, Luke List, Peter Malnati, Grayson Murray, Thorbjørn Olesen, Matthieu Pavon, Adam Schenk, Sepp Straka, Erik van Rooyen, Camilo Villegas, Danny Willett, Gary Woodland

Our apologies to Zach Johnson, who is the only past champion in this group. There are some other names who could certainly make some noise and be OK selections for your final tiers in Masters pools—we like Luke List, Erik van Rooyen and Kurt Kitayama to shoot a low round or two—but we feel the below 50 players in our power rankings will be the ones to focus on come the weekend.

Masters 2024: Power Rankings

50. Adam Hadwin

Age: 36
Odds to win: 220-1
OWGR: 46 Data Golf: 42
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 3 Cuts made: 2
Best Masters finish: T-24 (2018)

Hadwin’s profile is intriguing. The Canadian boasts three top-10s in 2024, including a fourth-place finish at Riviera off a red-hot Sunday round. But his major history is lacking—with just one top 10 to his name (2022 U.S. Open). He also hasn’t played the Masters since 2020, but he’s playing some of the best golf of his career.

49. Min Woo Lee

Age: 25
Odds to win: 75-1
OWGR: 32 Data Golf: 50
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 2 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-14 (2022)

The social-media darling has become a popular figure out on tour, and his game is fun to watch. Lee’s length off the tee is in the top third of the field, but Augusta National is a second-shot golf course, and he has struggled with his irons this year. His strokes gained/approach numbers place him in the bottom third of the field.

48. Tommy Fleetwood

Age: 33
Odds to win: +5500
OWGR: 12 Data Golf: 17
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 6
Best Masters finish: T-14 (2022)

You know the Englishman always brings his A-game to the majors, but he’s trending in the wrong direction right now. His normally reliable iron play has been quite putrid of late—losing more than eight strokes on approach in two rounds at Bay Hill and more than three strokes at The Players. He can boast just one top 10 on the PGA Tour this year (Riviera), though he did win in the Middle East in January. Normally you might trust him in a lower tier in major pools—he’s got four top-10s in the past two years at the majors, which few players can boast—but his stats will test your belief this year.

47. Keegan Bradley

Age: 37
Odds to win: 200-1
OWGR: 18. Data Golf: 52
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 6
Best Masters finish: T-22 (2015)

It’s somewhat surprising that Keegan Bradley hasn’t finished inside the top 20 at Augusta in seven appearances given his proficiency with his irons. The putter has always held him back—and a season ranking 20th on the PGA Tour in SG/putting allowed him to earn victories at the Zozo Championship and the Travelers Championship, putting him firmly in Ryder Cup consideration. The putting has regressed big time thus far in the 2023-2024 season, as Bradley ranks 161st on tour in SG/putting. We’ll see if the giant Ryder Cup chip on his back can remain a motivating factor in 2024 and 2025 ahead of the next Ryder Cup at Bethpage, just miles away from the St. John’s campus he attended school.

46. Akshay Bhatia

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Age: 22
Odds to win: 150-1
OWGR: 34. Data Golf: 73
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances/cuts made: Rookie

Bhatia held off Denny McCarthy's massive back-nine birdie barrage to earn the Valero Texas Open victory and the final invitation to the Masters. Only one player in the field comes into Masters week with a win. Bhatia's performance all week was so impressive—he gained 21.15 strokes to the field at TPC San Antonio after a career-best approach week the previous event in Houston. Just an amazing story for the 2014 Drive, Chip, and Putt finalist! Bhatia’s ball-striking fits well around Augusta National; let’s just hope that shoulder remains healthy.

45. Emiliano Grillo

Age: 31
Odds to win: 250-1
OWGR: 36 Data Golf: 48
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 3 Cuts made: 3
Best Masters finish: T-17 (2016)

Notes: Three starts and three made cuts down Magnolia Lane. Grillo’s much-improved putter has led to five top 25s in 2024.

44. JT Poston

Age: 30
Odds to win: 200-1
OWGR: 44 Data Golf: 35
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 2 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-34 (2023)

The “Postman” delivered in early 2024 with three top-10s, but since March he hasn’t even recorded a top 40. With his lack of distance off the tee, it’s tough to feel too optimistic about his chances at Augusta National.

43. Ryan Fox

Age: 37
Odds to win: 220-1
OWGR: 49 Data Golf: 126
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 1 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-26 (2023)

I walked with Fox at WMPO in February. The New Zealand native’s long game and trajectory control are a great fit for getting around Augusta.

42. Tyrrell Hatton

Age: 32
Odds to win: 85-1
OWGR: 17 Data Golf: 12
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 5
Best Masters finish: T-18 (2021)

It feels odd to rank Hatton so low, but it’s tough to know what version of the Englishman will turn up this week. The newly minted LIV golfer started his season off with a top 10 in Mayakoba but hasn’t finished inside the top 10 in the 48-person fields since. If he was on the PGA Tour and playing regularly, we’d have a better gauge on his play, which is typically suited well for Augusta being such a great iron player. That’s what makes his history at the Masters confounding, with only one top 30 in seven starts.

41. Jason Day

Age: 36
Odds to win: 60-1
OWGR: 22 Data Golf: 37
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 12 Cuts made: 9
Best Masters finish: T-2 (2011)

The Aussie showed early in his career how nicely he got on with Augusta National—with two top-three finishes in his first three appearances. That has slowed as his game struggled over the past couple years—making the weekend only one time since 2020. Day had a nice start to 2024 with three top-10s in his first five starts, but he hasn’t finished inside the top 25 in his three most recent starts.

40. Phil Mickelson

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Patrick Smith

Age: 53
Odds to win: 175-1
OWGR: 161 Data Golf: 432
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 30 Cuts made: 27
Best Masters finish: 1 (2004, 2006, 2010)

Lefty’s second-place finish last year was an amazing feat, showing his propensity for conjuring up greatness around Augusta National. He only had one top-20 in the five starts prior to 2023. He’s probably a lock for a “low senior” selection/bet (over 50).

39. Russell Henley

Age: 34
Odds to win: 120-1
OWGR: 23 Data Golf: 15
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 7. Cuts made: 6.
Best Masters finish: T-4 (2023)

It’s been a respectable year for Henley with four-place finishes at the API and Sony and a strong showing at the Valero. Henley has only four rounds in the 60s in 26 rounds at Augusta National Golf Club, but he had his best-ever finish last year (T-4).

38. Si Woo Kim

Age: 28
Odds to win: 130-1
OWGR: 45 Data Golf: 26
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 6
Best Masters finish: T-12 (2021)

He doesn’t have marquee finishes, but Si Woo has been sensational this year. He’s gaining an average of six strokes on the field in his past five starts, one of the best marks in the field. Si Woo’s ball-striking is primed for a top 10 Masters finish.

37. Tiger Woods

Age: 48
Odds to win: 130-1
OWGR: 950 Data Golf: none
Player trend:
Masters appearances: 25 Cuts made: 24
Best Masters finish: 1 (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019)

Tiger will make the cut. Once he gets to the weekend, enjoy the roars amongst the pines as he finishes top 40. Woods has completed 96 rounds at Augusta National Golf Club and 51 were under par (53 percent).

36. Nick Taylor

Age: 35
Odds to win: 160-1
OWGR: 25 Data Golf: 49
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 1 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-29 (2020)

With two wins since the 87th Masters, Taylor is one to keep your eye on. His approach game and putting are both ranked in the top eight of this field.

35. Byeong Hun An

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Octavio Passos

Age: 32
Odds to win: 150-1
OWGR: 42 Data Golf: 32
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-33 (2017)

An is getting a fresh start at ANGC. It’s his first start here since 2020, An has been solid to start 2024. The Players was a small misstep, but overall, An has played elite golf especially in signature events.

34. Taylor Moore

Age: 30
Odds to win: 280-1
OWGR: 53 Data Golf: 53
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 1 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-39 (2023)

Moore is one player I’m interested to see return. Twelfth at Valspar and runner-up in Houston, Taylor’s well-rounded skillset fits the ANGC test quite well.

33. Brian Harman

Age: 37
Odds to win: 66-1
OWGR: 8. Data Golf: 22.
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 5. Cuts made: 2.
Best Masters finish: T-12 (2021)

Is Augusta National too long for the Open champion? Harman might be the least successful lefty to play the Masters five times. He is on another level compared to past appearances, so we’ll see how the former Georgia Bulldog fares. He won the 151st Open by six strokes, finished runner-up at The Players last month and then missed the cut at the Valspar: tread lightly.

32. Harris English

Age: 34
Odds to win: 180-1
OWGR: 40 Data Golf: 30
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 3
Best Masters finish: T-21 (2021)

Why doesn’t Harris English play better at the Masters? The Georgia alumni drives it great, has a calm demeanor and incredible putter. Well, he should, but the fact is in 14 rounds played Harris has only broken par four times.

31. Bryson DeChambeau

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Andrew Redington

Age: 30
Odds to win: 40-1
OWGR: 208 Data Golf: 21
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 5
Best Masters finish: T-21 (2016)

Bryson’s best finish at the Masters was his first as an amateur. The last two starts were missed cuts. I guess the gods of Augusta National won’t let the “par 68” comment go.

30. Justin Rose

Age: 43
Odds to win: 130-1
OWGR: 56 Data Golf: 94
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 18 Cuts made: 16
Best Masters finish: 2 (2015, 2017)

A missed cut at API and a missed cut at The Players, Rose needs a trip down Magnolia Lane to reset. This venue has been very good to him (especially on Thursdays), and right now he needs a change in trajectory.

29. Sungjae Im

Age: 26
Odds to win: 110-1
OWGR: 39 Data Golf: 56
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 3
Best Masters finish: T-2 (2020)

It’s tough to find much positives with Sungjae’s start to the season. His iron play has been atrocious. Im has lost strokes on approach in seven of his past eight events. He only breaks the top 30 because Sungjae has an incredible short game and solid history at Augusta National.

28. Collin Morikawa

Age: 27
Odds to win: 44-1
OWGR: 16. Data Golf: 7.
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 4. Cuts made: 4.
Best Masters finish: 5 (2022)

I started my ranking with 25 names—players I have seen this spring out on tour and those we know from LIV. Morikawa wasn’t on it. One of the best iron players in the world, he has lost strokes on approach in three out of his past four starts. Unfortunately, the driver is not much better. The two-time major champion has higher than usual odds for a reason.

27. Tom Kim

Age: 21
Odds to win: 100-1
OWGR: 21 Data Golf: 38
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 1 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-16 (2023)

Tom Kim had a similar mediocre lead into Augusta last year and finished top 20. For Kim, that just might be the ceiling at the Masters with a need for length off the tee and a below average flatstick. Full Swing 2 gave us plenty of insights into the young superstar, but why he has seven starts and only one top 20 this season was not one of them.

26. Corey Conners

Age: 32
Odds to win: 80-1
OWGR: 47 Data Golf: 25
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 6 Cuts made: 4
Best Masters finish: T-6 (2022)

Three straight top 10s until a missed cut in 2023 at the Masters. Conners builds confidence at Valero before heading to Georgia. Eighteenth at API, 13th at The Players, Corey will come back to positive DFS and Masters pool returns in 2024.

25. Sam Burns

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David Cannon

Age: 27
Odds to win: 55-1
OWGR: 20. Data Golf: 14.
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 2. Cuts made: 1.
Best Masters finish: T-29 (2023)

Sam Burns figured out his driver to start the season and racked up four straight top 10s. Since that run, the results keep getting worse. The driver has become inconsistent, and the short game is no doubt a concern coming to Augusta National. Burns would have loved to play this tournament a month ago.

24. Dustin Johnson

Age: 39
Odds to win: 38-1
OWGR: 327 Data Golf: 40
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 13 Cuts made: 11
Best Masters finish: 1 (2020)

DJ has a win already this year and is currently ranked third on LIV’s player leaderboard. Only Jon Rahm and Joaquin Niemann are ahead of him. I like Johnson this week with so much attention on others.

23. Max Homa

Age: 33
Odds to win: 50-1
OWGR: 10 Data Golf: 11
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 2
Best Masters finish: T-43 (2023)

Max Homa has missed the cut in eight of his past 15 majors. That’s a tough record to swallow entering the year’s most predictable setting. Tenth in the world rankings, he sits outside the top 20 on my list. I just need to see more than two rounds under par in 12 tries going around Augusta National.

22. Patrick Reed

Age: 33
Odds to win: 80-1
OWGR: 107 Data Golf: 77
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 10 Cuts made: 8
Best Masters finish: 1 (2018)

Love him or hate him, Patrick Reed has three top 10s in his past four Masters. The guy just knows how to navigate Augusta National. Unlike many of his LIV counterparts he continues to play non-LIV events to gain OWGR points. Reed has made eight straight cuts in major championships, and I really expect another top 20 (or better) finish this year at Augusta.

21. Viktor Hovland

Age: 26
Odds to win: 31-1
OWGR: 6 Data Golf: 5
Player trend: ⬇️
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 4
Best Masters finish: T-7 (2023)

Hovland is one of the biggest question marks coming into the 88th Masters. What happened to FedEx Cup champion Viktor Hovland? After ending 2023 among the top four in the world, Hovland has just one top 20 in 2024. His famed around-the-green improvement has completely gone away, and he’s losing strokes tee to green. In his past five starts, Viktor is losing an average of 1.4 strokes T2G. It’s tough to watch at times, and we all cannot wait for Hovland to rediscover his happy place. I remember sitting through his press conference at API and listening to his struggles. Hovland is in the top 25 on this list based upon talent alone, but getting much closer than that on Sunday will take a serious turnaround.

20. Shane Lowry

Age: 37
Odds to win: 50-1
OWGR: 33 Data Golf: 27
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 8 Cuts made: 5
Best Masters finish: T-3 (2022)

Shane Lowry has four straight top 25s at the Masters. The last time Lowry looked this good coming into Magnolia Lane, he finished third. Shane is gaining over five strokes on the field tee to green (in his past five starts) and has been positive with his putter in three of those past five starts. In the middle tier of competitors, Lowry can go low at the Masters.

19. Cameron Young

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Age: 26
Odds to win: 60-1
OWGR: 13 Data Golf: 19
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 2 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: T-7 (2023)

Even with a seventh-place finish last year, Cameron Young’s stroke average at Augusta National is over par. What his result depends upon: Can a below-average putter win a green jacket? Young is a gifted ballstriker, but losing so many strokes on the greens against the best players in the world keeps him from winning. If we see a change with the putter performance on Thursday and Friday, you better believe Cam is a very viable live betting option!

18. Adam Scott

Age: 43
Odds to win: 120-1
OWGR: 52 Data Golf: 31
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 22 Cuts made: 20
Best Masters finish: 1 (2013)

Adam Scott has not missed a Masters cut since 2009. Scott started 2024 on a serious heater. The ball-striking was close to his peak. In recent weeks, he missed the cut at API and finished 45th at The Players. He’s another player who probably wished this tournament took place a month ago. Outside of another cut made, Adam needs to turn his tee-to-green play around if he plans to contend for a second green jacket.

17. Sahith Theegala

Age: 26
Odds to win: 55-1
OWGR: 15 Data Golf: 13
Player trend: ⬆️
Masters appearances: 1 Cuts made: 1
Best Masters finish: 9 (2023)

A debutant’s top 10 at the Masters catches everyone’s attention. Sahith Theegala is doing everything right early in his career. The former college player of the year at Pepperdine possesses a world-class short game and putter. To complement that amazing scoring ability, Sahith has gained an average of four strokes tee to green in his past five starts. He is on a short list of names above 50-1 who could actually win.

16. Matt Fitzpatrick

Age: 29
Odds to win: 40-1
OWGR: 11 Data Golf: 16
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 9 Cuts made: 8
Best Masters finish: T-7 (2016)

Matt Fitzpatrick has improved his finish in each of the past four years. A top 10 last year and a U.S. Open win in 2022 catches my attention. Fitzpatrick’s start to 2024 was mediocre at best, but an equipment change with his driver quickly produced great results at The Players (top 5). Hitting fairways puts Matt in a place to score. His ball-striking and attention to detail are tailored for a green jacket someday. There’s no doubt his record at Augusta and in the majors should place him in the conversation.

15. Ludvig Åberg

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Age: 24
Odds to win: 29-1
OWGR: 9 Data Golf: 6
Player trend: ⬆️
Masters appearances/cuts made: Rookie

This might be a name the casual golf fan isn’t familiar with, as Ludvig Åberg is not only playing in his first Masters but his first major—despite already playing on a winning Ryder Cup team. Ludvig’s game is perfectly suited to donning a green jacket, but we have to pump the brakes. Yes, Åberg is the best player to have never competed in a major to date, but this is Augusta and the last debutant to win was Fuzzy Zoeller 45 years ago. Do I believe Åberg will give us a Sam Bennett-esque story this year? Yes, I do. A top 10 is well within his reach. Keep your expectations there, and you won’t be disappointed.

14. Justin Thomas

Age: 30
Odds to win: 34-1
OWGR: 28 Data Golf: 23
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 8 Cuts made: 7
Best Masters finish: 4 (2020)

Only one player in the last 20 years has won a green jacket and missed the cut the year prior; Patrick Reed (2018). Justin Thomas is playing much better than a year ago. Unfortunately, his recent results combined with a questionable caddie change the week before Augusta gives us all pause. Here’s the important question you need to ask yourself before you take JT this week. Is Thomas the Ernie Els (six top 10s at Augusta) of this generation or Phil (three wins) at the Masters? Justin is still young, but with all of this unrest leading up to the tournament, he may have to wait to contend for a green jacket another year.

13. Tony Finau

Age: 34
Odds to win: 44-1
OWGR: 26 Data Golf: 24
Player trend: ➡️
Masters appearances: 6 Cuts made: 6
Best Masters finish: T-5 (2019)

Tony Finau’s putter continues to hold him back. In his last five starts, Finau is gaining an average of four strokes/tee to green on the field. A perfect cut record at Augusta succinctly displays Tony can putt the greens of Augusta National, but only once was he coming in putting this poorly, and that was 2022 when he finished T-35. That was Finau’s second-worst Augusta appearance (worst T-38 2020). You don’t have to be a great putter to win a green jacket, but you cannot give strokes back to this elite field and expect anything better than a top 20.

12. Jordan Spieth

Age: 30
Odds to win: 22-1
OWGR: 19 Data Golf: 20
Player trend: ⬇️
Masters appearances: 10 Cuts made: 9
Best Masters finish: 1 (2015)

How about this factoid: Jordan Spieth has two wins on the PGA Tour in the past seven years! What concerns us all is the ball-striking. Spieth has lost significant strokes on approach over the past year. The trend is difficult to ignore even with Jordan’s incredible Augusta history. At the top of the betting board, many players are trending downward in 2024. Of course, Spieth has six top-four finishes in 10 Masters. If anyone can resurrect their game down Magnolia Lane, Spieth is our best candidate.

11. Joaquin Niemann

Age: 25
Odds to win: 27-1
OWGR: 91 Data Golf: 9
Player trend: ⬆️
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 3
Best Masters finish: T-16 (2023)

In four LIV events this year, Joaquin Niemann has two victories, a fourth-place and a 30th. He leads the individual season-long points list, and as you can see by his rankings, has caught the attention of avid golf fans. Some wonder if LIV is a real test, but with stronger players like Rahm and Hatton in these fields this year, he has gained respect—so much so that Augusta National offered him a special invitation (also by virtue of his Australian Open win) into this field. All that being said, Joaquin has never threatened the top of the leaderboard at the Masters. In three weekends, he has one round under par and a scoring average of 74 in six rounds. With his trajectory control and impressive start to 2024 he has my attention. Just not all of my attention.

10. Patrick Cantlay

Age: 32
Odds to win: 32-1
OWGR: 7 Data Golf: 8
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 5
Best Masters finish: T-9 (2019)

Patrick Cantlay has lost strokes/tee to green in four of his past five events. Is he distracted by everything going on off the course as the head of the PAC? Cantlay leads the PGA Tour in Round 1 scoring average this season. Patrick ranks number 179th in final-round scoring average! Take a look at last year’s Masters. Cantlay’s round scorecard read 71-71-68-75. I keep Cantlay near the top because his major championship record has been much better in recent years. Patrick has five top 15s in his past six major starts. I believe LaCava’s experience will help. Cantlay continues the trend, and he will contend here again.

9. Cam Smith

Age: 30
Odds to win: 32-1
OWGR: 62 Data Golf: 45
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 7
Best Masters finish: T-2 (2020)

The toughest part about handicapping the Masters is predicting LIV players’ success. All we have is five LIV events this season, and the Aussie WD’d last week in Doral. But he also lost in a playoff in Hong Kong the start before and had another top 10. The captivating Australian should be strongly considered to contend again at Augusta. Smith still hits less than 50 percent of his fairways, but he is third in birdies on LIV, and on a very short list of best putters in the world. Only three other players in his odds range have even won a major (Wyndham Clark, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas). Cam has proven he can close and just might do it again.

8. Wyndham Clark

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Age: 30
Odds to win: 30-1
OWGR: 4 Data Golf: 10
Player trend: 🔥
Masters appearances/cuts made: Rookie

What more can be said about Wyndham Clark? He is now ranked fourth in the world and seems to be built in the Brooks mold—raising his baseline in big-time situations. We have an incredible class of debutants this year, and he is the cream of the crop. Clark has competed in eight major championships and won the 2023 U.S. Open. His driver, putter, and short game definitely fit Augusta National. The approach game can get shaky, but in his last five starts he’s gaining an average of two strokes on the field. Rookies continue to get closer every year (Zalatoris runner-up 2021, Theegala T-9 2023). If any rookie in recent years can break the 45-year trend, I believe Clark can.

7. Will Zalatoris

Age: 27
Odds to win: 35-1
OWGR: 30 Data Golf: 60
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 2 Cuts made: 2
Best Masters finish: 2 (2021)

When Will Zalatoris walked away a year ago for back surgery you know this week was circled on his calendar. Zalatoris is built for Augusta National. An impeccable ballstriker, Will’s new putter completes the complement of skills needed to win a green jacket. One of the (very) few elite players who has improved in 2024, watch Will put on another show. Six of Will’s eight career rounds at Augusta National have been under par. Even when the driver faltered at The Players, his approach game still remained. Give us the putter he showed us in February, and Rahm will give him the green jacket.

6. Rory McIlroy

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Age: 34
Odds to win: 12-1
OWGR: 3 Data Golf: 2
Player trend: ↘️
Masters appearances: 15 Cuts made: 12
Best Masters finish: 2 (2022)

Rory McIlroy is the greatest driver of the golf ball I have ever seen. That career-long advantage has accumulated a plethora of wins. When Rory comes to an iron game affair like Augusta National, he is susceptible. Over McIlroy’s last six starts, he is losing an average of one stroke on approach to the field. If Rory is to overcome all of the major expectations, his iron game must improve. McIlroy looked better at the Valero, but this is a rocky approach run, and I need more than one week to bet Rory at 12-1 against this field.

5. Xander Schauffele

Age: 30
Odds to win: 20-1
OWGR: 5 Data Golf: 2
Player trend: ⬆️
Masters appearances: 6 Cuts made: 5
Best Masters finish: T-2 (2019)

Xander Schauffele is currently the most well-rounded player not named Scottie Scheffler. Schauffele has six top 10s in eight starts this year. It has been 32 events since his last win in 2022, but he did have three wins that season. He switched coaches in the offseason and put the work in. The results show, and even though his closing rate isn’t better, Schauffele’s career stroke average at Augusta National is under par. The Masters asks you to do everything at a high level, and that is Xander’s MO. If Rahm doesn’t repeat and Hideki’s health comes into question, Schauffele is your best bet to beat Scottie Scheffler.

4. Hideki Matsuyama

Age: 32
Odds to win: 25-1
OWGR: 14 Data Golf: 18
Player trend: ⬆️
Masters appearances: 12 Cuts made: 11
Best Masters finish: 1 (2021)

Hideki Matsuyama gained over 14 strokes/tee to green on the field at The Players! Granted Scheffler gained 15 strokes, but at least we know Matsuyama can keep up. Heading into Masters Week, Matsuyama is statically the best around-the-green player in the field. His short game and specifically his pitching is what won him a green jacket in 2021. Injured or not, all of that health talk gets shoved aside when he heads down Magnolia Lane. The trend is our friend for Hideki with both his history at the Masters and his recent form. His odds should be lower.

3. Brooks Koepka

Age: 33
Odds to win: 20-1
OWGR: 31 Data Golf: 44
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 8 Cuts made: 6
Best Masters finish: T-2 (2019, 2023)

You know about his major prowess, so here’s a peak at his 2024 LIV results: A fifth-place, two 12ths and a 28th. Though we know nothing measures Koepka’s capabilities much like a major championship, he did enter last year with a win at LIV Orlando en route to holding the 54-hole lead in the Masters. He is a very tough guy to ignore down Magnolia Lane. His last three “healthy Masters,” Brooks finished second, seventh and second. But Koepka fans beware, Brooks is far from an automatic top 5 in every major over the past two years. Outside of his win at the PGA Championship and runner-up finish here a year ago, Koepka’s next closest result was a 17th place at the 2023 U.S. Open.

2. Scottie Scheffler

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Age: 27
Odds to win: +430
OWGR: 1 Data Golf: 1
Player trend: 🔥🔥🔥
Masters appearances: 4 Cuts made: 4
Best Masters finish: 1 (2022)

You might be alarmed Scottie Scheffler is not first on this list. Allow me to explain. Scottie Scheffler has 16 rounds played at the Masters and 12 of them are under par. In 15 career major championships, he has one win and nine top 10s. He’s by far the best ball striker on the planet and opens the week at the lowest betting odds we have seen in a major championship since Tiger Woods. Well Scottie, heavy is the head that wears the crown. The last betting favorite to win the Masters was Tiger Woods in 2005. In fact, he’s the only betting favorite (Woods) to win the Masters this century. The similarities in ball striking are warranted, but the comparison of winning isn’t close. Outside of API, Scheffler continues to win with just ball striking and that’s not enough this time at Augusta.

1. Jon Rahm

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Age: 29
Odds to win: 14-1
OWGR: 3 Data Golf: 4
Player trend: ↗️
Masters appearances: 7 Cuts made: 7
Best Masters finish: 1 (2023)

Some bulls are attracted to red; Jon Rahm gets fired up when he sees green—Masters green. Among contenders, Rahm is the strokes-gained leader at Augusta National by a mile (63.6 career strokes gained total). Zalatoris has a higher average in two starts, but in Rahm’s seven he’s gaining nine strokes on the field per start. Yes, that’s higher than Scheffler’s four starts (on average). Rahm has five top 10s in those seven starts. Jon Rahm has four LIV starts: third, eighth, fifth and eighth. Above all else, Jon holds the jacket. He is the defending champion. No recent champion has finished inside the top 10 following their win, but these are unbelievable times. Spanish spirits flow in Rae’s Creek, and I predict Rahm’s return will bring back another jacket for Spain.

Keith Stewart is a five-time award-winning PGA professional, a betting contributor and content partner with Golf Digest and founder of Read The Line, the premier on-site live golf betting insights service covering the LPGA and PGA TOUR. Subscribe to Read The Line’s weekly newsletter here and raise your golf betting acumen. Keith's winning content can also be found on Sports Grid, Bleacher Report and The Sporting News. Follow him on Twitter @readtheline_.