Who Should I Pick In My Masters Pool?

 

You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t taking your Masters picks seriously. Going down the rabbit hole of Masters historical trends, current player hot streaks, injuries, tournament schedules etc. and narrowing that down a sure pick is no easy task.

In this article I’m going to give you my best effort to help you take the crown in this year’s pool.

If you haven’t set up a Masters pool before or you are looking for format options check out these two articles to help you out.  

Format Details and Setup Explanation:

  • I’ve listed all players currently qualified (87 players as of 2/2/20) for the 2020 Masters tournament thanks to my man @RobBoltonGolf
  • Sorted that field by the 2020 Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR
  • Added Vegas Insider Odds to assist in selections.
  • Segmented those players up into 3 tiers based on OWGR (here’s how to customize your own picksheet if your pool setup is different). 
  • Offer you my two top picks for each tier and the reasoning for those selections. 

Using OWGR, the power of the internet, and of course Vegas Insider most current odds (as of 12/24/19) to back up my gut instincts I bring to you the picks you should make to win your 2020 Masters Pool. 

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Player Odds OWGR Player Odds OWGR Player Odds OWGR
Brooks Koepka 9/1 1 Matt Wallace 150/1 30 Justin Harding 250/1 72
Rory McIlroy 10/1 2 Shugo Imahira 250/1 31 J.T. Poston 250/1 77
Jon Rahm 14/1 3 Tyrrell Hatton 150/1 32 Cameron Champ 100/1 78
Justin Thomas 18/1 4 Billy Horschel 200/1 33 Sung Kang 500/1 86
Dustin Johnson 18/1 5 Sungjae Im 100/1 34 Nate Lashley 500/1 88
Tiger Woods 14/1 6 Kevin Kisner 100/1 35 Si Woo Kim 200/1 97
Patrick Cantlay 20/1 7 Chez Reavie 200/1 36 Dylan Frittelli 250/1 102
Justin Rose 18/1 8 Jason Day 40/1 37 Sebastian Muñoz 300/1 104
Xander Schauffele 20/1 9 Sergio Garcia 100/1 39 Matthew Wolff 100/1 117
Tommy Fleetwood 30/1 10 Jazz Janewattananond 250/1 40 Lanto Griffin 300/1 119
Webb Simpson 60/1 11 Rafa Cabrera Bello 200/1 41 Max Homa 500/1 130
Patrick Reed 50/1 12 Ian Poulter 125/1 43 Tyler Duncan 500/1 164
Adam Scott 40/1 13 Jordan Spieth 8/1 44 Zach Johnson 250/1 202
Bryson DeChambeau 40/1 14 Victor Perez 300/1 45 Charl Schwartzel 250/1 223
Paul Casey 60/1 15 Brandt Snedeker 125/1 46 Andrew Landry NA 228
Tony Finau 40/1 16 Bubba Watson 50/1 47 Jimmy Walker 250/1 229
Gary Woodland 60/1 17 Andrew Putnam 300/1 48 Trevor Immelman 1000/1 670
Francesco Molinari 50/1 18 Erik van Rooyen 250/1 49 Vijay Singh 1000/1 762
Shane Lowry 100/1 19 Adam Hadwin 250/1 50 Bernhard Langer 500/1 1174
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1 20 Cameron Smith 150/1 53 Lukas Michel 2000/1 1428
Hideki Matsuyama 50/1 21 Charles Howell III 250/1 55 Ángel Cabrera 1000/1 1891
Bernd Wiesberger 150/1 22 Joaquin Niemann 125/1 58 Fred Couples 500/1 1895
Rickie Fowler 18/1 23 Lee Westwood 150/1 59 Abel Gallegos NA 2074
Matt Kuchar 80/1 24 Corey Conners 200/1 60 Yuxin Lin 1000/1 2074
Matthew Fitzpatrick 100/1 25 Jason Kokrak 250/1 62 Sandy Lyle 5000/1 2074
Henrik Stenson 80/1 26 Brendon Todd 200/1 63 Larry Mize 5000/1 2074
Kevin Na 200/1 27 C.T. Pan 300/1 69 José Maria Olazábal 5000/1 2074
Marc Leishman 80/1 28 Phil Mickelson 50/1 70 James Sugrue 2000/1 2074
Danny Willett 50/1 29 Lucas Glover 300/1 71 Mike Weir 1000/1 2074
OUR PICKS OUR PICKS OUR PICKS
Rory McIlroy 10/1 2 Jordan Spieth 8/1 44 Cameron Champ 100/1 78
Jon Rahm 14/1 3 Day or Bubba J.T Poston 250/1 77

 

TIER 1: Rory to Reach the End of the Rainbow

Top Pick: Rory McIIroy

No. 2: Jon Rahm

Honest answer is I want it to be Tiger BUT I just don’t think it’s going to happen for him this year. Being that he was the last person to go back to back in 2001-02 and only two others in history have done it (Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo) I just can’t give him the top picks this year.

RORY 

The top pick this year goes to the Rors! With a top 10 finish for the last five years I think it’s either now or never for the Irishman. Although his time at Augusta has been almost painful to watch he’s learned from every lost chance. Will his driving distance (#2 in 2019), scoring average (#1 in 2019) and experience be enough this year? We think so!  

RAHM

We are giving the number two spot to Jon Rahm. Why? He was only 3 shots back last year, placed 4th in 2018 with 3 rounds in the 60’s. It’s all about iron play and he’s got it. You don’t have to be perfect to win at Augusta but you have to fearlessly play to win. He’s going to be right next to Rory near the top but we don’t think he’ll be sporting the green coat this year. 

 

TIER 2: Is Second Best Good Enough for Spieth?

Top Pick: Bubba Watson

No. 2: Jordan Spieth

BUBBA

I can’t believe it’s already been six years since he earned himself the title of Masters Champion. He’s been there, done that and I don’t think he’ll do it again. Having done what it took to take the crown however makes him a fantastic Tier 2 top pick. With a T12 last year and a T5 in 2018 I think he’ll be right between the two this year. 

SPIETH

If the Masters was only two rounds I think the putter could get Jordan there. Sadly that’s not the case. Will he be in the top 10? Yes. Having not placed in the top two in any of the 51 events he’s played the last two years he’s a tough bet. That said, he’s got the game, the million dollar question is can he bring it for four days. If he does he’ll find himself somewhere near the top.  

 

TIER 3: Champ’s the Champ of Tier 3

Top Pick: Cameron Champ

No. 2: J.T Poston

CHAMP

Cameron is a stud and as the first player to win twice before turning 25 his odds of wearing green one day are great. I think he needs to learn how to dance with Augusta a few times to understand it enough to take the title. It’s not a matter of skill it’s simply a matter of experience not only at Augusta but in major championship competition in general and he hasn’t been around long enough to have it.  When he does, look out!

POSTON

J.T will be posting four rounds right around 71 if I had to guess. He’s had 4 finishes in the top 25 out of the first 10 events he’s played in 2020 and I think he’ll be in the top 25 at Augusta this year as well. He’s a great tier 3 safety pick with a consistent top 25ish game. 

 

There you have it! Keep an eye on our Masters Field by World Rank and Odds article to perform your own analysis based on current data (i.e. qualifiers, odds, and OWGR) to help you make your best picks for the 2020 Masters Golf Tournament. 

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Want to take our software on a test drive before it’s time to set up your Masters Pool? Click here for full access and a free pool for four players or less in any event leading up to the Masters. 

Happy Pooling! 

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