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86th Masters Match

Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership

Augusta, Georgia

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Yards (per official scorecard): 7,510
Par: 72 (36-36)
Greens: A-1 Penn Bentgrass; 6,486 sq. ft.
Stimpmeter: Match pace (roughly 13 ft and higher).
Second reduce: Ryegrass at 1.375 inches.
Bunkers/Water Hazards 44/6 (in play on Nos. 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16).
Architects: Dr. Alistair MacKenzie and Bobby Jones (1932).
Course Document (final): 63; Greg Norman, 1996. 63; Nick Worth 1986.
Match Scoring Document: 268; Dustin Johnson, November 2020.
2021 Purse: $11.5 million; $2.07 million and 600 FedExCup factors (winner).


  • Subject of 91
  • Prime 50 and ties play the weekend.
  • Harris English (injured) and Phil Mickelson (sabbatical) certified however are usually not enjoying.
  • 18 previous champions.
  • 15 gamers making their event debut.
  • 6 amateurs within the subject.

Earlier Winners

Yr Winner Rating Remark
2021 Hideki Matsuyama -10 First inexperienced jacket; defeated Will Zalatoris by a shot.
2020 Dustin Johnson -20 First inexperienced jacket. First November Masters. Match scoring document 268.
2019 Tiger Woods -13 Absolutely you bear in mind all this…
2018 Patrick Reed -15 Fourth consecutive first-time main champion topped at AGNC.
2017 Sergio Garcia -9 Defeated Justin Rose in a playoff. 0-73 in majors earlier than this week.
2016 Danny Willett -5 First inexperienced jacket. Spherical of his life (67) on Sunday in blustery circumstances; Joins Nick Faldo as the one Englishmen to win.
2015 Jordan Spieth -18 First inexperienced jacket. First participant ever to get to 19-under par in spring; solely fourth wire-to-wire winner.

Information and Figures:

Lowest Rounds – 2021 Spring: 65; Justin Rose first spherical chief. 66; Tony Finau Spherical 2; Jon Rahm Spherical 4.
Again-to-Again Champions: Jack Nicklaus Nick Faldo Tiger Woods
A number of Champion(s) Entered beneath 50 years of age: Tiger Woods Bubba Watson
First Time – TOUR: Danny Willett, 2016. Charl Schwartzel, 2011.
First Time – Occasion Fuzzy Zoeller, 1979.
Oldest winner: Jack Nicklaus, 46, 1986.
Youngest winner: Tiger Woods, 21, 1997.
Odd Reality: Solely 3 winners since 2011 had received a significant beforehand.
Odd Reality II: Gap No. 14 is the one one on the course with out a bunker.


Final Time – Valero Texas Open


Substitute: Corey Conners – T35

Nothing like a 67 on Sunday to crawl into T35!

If that doesn’t sum up my season I’m undecided what is going to.

Having Kuchar (T2), Hadwin (T4) and Woodland (T8) from the group eases my ache.

Your ache is your ache.

Heat Blankets: The blokes who ought to. Protected alternatives that can assist keep leads. Opinions on why or why not for this occasion or save for later.

Jordan Spieth: Defending champions all the time poke their heads into these particularly when you could have the Texan pedigree as Spieth does. Rolled in right here final yr as he was beginning to bubble and cruised to victory. Bit quieter this yr, particularly in his final 4 on TOUR however I’ll level out was runner up at Pebble Seashore so he’s not arriving looking for solutions. It’s right here, Augusta Nationwide or Colonial for me. I higher get it proper! One bullet dodged, T35.

Rory McIlroy: With Quail Hole on the docket plus two majors within the subsequent seven weeks, I’m undecided I can pull the set off IN THIS FORMAT this week. He’s performed the occasion as soon as in 2013 and didn’t appear to thoughts the circumstances as he completed second after closing with 66. Attempting to shake it up earlier than trying one other run on the profession grand slam? There you go! S T Ruggle in the meanwhile. MC ought to have him flushed and reset for Augusta Nationwide, proper?

Hideki Matsuyama: IN A VACUUM, he’s the match right here. Improbable tee to inexperienced, Par-5 scoring, nice quick recreation, affected person, and many others however is he wholesome? Learn for your self. On this format, there is no such thing as a must shove sq. pegs in spherical holes. Contrarians, rejoice! Right here’s your angle this week! Vacuums are for carpets, not fantasy golf. Hardly a shock he wouldn’t jeopardize a “common” week earlier than his Masters protection. WD.

Corey Conners: When present kind meets course kind! Pounded GIR at Austin Nation Membership and does the identical right here. Absolute birdie machine over his three visits and owns the event document. T14 in protection final spring after ready a yr reveals the highlight didn’t hassle him a lot both. He must be a VERY fashionable decide this week. See above. Recognition has NOTHING to do with this format. In truth, I’d slightly fade the “mainstream” however I didn’t take my recommendation this week. All of us reside and all of us study. Hopefully. T35.

Matt Kuchar: Some will argue he must be within the Spicy, superb, I hear you and received’t argue an excessive amount of. If the “previous” Kuchar is beginning to discover kind, he’ll be a really invaluable commodity as winter is popping into spring. No Match Play final week after T16 at a tough Valspar suggests he’s rested and prepared. He’s additionally by no means MC right here in 9 visits. When you’re main and want a break, this may be the angle, particularly in an occasion that produces fascinating winners. Make it 10-10 and his probability to win on Sunday is an ideal instance of HOT GOLF IS HOT GOLF. He’ll be again on this checklist for RBC Heritage the place he has an enormous HFC angle. T2.

Spicy: This may be per week for sending out an “unknown” and saving a begin. You simply may get fortunate. Or MC.

Gary Woodland: T6 final yr in his first go to since 2015 must be stunning contemplating his energy tee to inexperienced. Solely hiccup throughout the Florida Swing was 78 in Spherical 2 at THE PLAYERS after T5-T5 Honda-Bay Hill and T21 Valero. Yep. In his second go to he additionally sniffed across the lead on Sunday earlier than settling for T8. One thing is brewing right here because it’s his third prime 10 in his final 5 begins.

Maverick McNealy: Too many cuts made in a row to depend! Excels on tough programs with tough greens and this week EASILY qualifies.  May be in my again pocket for Hilton Head… As identified by THE COMMISH, I’ve already burned McNealy (Pebble Seashore) however that doesn’t imply these of you who’ve him in your radar shouldn’t be paying consideration. Retains flashing whereas T35 doesn’t encourage, his 67 on Saturday in lower than excellent circumstances retains my consideration.

Adam Hadwin: Onerous to disregard T7-T9 at Valspar/THE PLAYERS as these weren’t simple to play occasions! On the Oaks Course he’s posted extra rounds of 82 or worse than 60 so yeah!  Like THAI HOT for the Canadian as he posted 4 rounds beneath par concluding with 67 to select up… ANOTHER TOP 10. I see you CLEARER, fam (T4)!

Charley Hoffman: Yeah, I do know. It hasn’t been a lot of something this winter. He went through the WD/MC early in 2021 as effectively earlier than righting the ship. His document right here is immense and if something goes to interrupt him out of his funk, the Oaks Course is the treatment.  

The treatment is the expertise
It is a harmful liaison
I says, the comedy is that it’s critical
Which is an odd sufficient new play on phrases
I say the tragedy is the way you’re gonna spend
The remainder of your nights with the sunshine on
So shine the sunshine on your whole associates
When all of it quantities to nothing in the long run

Proper. MC. Thanks Jason Mraz.

Si Woo Kim: Led after 54 holes in 2019 and was T23 right here in 2021 so yeah. Loves a little bit of Bermuda and dealing the golf ball plus he’s been shoveling cuts into the checking account since lacking at Shriners.  Bit risky? Maybe however T26 or higher 5 instances in eight tries since 2022 started suggests he’s shut. One other very strong paycheck (T13) as he simply continues to embrace a consistency we haven’t seen earlier than. Remember.

3 AM on the Blackjack Desk: Warning is thrown to the wind. Perhaps not the most effective for this format however what the hell, proper? Would possibly throw these in should you’re in want of a miracle.

Jhonattan Vegas – T18, Brendan Steele – T48, Ryan Palmer – T48, Alex Smalley – MC, Kramer Hickok – MC, Nate Lashley – T18, Curtis Thompson – MC

Spotter’s Sport 2022

2022 Occasions Golfer Place Complete $$
Sentry Match of Champions Marc Leishman T10 188,000
Sony Open in Hawaii Keith Mitchell T7 227,812
The American Categorical Seamus Energy T14 119,700
Farmers Insurance coverage Open Jon Rahm T3 445,200
AT&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am Maverick McNealy T33 43,548
WM Phoenix Open Hideki Matsuyama T8 248,050
The Genesis Invitational Patrick Cantlay T33 64,000
The Honda Basic Sungjae Im MC 0
Arnold Palmer Invitational Rory McIlroy T13 228,000
THE PLAYERS Championship Daniel Berger T13 327,222
Valspar Championship Keegan Bradley MC 0
WGC – Dell Match Play Paul Casey T60 41,000
Corales Puntacana Emiliano Grillo MC 0
Valero Texas Open Corey Conners T35 41,925
Complete Occasions: 14 Prime 10: 4 MC: 3       $1,974,457

This Week – 86th Masters Match

Hills, size, lightning greens, patrons, first reduce, no working, pimento cheese sandwiches, merch, No. 11 and 15, No. 3, No. 13, No, 17. Tiger Woods.

Higher have the ability to hit it, discover GIR and deal with the placing/chipping. Throw in moxie, nerves, patrons making noise and Tiger. Respiration, resting, firing on all cylinders.

No telephones.

No video boards.

Expertise pays.

THE CHOICE: Jordan Spieth (+2200)

From the primary time he set foot on the property it appeared that he was raised on these greens and made for the pomp and circumstance of the event. His chapters, PLURAL, within the document e-book may not be as many pages as Tiger Woods however his story right here since 2014 has lined the entire bases.

So shut. Up to now. All the pieces excellent in 2015. Podiums.

His drawback this spring has been getting putts to the outlet and figuring out inexperienced speeds. All of that ought to exit this window this week on the most effective greens on the planet. Not many, if any, putt these any higher than Spieth.

As for his tee to inexperienced recreation, that’s the least of his worries. Loads lengthy, he’s again to his early days on TOUR in portray GIR. He led the sector final yr with 56 of 72. He’s circled greater than 20 birdies 3 times together with the event document of 28 in 2015.

These of you heading a unique course will likely be reminded that he’ll be proper again on the prime of the checklist at Colonial, if he’s within the subject, which he must be.

Heat Blankets: The blokes who ought to. Protected alternatives that can assist keep leads. Opinions on why or why not for this occasion or save for later.

Cameron Smith (+1600): Fantastic converging development as he’s pocketed back-to-back prime 10s right here (3 in 5 visits) and has received twice in 2022 (Sony, THE PLAYERS). Magician on and across the greens and has loads of room to maneuver it off the tee. Trying to be part of Adam Scott as the one Australian inexperienced jacket recipient.

Dustin Johnson (+1600): 63 within the last spherical at THE PLAYERS, last 4 at Match Play feels like someone is warming up. The halcyon days of bachelor/bachelorette events are within the rear view and now it’s time for enterprise. Streak of prime 10s busted final spring at 5 straight. I’d anticipate him proper again within the combine once more this yr.

Justin Thomas (+1200): Hanging with LARGE CAT the previous couple of years ought to have his confidence round right here at an all time excessive. The weak point, should you can name it that, is the putter however not many hit it higher on strategy. Solely end in 2022 outdoors T20 was his protection at THE PLAYERS. This will likely be his seventh try, simply barely over the common of six for winners.

Xander Schauffele (+2200): The final two spring editions he’s posted 25 and 19 birdies and hit the rostrum each instances. His monitor document in majors is beautiful and  is simply lacking one component: a win. Full bag, unbelievable disposition, and has no drawback going about his enterprise.

Brooks Koepka (+2000): One thing is brewing right here and that is an occasion to seize his full consideration. Bristling at Tiger Woods questions in his press convention was unbelievable to see. He’s made it no secret that he prefers tough programs in tough circumstances. If the wind dries out the course on the weekend and gusts decide up, he’ll be licking his chops. Most significantly he’s wholesome.

Spicy: This may be per week for sending out an “unknown” and saving a begin. You simply may get fortunate. Or MC.

Jon Rahm (+1100): By no means a fan of the betting favourite right here until his final identify was Woods. I wasn’t impressed by what I noticed at THE PLAYERS and Match Play is simply that. In a vacuum he ought to by no means lose with the way in which he hits it but it surely appears his focus is a bit distracted by his child and the one other on the way in which! 3 extra majors, FedExCup, WGC occasion, Memorial, you’ll have time to attend for him to warmth up should you don’t suppose that is the week.

Scottie Scheffler (+1600): The Solar thinks he’s sizzling proper now! With three wins in 5 he’s approaching “Tiger Ranges” of ridiculousness. Whereas not there but, he’s received at  TPC Scottsdale, Bay Hill and Pete Dye’s Austin Nation Membership. These are three stunningly totally different layouts in contrast to one another and he’s conquered all of them. Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas each confirmed up with three wins in 2016. Danny Willett received the occasion. Making his third look (T18, T19).

Shane Lowry (+3500): Appears like he’s been on this column loads in 2022! Already has a significant in his closet in order that’s crossed off the checklist and golf is the main target. One other who’s hitting it nice and received’t thoughts a little bit of parts if it involves that on the weekend. Making his seventh begin he ought to have the week, observe and recreation plan discovered by now.

Rory McIlroy (+2000): Will the eighth time be the allure? He informed Amanda Ballionis this morning that if he wins nice, if not, he’s at peace with it. Perhaps that’s precisely the perspective he wants. He’s additionally instructed the MC final week helped him get it sorted out on the vary Saturday and Sunday. No one reveals up right here enjoying like shit or misplaced. Everybody has discovered one thing.  IN THIS FORMAT he may take advantage of sense at Quail Hole. Once more.

Tiger Woods (+4500): This quantity wildly varies relying on the place you look so discover the largest one doable if that’s your angle. Tiger has divided everybody into two camps this week: No approach and DUDE HE’S NOT HERE FOR THE CHAMPIONS DINNER AND TO SOCIALIZE.  I’m within the latter. Getting the golf ball the place he needs it to go isn’t the issue. He might putt right here blindfolded and contend.  Does he have the stamina to deal with this week? He’s informed you the reply by exhibiting up. He didn’t stroll into flat Bay Hill and “strive”. He’s gone to Mount Everest as a substitute.

3 AM on the Blackjack Desk: Warning is thrown to the wind. Perhaps not the most effective for this format however what the hell, proper? Would possibly throw these in should you’re in want of a miracle.

Adam Scott (+4500): Successful your FIRST one in your 40s is uncommon (Mark O’Meara, 41 in 1998) however including to the gathering isn’t.  Leaning on a former winner, veteran ball-striker who has cashed in 12 straight isn’t the craziest principle on the board. The spicy angle is he hasn’t hit the highest 10 since 2017. With 4 prime 10s from seven occasions in 2022 I’m not hoping he finds kind this week.

Tony Finau (+4500): Not loopy about this value however he’s 3-3 within the spring right here, all within the prime 10.

Tyrrell Hatton (+5000): Tremendous tremendous tremendous putter making his sixth look and making an attempt to crack the highest 20 for the primary time. Too many constant outcomes this season each right here and within the Center East to utterly omit.

Marc Leishman (+7000): Streak is at 5 straight and T5 final spring in his ninth go to doesn’t push me away. No buzz in his course besides from my boss Ben Everill however he is aware of his countrymen higher than most.

Max Homa (+10000): Anyone who wins Riviera and Quail Hole goes in right here. Massive ballparks want massive hitters. The placing stats for the winners right here aren’t as dominating as you suppose. NOBODY fakes it tee to inexperienced.


You’ve got questions, it seems, and I’ll provide you with MY angles, solutions

Let’s simply go down the board, okay?

Collin Morikawa (+2000): I’m nonetheless skeptical of his chipping and placing however certainly that can enhance as he learns extra right here annually.

Viktor Hovland (+2000): See above. Each stripe it however dealing with these speeds and undulations is the deal breaker.

Patrick Cantlay (+2200): MC-T9-MC in his final three spring editions retains me scratching my head.

Will Zalatoris (+3300): Solely Danny Willett and Charl Schwartzel have made this their first PGA TOUR victory. Additionally they each received of their second makes an attempt, identical to Zalatoris is making an attempt to do. All 4 rounds of 71 or higher final yr can have individuals drooling.  The quantity above is a bit steep for me.

Bryson DeChambeau (+4000): Since he remarked this must be Par-67 for him issues round right here have gone a bit sideways. Finest end is T21 as Low Beginner in 2016. Reveals up this yr with a hip deal and a Hamate bone thingy and says he’s solely 80 p.c.  I don’t even must dig into his lack of kind.

Hideki Matsuyama (+4000): I used to be excessive on him heading to TPC Sawgrass and since that WD every thing has turned the other way up. Tried giving it a go final week at Valero however his neck/again wasn’t up for multiple spherical. Solely Jack, Sir Nick and Tiger have defended and that membership must be closed for one more yr.

Louis Oosthuizen (+4000): He’s cranked out eight straight paydays right here however none of them within the prime 10. Noticed his identify on the WD checklist at RSM and his finest end this spring is T14 at TPC Scottsdale and the subsequent finest T30. By no means received the USA.

Daniel Berger (+4000): Powerful lay down right here but it surely’s a troublesome occasion. Excellent news is OAD followers can decide him up at Colonial or TPC Southwind the place he’s raked earlier than. Sticking a win ticket on him at 40-1 isn’t ridiculous should you’re not breaking the financial institution.

Sam Burns (+4000): Solely current winner within the 40-1 group who’s wholesome, he defended his title at Valspar however is making his first look right here.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (+4500): With seven prime 12s in his final 11 worldwide the Englishman is in flying kind. He’s cashed in six straight right here with T7 2016 the most effective of the bunch. Will attempt to be part of Faldo and Willett within the inexperienced jacket membership. He’ll be rooting for agency and quick on the weekend. He’s first SG: Complete and 4th in scoring.

Joaquin Niemann (+5000): Flat stick and wedges aren’t the highlights of his bag and people are an enormous deal this week. One other yr of expertise received’t harm for the Riviera champ of 2022.

Corey Conners (+5000): Consecutive prime 10 finishes and his solely MC from 4 visits is when he was an newbie. Fascinating he’s lengthy than Berger however has higher current kind (third at Match Play) and higher current course kind. Will look to affix Mike Weir as Canadian winners.

Russell Henley (+5500): First look since 2018 however his final two listed below are T11 and T15. By no means cashed a prime 10 in a significant from nearly 30 tries. Georgia child, UGA alum and enjoying regular golf. Metrics are fireplace. Would possibly want to interrupt that majors mojo with a nip on a prime 10.

Paul Casey (+6000): Final we noticed of him was WD from Match Play after a again deal.  Not sufficient reward for this danger in a subject like this.

Sungjae Im (+6600): T2 in November, 77-80 in spring.

Tommy Fleetwood (+6600): Finest is T17 in 2018; all the time appears to hold round till he doesn’t.

Abraham Ancer (+7000): Two tries and two paychecks right here however I wasn’t loopy about his pre event WD final week earlier than a house recreation.

Bubba Watson (+7500): When you go, hopefully you get the ALL of the all-or-nothing right here.

Patrick Reed (+8000): Three prime 10s in his final 4 suggests this value might need worth. Nothing inside the highest 25 in 2022 outdoors of Sentry suggests it may not. I lean course kind.

Justin Rose (+8000): Sitting at No. 56 within the OWGR ought to inform you what you should know. T25 or higher right here in each look since 2008.

Sergio Garcia (+8000): Nothing earlier than, nothing after his 2017 win.

Billy Horschel (+8000): Type isn’t the problem however his finest at ANGC is T17 from seven earlier visits. Tremendous putter and baggage loads of GIR. Fascinating.

Si Woo Kim (+9000): Taking part in strong golf and is trending right here with a finest T12 final spring.

Gary Woodland (+9000): Undoubtedly taking a flier right here as he has racked up three prime 10s in his final 5 and will likely be enjoying his tenth Masters. T24 is the most effective of that bunch, all the way in which again in his first go to in 2011.

Humorous Cash:

Kevin Kisner (+12500): Prime 20.

Robert MacIntyre (+12500): Led the sector in birdies on debut final yr with 21 and cashed T12.

Sepp Straka (+20000): Striped it Honda, first timer.

Keita Nakajima (+35000): Low am.

Bernhard Langer (+75000): To make the reduce.

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