Field includes most Masters rookies since 1935
Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Harris English highlight a strong crop of first-time Masters participants. Do they have a chance to win?
If the beginning of the PGA Tour season is any indication, we could be in for some surprises at the Masters this week.
Six golfers have scored their first tour wins and four have done so in the last five tournaments played.
That's the definition of parity and it could continue at Augusta this week where 24 golfers -- the most since the second year of the tournament in 1935 -- will be Masters rookies.
So can one of them become the first Masters rookie to wear green on Sunday since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979?
"I don't know if this group knows how to win more," English said. "I don't know what it is. It just seems like guys coming out of college are more prepared. All these guys know how to win and seem to not be scared of the veterans."
So does Jordan Spieth.
"I don't think it's out of the question to win," said Spieth. "If my game stacks up and I catch the right breaks, then sure. I don't see why not. I've been playing against these guys for a year now, so I feel comfortable."
Guys like Spieth, English, and world No. 5 Patrick Reed certainly don't seem to give many craps about who's playing or where it's going down. Here's Reed in a playoff against, who else, Spieth at the end of 2013:
Still, a win be a first-timer at Augusta would be a pretty stunning turn of events, especially with superstars like Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, and Justin Rose in the field.
The latter of those said the status quo used to be that just making a cut at Augusta was an accomplishment.
You make the cut the first time going to Augusta, that’s a successful performance," he said. "Certainly that’s how it was framed in my mind in 2003."
We're a long way from 2003, Justin and I don't think any of the youngsters think like that anymore, but they might be in for a rude awakening later on this week.
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