Golf Rankings for The Masters
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class C]
Prior to missing the cut at Redstone, Mahan had been putting together a sound 2013 campaign, recording six straight top-25 finishes in stroke play events. Mahan only managed one top-10 in that time, but should remain a sound middle-tier option. Since 2008, Mahan has finished 12th or better in three of the five Augusta events, missing the cut in the other two.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #87
Donald's last start on Tour was a T4 at Copperhead, but he's actually coming off a missed cut at the Malaysian Open, an event on the European and Asian Tours. Donald landed a top-five in the 2011 edition of the Masters, but has missed two cuts in five starts since 2008 and finished T32 last year.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #20
Aside from a hot start in the two events hosted in Hawaii and winning the match play championship, Kuchar is having a fairly pedestrian season. In his last five stroke play events, Kuchar has finished inside the top 40 each time with three top-25s. At Augusta, he put together two straight midpack finishes until breaking through last year with a T3.
Ian Poulter [Yahoo Class C]
Going back to 2007, Poulter has never finished worse than 27th in the Masters, recording a top-10 two of the last three years. Poulter has made finished outside of the top 20 in three straight starts this season and has now made 20 consecutive cuts, the second-longest active streak on Tour.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #46
Furyk bounced right back from his worst performance of the season, a T65 at Bay Hill, with his best finish this year, a T3 last week at TPC San Antonio. That gives Furyk two top-10s in his last three starts as he heads back to Augusta. Since 2007, Furyk has notched three top-15s in the Masters.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #107
The Masters will be just the fourth stroke play event of the year for Stricker, who scored a pair of runner-up performances prior to a T38 at Redstone. Augusta hasn't been the best venue for Stricker, though, who has seen mixed results in recent years. He finished a career-best T6 in 2009 and added a T11 in 2011, but placed just T47 a year ago.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #9
Garcia withdrew from Bay Hill with a sore Achilles and a shoulder injury, perhaps aggravated during a unique shot out of a tree on the 10th hole. Prior to packing it in, Garcia had finished 13th or better in three stroke play events this season. Sergio had struggled at Augusta for several years until a T12 last year, but his injury situation really clouds matters.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14
Fowler will be competing in the Masters for just the third time in his career. Over the last two years, he's tallied T27 and T38 results. Fowler is coming off his best performance of the season, a T3 at Bay Hill, and owns four finishes inside the top 15 through six stroke play events.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #89
Following a T9 in the Honda and a T3 at Doral, McDowell disappointed at Bay Hill with a T45 showing. He missed two straight cuts at Augusta until last year's T12.
Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #4
Stenson came alive at the end of March with a T8 at Bay Hill and a share of second at Redstone. He'll need to keep that type of pace to turn things around at Augusta, where Stenson has missed two cuts in the last four years and landed outside the top 35 in the other two.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #59
Last year's T44 was Simpson's first appearance at Augusta, but he had a top-25 brewing until a poor final round of play. Simpson has missed two cuts this season, but has finished 20th or better in five of his six prior stroke play events.
Peter Hanson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #179
In his second career start at Augusta, Hanson finished T3 thanks to recording the second-lowest round of the entire tournament on Saturday. Hanson has been sound as of late with three straight finishes inside the top 25.
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