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Majors Value Meter: Masters Rankings

Michael Riek

Michael is the 2016 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year winner. He is a former collegiate golfer with a passion for analytics and strategy.

Below are our 2014 Masters rankings. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues as well, no matter the nuances. Check the comments section for golfers who are scratched.


1. Rory McIlroy
Note: Coming off T7 at Houston Open and possesses all the shots to contend at Augusta. Never better than T15, but led through 54 holes in 2011.
2. Phil Mickelson
Note: An even bigger favorite this year without Tiger, Lefty has a decorated record at the Masters, including 10 top-5s and three green jackets.
3. Adam Scott
Note: Defending Masters champ faltered a few weeks ago on Sunday but he's in solid form and produced three top-5 finishes in majors last year.
4. Matt Kuchar
Note: Knocking on the door the last two weeks, came up empty but is in excellent form. Major is the only thing missing from his impressive resume. T8 last year, T3 in previous two.
5. Lee Westwood
Note: Majorless at 40, Westwood is overdue. Strong record at Augusta with five top-11s in the last six years, coming close to a green jacket in 2010, 2012.
6. Keegan Bradley
Note: 2011 PGA champ is in solid form with seven top-20s this season. Hits towering iron shots that come in handy on the tricky Augusta National green complexes.
7. Justin Rose
Note: First Masters start as a major champion after breakthrough at 2013 U.S. Open. His last two starts on tour were a top-10, MC.
8. Bubba Watson
Note: 2012 Masters champ won the Northern Trust Open and has plenty of length to score on the reachable par-5s at Augusta.
9. Sergio Garcia
Note: Third at the Houston Open, leads the PGA Tour in scoring average at 69.3. Hard to ignore that Sergio's last four wins have been without Tiger in the field, so this could be his chance.
10. Jason Dufner
Note: Last year's PGA champ has been in the top-30 at the Masters in all three of his starts but has not been close on Sunday. Comes in under the radar with top-10s in both WGC events.
11. Charl Schwartzel
Note: 2011 Masters is Schwartzel's only PGA Tour win but his ballstriking prowess is especially attractive at Augusta. Made the cut all four appearances but no strong finishes other than his win three years ago.
12. Brandt Snedeker
Note: Contended last year but struggled on Sunday. Nice history at Augusta, most recently T8 at the Arnold Palmer so he's in solid form.
13. Jason Day
Note: Hasn't played a competitive golf round since win at WGC-Matchplay due to a thumb injury, but top-3 at the Masters in each of his first two appearance. High risk/high reward.
14. Luke Donald
Note: Inconsistent this season and outside a few nice finishes at Augusta has a fairly pedestrian record at the Masters given his high world ranking.
15. Ian Poulter
Note: Made cut at the Masters in last five appearances with T13 best finish. Still searching for first major but has grit and game to get it done, especially without Tiger in the field.
16. Hunter Mahan
Note: Contender in two majors last season, still searching for first major. Three missed cuts, three top-12 finishes at Augusta his last six appearances.
17. Dustin Johnson
Note: Withdrew last week with back injury after first-round 80 but otherwise has plenty of upside with his length at Augusta. Five top-6s this season. T13 at last year's Masters.
18. Louis Oosthuizen
Note: The odd man out in the 2012 Masters playoff, Oosthuizen enters with poor form but has the game to quickly turn things around.
19. Henrik Stenson
Note: Spotty lately and no top-10s at the Masters, but the defending FedEx Cup champ played extremely well in majors last season and is capable of competing at any venue.
20. Graeme McDowell
Note: McDowell is leading the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting and is second in scoring average this season. Has never really contended at the Masters but has many great finishes in majors and is a proven champion.
21. Angel Cabrera
Note: Former Masters champion narrowly missed his second green jacket after losing to Adam Scott in playoff last year. Six top-10s at Augusta, a proven major winner who always seems under the radar.
22. Nick Watney
Note: Decent record at Augusta but has struggled mightily with no top-10s this season.
23. Zach Johnson
Note: 2007 Masters champ had great start to 2013-14 but must be perfect with wedge play to have a chance.
24. Patrick Reed
Note: Although no first-timer has won the Masters since 1979 (Fuzzy Zoeller), Reed perhaps has the best chance to do it again as he has three impressive wins since last August and plays a stock draw necessary on many holes at Augusta.
25. Rickie Fowler
Note: Fowler has two strong finishes this season with one as recent as last week's Shell Houston Open. Has made the cut each of the last three years and will look to make it four this year.
26. Bill Haas
Note: Great driver and has strung together eight top-25 this season, but has never truly contended at Augusta.
27. Jim Furyk
Note: Furyk lacks the clubhead speed to really take advantage of the par-5s at Augusta but has four career top-10s here, his closest a 4th in 2003.
28. Martin Kaymer
Note: Struggled since winning a major in 2010 and has made just two of six cuts at the Masters, never finishing better than T35.
29. Steve Stricker
Note: Just two top-10s at Augusta in 13 appearances and is struggling this season in his second year on a reduced schedule.
30. Ernie Els
Note: The Big Easy had a great run at the Masters from 2000-2004 but hasn't been inside the top-10 since.
31. Jordan Spieth
Note: First Master after earning invite with his maiden victory last season. Tough to see a first-timer winning, but he's in solid form with four top-10s this season so he could post a nice finish.
32. Webb Simpson
Note: Just two starts at Augusta (T44, MC) and has yet to prove himself on the hallowed grounds of Augusta.
33. Peter Hanson
Note: Led the Masters on Sunday in 2012 but succumbed to Amen Corner to finish T3. Great driver but has little history other than that near miss.
34. Harris English
Note: Just 24 and two PGA Tour wins to his name, English is an emerging star making his first Masters appearance. Leads PGA Tour in GIR percentage at 73.03.
35. K.J. Choi
Note: Runner-up at Torrey Pines this year and has been in the mix at Augusta before, but at age 43 time is running out for the South Korean.
36. Graham DeLaet
Note: Yet to win on the PGA Tour but has multiple runner-ups this season and played extremely well at the President's Cup late last year.
37. Hideki Matsuyama
Note: Only 22 but posted three top-20s in majors last season. This is his third start at Augusta despite not qualifying last year. Keep an eye on the budding Japanese sensation.
38. Francesco Molinari
Note: Great ballstriker but history at Augusta has seen him miss two cuts and never finish better than T19.
39. Thorbjorn Olesen
Note: Young Dane was T6 at last year's Masters, and at 24 has plenty of upside to play well in the pressure-packed majors. One to keep an eye on.
40. Ryan Moore
Note: Moore was Low Amateur in the 2005 Masters but has only managed to qualify three times since. Never missed a cut here but has never contended.
41. Gary Woodland
Note: More than enough length to dominate par-5s at Augusta but just two career Masters starts (T24, WD).
42. Russell Henley
Note: Won Honda Classic a month ago and comes off top-10 at Houston Open. Missed cut at his first Masters last year but is a year wiser and in better form.
43. Matteo Manassero
Note: Caught the eye of patrons as a 16-year-old in 2010 with T36 as low amateur but missed cut last year in his second appearance. Plenty of game but lacks experience.
44. Branden Grace
Note: T18 in his first Masters start last year but relatively unproven in major championships.
45. Scott Stallings
Note: Won Farmers Insurance Open in a heated battle down the stretch, making second Masters start.
46. D.A. Points
Note: Third Masters start in 2014, Points is struggling with three MC in a row leading up to this week.
47. Jimmy Walker
Note: Walker is in the midst of a breakthrough year with three wins, making his maiden voyage to Augusta.
48. Fred Couples
Note: Charismatic Couples is a green jacket owner and has been inside the top-15 in each of his last four Masters, but at 54 there is little fuel left in the major tank.
49. Stephen Gallacher
Note: First Masters start for Scotland native who won prestigious Dubai Desert Classic in back-to-back years.
50. David Lynn
Note: Runner-up at 2012 PGA, Lynn is a late bloomer at 40. Plenty of game, but not enough experience at Augusta quite yet.
51. Sang-Moon Bae
Note: T37 in his first Masters in 2012 and will make his second appearance in 2014.
52. Miguel Angel Jimenez
Note: Solid record at Augusta with three top-10s but has now breached age 50, so upside might be limited.
53. Victor Dubuisson
Note: Pounced onto the scene with runner-up at WGC-Matchplay. Incredible short game that will come in handy on the tight lies of Augusta.
54. Stewart Cink
Note: Game has been erratic last few years, but T3 in 2008, so no stranger to playing well at the Masters.
55. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Note: Impressed in his second Masters start last year with a solid T20 finish, so it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard follows that this year.
56. Chris Kirk
Note: Masters first-timer and is playing in just his fifth major championship.
57. Billy Horschel
Note: T4 at last year's U.S. Open, making his first Masters appearance.
58. Boo Weekley
Note: Has not made a Masters field since 2009 when he missed cut.
59. Jamie Donaldson
Note: Missed cut in his first Masters last year but in good form with a runner-up at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last month.
60. Marc Leishman
Note: Contended last year on the strength of a great putter and was top-15 at the PGA Championship as well, so could definitely turn a corner this year if he gets into the mix.
61. Vijay Singh
Note: Decorated Masters record includes green jacket in 2000 but has slowly declined since 2007, now 51.
62. Y.E. Yang
Note: Spotty Masters results but was T8 in 2010 and is major champion. Should not be overlooked.
63. Jonas Blixt
Note: First Masters appearance. Was T26 in his first ever major last year at the Open Championship and finished fourth at the PGA, so plenty of upside for the young Swede.
64. Thomas Bjorn
Note: Bjorn has a porous record at Augusta and is 43. Time is running out for the veteran Dane.
65. John Senden
Note: Won Valspar Championship at tough Innisbrook just a month ago. Known for great ballstriking, which is imperative at the Masters.
66. Matt Every
Note: Surprised golf world with a signature first win at Bay Hill three weeks ago to stamp his ticket to Augusta.
67. Matt Jones
Note: Dramatic winner of last week's Houston Open to earn the last spot in the Masters field.
68. Brendon de Jonge
Note: 33-year-old from Zimbabwe is a solid ballstriker but has zero experience at Augusta.
69. Tim Clark
Note: South African has seen rollercoaster results at Augusta with five top-15s, five MCs since 2003. A wild card again this year.
70. Joost Luiten
Note: First start at the Masters and has played just four majors in his career.
71. Darren Clarke
Note: 2011 Open champion is aging and has only contended once at Augusta (in 1998).
72. Roberto Castro
Note: First Masters for the Georgia native, so keep expectations in check.
73. John Huh
Note: T11 at first Masters last year, but this year is coming in with poor form.
74. Kevin Stadler
Note: First Masters appearance after winning Phoenix Open, joining father Craig for the first time at Augusta.
75. Lucas Glover
Note: 2009 U.S. Open champion has never come close at Augusta. Keep your distance.
76. Trevor Immelman
Note: Won the Masters in 2008 but has done very little, if anything, since.
77. Steven Bowditch
Note: Recent winner at Texas Open but missed cut last week at Houston Open. First-timer at Augusta.
78. Kevin Streelman
Note: Won for first time last season but has never made cut at the Masters.
79. Thongchai Jaidee
Note: 44-year-old has never made the cut here so keep clear of the veteran Thai player.
80. Mike Weir
Note: Struggled at the Masters since winning playoff in 2003. Missed last three cuts here. Avoid the lefty.
81. Derek Ernst
Note: First Masters after earning his way in with a win at Quail Hollow last year.
82. Ken Duke
Note: Won 2013 Travelers Championship to earn an invitation but is 45 and playing in just his second Masters.
83. Jose Maria Olazabal
Note: Won two green jackets in the 1990s but has declined with age and has made just one cut since 2008.
84. Jordan Niebrugge-A
Note: U.S. Am Pub Links champ from Wisconsin, one of six amateurs to tee it up for first time at Augusta.
85. Chang-woo Lee-A
Note: Won the Asia-Pacific Amateur to earn an invite to Augusta for first time.
86. Oliver Goss-A
Note: Representing the Tennessee Volunteers, earned his way in with runner-up at the U.S. Amateur last year.
87. Matthew Fitzpatrick-A
Note: Low amateur at 2013 Open Championship and will tee it up at Augusta for the first time.
88. Michael McCoy-A
Note: A feel good story, won the U.S. Mid-Amateur title at age 50 to earn a berth in the Masters.
89. Garrick Porteous-A
Note: Won the British Amateur to join fellow UT teammate Oliver Goss in the Masters this year.
90. Bernhard Langer
Note: Timeless German surprised last year with a T25 finish but is well past his prime at 56.
91. Ben Crenshaw
Note: Another player well past his prime, Crenshaw hasn't contended since his win in 1995.
92. Ian Woosnam
Note: 1991 Masters champ has made the cut just once since 2001.
93. Larry Mize
Note: Green jacket owner from 1987 hasn't contended since the mid-90s.
94. Mark O'Meara
Note: Late bloomer who won first major at 41, O'Meara is now 57 and hasn't made a Masters cut since 2005.
95. Sandy Lyle
Note: Other than his 1988 triumph at Augusta, Lyle has never truly contended here.
96. Tom Watson
Note: At 64, Watson is oldest in the field making it all the less likely he can keep up with the young guns.
97. Craig Stadler
Note: Joining his son Kevin as the first father-son duo to play in the same Masters.