Masters Countdown: 28 days
Jordan Spieth, Harris English, and Patrick Reed will all play their first Masters in 2014. Do any of them have a chance to win?
The Masters is just around the corner (28 days, to be exact) and we're pretty excited. There's plenty of golf to be played between now and then but we also want to keep you informed about what's going on with Augusta.
Your first time is always special. To date 20 golfers have qualified for their first Masters tournament this April. A handful of amateurs and the rest of them stars (or budding stars) on the PGA Tour.
There have only been three golfers who have won their first time (and one was in the first Masters). They are Horton Smith (1934), Gene Sarazan (1935), and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979).
These five could bust that mold in four weeks.
1. Harris English -- A friend of mine who used to caddie for a tour pro swears English will win multiple (multiple!) US Opens. I'm not sure if he can get his putter hot enough to win the Masters but you know he'll be on point with his irons. His Georgia background would make for a great tale. Odds: 66-1
2. Jordan Spieth -- The betting darling of this Masters (and probably many others). I think Spieth is still a tad to erratic to win a major but he'll cut his teeth enough this season that next year is a real possibility. Odds: 28-1
3. Jimmy Walker -- He's been one of the best putters on tour all year but part of me wonders if that's the exception and not the rule. It feels like there's going to be a regression to the mean there for Walker, he better hope it comes after April 13th. Odds: 50-1
4. Patrick Reed -- Pretty crazy that one of the top five players in the world doesn't have Vegas odds on winning his first major. But seriously, if he can roll it like he did at the Cadillac Championship (ninth in strokes gained putting) he has the stones to stare down the final 18 on Sunday. Odds: N/A
5. Billy Horschel -- He's a solid putter but not a great one. I'm not sure you have to be the latter to win this tournament (hi, Adam Scott) but I'm also not sure Horschel has the disposition to stay patient for 72 holes of a grueling major. Odds: 125-1
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