Majors Value Meter: Masters Rankings

Majors Value Meter: Masters Rankings

This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.

Below are RotoWire's rankings for the 2020 Masters. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues and DFS players as well, no matter the nuances. These rankings were determined before the completion of the Houston Open, the tournament that preceded the Masters.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 84th Masters will take place seven months later than originally scheduled, and it will be played in autumn for the first time.

There is a field of 93, which is more than the 87 the past two years and matches the 2017 total. The field has been locked since April, when Augusta National decreed that players in the top 50 in the world rankings on March 15 would gain entry, joining the usual 18 other qualification categories. The thinking was that those golfers "would have qualified for our original April date." Four golfers who would have otherwise participated did so via that "Category 19": Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Graeme McDowell, Collin Morikawa and Scottie Scheffler.

The 93 includes six amateurs and seven "legacy" champions from years prior to 2010. Of course, defending champion Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and even Zach Johnson would fit into that pre-2010 description, but we're talking about guys who don't play on the PGA Tour any longer. There's a chance some of those 13 amateurs/legacy champs will make the cut – perhaps a Bernhard Langer  or a Fred Couples – but the number will be small, and come Sunday, their impact on the leaderboard will likely be minimal. That leaves 80 others, with the top 50 and ties making the cut.

Thus, the list is broken down into six categories:

  • Favorites
  • Contenders
  • Making the Cut
  • Borderline
  • Long Shots
  • Legacy Champions
  • Amateurs

The weather will be different this time of year – it will be cooler, the wind patterns are different – though it's not fully known how that will affect the conditions. It's likely though that the course will play longer than it would in April. It's a par-72 at 7,475 yards. Perhaps the hardest change to gauge will be the absence of fans, and how that will affect the golfers – Tiger, in particular.

FAVORITES

1) Dustin Johnson
He's the No. 1 golfer in the world and looked just fine midway through the Houston Open, his first appearance since testing positive for COVID-19. He finished one shot behind Tiger Woods last year to notch his fourth straight Masters top-10. He was runner-up at the PGA Championship over the summer and then tied for sixth at the U.S. Open. In between, he destroyed an elite field at The Northern Trust. The only thing left for Johnson to add to his resume are more majors, and he has a golden opportunity to tack one on the board at Augusta.

2) Xander Schauffele
He did nothing over the summer to dispel the fact he always he shows up in big events. He tied for 10h at the PGA and fifth at the U.S. Open. He now has seven top-10s in 13 career majors, including a runner-up alongside Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka at last year's Masters. Schauffele followed up his quality U.S. Open finish with a runner-up at THE CJ CUP. It should be noted that he hasn't won in almost two years, but he has almost always come close.

3) Bryson DeChambeau
All eyes of the golf world will be on DeChambeau, looking to see if he can obliterate Augusta the way he did Winged Foot on his way to a blowout in the U.S. Open. We have not seen him since then, as he has gone back to his lab to practice with a 48-inch driver. Until a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship and then the Open win, DeChambeau hadn't recorded so much as a top-10 in 14 career majors. He was 29th last year at Augusta. But he's a much bigger player now, both figuratively and literally. One really important consideration is that he will not be able to use a green-reading book, which he normally relies on heavily but is banned at Augusta National.

4) Rory McIlroy
Well, here we go again. A win at Augusta and it's the career grand slam. He tied for 21st last year, ending a run of five straight top-10s. He has nine top-25s in 11 Augusta starts. But something always seems to go wrong. After meandering through the restart over the summer, McIlroy tied for eighth at the U.S. Open, then added top-25s at THE CJ CUP and ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.

5) Jon Rahm
He finished tied for fourth two years ago at Augusta and posted a T9 last year. This year, his major results were so-so for a player of his standing: a T13 at the PGA Championship and a T23 at the U.S. Open. After a slow start in majors early in his career, he has shown marked improvement. But those last two were a bit of a step back. Rahm has won twice since the restart, at the Memorial and the BMW Championship – both contained loaded fields – and he also finished co-runner-up at THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.

6) Justin Thomas
He's been in four Masters and has gotten better every time. But last year's T12 is his best. Amid all his greatness and his win in the 2017 PGA Championship, he has only four top-10s in 19 career majors. One of them was a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open in September. That void surely seems more like a coincidence than any inability to play his best in majors, but it's also not the smallest sample size any longer. Thomas won the WGC event in Memphis over the summer for his third win of the season. He recently was co-runner-up at THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.

7) Patrick Cantlay
After a few so-so months over the summer he thrust himself into the Masters equation by winning THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. He also almost won the Masters last year, having had the lead with three holes to play before going bogey-bogey on 16 and 17 to tie for ninth. He then tied for third at the 2019 PGA Championship. He made the cut at both majors this year (both T43), part of a run of nine straight cashes in majors.

8) Patrick Reed
He won the Masters in 2018 but had never finished top-20 in four prior visits. And he didn't again in his title defense last year, finishing tied for 36th. Still, he has the goods – and the short game – to win it again. He tied for 13th at both summer majors and carries four straight worldwide top-15s into Augusta.

9) Tony Finau
He has a great track record in the Masters and other majors, with the caveat being...he doesn't have a win. Still, he tied for fifth last year at Augusta and for 10th in his 2018 debut. He also was fourth at the PGA over the summer and eighth at the U.S. Open. He has finished top-10 in eight of his 17 career majors. Finau recovered from a recent bout with COVID-19 to tie for 11th at THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, and he also got in another tune-up at the Houston Open.

10) Bubba Watson
This may be the first surprise you'll note. The two-time champion has actually had a pretty good 2020, and he and arrives riding the strength of top-10s at THE CJ CUP and THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. He's missed only one cut in 11 Masters appearances. He tied for 12th last year and for fifth the year before. It's not likely, but also not unthinkable, that at age 42 Watson could add a third Green Jacket.

CONTENDERS

11) Jason Day
Despite only one major win at the 2015 PGA, he has had a stellar career in the majors. He has four top-10s in nine Masters, including a tie for fifth last year. He's never missed a cut at Augusta, though he did withdraw in 2012. Day had a great stretch over the summer with a series of top-10s culminating with a tie for fourth at the PGA. But he was unable to crack the top-35 in his next six starts heading into the Houston Open. He now stands 43rd in the world rankings.

12) Collin Morikawa
He's already won three times on Tour, one of them being the PGA Championship over the summer, but this will be his first Masters. He followed up that major win with a missed cut at the U.S. Open. But some other strong finishes of late have helped vaulted Morikawa to a career-best ranking of No. 4.

13) Matthew Wolff
He's 21, he's played in two career majors and finished top-5 in both of them – a T4 at the PGA and then runner-up at the U.S. Open. He's also finished runner-up two other times since the restart, doing as much as one possibly can without winning. It's always a big ask for a high finish in a first Masters, but Wolff could be aggressive enough to pull it off.

14) Brooks Koepka
He returned after taking two months off to rehab his knee with a tie for 28th at the CJ Cup. He looked healthy and fine. He then played in the Houston Open and made the cut. He tied for 29th at the PGA in August before shutting it down. He finished in a three-way tie for second behind Tiger Woods last year and 11th in 2017.

15) Adam Scott
The 2013 Masters winner has played 18 of them and missed the cut only twice. And those were more than a decade ago. He tied for 18th last year. This will be his first Masters as a 40-year-old. He recently notched a a top-25 at the PGA and another made cut at the U.S. Open. Those were two of only four tournaments for Scott since the restart before teeing it up in Houston (he made the cut), but that should not be an issue for him at Augusta.

16) Webb Simpson
Until last year's tie for fifth, his Masters results had not been great. He had made four of seven cuts with a best of T20 in 2017. He tied for 38th at the PGA in August before tying for eighth at the U.S. Open. Simpson has been on a roll, with three top-10s and three other top-20s in his last six starts coming in. And he won twice on Tour last season, once before and once after the shutdown.

17) Tyrrell Hatton
He has gone MC-T44-T56 in his three Masters starts, but he's a far superior player from even a year and a half ago. On the other hand, he missed the cut in both 2020 majors so far. But he does have five career top-10s in 21 major starts. Hatton won the recent BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, then returned to tie for third at the CJ Cup. He was in the field at the Houston Open.

18) Paul Casey
This will be his 14th Masters and he's made the cut nine times. Overall, he has a great track record with five top-10s and three other top-20s, though one of the missed cuts came last year. It's been largely a down season for Casey – except in the majors. He was runner-up at the PGA and tied for 17th at the U.S. Open. He's ranked 21st in the world, off from 15th at the start of the year.

19) Lee Westwood
He's now 47 and hasn't played the Masters since 2017. But finishing in the top-4 in last year's Open Championship got him in into Augusta for the 19th time. He's missed only three cuts. He's been runner-up twice, top-10 four other times and tied for 18th in his last visit. He knows how to play Augusta. He's even been playing well of late, running off six straight top-25s at one point, including a tie for 13th at the U.S. Open, before tuning up at the Houston Open (MC). It's all helped Westwood get back inside the top-50 OWGR, which if he hangs on would land him another Masters invite next April.

20) Matthew Fitzpatrick
His best result ever in a major remains his tie for seventh at the 2016 Masters. He tied for 21st last year. He finished top-25 in three majors last year while making all four cuts, but he is zero for two so far in 2020. He had some very good weeks after the restart, moving him into the top-20 OWGR for the first time. He's now ranked 19th.

21) Louis Oosthuizen
He has made the cut the past six Masters, including T29 last year. His best finish came as a playoff loser to Bubba Watson in 2012. He's coming off a solo third at the U.S. Open and also made the cut at the PGA Championship. Oosthuizen was slow ramping up after the restart but finished the season strong, moving to a current 18th OWGR.

22) Justin Rose
This will be his first Masters as a 40-year-old. He made his first 13 cuts before missing last year. Throughout the 2010s, he had an incredible run at Augusta, with two runners-up, two other top-10s and three more top-15s. He was just ninth at the PGA but missed the cut at the U.S. Open. The PGA was one of Rose's best results all year, as he's fallen from eighth in the world rankings to 27th.

23) Scottie Scheffler
He's gearing up for his first Masters. He tied for 17th at the ZOZO Championship to offer an indication he's recovered from the positive COVID test that knocked him out of the U.S. Open. Before being stricken, he had a string of top-5s, including a tie for fourth at the PGA. Before that, Scheffler had played only one major as a pro, missing the cut at the 2019 U.S. Open. He was in the field at the Houston Open.

24) Hideki Matsuyama
This will already be his ninth Masters and he's missed only one cut. The thing is, he's been getting a little worse every year, from fifth in 2015 to T7 to T11 to 19th to T32 last year. But he is coming off top-25s in the two majors earlier this year. Matsuyama is ranked 20th OWGR, very close to the No. 21 position he was in at the start of the year. He also was playing in the Houston Open.

25) Jordan Spieth
While he has now gone more than three years without a win, he has continued to perform at Augusta. He tied for 21st last year, which actually was his worst Masters ever. In his first five trips, he had a win, two runners-up, a third and a tie for 11th. But now ranked 75th in the world, it will be interesting to see if Augusta will still be his happy place.

MAKING THE CUT

26) Phil Mickelson
It's been a remarkable run at Augusta for Mickelson, who will play his first Masters as a 50-year-old. He's a three-time winner (2004, '06, '10), missed only three cuts in 27 tries and even tied for 18th last year. His course knowledge makes this one of the few places he can still compete on the PGA Tour. He also finished second at the WGC in Memphis over the summer to briefly climb back inside the top-50 OWGR, though he's now dropped to 60th. Unfortunately for him, his two recent Champions Tour wins don't count in the world rankings. He returned to the regular tour for the Houston Open and missed the cut, though his main goal was to get in some prep work and that was accomplished.

27) Tiger Woods
He's the defending champion, and who would've thought we'd get to write those words again. He's even been able to hold on to his title for 19 months instead of 12. But it almost surely will end now. Really, the way 2020 has gone for Woods, making the cut is no sure thing. He's missed only once in 22 trips to Augusta, and that came way back in 1996. He won the next year and then four more times. He's fallen from sixth in the world rankings at the beginning of the year to 32nd now. Besides his game not being in top form, the lack of fans at Augusta probably will hurt Woods more than anyone else.

28) Matt Kuchar
He has made the last 10 Masters cuts going back to 2010, with four top-10s and three other top-25s, including last year's terrific tie for 12th. But after making all four major cuts last year with three of them being top-16s, this year has not been great. He missed both major cuts and has not played well for months, with only two top-25s since February. Still, Kuchar has managed to maintain a good OWGR, now 28th, and his Masters track record cannot be discounted.

29) Zach Johnson
At 44, he's managed to make the cut in 11 of his past 13 majors, including the past two Masters. Further, he's coming off a tie for eighth at the U.S. Open, earning a return trip back there next year. As the 2007 Masters champ, Johnson will be playing Augusta for years to come, even though he tumbled all the way into the mid-200s OWGR earlier this year. He made it back inside the top-125 before playing in the Houston Open.

30) Ian Poulter
First, some news: He withdrew before the Houston Open, saying on Twitter that his back "isn't quite ready." It sounded precautionary, that if it were Masters week he would've played. This will be Masters No. 15 for the 44-year-old and he's missed only one cut. He tied for 12th last year, earning a return invite. He had a top-25 at the PGA in August before missing the cut at the U.S. Open. Poulter had fallen into the 60s in the world rankings but two top-10s in Europe followed by a T12 at the CJ Cup brought him back inside the top-50.

31) Tommy Fleetwood
He will be in his fourth Masters after tying for 36th last year and for 17th in 2018. He tied for 29th at the PGA in August, though otherwise he has not played well on the PGA Tour, or often, since the restart. But he returned to Europe and recently had a runner-up in Scotland and a tie for third in Portugal.

32) Rickie Fowler
He has seen his world ranking plummet this year, now almost out of the top-50. He hasn't had a top-10 since January. Let's see whether that streak ends at the Masters, where he has finished top-10 the past two years (T9 last year, runner-up in 2018). Fowler has missed the cut only once In nine Masters to date. He recently missed the cut at the PGA and tied for 49th at the U.S. Open.

33) Sungjae Im
The 22-year-old has played in six majors, though this will be his first Masters. He's missed four of the six cuts, with his best result coming recently with a tie for 22nd at the U.S. Open. He was red-hot before the stoppage in March but was pretty darn cold after the restart. He did pick things up later in the summer. Im sits 23rd OWGR, not far from his career-best of 20th. He was in the field for the Houston Open and made the cut.

34) Sergio Garcia

Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 and will not participate in the Masters.

He has missed the Masters cut both times since his breakthrough win in 2017. In fact, he's missed the cut in nine of his 13 majors since that victory. He recently fell out of the top-50 in the world rankings for the first time in almost a decade but jumped back in by winning the Sanderson Farms Championship. Now living in Texas, he teed it up at the Houston Open and missed the cut.

35) Si Woo Kim
He is only 25 but this will be his fourth Masters, and he's finished top-25 in the past two. He also tied for 13th at the PGA over the summer before missing the cut at the U.S. Open. He qualified only via his Players Championship win from 2017, but that three-year exemption expires this year. He had made 13 of 14 cuts to climb back to 88th in the world rankings before missing the cut at the Houston Open.

36) Cameron Smith
He has played in three Masters, never missed a cut and in fact tied for fifth in 2018. He qualified this time by winning his first solo PGA Tour event – he previously won the Zurich Classic team event with Jonas Blixt – at the Sony Open in January. Smith has been playing well since the playoffs and has moved back inside the top 50 of the OWGR at 45th.

37) Abraham Ancer
He is set for his first career Masters and seventh major. He's made four of six cuts, including both earlier this year. Neither was a high finish. Ancer is ranked 22nd, just shy of his career best, so he'll be back at Augusta next April, too. He's missed only one cut in all of 2020.

38) Kevin Kisner
He has played the last four Masters and made every cut. Last year's tie for 21st was his best finish. He's made the cut in 16 of his 22 career majors, though he missed at the U.S. Open in September. He also tied for 19th at the PGA just before that.  Kisner is ranked 34th OWGR, one spot better than where he finished 2019.

39) Francesco Molinari
It's been 19 months since he splashed into Rae's Creek while leading on Sunday, and it has not gone well for him since then. He was ranked in the top-10 in the world at the time but now is 87th, in large part because he's barely played. The Houston Open was only his second start since golf resumed, the other being a missed cut at the Shriners. He advanced to the weekend in Houston and looked pretty sharp on Thursday and Friday. He's made the cut in six of his eight Masters, with last year's tie for fifth by far his best. That was his most recent worldwide top-10.

40) Brendon Todd
He played in his lone Masters to date in 2015 when he missed the cut. He didn't play in any majors from 2016-2018. He qualified this time by winning Mayakoba in 2019. Todd finished tied for 17th at the PGA in August and then for 23rd at the U.S. Open. He's currently ranked 42nd in the OWGR.

41) Erik van Rooyen
This will be the South African's Masters debut. He has played in six career majors and made every cut, including a top-25 at the U.S. Open in September. He has four top-25s on Tour since the restart, but he has slipped out of the top 50 of the OWGR, to 52nd. He also tied for sixth at the Scottish Open last month. He played in the Houston Open and made the cut.

42) Bernd Wiesberger
The veteran Austrian's success in Europe has never fully crossed the Atlantic, though he's never missed a Masters cut. He's 4 for 4, including two top-25s, one of which was his last Augusta start in 2018. He made the cut at this year's first two majors, giving him a run of eight of his past nine. He's ranked 37th OWGR.

43) Billy Horschel
This will be his sixth Masters. He tied for 56th last year, missed the cut in 2018 and tied for 17th (his personal best) in 2016. He also made the cut in both 2020 majors, albeit without a high finish. Horschel ended last year ranked 33rd and is now 39th. He was a recent runner-up at the Wyndham.

44) Sebastian Munoz
He will play in his first Masters thanks to winning the 2019 Sanderson Farms. He didn't do much over the summer at the PGA (MC) or U.S. Open (T59) but he has been playing great overall. Munoz had three top-10s and three other top-25s since the start of the playoffs. That lifted him to a career-best 60th in the OWGR, but he's since fallen back to 62nd.

45) Adam Hadwin
He was ranked 50th at the end of 2019, so he just squeaked into this third Masters. He tied for 36th in 2017 and for 24th in 2018. He's been in four other majors in 2019 and 2020 and has made every cut. Hadwin does not have a top-25 since a tie for fourth at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in early July. He's now ranked 67th in the OWGR.

BORDERLINE 

46) Kevin Na
This will be his ninth Masters and he's made the cut five times, with a pair of T12s his best showings (2012, 2015). He missed the cut at the PGA and U.S. Open over the summer. Na has struggled without a top-25 since the Memorial. He's now ranked 38th in the OWGR.

47) Jason Kokrak
The 35-year-old will finally make his Masters debut thanks to reaching the 2019 Tour Championship. He'll also be back at Augusta next April after winning his first career PGA Tour event a few weeks back at the CJ Cup. He has made four of his past five major cuts, three of them being top-25s, including the recent U.S. Open. Kokrak is now ranked a career-best 25th in the OWGR.

48) Lanto Griffin
He will play in his first Masters thanks to winning last year's Houston Open. He made the cut in both majors so far this year, tying for 19th at the PGA and for 43rd at the U.S. Open. Griffin is nearing the top-50 OWGR, which at year's end would get him into next year's Masters. He's currently 55th. He made the Houston Open cut in his title defense.

49) Marc Leishman
It's been a real struggle since the restart, with zero top-25s in 12 starts. He missed the cut at both majors. Leishman has two career top-10s at Augusta, including a tie for ninth in 2018. He tied for 49th last year. He is currently ranked 26th in the OWGR.

50) Brandt Snedeker
He is now ranked in the 80s of the OWGR after beginning the year in the top-50. He's made the cut in eight of 11 prior Masters, but one of those missed cuts came last year. He's finished top-10 three times. He had only one top-20 anywhere since January heading into the weekend at the Houston Open.

51) Charles Howell III
After spending years trying to get back to his beloved hometown tournament, he is set for his second in a row. He tied for 32nd last year, then earned a return trip back by reaching the 2019 Tour Championship. In a rough year, Howell has had only one top-25 since January and has fallen to 99th OWGR.

52) Gary Woodland
He has not played well since the restart and recently had to withdraw from the ZOZO Championship with a back injury. His tie for 32nd at Augusta last year was only his third made cut in seven tries. Woodland ended last year ranked 17th in the world rankings but now is at No. 31.

53) Shane Lowry
The 33-year-old has played in four Masters and missed the cut in three of them, including last year. He tied for 39th in 2016. Since missing the cut at the 2019 Masters, he's made it to the weekend in all six majors, including his win at the 2019 Open Championship and the two earlier this year. Lowry has had more of a down season than up, falling from 19th OWGR to 29th.

54) Cameron Champ
The big hitter will make his Masters debut. He's been in four majors and made three cuts, with a tie for 10th at the PGA in Augusts followed by an MC at the U.S. Open. Champ qualified by winning the 2019 Safeway Championship. He is ranked 71st in the OWGR, just shy of his career best of 68th.

55) Byeong Hun An
This will be his fourth Masters and first since 2017, when tied for 33rd, his lone made cut at Augusta. He qualified by being in the top 50 of the OWGR at the end of 2019 but has missed the cut in half of his 14 starts since the restart and now stands 63rd.

56) Henrik Stenson
He recently fell out of the top 50 of the OWGR for the first time since 2013. It's been a combination of poor play and limited play. He'd made only 10 worldwide starts all year before missing the cut at the Houston Open. This will be the 15th straight Masters for Stenson, who's made the cut 10 times, including T36 last year with a best of T5 in 2018.

57) Jimmy Walker
He is still riding his five-year exemption for winning the PGA in 2016. He didn't play the Masters until 2014. He's never missed a cut in six visits, including T36 last year and top-20s in 2017-18. He is now ranked in the high 300s of the OWGR and just missed the cut at the Houston Open.

58) Chez Reavie
He made his first Masters appearance way back in 2002 but has been back only three times since. He made his lone cut in 2018. But he qualified via variety of categories, including his top-4 finish at last year's U.S. Open, winning the 2019 Travelers and reaching the 2019 Tour Championship. He's now ranked 50th in the OWGR.

59) Rafa Cabrera Bello
The Spaniard is back for his fifth Masters. He's made three cuts with a best of T17 in 2016. He tied for 36th last year. He also finished top-25 at the U.S. Open in September but missed the cut at the PGA the month before. Cabrera Bello qualified by being in the top 50 of the OWGR at the end of 2019 and was still there on the March 15 cutoff date. Yet he now is ranked 81st.

60) Christiaan Bezuidenhout
The South African qualified for his first Masters by being in the top 50 of the OWGR on the March 15 cutoff date. He's since dropped to 58th. He was in both majors earlier this year, missing the cut at the PGA and tying for 55th at the U.S. Open. He has three top-25s in the States this year, all in tough fields: Bay Hill, the Memorial and the WGC-FedEx.

LONG SHOTS

61) Corey Conners
He tied for 46th last year in his second Masters, his best major result ever, and is back thanks to qualifying for the 2019 Tour Championship. Conners missed the cut at the PGA and U.S. Open this year. He is ranked 69th in the OWGR.

62) Charl Schwartzel
The 2011 champion has missed the cut the past two years but was solo third in 2017. He's still trying to rebound from a wrist injury that cost him more than half of 2019, and he's still ranked in the 200s of the OWGR. He made the cut at the PGA in August but didn't qualify for the U.S. Open. He was tuning up at the Houston Open.

63) Matt Wallace
This will be the Englishman's second Masters after missing the cut last year. He ended 2019 ranked 30th in the world but has since fallen out of the top-50, at 51st. It's been a subpar year for the Englishman, though he finished top-5 at the Memorial and was runner-up at the Scottish Open last month. He made the cut at both majors earlier this year.

64) J.T. Poston
This will be his first Masters and fifth career major, having qualified by winning the 2019 Wyndham Championship. He made the cut at the PGA over the summer but missed at the U.S. Open. He was ranked 64th in the OWGR heading into his appearance at the Houston Open, where he made the cut.

65) Danny Willett
Some news: He withdrew from the Houston Open after the first round citing a wrist injury. … Since winning the Green Jacket in 2016, he has gone MC-MC-MC. That's Willett in a nutshell – capable of incredible highs and incredible lows. He also missed the cut in the first two majors this year, though he did tie for sixth last year at the Open Championship. He missed the cut 10 times in 18 starts in 2020 before Houston and is now ranked 56th in the OWGR.

66) Graeme McDowell
He's made the cut in only three of his career visits to Augusta, and this will be his 10th appearance thanks to being in the top 50 of the OWGR at the March 15 cutoff point. It's the first time he's qualified since 2016. He's missed nine of 12 cuts since the restart and now stands 65th in the rankings.

67) Justin Harding
The 34-year-old South African tied for 12th in his debut Masters last year to earn a return invitation. He made the cut in three of four majors last year and missed it at the PGA over the summer. Harding began 2020 ranked 72nd in the world but has fallen well outside the top-100.

68) Dylan Frittelli
His win at the 2019 John Deere qualified him for his second Masters. He missed the cut in 2018. He tied for 33rd at the PGA over the summer but didn't qualify for the U.S. Open. He had four top-25s since the restart before missing the cut at the Houston Open, enough to move him inside the top 100 of the OWGR at 97th.

69) Lucas Glover
He will be in his first Masters since 2014 thanks to reaching the 2019 Tour Championship. He's made the cut in four of his previous seven visits with a best of T20 in 2007. He's coming off a recent tie for 17th at the U.S. Open, his best result in what was a terrible stretch after the restart, dropping him outside the top 100 in the world rankings.

70) Victor Perez
The Frenchman is ranked 36th in the world but has played in only two career majors, both this year. He tied for 22nd at the PGA before missing the cut at the U.S. Open. He recently was the runner-up to Tyrrell Hatton at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

71) Shugo Imahira
He has missed the cut in seven of his career eight majors, including last year's Masters. But his one made cut was his most recent, as he tied for 61st at the U.S. Open. The Japanese star ended 2019 at No. 31 in the world but now stands at 73rd, in part because he's made only seven worldwide starts all year.

72) Jazz Janewattananond
This will be the young Thai star's sixth career major but first Masters. He's missed the cut in four of his first five. He qualified by being top-50 in the OWGR at the end of 2019, but he has since fallen to 67th and has missed eight of his last 11 worldwide cuts – and two of those three "made" cuts were no-cut events. In his only real made cut during that stretch, he tied for third, of all things, at the Irish Open in September.

73) Sung Kang
The winner of the 2019 Byron Nelson is set for his first Masters. But this will be his 10th career major, and he's made eight cuts, including the PGA in August. He then missed the cut at the U.S. Open. Kang is ranked 77th in the OWGR.

74) Andrew Landry
He qualified for his second Masters by winning the American Express back in January. He hasn't notched another tp-25 since then. He tied for 46th last year at Augusta. Landry missed the cut at the PGA over the summer. He's ranked 129th in the OWGR.

75) Nate Lashley
He is set for his fourth major but first Masters after winning the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic. He tied for 37th at the PGA over the summer and for 28th at last year's U.S. Open, but he didn't qualify for Winged Foot. He is ranked 112th in the OWGR.

76) Tyler Duncan
A playoff winner over Webb Simpson at the 2019 RSM Classic, he will make his Masters debut in his third major of the year. He missed the cut at the PGA before tying for 34th at the U.S. Open. He is ranked 136th in the OWGR.

77) Max Homa
He qualified for his first Masters by winning the Wells Fargo soon after last year's Masters. He has struggled mightily all year – he has only seven top-25s on the PGA Tour in those 19 months, and six of them came within a small window at the start of 2020. He missed the cut at the first two majors and is in danger of falling out of the top-100 in the world rankings. He's now 96th, but he made the cut at the Houston Open.

78) Nick Taylor
The Canadian has been a PGA Tour regular since 2014 but this will be his first Masters. He got in by winning Pebble Beach back in February. He's been in only three majors as a professional, missed the cut at the PGA over the summer and didn't qualify for the U.S. Open. Taylor is ranked 132nd in the OWGR.

79) Andrew Putnam
He qualified by being inside the top-50 in the world rankings at the end of 2019 but by now has plummeted almost outside the top-150 (149th). He's been in seven majors, but this will be his first Masters. He missed the cut at the PGA over the summer and then withdrew from the U.S. Open. But he returned since then to play three full tournaments before missing the cut at the Houston Open.

80) C.T. Pan
He won the RBC Heritage last year the week after the 2019 Masters, so here he is for his first trip to Augusta. He was ranked 55th in the OWGR at the time but now is in the 160s. He missed the cut at the PGA over the summer and at the other three majors last year.

LEGACY CHAMPIONS

In order of predicted finish

Bernhard Langer
The 63-year-old will be making his 37th Masters start, having won twice in 1985 and 1993. He's made the cut the past two years and three of the last four, notching a top-25 in 2016. He even tied for eighth in 2014.

Fred Couples
The 1992 champion had impressively made the cut almost annually the past decade but missed last year. It was only the 61-year-old Couples' second MC since 2010. He tied for 38th in 2018 for 18th the year before.

Vijay Singh
Now 57, Singh won the Masters in 2000. He made the cut most recently in 2018, the only time in the four previous Masters that he reached the weekend.

Mike Weir
The 2003 champion just began playing on the Champions Tour this year. He has not made the Masters cut since 2014.

Larry Mize
The 62-year-old Augusta native famously beat both Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros in a playoff in 1987. Now back for his 37th Masters start, Mize last made the cut in 2017.

Jose Maria Olazabal
The two-time champion (1994, '99) will tee it up for the 31st time. Now 54, the Spaniard last made the cut in 2014.

Sandy Lyle
This will be the 62-year-old Englishman's 39th trip to Augusta. He won the Green Jacket in 1988. He's made the cut only 17 times and hasn't done so since 2014.

AMATEURS

In order of predicted finish

John Augenstein
The fifth-year senior at Vanderbilt was the 2019 U.S. Amateur runner-up to qualify for his first Masters. He played in the U.S. Open in September and missed the cut.

Lukas Michel
The 26-year-old Australian became the first international winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in 2019 to qualify. He was in the U.S. Open in September and missed the cut. He tied for 21st last year at the Australian Open.

Andy Ogletree
The 22-year-old Georgia Tech grad won the 2019 U.S. Amateur to qualify for the Masters and two other majors. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open in September.

James Sugrue
The Irishman won the 2019 Amateur Championship (the British Amateur) to get into three majors. He's already missed the cut at the Open Championship last year and at the U.S. Open in September.

Yuxin Lin
The 20-year-old from China won the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur to qualify, something he did two years earlier as a 17-year-old. He missed the cut at the 2018 Masters and Open Championship.

Abel Gallegos
The Argentine was 17 years old when he won 2020 Latin America Amateur back in January to qualify for his first major.

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