Who’s who at the 2021 Masters

Ben Everill
(Australian Associated Press)




Age: 27

World Ranking: 30

Worldwide wins: 4

Best in a Major: T2 (2020 Masters)

Masters Played: 4 (4 cuts made)

Best Masters: T2 (2020)

Odds: $29

Why he can win: Was runner up to Dustin Johnson in November, producing a short game clinic and becoming the first player ever to have four rounds in the 60s. Has another top five in 2018.

Why he might not: Expectation now falls on Smith’s shoulders. As the highest-ranked Australian in the field he now must produce when expected to do so. Has never birdied the fifth or 11th holes in 16 tries and is a combined 12-over on them.

Name: ADAM SCOTT (Aus)

Age: 40

World Ranking: 32

Worldwide wins: 31

Best in a Major: Win (2013 Masters)

Masters Played: 19 (17 cuts made)

Best Masters: Champion (2013)

Odds: $61

Why he can win: Scott is the only Australian to own a green jacket after his break-through win in 2013 and as such can’t be discounted. At least one past champion has finished in the top 10 every year since 1970, winning on 19 occasions in that span. Scott is -100 on the par 5s at Augusta for his career.

Why he might not: Recent form not much to write home about. In his past 10 starts during the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, including the 2020 November Masters, Scott has just one top 10.


Age: 37

World Ranking: 39

Worldwide wins: 6

Best in a Major: T2 (2015 Open Championship)

Masters Played: 8 (5 cuts made)

Best Masters: T4 (2013)

Odds: $81

Why he can win: Proved he has what it takes in 2013 by storming to the first-round lead and holding court to a fourth-place finish. Had another top-10 in 2018 and broke a slump to be T13 in November.

Why he might not: Since a T4 and T18 in January Leishman’s best result on the PGA Tour is a T28 at the WGC Match Play last month where he failed to advance from group play.

Name: JASON DAY (Aus)

Age: 33

World Ranking: 52

Worldwide wins: 13

Best in a Major: Win (2015 PGA Championship)

Masters Played: 10 (8 cuts made)

Best Masters: T2 (2011)

Odds: $51

Why he can win: Has proven he can play well at Augusta National with three top-5 finishes. Sits under the radar but is reconnecting with the mental game that saw him reach world No.1.

Why he might not: Day missed the cut in the November edition and has just one top-10 since. Needs to tame the par-4 11th where he’s +10 career and has made four double bogeys.

Name: MATT JONES (Aus)

Age: 40

World Ranking: 55

Worldwide wins: 4

Best in a Major: T21 (2015 PGA Championship)

Masters Played: 1 (0 cuts made)

Best Masters: CUT (2014)

Odds: $126

Why he can win: Jones is the most recent Australian winner on the PGA TOUR with his victory at the Honda Classic in Florida last month. Has the pedigree with two Australian Open titles and two PGA Tour wins on his resume.

Why he might not: Jones has only played at the Masters once prior and missed the cut by a healthy margin, managing just two total birdies. Is yet to post a major championship top 20.


Age: 36

World Ranking: 1

Worldwide wins: 25

Best in a Major: Win (2016 US Open, 2020 Masters)

Masters Played: 11 (9 cuts made)

Best Masters: Champion (2020)

Odds: $10

Why he can win: The world No.1 is the defending champion and comes in as the FedExCup champion. Was runner-up at the last April Masters in 2019.

Why he might not: No one has defended the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2001-02.


Age: 27

World Ranking: 2

Worldwide wins: 14

Best in a Major: Win (2017 PGA)

Masters Played: 5 (5 cuts made)

Best Masters: 4 (2020)

Odds: $12

Why he can win: Was fourth in November and is coming off a win at the prestigious PLAYERS Championship.

Why he might not: It’s hard to stay at the top of your game for a long stretch, he may have peaked at TPC Sawgrass.


Age: 26

World Ranking: 3

Worldwide wins: 11

Best in a Major: T3 (2019 US Open)

Masters Played: 4 (4 cuts made)

Best Masters: 4 (2018)

Odds: $13

Why he can win: Heavy contender in his past three Masters starts – all top 10s and is a recent world No.1. Nothing worse than T32 in 11 starts this season including seven top-10s.

Why he might not: Wife Kelley gave birth to the couple’s first child just days ago and the Spaniard understandably might be lacking a little focus… and sleep.


Country: USA

Age: 27

World Ranking: 5

Worldwide wins: 9

Best in a Major: Win (2020 U.S. Open)

Masters Played: 4 (4 cuts made)

Best Masters: T-21 (2016)

Odds: $12

Why he can win: Won last year’s US Open by a dominant six-shot margin and hits it further than anyone in the field. If he combines accuracy with his length he will boast a significant advantage.

Why he might not: Has never troubled the contenders deep into the tournament on four previous attempts. Needs his approach game and putting to be top notch on firm and fast conditions.


Age: 31

World Ranking: 12

Worldwide wins: 26

Best in a Major: 4 Wins (2011 US Open, 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship; 2014 British Open)

Masters Played: 12 (11 cuts made)

Best Masters: 4 (2015)

Odds: $17

Why he can win: Six of his 12 starts have finished with a top-10 result at Augusta National and he stands to complete the career grand slam with a victory.

Why he might not: The pressure of claiming the career grand slam gets bigger every year. Hasn’t won a major since 2014.


Age: 27

World Ranking: 38

Worldwide wins: 14

Best in a Major: Win (2015 Masters, 2015 US Open, 2017 Open Championship)

Masters Played: 7 (7 cuts made)

Best Masters: Champion (2015)

Odds: $11

Why he can win: Broke a four-year slump with a win last week in Texas and has a victory, two runner-ups and a third among his Masters starts.

Why he might not: One swallow doesn’t make a summer. The win last week was impressive but a major championship is a next level test.


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