Majors Value Meter: Masters Rankings

Majors Value Meter: Masters Rankings

This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.

Below are our 2016 Masters rankings. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues as well, no matter the nuances. Check the comments section for golfers who are scratched.

A=Amateur


FAVORITES

1. Jason Day
Note: Re-emerged as World No. 1 after consecutive wins heading into Augusta, where he's knocked on the door twice. Solid favorite this week.
2. Jordan Spieth
Note: Defending green jacket owner after tying scoring record last season. Recent struggles but should be more than solid during Masters week.
3. Rory McIlroy
Note: Seeking to complete career grand slam of majors with a win at Augusta.
4. Bubba Watson
Note: Two-time champ has won two of last four green jackets and his game fits Augusta National perfectly.
5. Adam Scott
Note: Green Jacket owner from 2013 now has a short putter but has found his form with back-to-back wins at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac.
6. Rickie Fowler
Note: Seeking first major but has all the game to breakthrough at Augusta.
7. Phil Mickelson
Note: Three green jackets, great form heading in. Lefty won two years after his first Masters, four years after his second, and this year marks six years after his third.
8. Dustin Johnson
Note: Long driver with elite ballstriking, Johnson still seeks his first major breakthrough but will need his putter to hold up at the slick Augusta greens.
9. Justin Rose
Note: A proven major champion, Rose holds seven top-25s in his last eight Masters, including a career best finish T2 at last year's Masters.
10. Louis Oosthuizen
Note: Lost in 2012 Masters playoff with Bubba Watson. Hot form recently with three top-15s including a runner-up at the WGC-Match Play.
11. Charl Schwartzel
Note: Won 2011 Masters with four straight birdies to finish; notched his second PGA Tour victory at Valspar just one month ago.
12. Henrik Stenson
Note: Average history at Augusta and yet to win a major but loaded with talent and finished second last week at the Shell Houston Open.

CONTENDERS

13. Hideki Matsuyama
Note: Young Japanese sensation is an elite ballstriker who notched a top-5 at last year's Masters. Earned second PGA Tour at Phoenix Open in February.
14. Brandt Snedeker
Note: Consistent ballstriker with elite putting, Snedeker has twice contended for the green jacket. Would be no surprise to see him contend again.
15. Patrick Reed
Note: Augusta State alum followed up a missed cut at his first Masters with a T22 last year. Form has been solid dating back to late 2015.
16. Danny Willett
Note: Tied for 38th in first Masters last year. Recently tied for third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
17. Sergio Garcia
Note: Now in his mid-thirties, Garcia is among the best players to have not won a major yet. Spotty record at Augusta and has never truly contended.
18. Paul Casey
Note: Posted tie for sixth at 2015 Masters in revival year. Enters with solid form and could surprise for another top-10 if putting holds up.
19. Marc Leishman
Note: Aussie surprised with top-5 finish in 2013 and contended for the 2015 British Open, losing to Zach Johnson. Could prove to be a risk-reward option.
20. Brooks Koepka
Note: Immense length off the tee; tied for 33rd in first Masters last year and decent form heading in which includes a recent quarterfinal appearance at WGC-Match Play.
21. Branden Grace
Note: Three European Tour victories since start of 2015. Contended for U.S. Open and PGA Championship last year, finishing top-5 in both.
22. Justin Thomas
Note: Youthful talent with all the game to navigate Augusta. Making first Masters appearance.
23. Zach Johnson
Note: 2007 Masters champ has been mediocre at the Masters since his triumph. Could contend if poor weather forecast becomes a reality at Augusta next week.
24. Matt Kuchar
Note: Three top-8s the last four years at the Masters; a major is the only thing not yet on his resume. Has quietly posted three top-11s in the last seven weeks.
25. Jimmy Walker
Note: Two Masters appearances, two made cuts, including a T8 in 2014. An underrated option with length, great putting, and mediocre form heading in.

IN THE HUNT

26. J.B. Holmes
Note: Missed cut at 2015 Masters after winning previous week at Houston Open. Long off the tee and making his third Masters appearance.
27. Bill Haas
Note: Has been mostly absent at majors in his career, but in solid form with recent playoff loss at Valspar Championship in March.
28. Shane Lowry
Note: Irishman collected his first PGA Tour victory at WGC-Bridgestone in 2015. Two straight years with top-10 in a major, missed cut at first Masters last year.
29. Jason Dufner
Note: Mediocre Masters record (4-of-5 cuts, best finish T20) but did win the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge in dramatic fashion.
30. Billy Horschel
Note: 2014 FedEx Cup champion regressed in 2015 with only two top-10s, but re-emerging with two top-10s already in 2016.
31. Ian Poulter
Note: Lengthy history of above average play at Augusta but the outspoken Englishman has yet to find himself in the mix on Sunday.
32. Kevin Kisner
Note: Capped a breakthrough 2015 season with a victory at the RSM Classic to earn his first invite to the Masters.
33. Ryan Moore
Note: Strong recent form but has failed to truly contend at a major in 14 years on PGA Tour.
34. David Lingmerth
Note: Entering maiden Masters after winning the 2015 Memorial Tournament.
35. Victor Dubuisson
Note: Frenchman earned second career European Tour victory in 2015, but has missed the cut in first two Masters appearances.
36. Hunter Mahan
Note: Good ball striker with jekyll-and-hyde history at the Masters; has four top-12s but three missed cuts in his nine year history
37. Byeong-hun An
Note: Twenty-four year old is making his second Masters appearance after adding two international victories to his resume in 2015.
38. Kevin Na
Note: Two T12 finishes at Augusta, but two missed cuts as well. Has one PGA Tour win and will need a brilliant short game display to contend Sunday.
39. Andy Sullivan
Note: Playing in first Masters after pouncing onto the golf scene with three European Tour victories in 2015.
40. Martin Kaymer
Note: Went wire-to-wire to win 2014 U.S. Open by five shots. Has missed 5-of-8 career cuts at Masters, his best finish a T31.
41. Harris English
Note: Young talent missed cut at maiden Masters in 2014 but returns for a second go in 2016.
42. Angel Cabrera
Note: 2009 Masters champ also nearly won in 2013, losing in a playoff to Adam Scott. Now 315th in official world golf rankings.
43. Bryson DeChambeau (A)
Note: Sky's the limit for the youngster who won both the 2015 NCAA Championshi and U.S. Amateur. May surprise in his first Masters appearance.
44. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Note: Thai is making first Masters appearance on the heels of two European Tour victories in 2015.
45. Emiliano Grillo
Note: Earned first drive down Magnolia Lane with playoff win over Kevin Na at Frys.com Open late last year.
46. Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Note: Recent third place effort at WGC-Match Play pushed him inside top-50 in world ranking to earn a Masters Invite.
47. Danny Lee
Note: Notched first PGA Tour victory at The Greenbrier in 2015, and road the coattails of that victory to finish ninth in FedEx Cup standings.
48. Bernd Wiesberger
Note: Was first Austrian to play in Masters last year, finishing T22. Six international victories to his name, with a European Tour victory in 2015.
49. Matthew Fitzpatrick
Note: Won 2015 British Masters on European Tour; made Masters debut as amateur in 2014, missing the cut.
50. Jamie Donaldson
Note: Forty year old had top-15 effort in 2014 Masters; solid ball striker who most notably sealed the Ryder Cup in 2014.

LONGSHOTS

51. Graeme McDowell
Note: Four missed cuts the last six years at Augusta.
52. Lee Westwood
Note: Formidable record at Augusta with seven career top-11 finishes; still seeking first major breakthrough but now 42 years of age and chances dwindling.
53. Webb Simpson
Note: Won the 2012 U.S. Open by closing a four-shot gap to win outright. Poor Masters history with best finish a T28 last year.
54. Keegan Bradley
Note: Game is a good fit for Augusta but has descended to 98th in the official world golf rankings. Best finish a T22 at Augusta last year.
55. Ernie Els
Note: Past his prime at 46 but a strong history at Augusta and highly capable of making the cut.
56. Russell Knox
Note: Breakthrough victory at WGC-HSBC Champions to earn first Masters invite.
57. Robert Streb
Note: Strong 2015 saw Streb earn nine top-10 finishes. Missed cut in first Masters last year.
58. Chris Kirk
Note: His right-to-left ball flight fits Augusta as evidenced by T33, T20 finishes in first two Masters appearances. Solid form last two starts.
59. Charley Hoffman
Note: Surprised for top-10 finish at 2015 Masters, which could have been much better. In good form with a trio of top-20 finishes since the start of March.
60. Kevin Streelman
Note: Tied for 12th at 2015 Masters. Recent third place effort at 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.
61. Thongchai Jaidee
Note: Has 15 international victories but now in his mid-forties with limited upside to contend.
62. Anirban Lahiri
Note: Won twice on the European Tour in 2015 and earned top-5 at 2015 PGA Championship. Tied for 49th at Masters last year.
63. Fred Couples
Note: Fifty-six year old fan favorite finally missed the cut last year after top-20s the previous five years.
64. Davis Love III
Note: Fifty-one year old 2016 Ryder Cup captain turned back the clock to win the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Making 20th Masters start.
65. Sammy Schmitz (A)
Note: Won 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship after acing a par-4 late in the 36-hole title match.
66. Soren Kjeldsen
Note: Returns to Augusta for first time since 2010 after a revival year on European Tour that included a victory and eight top-10s.
67. Scott Piercy
Note: Earned his first Masters appearance after winning 2015 Barbasol Championship.
68. Chris Wood
Note: Euro posted his second career European Tour victory in 2015 to make his first Masters appearance since 2010.
69. Smylie Kaufman
Note: Earned first Masters invite through breakthrough victory at 2015 Shriners Open.
70. Daniel Berger
Note: Earned 2015 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors after six top-10s including runner-ups at Honda Classic and BMW Championship. First Masters appearance.
71. Fabian Gomez
Note: Parlayed a surprise St. Jude Championship into a second victory at the 2016 Sony Open to earn an invite to his first Masters.
72. Jim Herman
Note: Punching the last ticket to Augusta with a breakthrough victory at the Shell Houston Open last week, the 38-year-old journeyman will make his first Masters appearance.
73. Troy Merritt
Note: Won 2015 Quicken Loans National at a record score of 18-under. Has contended in a couple more events in the last year but little major experience.
74. Steven Bowditch
Note: Won 2015 Byron Nelson Championship for second win in two years. Tied for 26th in first Masters last year.
75. Vaughn Taylor
Note: Rallied for first PGA Tour win in over 10 years at the 2016 Pebble Beach Pro-Am to earn his fourth Masters invite.
76. Cameron Smith
Note: Talented youngster made a splash with T4 at 2015 U.S. Open in first major championship, followed it up with top-25 at 2015 PGA Championship. First Masters appearance.
77. Vijay Singh
Note: Won the Masters in 2000 and has made his last four Masters cuts despite being north of 50 years old.
78. Darren Clarke
Note: Won the 2011 British Open by three to become the oldest major champion since Ben Crenshaw at the 1995 Masters.
79. Romain Langasque (A)
Note: Won 2015 British Amateur to earn a Masters Invite.
80. Jin Cheng (A)
Note: Won Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship after a third-round 69 put him in the lead, and a fourth round cancellation gave him the win.
81. Mark O'Meara
Note: Ended a streak of eight straight missed Masters cuts with a surprise T22 last year at the age of 58.
82. Mike Weir
Note: Canadian became the first left-hander to win the Masters back in 2003, but has struggled mightily with his game and injuries in recent years.
83. Bernhard Langer
Note: Timeless Champions Tour staple and former Masters champion is 58 but a made cut wouldn't surprise any patrons.
84. Trevor Immelman
Note: Won 2008 Masters but has fallen to 1,666 in the world rankings since.
85. Sandy Lyle
Note: Became the first Brit to win the Masters when he earned the green jacket in 1988. Now 58 and no longer a contender.
86. Larry Mize
Note: Chipped in on the second playoff hole in 1987 Masters to beat Greg Norman in dramatic fashion. Now 57 and has made just one cut since 2010.
87. Ian Woosnam
Note: Won the 1991 Masters but has made just one Masters cut since 2001.
88. Derek Bard (A)
Note: Runner-up to Bryson DeChambeau at 2015 U.S. Amateur to earn first Masters appearance.
89. Paul Chaplet (A)
Note: Won 2016 Latin America Amateur Championship to earn his Masters invitation; first Central American player to play in Masters.

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