The world and his wife are picking Spieth, McIlroy, Watson and Day to win the first Major Championship of the year; The Masters. So we at VPAR thought we would try to do the impossible. Choose the outsider!
Here are five that we believe are in with a shout come Masters Sunday.
1. Hideki Matsuyama (50/1)
The Japanese phenomenon burst onto the scene by winning the Asian-Amateur Championship in 2010. The resulting invite to play Augusta National the following year, was seized upon, by the then 19 year old, to secure a top-30 finish and low amateur. Three top 20 finishes in the Majors in 2013 have ensured a rise to 16th in the world.
Finally, wow what a golf swing.
2. Billy Horschel (66/1)
A fiery attitude and a suspect dress sense announced Billy Horschel onto the global golf stage. The young American very much wears his heart on his – usually colourful – sleeves. Breakthrough came in 2014, with an amazing display of clutch putting to win the FedEx Cup and the $11.8 million that went with it.
When he is hot, he is very, very hot.
3.Jamie Donaldson (80/1)
You may have seen the Welshman hit quite a good shot at Gleneagles last September. His emphasis on turning that performance under pressure into Major Championship form, is what makes him one to watch this year. An increased PGA Tour schedule should improve his T-14th Masters finish last year, it is simply whether he can putt well enough.
4. Jonas Blixt (100/1)
Many forget that the young Swede tied Jordan Spieth for second at last year’s Masters. Four rounds under par shows incredible talent from the three time PGA Tour winner. His form has been erratic since then with a handful of missed cuts, however he definitely has the game to challenge.
Worth a pound each way perhaps.
5. Brooks Koepka (50/1)
Weekend rounds of 64 and 66 secured Koepka’s first win at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. This backed up the American’s victory at the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November. The fact he hits it miles – 308 yard driving distance, 3rd on the PGA Tour – will help him greatly round Augusta National, and if the flat stick gets hot we are bound to see him challenging.
Finally, if you tweet: #Matsuyama #Horschel #Donaldson #Blixt or #Koepka to @vpargolf, then if you pick the highest finishing of the five, you win a free copy of the VPAR App! Good Luck!