For some, this will be the first trip to the Masters, their first look at Augusta National in all her beauty, and their first drive up Magnolia Lane. For others, it’s a return home, a chance to slip on their green jacket and reminisce of glory past. For most, however, it’s another chance to claim their own piece of history.
Sang-Moon Bae: Making his second appearance in the Masters, Bae finished T-37 in 2012, his best finish in nine major championship appearances.
Thomas Bjorn: A proven winner on the European Tour and a guy who has seemingly done everything except win a major in his career. His best finish at Augusta National came in 2002 when he finished in a tie for 18th.
Keegan Bradley: Bradley is one of the marquee players on the PGA Tour today and at age 27 is already a three-time winner, as well as a major champion. Yet his best finish in the Masters was a tie for 27th in 2012.
David Lynn: Lynn has won twice on the European Tour and finished second in the 2012 PGA Championship. Last year, as a Masters rookie, he finished T-46.
Hunter Mahan: In the conversation of “best yet to win a major,” Mahan has five wins on tour, including two WGC titles. He has six career top-10 finishes in majors, and his best Masters finish was a T-8 showing in 2010.
Matteo Manassero: The Italian has been turning heads since he won twice on the European Tour as a 17-year-old. Manassero hasn’t fared too well at Augusta, however, missing the cut last year, two years removed from his T-36 showing as the low amateur in 2011.
Graeme McDowell: McDowell has won all over the world, including the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. At Augusta, he’s also been solid. His best finish in the Masters came in 2012 when he tied for 12th.
K.J. Choi: While Y.E. Yang beat Choi to the title of first South Korean player to win a major, it doesn’t mean Choi can’t become the first to win a Masters. Choi has won eight times on tour and has fared pretty well at Augusta, notching back-to-back top-10 finishes in 2010 and 2011 and he finished third here in 2004.
Stewart Cink: The 2009 Open Champion, Cink has collected six wins on the PGA Tour over the course of his career. His best finish at the Masters came in 2008 when he finished solo third.
Tim Clark: Clark has won all over the world as a professional, including once on the PGA Tour and three times in Europe. At Augusta, he has fared well, finishing T-13 three times and finishing runner-up to Phil Mickelson in 2006.
Rory McIlroy: What is there to say about Rory McIlroy? Not much is unknown. He’s won 11 times as a professional, including two major victories by eight shots each. At Augusta, McIlroy has played well despite his best result being a T-15.
Darren Clarke: A 14-time winner on the European Tour and a three-time champ on the PGA Tour, Clarke won the 2011 Open Championship and has finished in the top 10 at least once in all four majors. His best result at the Masters came in 1998 when he finished T-8.
Francesco Molinari: Molinari has put together a pretty solid professional career. Still a new name to some in the States, Molinari has won five times as a pro, including three wins on the European Tour. His best finish at Augusta came in 2012 when he finished T-21.
Hideki Matsuyama: Despite only dabbling on the PGA Tour, Matsuyama is probably the best Japanese player in the game. He has five career wins on the Japan Golf Tour and has a couple top 10s in major championships. His best finish at Augusta was a T-27 effort in 2011.
Jason Day: Another one considered to be in the “best yet to win a major” camp, which is remarkable considering he’s only 26. He’s had three runner-up finishes in majors, including the Masters in 2011.
Ryan Moore: Moore was the low am at the Masters in 2005 when he finished T-13. Since then, he’s had a bit of a mixed bag of results at Augusta. He’s won three times on the PGA Tour, most recently last year’s CIMB Classic over Gary Woodland.
Luke Donald: In 2011, Luke Donald ascended to world No. 1, despite having never won a major. He has won 12 times on the European and PGA Tours and has claimed a couple top-three finishes in majors, including at Augusta in 2005.
Jamie Donaldson: Donaldson was a Masters rookie last year and missed the cut in his first and only start. That being said, Donaldson is one of the hottest players on the planet and is coming in after finishing T-2 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Louis Oosthuizen: Oosthuizen has become a household name in the three years since the epic drubbing he put on the field at the 2010 Open Championship. He has won five times on the European Tour since then and finished hard-luck runner-up to Bubba Watson at the Masters in 2012. His albatross on the par-5 second hole that Sunday will forever be one of the greatest shots in tournament history.
Kevin Streelman: Streelman picked up his only victory on the PGA Tour last year at the Tampa Bay Championship (now the Valspar Championship). He’s back at Augusta this year, looking to make his first cut in three starts in the Masters.
Thorbjorn Olesen: The young Dane was a Masters rookie in 2013 when he impressed the masses and created a name for himself with a T-6 finish. He had previously finished T-9 in the Open Championship in 2012 as well. His only career win on the European Tour came in 2012 at the Sicilian Open.
Russell Henley: Henley made quick work of picking up his first Masters invite last year when he won his first career PGA Tour start at the Sony Open. He won again at this year’s Honda Classic and will be making his second start at Augusta this April. Henley looks to build on his missed cut as a Masters rookie in 2013.
Jason Dufner: Dufner comes into this year’s Masters as the most recent man to taste major victory. He claimed the PGA Championship last August and in three starts in the Masters, has collected three top-30 or better finishes.
D.A. Points: Points has won twice on the PGA Tour, most recently at last year’s Shell Houston Open. In 2011 he collected his first career win at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and helped Bill Murray win his first pro-am at Pebble. Points’ best finish in the Masters came in 2013 when he finished T-38.
Ken Duke: Duke picked up his long-awaited first career PGA Tour win last year in Hartford at the Travelers Championship. This year, he’ll be making his second career start in the Masters; he finished T-35 in 2009.
Erinie Els: From 2000 to 2006, Els never finished worse than T-6 in the Masters Tournament, bookending the streak with runner-up finishes. The four-time major champion has won 66 times as a professional and will be looking to add the coveted green jacket to his collection this April.
Ian Poulter: Poulter is another player currently dealing with the “best yet to win a major” title, but that doesn’t mean he’s played poorly on the big stages. He has a couple top-three finishes in majors to his credit, to go along with 12 wins on the European Tour. His best showing at the Masters was a T-7 in 2012.
Justin Rose: Rose broke through in 2013 to become a major champion at the U.S. Open. Since then he’s played well and looks to add a second major crown in 2014. With 11 career wins over the two major tours, Rose is a star on both continents. His best finish at Augusta came in 2007 when he tied for fifth.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano: Since turning professional in 2004, Fernandez-Castano has become one of the premier players on the European Tour with seven career wins, including the BMW Masters last October. He caught the attention of the PGA Tour when he finished tied for 20th at last year’s Masters and followed that up with an impressive top-10 finish at the U.S. Open.
John Senden: Senden’s win at the Valspar Championship in March qualified him for the Masters Tournament. With a pair of victories on the PGA Tour, Senden is looking for a breakthrough performance at Augusta National. His best finish came last year when he tied for 35th.
Rickie Fowler: Fowler comes to Augusta looking to recapture some of the magic that made him one of the world’s best players back in 2011. Fowler has made three career appearances at the Masters, his best finish coming in 2012 when he tied for 27th.
Webb Simpson: The 2012 U.S. Open champion has made two appearances in the Masters, his first coming in 2012 when he finished T-44. Simpson missed the cut at last year’s tournament and looks to build on a solid start to the 2014 season.
Branden Grace: The South African enjoyed a breakout 2012 season on the European Tour, collecting four wins and earning a trip to the Masters. Grace will look to improve on his finish last year as a Masters rookie when he finished T-18.
Sergio Garcia: With 19 career victories on the two major tours, Garcia is one of the best players never to win a major. This year will mark his 16th appearance at Augusta National. His best finish in the Masters came in 2004, when he finished T-4.
Brandt Snedeker: In six appearances at Augusta, Snedeker has a pair of top-1o finishes. The FedEx Cup champion from 2012 had his best showing at the Masters in 2008 when he finished tied for third. Last year, Snedeker had a chance to pick up his first green jacket but stumbled late on Sunday.
Lucas Glover: Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open at a rain-soaked Bethpage Black but since then has only won once. Glover has made six appearances in the Masters, his best finish coming in 2007 when he finished T-20.
Bill Haas: Haas’ greatest golf achievement so far came in 2011 when he picked up the Fedex Cup trophy and the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Despite having won five times on the PGA Tour, Haas has never finished better than T-12 in a major. His best showing in the Masters was a T-20 showing at last year’s event.
Scott Stallings: With three PGA Tour victories to his credit, including his most recent win at the Farmers Insurance Open back in January, Stallings finished tied for 27th in his only appearance at the Masters back in 2012.
Peter Hanson: A winner of six events on the European Tour, Hanson returns to the Masters for the third time in his career. His best performance came in 2012 when the Swede finished T-3 after holding the 54-hole lead.
Steve Stricker: Stricker has become one of the game’s top players despite playing a limited schedule. With 12 victories on the circuit and 13 Masters appearances, Stricker is one of the best players yet to win a major, but nothing says he can’t pick that up north of the age of 40. His best finish at Augusta came in 2009 when he finished T-6.
John Huh: One of the pleasant surprises of 2012, Huh picked up his first career win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and finished inside the top 30 on the money list. He made his first career start in the Masters last year and finished with an impressive T-11.
Nick Watney: Watney has been mediocre at best in 2014, but that could turn around this week because he loves Augusta. In six appearances, Watney has never finished lower than 46th. His best finish came in 2007 when he finished in a tie for seventh, and he’s coming off a T-13 in last year’s Masters.
Henrik Stenson: No one had a better 2013 then Stenson. Now that he has claimed the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai, Stenson looks to add major glory to his resume. In eight starts in the Masters, Stenson’s best finish has been T-17-twice.
Thongchai Jaidee: The elder statesmen of the Asian Tour, Jaidee has collected 13 wins on that tour, good for second all-time, and five victories on the European Tour. He will be making his third career start at Augusta, where has missed the cut and withdrawn in two starts.
Miguel Angel Jimenez: The most interesting man in golf, Miguel Angel Jimenez will make his 15th career start in the Masters. He has won 20 times on the European Tour and has come close in majors before. At Augusta, he’s finished inside the top-15 five times, including a career-best showing in 2008, when he finished in a tie for eighth.
Martin Kaymer: The 2010 PGA Champion comes into Augusta looking to improve on his career best T-35 finish at Augusta, which came last year. In six career starts, Kaymer has missed the cut four times and also has a T-44 to his credit.
Dustin Johnson: Since turning pro in 2007, Johnson has collected eight wins on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-HSBC Champions event last November. Johnson has come close in majors before, leading after 54 holes in the 2010 U.S. Open and missing a playoff at the 2010 PGA Championship by two strokes. In four appearances at the Masters, Johnson’s best performance came last year when he finished tied for 13th.
Lee Westwood: Another player saddled with the “best yet to win a major” title. At 40, Westwood has collected a slew of top-three showings in majors, including second to Phil Mickelson at Augusta in 2010. The Masters could be the place where he sheds that title, however, having finished T-11 or better in five of the last six years.
Matt Kuchar: Kuchar began his Masters career in 1998 when he finished T-21 and was the low amateur. After playing just once from 2000-2009 (a missed cut in 2002), Kuchar went on a roll at Augusta. In his last four starts at the Masters, Kuch has finished no worse than T-27 and had a career-best showing of T-3 in 2012.
Marc Leishman: Leishman collected his first PGA Tour win in 2012 at the Travelers Championship and played in his second Masters in 2013 because of it. In 2010, Leishman missed the cut at Augusta, but came back strong in 2013 and really turned heads, finishing T-4 alongside Tiger Woods.
Gary Woodland: Woodland has gained a reputation as a bomber on the PGA Tour but he is much more than just a drive-for-show player. Woodland has won twice on tour and in two starts at the Masters has made both cuts, finishing T-24 in 2011.
Y.E. Yang: Yang became the first South Korean-born player to win a major in 2009 when he toppled Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship. Yang has made the trip down Magnolia Lane six times in his career, making the cut four times. His best finish in the Masters came in 2010 when he finished T-8.
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