Countdown to the Masters: The Major Winners

With the Olympics taking the NHL away and the NBA All Star break taking the NBA leagues away, it leaves us daily fantasy players twiddling our thumbs. But with Draftkings and Draftstreet throwing up massive tournaments for The Masters, there is never such a thing as doing too much early research. With the Masters only a few months away, the field is already over 90 strong and I have decided to start early this year and bring Grinders some information on those that have already punched their ticket to Augusta.

A Tradition Unlike Any Other

This year marks the 80th year of The Masters. Not many events around the world hold the prestige like golf in Augusta, Georgia in the month of April. It is the one event every golfer strives to participate in. For those lucky enough to put on the Green Jacket earn themselves one of the greatest benefits the sport has to offer, a lifetime of invitations to one of the greatest events in all of sports.

A tradition lost – The iconic Eisenhower Tree was removed due an ice storm recently

We as fantasy golf players are to striving to make it big at the Masters. With two sites competing verses each other we now have the biggest prize pools to date for a golf tournament; DraftKings ($300,000) and Draftstreet ($100,000). It is a payday unlike any other for daily fantasy. As Shakespeare once said “The readiness is all”, what is going to happen will happen, all we can do is prepare.

In the upcoming months I will complete a few more articles similar to this one. By the end I will have every golfer listed and a little write up on each one. I will try and write it without biases and have it more as a reference guide for your own research. I will hope to have a Masters picks article written before the start of the event. Attached in this article will be a short video clip (some are not as short as I would have hoped) on each player and how they got here.

Each player below gained entry by winning a major. Whether it was winning the Masters itself and earning lifetime status, or winning one (in some cases two) of the other majors within the last five years. If you come across some blue text, feel free to right click and open in a new tab, sit back and enjoy some golfing history.

Note: Players might decide to pull out of The Masters for various reasons, but the ones below are listed from The Masters official website as in the field.

The Golfers

The Masters Winners

Angel Cabrera flag_ar 2009
Born: Cordoba, Argentina
Height: 6’ 0”, Weight: 210lbs
Home: Cordoba, Argentina
Won the Masters in 2009 when he parred the second playoff hole vs Kenny Perry. He also boasts beating Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by one stroke in the 2007 US Open. Last year at the Masters he lost to Adam Scott on the second playoff hole. He qualifies by being both a past winner and being inside the top 12 from last years Masters. He has played 14 Masters events making the cut in 11 of them.
Angel Cabrera Masters win
Fred Couples 1992
Born: Seattle, WA
Height: 5’11”, Weight: 185lbs
Home: La Quinta, CA
College: Houston
Won the Masters in 1992 by beating out Raymond Floyd. He has notched 15 PGA wins in his career with one being The PLAYERS. His last win was the 2003 Shell Open. He has played in 29 Masters making the cut a staggering 27 times.
Fred couples Masters Win
Ben Crenshaw 1984
Born: Austin, Texas
Height: 5’9”, Weight: 157lbs
Home: Austin, Texas
College: Texas
Crenshaw won the Masters in 1984 then 11 years later in 1995. In 1984 he beat out Tom Watson and in 1995 he beat out Davis Love III. Crenshaw has 19 PGA wins under his belt with his 1995 Master victory being the last of them. Out of 34 starts at the Masters Crenshaw has made 18 cuts (Only 2 out of the last 16 starts).
Ben Crenshaw Masters Win
Trevor Immelman 2008
Born: Somerset-West, Cape Town, South Africa
Height: 5’9”, Weight: 178lbs
Home: Orlando, FL
Immelman won the Masters in 2008. He beat out Tiger Woods. He has 1 other PGA win under his belt and that too came at the expensive of Tiger Woods at the Western Open (renamed The BMW Championship). His Masters victory was his last victory. Trevor is 9 out of 11 in making the cut at the Masters
Trevor Immelman Masters Win
Zach Johnson 2007
Born: Iowa City, Iowa
Height: 5’11”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: St. Simons Island, GA
College: Drake University
Zach won his Masters by two strokes in 2007 over Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini and Tiger Woods. He has won 11 times on Tour with his last at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2014. He also qualified via that win and his win at the BMW Championship. The other two ways he qualified is due to being in the Tour Championship as well as being in the top 50 in the world at the end of 2013. Zach is 6 out of 9 in making the cut at the Masters.
Zach Johnson Masters Win
Bernhard Langer 1985/93
Born: Anhausen, Germany
Height: 5’9”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Boca Raton, FL
Langer won Masters in both 1985 and 1993. In 1985 he beat out Steve Ballestero, Raymond Floyd and Curtis Strange. In 1993 he beat out Chip Beck. His 1993 was his last PGA win. He has one 2 Champions Tour events since the last Masters. He is 22 out of 30 in making the cut at the Masters.
Bernhard Langer Masters Win
Sandy Lyle 1988
Born: Shrewsbury, England
Height: 6’ 0”, Weight: 190lbs
Home: Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland & Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Sandy won his Masters event in 1988 by one stroke over Mark Calcavecchia. He also won the 1985 British Open. His last PGA win was the Masters and his last European win was in 1992. In 32 trips to Augusta, Sandy has only made 16 cuts.
Sandy Lyle Masters Win
Phil Mickelson 2004/06/10
Born: San Diego, CA
Height: 6’3”, Weight: 200lbs
Home: Rancho Santa Fe, CA
College: Arizona State
Phil is a three time winner of the Masters. He notched wins in 2004, 2006 and 2010. Phil is 9th all time in PGA wins with 42. He has won the PGA Championship once (2005) and the British Open (2013). His British Open win was the last win he has had. All-time at the Masters Phil is 20 cuts made in 21 trips. Besides his one missed cut, last year’s 54th was the worst finish he has had. His 62% top 10 finish percentage is 4th all time. His British Open as well as his Masters wins are just two of the five ways he has qualified for the Masters. Being in the top 4 at last years US Open, qualifying for the Tour Championship in 2013 and being in the top 50 at the end of 2013 are the other three ways he qualified.
Phil Mickelson Masters Win
Larry Mize 1987
Born: Augusta, GA
Height: 6’0”, Weight: 165lbs
Home: Columbus, GA
College: Georgia Tech
Larry Mize won his Masters when he made a miraculous chip in during a 3 way playoff. In his career Mize has 4 PGA wins to his name. He also has notched 1 win on the Champions Tour. His 2010 Champions win was the last event he has won. He has made 17 cuts out of 30 trips to the Masters. His last made cut was in 2009.
Larry Mize Master Win
Mark O’Meara 1998
Born: Goldsboro, N.C.
Height: 6’0”, Weight: 195lbs
Home: Houston, Texas
College: Long Beach State
O’Meara won the Masters in 1998 fending of Fred Couples and David Duval by one stroke. Later that year he went on to the British Open as well. He has 16 PGA wins in his career and his British Open win was the last. He has 2 Champions Tour victories to his name as well. In his career at The Masters, he has made 17 cuts in 29 trips.
Mark O’Meara Masters Win
José María Olazábal 1994/99
Born: Fuenterrabia, Spain
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Fuenterrabia, Spain
José María Olazábal is a two time Masters winner with victories in 1994 and 1999. He is 8th all time in European wins with 23. He has 6 PGA wins. His last win on either Tour was in 2005 (European). In 25 starts at the Masters he has picked up 17 made cuts.
Jose Maria Olazabal Masters Win
Charl Schwartzel 2011
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
Height: 5’11”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Verceeniging, South Africa
Charl won the Masters in 2011 by fending off Adam Scott and Jason Day and winning by 2 strokes. He has 9 European wins and the win at the Masters is his lone PGA win so far. He had a win at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2013 (European). In his four starts at The Masters he has made the cut in all four. Three of his starts have been top 30 or better. He also qualified by being in the Tour Championship in 2013 as well as finishing in the top 50 in the world for 2013.
Charl Schwartzel Masters Win
Adam Scott 2013
Born: Adelaide, Australia
Height: 6’ 0”, Weight: 180lbs
Home: Crans Sur Sierre, Switzerland
College: UNLV
Scott is the current defending Masters champion, beating Angel Cabrera on the second playoff hole. He has 10 PGA wins to his name with The Barclays being the latest win in 2013. In his career at Augusta he as made the cut 10 times with the last three being top 10 finishes. He also qualifies by being the runner up (again) at the British Open in 2013, winning the Barclays, qualifying for the Tour Championship and making the top 50 in the world at the end of 2013.
Adam Scott Masters Win
Vijay Singh 2000
Born: Lautoka, Fiji
Height: 6’2”, Weight: 210lbs
Home: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Vijay won the 2000 Masters by beating Ernie Els by 3 strokes. ViJay has 34 PGA wins under his belt with the last being the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship. Vijay is 16 out of 20 in making the cut at The Masters. When talking about top 25 finishes, he has a percentage of 55%.
Vijay Singh talks about the Masters
Craig Stadler 1982
Born: San Diego, Calif.
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 250lbs
Home: Evergreen, Colo.
College: USC
Big Craig won the Masters in 1982 in a playoff with Dan Pohl. In 37 trips to the Masters Craig has made the cut 23 times, though the last time he made a top 25 finish was 1992. His current missed cut streak is at 6. Craig has 13 wins to his name on the PGA Tour the last being in 2003.
Big Craig at the Masters
Bubba Watson 2012
Born: Bagdad, FL
Height: 6’3”, Weight: 180lbs
Home: Scottsdale, Ariz.
College: Faulkner State Community College and Georgia.
With one of the best shots in Masters history, Bubba Watson won his Masters title in 2012 in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen. He also won last week. He has 4 PGA wins under his belt. He is a perfect 5 for 5 in making the cut at the Masters. He also qualified for this event by being in the top 50 at the end of last year and winning the Northern Trust Open earlier this week.
Bubba Watson Masters Win
Tom Watson 1977/81
Born: Kansas City, MO
Height: 5’9”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Bucyrus, KS
College: Stanford
Tom Watson is a 2 time Masters winner, with wins in 1977 and 1981. Both victories came at the expense of the greatest Masters player of them all, Jack Nicklaus. Watson is 11th all time in PGA wins with 39. His last win was in 1998. In 40 Masters starts Watson has made the cut 26 times. He has missed 10 out of the last 11 cuts.
Tom Watson
Mike Weir 2003
Born: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5’9”, Weight: 155lbs
Home: Draper, Utah
College: BYU
In 2003 Mike Weir came out of no where to become Canada’s Masters hero. He does have 8 PGA wins under his belt the last being in 2007 at the Frys. In 14 starts at The Masters, Weir has made 10 cuts, but none in the last 3 years though. Out of those 10 made cuts, 6 of them have been top 25 or better.
Mike Weir Masters Win
Tiger Woods 1997/2001/02/05
Born: 1975-12-30, Cypress, CA
Height: 6’1”, Weight: 185lbs
Home: Jupiter, FL
College: Stanford
Quite simply, he is Tiger Woods, do I need to write anything about him? No? Yeah I thought so.
Tiger Woods 2005 Masters
Ian Woosnam 1991
Born: Oswestry, Wales
Height: 5’4”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Jersey, Channel Islands, England
Woosnam won his Masters title in 1991. He is 6th all time in European wins with 29. He has 2 PGA wins to his name with the Masters being the latest. In 25 starts here he has made the cut 13 times. He has missed 11 cuts in the last 12 years.
Ian Woosnam Masters Win

US Open Winners

The last five US Open winners also get automatic invites to The Masters.

Justin Rose 2013
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
Height: 6’3”, Weight: 195lbs
Home: London, England & Orlando, FL
Rose qualifies due to winning the US Open within the last 5 years. His Masters record here has been impressive despite not winning. He is a perfect 8 cuts made in 8 starts. 6 Of those made cuts have been top 25 or better. He has 5 PGA wins under his belt and with the pressure of winning his first major out of the way he is in a good position to win a second. He also qualifies by being in the Tour Championship and being inside the top 50 at the end of the 2013 year.
Justin Rose US Open Win
Webb Simpson 2012
Born: Raleigh, N.C.
Height: 6’2”, Weight: 175lbs
Home: Charlotte, N.C.
College: Wake Forest
Simpson qualifies by winning the 2012 US Open. His Masters record is 1 cut made from 2 starts with 44th being his only finish. Simpson so far has 4 PGA wins to his credit, including a win this season at the Shriners. That win, as well as qualifying for the Tour Championship and being inside the top 50 in the world at the end of 2013 are the other three ways Simpson has qualified for this years Masters.
Webb Simpson wins US Open
Rory McIlory 2011
Born: Holywood, Northern Ireland
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 160lbs
Home: Holywood, Northern Ireland
Not only does Rory qualify through winning the 2011 US Open but also for winning the 2012 PGA Championship as well. His Masters record is 4 cuts made from 5 starts with 3 finishes inside the top 25. Rory has 6 PGA wins under his belt and also qualifies by being inside the top 50 in the world at the end of the 2013 year. He had a down year in 2013 but his 2014 is trending upward.
Rory McIlory wins US Open
Graeme McDowell 2010
Born: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Height: 5’11”, Weight: 170lbs
Home: Orlando, FL & Portrush, Northern Ireland
McDowell won the US Open in 2010 at Pebble Beach. His record at the Masters has been less than impressive. He has missed 4 cuts out of 6 starts. Both finishes have been inside the top 25. McDowell missed the cut last year but managed to win the very next week at the Heritage (another way he qualified). To round out his qualifying entries is he finished inside the top 50 at the end of 2013.
Graeme McDowell wins US Open
Lucas Glover 2009
Born: Greenville, S.C.
Height: 6’2”, Weight: 195lbs
Home: Greenville, S.C.
College: Clemson
Lucas Glover won the 2009 US Open. This means he is in the final year that he will be able to qualify this way. His cut rate at the Masters is 50%, making 3 cuts from 6 trips. He has 3 PGA wins to his credit with the last being the Wells Fargo in 2011.
Lucas Glover wins US Open

British Open Winners

The last five British Open winners automatically qualify for The Masters. Phil Mickelson has already been mentioned above.

Ernie Els 2012
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
Height: 6’3”, Weight: 210lbs
Home: West Palm Beach, FL
Ernie Els beat out a choking Adam Scott in 2012 to win his second British Open title. This win cemented The Big Easy into the Masters for the following 5 years. Augusta is a place Els loves playing and his record here is 15 cuts made from 19 trips to The Masters. Not only is Els a two time British Open winner, but he is also a two time US Open winner. He has been runner up at the Masters twice as well. He has 19 PGA wins to his name. He placed in the top 4 at last years US Open and landed inside the top 50 players in the world at the end of the 2013 year. These are the two other ways he qualified.
Ernie Els British Open win
Darren Clarke 2011
Born: Dungannon, N. Ireland
Height: 6’2”, Weight: 215lbs
Home: Portrush, Northern Ireland
Clarke finally got a British Open title in 2011. Since winning that title he is yet to make the cut at The Masters going 0-2. In all he has made 11 trips to Augusta and converted those into 7 made cuts. He has 3 PGA wins to his name but the British Open has been the most recent.
Darren Clarke British Open win
Louis Oosthuizen 2010
Born: Mossel Bay, South Africa
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 170lbs
Home: Pinnacle Point, South Africa
Louis won the British Open in 2010. His most memorable moment at the Masters is being the guy standing in the middle of the fairway when Bubba Watson made that great hook shot in the playoff. Louis’ record at the Masters is four starts, three missed cuts and a second. I guess his other Masters moment would be his Double Eagle at the same Masters (4.5 points on Draftstreets). He has had back-to-back wins at the Volvo Championship on the European, most recent being in January.
Louis Oosthuizen British Open win
Stewart Cink 2009
Huntsville, AL
Height: 6’4”, Weight: 205lbs
Home: Duluth, GA
College: Georgia Tech
Stewart Cink won the 2009 British Open. This means that this is the final year that he will be able to qualify this way. In the 16 times Cink has made the trip to Augusta, his best result was a 3rd in 2008. Out of the 16 trips he has made the cut 11 times. Cink is a 6 time PGA winner with his 2009 British Open win being the last time he has won an event. At last years Masters he was 64th after one round but managed to claw back to finish 25th.
Stewart Cink British Open Win

PGA Championship

The last five PGA Championships winners automatically qualify for The Masters. Rory McIlory has already been mentioned above.

Jason Dufner 2013
Born: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 5’10”, Weight: 180lbs
Home: Auburn, AL
College: Auburn
Jason Dufner won the 2013 PGA Championship. He will now not have to worry about qualifying for The Masters for the next 5 years. His record at The Masters is a perfect 3 cuts made in 3 starts. His best finish has been 20th and his worst finish has been 30th. Dufner has had three wins on the PGA Tour for a total of two total smiles. The three other ways he has qualified to date: inside the top 50 golfers of the year in 2013, placing inside the top 4 at last years US Open and qualifying for the Tour Championship last year.
Jason Dufner PGA Champion
Keegan Bradley 2011
Woodstock, VT
Height: 6’3”, Weight: 190lbs
Home: Jupiter, FL
College: St. John’s University
Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship. His record at The Masters has been a perfect 2 cuts made in 2 starts, but last year finished 54th at +9, which hurt you as a daily fantasy golfer. He has had 3 wins on the PGA Tour with his last being in 2012 at the Bridgestone. Keegan qualified for the Tour Championship last year and was inside the top 50 golfers in the world at the end of 2013, and these are the two other ways he has qualified to date.
Keegan Bradley PGA Champion
Martin Kaymer 2010
Born: Born: Dusseldorf, Germany
Height: 6’ 0”, Weight: 165lbs
Home: Mettmann, Germany
Martin Kaymer won the PGA Championship in 2010. His record at Augusta has been less than stellar. He has made only 2 cuts in 6 starts. Though it seems his Masters career is trending in the right direction. After missing four straight cuts to start his Augusta career he has gotten better each year after that. He placed 35th last season which is his best finish to date. He has had two victories on the PGA Tour with the HSBC in 2011 being his last win. He also qualified by being in the top 50 golfers in the world at the end of 2013.
Martin Kaymer PGA Champion
Y.E. Yang 2009
Born: Jeju-do, South Korea
Height: 5’8”, Weight: 195lbs
Home: Seoul, Korea and Dallas, Texas
Yang Yong-eun won the PGA Championship in 2009. This means that this in the final year that he will be able to qualify this way. His record at The Masters has been 3 cuts made in 5 trips. He missed the cut last year and his best finish has been 8th in 2010. He has had two victories on the PGA Tour with the PGA Championship in 2009 being his last win.
Y.E. Yang PGA Champion

So there you have it folks, 33 players in the 2014 Masters. Look for more articles like this over the next few weeks and months. Remember you can qualify for The Masters tournaments by winning qualifiers on Draftstreet and Draftkings. Just check the lobbies for qualifiers.

Cheers

Gibb

About the Author

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  • Gibb Pollard has been a member of RotoGrinders since 2012. He is an example of the power of the RotoGrinders blog section, taking a little weekly PGA blog in 2012 and turning it into a two-time FSWA nominated column. In 2014 he took down the FSWA Golf Writer of the Year award. Originally hailing from Australia, he is a regular on our PGA GrindersLive shows, giving our cast of hosts some international flavor.

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