The US Masters has been won multiple times by many great golfers, including six titles for Jack Nicklaus, four each for Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods, and three a piece for Gary Player and Nick Faldo.
However, in the last 12 years, only Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson have added their names to that list of multiple winners. The other 10 winners since 2007 have all been first-time Masters winners, who were also winning their first major.
Of course, with so many top golfers in great form coming into the 2019 US Masters Tournament, this trend may not continue. However, from a value point of view, it’s a great way to narrow down the field in the hope that it does.
Despite that fact, 10 of the last 12 winners have also been ranked in the top-29 players of the world rankings coming into the week. If these two statistics continue this week, there are just 15 possible winners.
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The world number six probably has the intelligence to bring Augusta to its knees one day, but has yet to crack the top-20 in two previous visits. More worrying is his current form, with no top-10s in his last five tournaments.
The fiery Spaniard looks to have all the skills required to conquer Augusta if he can keep his emotions in check. He hits it miles, has a great short game, and knocks in short-putts confidently. He was also fourth on just his second visit here last year and has been playing well all season.
This will be Fowler’s ninth Masters appearance and he’s rewarded each-way backers twice. A winner already this season, he didn’t play in this year’s WGC Matchplay, just as he didn’t last year when finishing second.
The youngster has already shown he can compete at the top table but may need more experience of Augusta after finishing fiftieth on debut last year. He’s also not in great form at present.
Finished in the top-six three times in the last four years and is probably playing the best golf of his career right now. Could easily post another great performance but it is asking a lot for him to break his major duck in his forties.
Finished seventeenth on his second Masters appearance last year and has finished top-5 in his last two stroke-play events. Particularly impressed when shooting 66 in round three last year and that experience could set him up for a title charge in 2019.
Hits it miles and finished tenth last year, despite dislocating his ankle while celebrating a hole-in-one in the par-3 contest. Would have liked to see him playing better in the lead up to the event.
In the form of his life with two wins this season and he could definitely reward each-way backers. Could have easily won the 2017 Open Championship but is another that would be winning his first major as a 40-year-old.
The Aussie has finished fourth and ninth in his last five visits to Augusta and has also competed in other majors during that time. Won his group at the WGC Matchplay and he could easily get into contention this week.
Missed the cut last year and it’s worrying that his form appears to be trending the wrong way.
He’s certainly got the power but three missed cuts in a row here won’t have many adding him to their betting slips.
Finished first and second in the last two editions of the WGC Matchplay but he’s finished no better than 28th here in three visits. May lack the length of the tee to contend unless the wind blows like it did when Zach Johnson won.
Brilliant when he’s on his a-game and has a decent Masters record with top-20’s on his last four visits to Augusta. He’s also shown some decent form lately with three top-10’s in his last seven tournaments, without suggesting he’s playing his best golf.
Fifth last year on just his second sighting of Augusta was a great effort and his razor-sharp short game will keep him in the tournament. However, he lacks the power of a typical Masters winner and doesn’t arrive in the best of form.
US Masters Outright Winner Verdict
Having used just two high-profile statistics to narrow the 2019 US Masters field down to a short-list of 15 players, it could be worth narrowing that list down further to four players that have shown good form at Augusta already and look the right kind of age to take a further step forward. Those players are Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, and Mark Leishman.