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Bubba Watson is among the 2022 Masters Sleeper Picks

The 2022 Masters Tournament is set to get underway in the coming days as players make the annual trip to Augusta, Georgia. In a field of only 90 players, Augusta National has often catered to those players with plenty of experience. With previous champions given a lifetime exemption into the major championship, it does give way for the potential of some long shots and sleepers to play well.

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While Augusta National more times than not produces a top-ranked winner out of the crop of premier players, there have been years when an outsider has donned the green jacket. We have seen this scenario unfold in dramatic fashion over the last decade with Danny Willett in 2015 and Charl Schwartzel in 2011.

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Experience tends to play a significant role in the Masters Tournament, which may spell trouble for the debutants in the field. These include: Sam Burns, Cameron Davis, Talor Gooch, Austin Greaser (a), Lucas Herbert, Garrick Higgo, Harry Higgs, Tom Hoge, Aaron Jarvis (a), K.H. Lee, Min Woo Lee, Guido Migliozzi, Keita Nakajima (a), James Piot (a), Seamus Power, Laird Shepherd (a), Sepp Straka, Harold Varner III and Cameron Young.

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Conventional wisdom suggests the following players will have a tall mountain to climb in their first Masters Tournament, although the last two Masters have seen a debutant finish in the runner-up position with Sungjae Im in November 2020 and Will Zalatoris last April. Because of this, we will be sure to mix in at least one debutant as there are a number of long shots capable of playing well at the Masters.

2022 Masters Sleeper Picks

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +5000
  • Top Five: +1400
  • Top 10: +600
  • Top 20: +275

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The Irishman arrives to Augusta National for the seventh time in his career after being unable to figure out the venue the first few times around before connecting on top-25 results in both 2020 and 2021. Fifth in SG: Approach in last April’s edition of the championship, the former Champion Golfer of the Year is in the midst of some of the best iron play of his career.

On the wrong side of luck at the Honda Classic, Lowry finished runner-up to Straka on a rainy 72nd hole. The 34-year-old bounced back with yet another beautiful display of ball-striking at the Players Championship and once again at the Valspar Championship, and he presents plenty of upside in the year’s first major championship.

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Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +6600
  • Top Five: +1200
  • Top 10: +500
  • Top 20: +250

There are only a few times a year that wagers on Watson are worthy and the Masters is surely one of them. The two-time Masters champion, who also warrants consideration at the Genesis Invitational and the Travelers Championship, has proven that when a course suits his eye, he is not to be trifled with.

There has been some good mixed into Watson’s poor results, with a runner-up finish at the Saudi International and a top-20 at the WM Phoenix Open. While he has yet to replicate those February performances, a return to Augusta National should be the perfect medicine. Watson is 12-for-13 making his way into the weekend at the Masters and finished last year’s championship in a tie for 26th place, ranking sixth in SG: Off-the-Tee and 18th in SG: Approach.

Si Woo Kim

Si Woo Kim’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +8000
  • Top Five: +1400
  • Top 10: +600
  • Top 20: +275

Perhaps most remembered for his putter mishap on the par-5 15th in last year’s Masters Tournament, Kim is as fiery as they come on the golf course. Set to make his sixth Masters appearance, the South Korean has taken a liking to the property after a missed cut in his 2017 debut. The Olympian is a perfect 4-for-4 since then and put together his best performance last season when he finished in a tie for 12th.

Ranking second in SG: Approach for the week, Kim was undone by a poor driving performance and a less than stellar short-game effort. With those two areas of his game peaking this season, it is reasonable to suggest the 26-year-old will be able to piece the entirety of his game together. Never one to be afraid of the Sunday spotlight, if Kim is in with a chance to come to the final back nine, he could add to the list of surprise winners at the Masters.

Gary Woodland

Gary Woodland’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +10000
  • Top Five: +2200
  • Top 10: +1000
  • Top 20: +425

The 2019 U.S. Open must feel like a lifetime ago for the eventual victor at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Jumping through the hoops and hurdles of injury, Woodland is finally back to full health as he readies for his 10th Masters appearance.

He has been unable to find the top 20 on the leaderboard in his previous nine showings but after ranking fifth in SG: Putting and eighth in driving distance a year ago, the 37-year-old has a realistic opportunity to blend his game together at Augusta National.

Enjoying a fruitful Florida swing that included strong ball-striking performances throughout, Woodland finished in a tie for fifth place at both the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational. If he can marry his recent metrics with those of last year’s Masters, he should find his name on the first or second page of the leaderboard come Sunday evening.

Robert MacIntyre

Robert MacIntyre’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +12500
  • Top Five: +1800
  • Top 10: +750
  • Top 20: +350

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An underrated storyline when it comes to the Masters Tournament is the continued success of left-handed golfers. While Watson has already been mentioned, the inclusion of Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson among previous champions warrants one more southpaw in our sleeper selections. Brian Harman crossed our minds after his T-12 performance last year, but MacIntyre will instead take his place.

Finishing in the same position in his Masters debut in 2021, the young Scotsman ranked 10th in SG: Around-the-Green and 11th in SG: Putting. MacIntyre will arrive at his second Masters with his ball-striking – often his weak spot – in a solid position. He has captured three top-15 finishes worldwide in 2022 and his quality outing at Riviera Country Club may be a leading indicator for more of the same at Augusta National.

Luke List

Luke List’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +15000
  • Top Five: +2500
  • Top 10: +1100
  • Top 20: +500

List is set to make his second Masters appearance after finishing in a tie for 33rd place in his Masters debut in 2005. Finally breaking through at the Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines success has often had a crossover to Augusta National when looking at players such as Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Mickelson and many others.

A tee-to-green savant, the 37-year-old should be expected to put his best foot forward as we have seen poor putters such as Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Watson and to some extent Matsuyama perform adequately at the Masters. List possesses an almost identical statistical profile and could perform similarly. While a victory is likely out of the question, his reliable ball-striking should allow him to at least see the weekend where anything is then possible.

Cameron Young

Cameron Young’s Masters Odds
  • To Win: +20000
  • Top Five: +2500
  • Top 10: +850
  • Top 20: +450

Young should threaten the “Top Debutant” market and will likely open as the favorite after an extremely strong start to his rookie campaign on the PGA Tour with runner-up finishes at both the Sanderson Farms Championship and the Genesis Invitational. He is impressively long off the tee and possesses a faint touch with the putter in hand. If the New Yorker’s iron play arrives to Augusta National, he may possibly contend.

A roommate of Will Zalatoris during their college days at Wake Forest, Young will look to follow in his footsteps. With the learning curve flattening for these young players, if there was one debutant to wager on continuing the small trend of finishing runner-up, for my money it would be Young.

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