Part of the fun of Masters week is making a prediction on who is going to win. Whether you like to gamble or just have some fun with your golfing buddies, everyone wants to say they picked the winner.
If you’re having a tough time coming up with your pick, don’t worry, we’ve done some of the work for you. Here’s our list of 5 sleepers that could have a shot at a green jacket. No Rory’s or Bubba’s on this list.
5 Masters Sleepers
1. Matt Kuchar – Current Odds: 30/1
Why he can win: 36-year-old Matt Kuchar loves playing at Augusta. His last three years at the Masters he’s finished in 3rd, 8th and 5th place respectively. Although Kuch has never won a major, he does hold seven PGA victories. The world No. 16 has current odds of 30 to 1, which isn’t bad for someone who’s been so close to a green jacket.
Why he can’t win: If you’re picking Kuchar, then you’re basing it solely off of his recent Masters performances, and not how he’s played in 2015. After finishing 3rd and 2nd back-to-back at the Sony Open and Humana Challenge in January, Kuchar has been a non-factor on tour, most recently finishing in 70th at the Shell Houston Open. Usually one of the more accurate hitters on tour, Kuchar ranks 111th (60.04%) in driving distance, compared to 20th (67.37%) last year.
2. Justin Rose – Current Odds: 40/1
Why he can win: World No. 11 Justin Rose has two top ten finishes in his career at Augusta (2007, 2012). He’s also proven he can win the big one, when he won the 2013 U.S. Open. The South African has 17 professional wins since turning pro in 1998, and has never missed a cut at the Masters.
Why he can’t win: When Rose last finished in the top 10 at Augusta (2012), he was the number one player on tour in greens in regulation, at over 70 percent. This year he ranks 62nd, and has missed the cut in three of his last five PGA events.
3. Keegan Bradley – Current Odds: 60/1
Why he can win: Keegan has had an up and down year. He has three top five finishes, but has also missed the cut or finished over par in three events. One of the longest hitters on tour, Keegan’s driver will definitely be an advantage this week. The 2011 PGA champion is not afraid of the big moment, and has been a key member of the U.S. Ryder Cup teams. The world No. 33 is getting 60 to 1 odds, which isn’t bad.
Why he can’t win: The St. John’s University grad has really never done anything at Augusta. He’s played the Masters three times and missed the cut last year. Keegan will have to take a major step forward this week if he’s to compete for a green jacket.
4. Paul Casey – Current Odds: 70/1
Why he can win: One of the more accomplished European Tour players of the last 15 years, Englishman Paul Casey is very quietly having a nice 2015 season. In 9 PGA events, Casey has made 6 cuts and has 3 top five finishes to his name. He most recently finished 9th at the Shell Houston Open, and ranks 13th on tour in scoring average at 70.18. Casey finished 6th and 10th at the Masters in 2004 and 2007 respectively, so he’s shown he’s capable of playing well at Augusta.
Why he can’t win: It’s been eight years since Casey finished inside the top 10 at the Masters. The 37-year-old will need to turn back the clock this week to be in contention.
5. Kevin Na – Current Odds: 100/1
Why he can win: Ranked No. 21 in the world, Kevin Na has quietly had a strong start to his 2015 campaign. Na has three top 10 finishes over his last four starts, including a 6th place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Na’s best finish at Augusta came in 2013 when he finished in 12th. Keep an eye on him this week.
Why he can’t win: Na has never been a big hitter with his driver, and only averages about 274 yards, which ranks 194 on tour. Na is a good short game player but his putter can be hot and cold depending on the week. The South Korean has only played the Masters four times in his career, and missed the cut twice and finished 59th another time.
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