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5. Brooks Koepka
Koepka's last 3 major finishes are a T2, T4 and T6, despite this we still look at Brooks as having a relativly dissapointing last 12 months. Perhaps this speaks to the high standards he has set for himself in major championships, dating back to 2017 when he won four majors across 3 seasons. While he is yet to win at Augusta, the course does seem to suit him with a runner up finish in 2019.
Last year saw Brooks miss the cut at Augusta, this was however after a long injury lay off and his more recent form shows even more inconsistancy. In his last 7 starts, he has missed the cut three times, and finished inside the top 16 four times, this is including a run to the quater finals in the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play just a couple of weeks ago.
Brooks is one of the most unique players on Tour, his form seems to be completely dictated by how interested and engaged he is on that week, we believe the stature and importance of the US Masters is enough to spur him into contention this weekend.
4. Patrick Cantlay
Cantlay, currently sitting at number 5 in the World Rankings, is coming off his best year on Tour in 2021. This included four wins and being voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year. While his major championship form is yet to match what he has achieved on tour, his calm demeanor and mature attitude seems to be an essential ingredient to winning at Augusta.
We saw a glimpse of this back in 2019 when he held the solo lead before a few stumbles allowed the field to catch up. After becoming more comfortable with that winning feeling at big tournaments, we feel Cantlay is better suited than ever to have a real run at this years Masters.
3. Scottie Scheffler
Scottie Scheffler was still winless on the PGA Tour two months ago, now he is World Number 1. Three wins in his last 5 starts has rocketed him to the top of the world rankings, it is also important to note the quality of these wins, coming at the WM Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC Matchplay, all boasting high class fields. It should come as no surprise that we fancy him to compete again this weekend. This will be his third start at Augusta and he has proven to like the set up with T19 and T18 finishes in the last two years.
It is clear that Scheffler will be riding a wave of confidence coming into this week, as he is undoubtably the hottest golfer on the planet.
2. Cam Smith
Possibly the second hottest golfer in the world at the moment, is Aussie Cam Smith. While he is yet to exerience Major Championship success, you could argue he has the next best thing, after his win just at few weeks ago at the Players Championship, often referred to as "The Fifth Major". In addition to his win at TPC Sawgrass, Smith also won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, setting a tournament record 34 under par for the week.
His recent form seems just as impressive as his form at the Masters. It seems the layout of Augusta suits Australian golfers quite nicely, and it is no different for Cam Smith. Four of his last 3 starts he has finished inside the top 10, including a T2 in the 2020, patronless edition in which he became the first ever golfer to shoot all four rounds in the 60's as the Masters. We hope Smith can continue his stellar form and match his famous mullet with an even more famous jacket.
1. Jon Rahm
After the recent dominance of the likes of Cam Smith and Scottie Scheffler, its easy to forget just how good Jon Rahm has been in recent times as well. While he has been demoted to number 2 in the World Golf Rankings, he is still a force to be reconed with on any given weekend.
Its hard to choose where to start when speaking about Rahm's form leading into this week, he has 15 top 10 finishes in his last 22 starts on the PGA Tour, 2 wins, including last year's US Open. After getting that first major championship under his belt, we believe he will be hard to stop this weekend at Augusta, a course that he seems to enjoy, finishing inside the top 10 in each of his last four starts at Augusta. This included a tie for 5th last year, with the tournament kicking off just days after the the arrival of his first born, hardly ideal preparation!
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