Five Australians in the field at the 2020 Masters; can Matt Jones, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman or Cameron Smith win the green jacket?
The Masters returns to its regular April schedule after a strange, soft 2020 Masters in November that saw Dustin Johnson run away with a five stroke victory.
The timing of the Masters is a return to regular programming along with faster fairways and greens, and warmer weather which will have golf balls running further and using shorter irons.
Five Australians are in the field for the first major of the year including Cameron Smith who finished in a tie for second place last November. We’re not sure a mullet will go down too well with Augusta National members, but it would go very well with a green jacket.
Here is a quick rundown of the five Australian golfers in the field, their last five finishes at Augusta and form over the past few months.
World ranking: 30
Last five Masters: T2, T51, T5, T55
Round 1 and 2 grouping: Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth
Cameron Smith made Masters history last year becoming the first-ever player to card four consecutive rounds in the 60s to finish in a tie for second place with Sungjae Im, five strokes behind Dustin Johnson.
Smith wasn’t firing before last year’s November Masters, but he’s posted 3x top-20s in his last three stroke-play events. Looks good.
World ranking: 32
Last five Masters: T34, T18, T32, T9, T42
Round 1 and 2 grouping: Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa
Scotty’s form at The Masters since his breakthrough has been patchy but has easily made the cut each time. So of course he is comfortable here.
Recent form has Scotty posting consistent 20-50th place finishes. The T13 at the Honda Classic a few weeks ago was his best result since the T10 earlier in the year.
World ranking: 39
Last five Masters: T13, T49, 8. T43, CUT
Round 1 and 2 grouping: Victor Perez, Jason Kokrak
Leishman has missed the cut in his last two strokeplay events, having struggled with form for the past year.
Leishman has great memories of Augusta National and if draws upon them in the first two rounds he has the experience here to make an impact. Everyone needs a positive, strong start at Augusta National but Leishman needs one this week more than most.
World ranking: 52
Last five Masters: CUT, T5, T20, T22, T10
Round 1 and 2 grouping: Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ
Dropping back out of the world’s top-50 is an indication of Jason Day’s game at the moment.
Day has teased us with some low rounds over the past few months but hasn’t been able to put together four good rounds with his best finish a T7 back at Pebble Beach.
World ranking: 55
Last five Masters: CUT (2014)
Round 1 and 2 grouping: Sandy Lyle, Dylan Frittelli
Jones returns to Augusta for the first time since 2014 thanks to his fabulous win at the Honda Classic. Some time away from the golf course has Jones arriving refreshed and will be better than his missed cut last time around.
Posting a great result in your first ever Masters is a daunting task but Jones can make birdies with the best of them and if he remembers where to miss at Augusta, we think he’s a crazy chance this week.