Golf Rankings for The Masters
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #5
After all-or-nothing results in recent years Watson has become a very consistent player this season. In half a dozen stroke play events, he’s finished no worse than 18th and has three top-fives over his last four. Watson is currently first in both driving distance and greens in regulation percentage and ranks eighth in All-Around Ranking. In three career starts at Augusta, Watson owns a single top-20, but is capable of much more based on this year’s performance.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #22
A fifth-place result in match play appears to have turned the season around for Kuchar. In the two stroke play events since, he’s recorded two straight top-10s and is now 12th in All-Around Ranking. Despite some very consistent results over the last two seasons, they haven’t translated to success at Augusta with finishes of T24 and T27. While Kuchar could very well breakthrough this week, he’s currently a step or two behind the other top players in the field when it comes to playing on the big stage of the Masters.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #74
In half a dozen stroke play events this year Simpson has totaled one top-five and three top-10s, but finished 35th or worse in the other three. Simpson is a first timer at Augusta but is no stranger to quick success. While Simpson hasn’t been on the kind of tear that nearly won him in the FedExCup last year (and saw him finish first in All-Around Ranking), he’s playing well and is an intriguing player to watch this week.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class C]
In his first start at Augusta since 2005 Van Pelt finished T8 in the Masters last year. BVP has been among the most consistent players over the last two months, finishing in either eighth or ninth over his last four stroke play events. Van Pelt ranks first in both strokes gained – putting and birdie average. He’s also sixth in total driving and fourth in All-Around Ranking.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
Over his last four stoke play events Furyk has finished 11th or better, including a share of second at Copperhead, on three occasions. Furyk is up to fifth in scoring average and has finished inside of the top 25 in three of his last three starts at Augusta.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #64
After three straight finishes inside the top 15-- highlighted by a solo second at Bay Hill-- McDowell finished a disappointing T63 at Redstone after a poor final round. McDowell finished a career-best T17 at Augusta in 2009, but would miss the next two cuts.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #55
Poulter opened 2012 slowly with three stroke play finishes of 45th or worse, but is coming off a solo third at Bay Hill. He’s been solid in the Masters over the last five years with a pair of top-15s and never finishing outside of the top 30.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13
Since winning the Masters in 2007, Johnson has just one top 20 at Augusta in four starts and has missed two of the last three cuts. ZJ might be able to turn that around, finishing 17th or better in four of his last six stroke play starts this season and currently sits 17th in All-Around Ranking.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8 - Not Entered
Following a pair of top-fives at Pebble and Riviera, Johnson finished a disappointing T35 at Doral. Things aren't looking much better for his outlook at Augusta where he's finished 30th or worse in all three of his career starts.
Johnson Wagner [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #194
Wagner has only one career start at Augusta, a T36 from 2008. He’s been strong this season, however, currently ranking second in FedExCup points. Wagner has only missed one cut in 10 starts with one win and five finishes inside the top 15.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #134
After three straight finishes inside the top 20 at the Masters, Watney finished 46th at Augusta last year. The 2011 regular season leader in FedExCup points has been a large disappointment this season, finishing outside of the top 30 in five of his last six stroke play events and outside of the top 50 in his last two.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #12
Since finishing inside the top-five at Augusta in 2004, Garcia has missed three cuts and has finished no better than T35 in seven starts. In four stroke play events this season Garcia owns a top-five and another inside the top 20.
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