Who has the best shot at putting on a green jacket?

In the spirit of the successful food network show Chopped, allow me to present …”Chopped – Augusta”  Which player will be on the chopping block?  Lets begin…

First let’s clear the Amateurs out of the way.  Congrats on getting here guys but an amateur hasn’t won here and the closest in recent history was Ken Venturi in 1956 who finished 2nd.





Chang-woo Lee
Michael McCoy
Jordan Niebrugge
Oliver Goss
Garrick Porteous
Matthew Fitzpatrick

Next, the over 46 year olds.  I’m sorry but the last person to win past their 46th birthday was Jack and he was the greatest of all time.  Unless this is 1985 you aren’t taking this thing.





Sandy Lyle
Larry Mize
Craig Stadler
Ian Woosnam
Tom Watson
Ben Crenshaw
Mark O’Meara
Bernhard Langer
Jose Maria Olazabal
Vijay Singh
Fred Couples**

**Most notable chop in this group is Fred Couples (sad but true face)

Next we say goodbye to the first timers.  No virgin will win Augusta, the experience of being here is far to overwhelming to concentrate on the top level golf that brought you here to begin with.





Chris Kirk
Victor Dubuisson
Jonas Blixt
Brendon de Jonge
Steven Bowditch
Matt Jones
Roberto Castro
Joost Luiten

Jordan Spieth**
Patrick Reed**
Harris English**
Graham DeLaet**
Jimmy Walker**

**These are great players having amazing seasons but this is Augusta over four days of championship golf against the world’s greatest who have been here before.

Next its “The 100 – 1 gang”.  If this is an article about who “should” win the masters then some consideration has to be given to Vegas book makers.  If these guys are willing to pay you $100 for a $1 bet then someone knows something about odds.



Ernie Els
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Matt Every
Francesco Molinari
Billy Horschel
Peter Hanson
Mike Weir
K.J. Choi
Jamie Donaldson
Russell Henley
Kevin Streelman
Marc Leishman
Matteo Manassero
Trevor Immelman
David Lynn
Stewart Cink
Sang-Moon Bae
John Senden
Tim Clark
Thorbjørn Olesen
Branden Grace
Martin Kaymer
Thomas Bjørn
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Stephen Gallacher
Lucas Glover
Boo Weekley
Darren Clarke
Kevin Stadler
Scott Stallings
Y.E. Yang
Ken Duke
John Huh
Thongchai Jaidee
D.A. Points
Derek Ernst

What do you think?