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With the first round of The Masters teeing-off on Thursday, check out recent Major Championship form for those taking part in Georgia. Stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

"If Tiger were to win, from a current World Ranking of 103, he would be the highest-ranked Augusta champion since rankings began in 1986"

This week's Masters appears to have all the correct ingredients for an exciting tournament.

Most of golf's leading lights are playing pretty well right now, while four-time former champion Tiger Woods cannot be ruled out either.

However, there is one startling fact that will have to be addressed if 42-year-old Tiger is to emerge as this year's winner - but more of that later.

So how do the leading players measure up ahead of the first Major Championship of the season, which tees-off at Augusta National on Thursday?

Here are 14 Big Names to conjure with

Dustin Johnson: This time last year DJ was the hottest property in golf and would have started the 2017 event as favourite, had he not suffered an off-course injury in the days leading up to the tournament. The American is still the world No 1 but the most recent No 1 to wear the Green Jacket was Tiger in 2002.

Justin Thomas: Last year's PGA Championship winner is currently top of this season's FedEx Cup standings, having set a blistering pace in recent months. Tied-22nd at Augusta in 2017.

Jordan Spieth: Tied-for-third in Houston on Sunday, his best result of 2018. In four visits to The Masters, the 2015 champion has also finished second twice. He has won three of the last 12 Majors.

Rory McIlroy: The Masters is the only Major Championship the Northern Irishman has failed to win. There have been top 10s in each of his last four trips to Augusta and he was a winner at Bay Hill last month.

Justin Rose: Twice a runner-up in Georgia, and one of the most consistent golfers of the past 12 months. Looks good for another high finish this week.

Sergio Garcia: The reigning champion. More than capable of making a successful defence, but hasn't stood on a PGA Tour podium since The Masters last year.

Bubba Watson: The two-time champion has returned to form in spectacular fashion this year with a brace of victories - one at Riviera and the other in the WGC Match Play. Is a serious threat this week and a truly battle-hardened competitor.

Phil Mickelson: Can never be ruled out at Augusta where he is a three-time champion. A fourth success would make him the oldest ever Masters winner at 47.

Jason Day: Winner in San Diego during 2018 and twice on the podium at Augusta. Rarely finishes outside the top 20.

Paul Casey: It would be no surprise if the Englishman finished on the podium this week, but is he capable of claiming a first Major title? His last three trips to Augusta have all yielded top-six finishes, and he won in Florida last month.

Matt Kuchar: The Olympic bronze medallist from Rio is another extremely consistent pro - whether it be in the Majors or at a run-of-the-mill PGA Tour event. Top-10s in his most recent two starts on Tour, and three top-five finishes from his last six trips to Augusta. Deserving of a Major title.

Hideki Matsuyama: His last five Major performances read: 4-11-2-14-5. However, the Japanese golfer has struggled a little since failing to win last year's PGA Championship when he led midway through the final round.

Rickie Fowler: Will go into this week's event slightly under the radar. Arguably the best current pro yet to win a Major but his form is not great. No top 10s from his last six events.

Tiger Woods: After a number of years in the injury wilderness, Woods has returned to form during 2018. His last three starts read 12-2-5. However, has not contested a Major since August 2015, and has not made a cut in one since The Masters of that same year. And if Tiger were to win, from a current World Ranking of 103, he would be the highest-ranked Augusta champion since rankings began in 1986. Only two winners have teed-up outside the top 40, with none as low as even No 70.

Lowest Average Positions in The Majors

Last Six Years (2012-17)

Min. No of Events = 8

Average (Majors)

24.79: Adam Scott (24)
28.90: Henrik Stenson (21)
29.04: Jason Day (23)
29.30: Matt Kuchar (23)
29.75: Justin Rose (24)
30.85: Hideki Matsuyama (20)
31.55: Jordan Spieth (20)
32.88: Brooks Koepka (17)
33.09: Rory McIlroy (23)
33.38: Dustin Johnson (21)
36.04: Sergio Garcia (24)
37.96: Rickie Fowler (24)
38.92: Zach Johnson (24)
39.32: Ian Poulter (19)
41.29: Charl Schwartzel (24)
42.86: Francesco Molinari (21)
43.00: Justin Thomas (10)
43.44: Patrick Reed (16)
43.96: Phil Mickelson (23)

The Table Below Shows Performances in Last 10 Major Championships


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 17 PGA 17 BO 17 USO 17 UM 16 PGA 16 BO 16 USO 16 UM 15 PGA 15 BO
Dustin Johnson 13 54 MC MC 9 1 4 7 49
Justin Thomas 1 MC 9 22 66 53 32 39 18
Jon Rahm 58 44 MC 27 59 23
Jordan Spieth 28 1 35 11 13 30 37 2 2 4
Justin Rose MC 54 MC 2 22 22 MC 10 4 6
Hideki Matsuyama 5 14 2 11 4 MC MC 7 37 18
Rory McIlroy 22 4 MC 7 MC 5 MC 10 17
Rickie Fowler 5 22 5 11 33 46 MC MC 30 30
Sergio Garcia MC 37 21 1 MC 5 5 34 54 6
Brooks Koepka 13 6 1 11 4 13 21 5 10
Tommy Fleetwood 61 27 4 MC MC MC MC
Jason Day 9 27 MC 22 2 22 8 10 1 4
Paul Casey 13 11 26 6 10 MC MC 4 30 74
Alexander Noren 67 6 MC MC 49 46 MC
Henrik Stenson 13 11 MC MC 7 1 Wd 24 25 40
Marc Leishman 13 6 27 43 60 53 18 MC MC 2
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC MC MC 10 5 25 MC
Phil Mickelson MC MC 22 33 2 MC MC 18 20
Pat Perez 28 MC MC 18 MC
Matt Kuchar 9 2 16 4 MC 46 46 24 7 58
Bubba Watson MC 27 MC MC 60 39 51 37 21 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello MC 4 42 MC 49 39 32 17 MC 40
Brian Harman 13 MC 2 MC MC
Patrick Reed 2 MC 13 MC 13 12 MC 49 30 20
Kevin Kisner 7 54 58 43 18 76 49 37 MC MC
Xander Schauffele MC 20 5
Francesco Molinari 2 MC MC 33 22 36 54 40
Charley Hoffman 48 20 8 22 MC 77 37 29 MC MC
Ian Poulter 22 14 49 MC MC
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 66 MC MC 15 68 MC
Gary Woodland 22 70 50 MC MC 12 58
Branden Grace MC 6 50 27 4 72 5 MC 3 20
Louis Oosthuizen 2 MC 23 41 22 MC 23 15 30 2
Patrick Cantlay 33
Tony Finau 44 27 MC 18 MC 10
Ross Fisher MC 44 MC 41 42 MC MC 68
Matthew Fitzpatrick MC 44 35 32 49 MC 54 7
Daniel Berger MC 27 MC 27 73 37 10 MC MC
Kevin Chappell 33 MC 23 7 MC 53 MC 43
Brendan Steele MC MC 13 27 MC MC 15 12
Webb Simpson 33 37 35 MC 13 39 MC 29 54 40
Hao Tong Li MC 3 68
Adam Hadwin MC MC 60 36
Kyle Stanley MC MC
Cameron Smith MC MC 59 55 25
Thomas Pieters MC 44 MC 4 86 30
Satoshi Kodaira 48 46 MC
Dylan Frittelli 63 MC
Chez Reavie 22 16
Jason Dufner 58 14 MC 33 60 22 8 MC 68 58
Si Woo Kim Wd MC 13 MC MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC MC MC 22
Patton Kizzire 49 68 MC
Yuta Ikeda MC MC MC MC 33 72 MC MC
Bernd Wiesberger MC 74 16 43 MC MC MC 34 MC 68
Russell Henley 71 37 27 11 22 MC 12 20
Yusaku Miyazato MC 60 MC 23
Charl Schwartzel 48 62 MC 3 42 18 23 MC 37 68
Zach Johnson 48 14 27 MC 33 12 8 MC MC 1
Adam Scott 61 22 MC 9 18 43 18 42 MC 10
Bryson DeChambeau 33 MC MC 15 21
Ryan Moore 13 MC 9 70 46 32 MC 37 MC
Shubhankar Sharma
Ted Potter MC
Billy Horschel 48 MC MC 79 MC 32 17 25 30
Martin Kaymer 37 35 16 7 36 37 49 12 12
Wesley Bryan MC MC MC
Jimmy Walker MC 54 MC 18 1 MC MC 29 MC 30
Tiger Woods MC MC
Austin Cook
Danny Willett MC 76 Wd MC 79 53 37 1 54 6
Angel Cabrera MC MC 37 24
Mike Weir MC MC
Trevor Immelman MC MC
Jose Maria Olazabal MC
Vijay Singh 66 MC MC MC MC 37
Doc Redman
Fred Couples 18
Joaquin Niemann MC
Yuxin Lin
Mark O`Meara MC MC 63 MC 78
Ian Woosnam MC MC
Larry Mize 52 52
Sandy Lyle MC MC MC MC MC
Bernhard Langer MC 24 78
Harry Ellis MC
Doug Ghim
Matt Parziale
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