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Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

The first half of The Masters field

Rickie Fowler is a serious contender
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Byeong Hun An
Korean making his third attempt to make a Masters cut, having failed in 2010 and last year. Flopped from the front in the Phoenix Open in February and has lacked sparkle since.

Daniel Berger
The young Floridian slugger tied for tenth on his Masters debut last year. Has been inconsistent this term as he adjusts to new clubs.

Angel Cabrera
The 2009 champ was a playoff loser to Adam Scott in 2013. The Argentinian can boast eight top-20 finishes at Augusta, but struggles to make cuts at the age of 47.

Rafael Cabrera-Bello
The Spaniard is winless since February, 2012, and a weak finisher of tournaments. Missed cut by five shots in Houston last week. Has never posted a top-ten in a Major.

Paul Casey
The Englishman is powerful, comfortable hitting a draw, and launches irons high, so has the right game for Augusta. Has finished sixth and fourth the last two years. His only Stateside victory was eight years ago, though, and he may lack the bottle to close the deal.

Roberto Castro
The Texan plodder missed the cut by five shots in his only previous Masters (2014). Has failed to better 30th place in ten starts this season.

Kevin Chappell
The Californian was runner-up four times on the US Tour last season, a maiden success looking inevitable, but he has played poorly this year. Was 44th in his only Masters.

Fred Couples
Augusta legend who made his first appearance in 1983. The 1992 champ has posted 11 top-ten finishes. The rusty 57-year-old version has almost no hope of success.

Brad Dalke
The 19-year-old from Oklahoma is one of five amateurs in the field. Runner-up in the US Amateur, he is only just in the top 100 of the world amateur rankings and a missed cut beckons.

Jason Day
The Australian's mother is suffering with cancer, forcing his withdrawal after just six holes of the WGC-Match Play last time out. He tied for second on Masters debut in 2011. Took a two-shot lead to the 70th tee in 2013 before bogeying 16 and 17 to finish third. The 2015 USPGA champion has struggled for fitness, form and focus this term.

Jason Dufner
The 2013 USPGA champ has never contended in the Masters (30-24-20-MC-49-MC) and is not a good fit for the course.

Ernie Els
The Big Easy may be playing his final Masters, having failed to win the Jacket 22 times. His five-year exemption as 2012 Open champ expires this year and he has slipped outside world's top 400.

Ross Fisher
The Ascot man's putter has come alive, helping him to third place in the WGC-Mexico Championship and fifth in the WGC-Match Play. He has never bettered 15th spot at Augusta, though, and it is hard to imagine him wearing the Green Jacket.

Matthew Fitzpatrick
The stylish swinger has been booked for stardom since winning the US Amateur in 2013. He has three European Tour titles at the age of 22. He was seventh in the Masters last year and is full of ability, but it may be too early for a Major breakthrough.

Tommy Fleetwood
This top-class ball-striker won in Abu Dhabi in January and followed up with second in the WGC-Mexico Championship. A vulnerable putter making his Masters debut.

Rickie Fowler
The colourful Californian opened with a shock round of 80 last year and missed the cut. He had a solid Masters record before that and generally performs well in Majors. In excellent form over the last couple of months and a serious title contender.

Jim Furyk
The American Ryder Cup captain has failed to impress as a player this year. Has not made the Masters places since 2003 as the course is getting too long for him.

Toto Gana
The Chile-born 19-year-old emerged victorious from a three-man playoff at the Latin America Amateur Championship. Out of his depth.

Sergio Garcia
The Spaniard has made 18 Masters starts, with a best finish of fourth in 2004. The regular Majors nearly-man is in decent form this year, but struggles to hold himself together. His desperation for a maiden Major may prove a handicap if he is in contention.

Branden Grace
The South African made a solid Masters debut in 2013, opening with a 78 before hauling himself up to 18th, but he has missed the cut on three subsequent visits. His low ball-flight is unhelpful at Augusta and he is in poor form.

Scott Gregory
A 22-year-old Portsmouth lad who won the 2016 Amateur Championship. Missed the cut by five shots in the Open last summerand an early bath seems likely.

Emiliano Grillo
Sweet ball-striker with poor putting touch and a fragile temperament. Tied for 17th on his Masters debut last year, but has lots of maturing to do.

Bill Haas
Has made the cut in each of his seven Masters visits without seriously contending for the Green Jacket (26-42-37-20-20-12-24). Something similar can be expected again.

Adam Hadwin
The improving Canadian won his maiden US Tour title at the Valspar Championship last month, then shunned the WGC-Match Play to get married. in fine form but this is his Masters debut.

Stewart Hagestad
California-born 25-year-old who won the US Mid-Amateur. Friends with Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, but a million miles behind them in terms of talent.

James Hahn
The inconsistent 35-year-old has won twice on the US Tour but misses lots of cuts too. Made an early exit on his only Masters start. Easy to pass over.

Tyrrell Hatton
Intense Englishman making his Masters debut. Was 907th in the world rankings at the end of 2012, but has rocketed into the top 20. One of the most in-form players on the planet. Probably not good enough to sustain his current gallop.

Russell Henley
The putting wizard won the Houston Open on Sunday in awesome fashion to secure a last-gasp Masters berth. The in-form, Georgia-born, three-time US Tour champ can finish in the top 20 in his fourth Masters start.

Charley Hoffman
The genial Californian contended for a long way on his return to Masters combat in 2015, dropping to ninth after a final-round 74. In decent nick at age of 40.

JB Holmes
The four-time US Tour champion is making his fourth Masters appearance, having finished fourth 12 months ago. In steady but unspectacular form this year. An unattractive option.

Mackenzie Hughes
The Canadian was a shock winner of the RSM Classic in November. Has failed to make an impact since. Masters debut.

Billy Hurley
Virginian journeyman who won his maiden US Tour title last summer in the Quicken Loans National. In dire form for his Masters debut.

Yuta Ikeda
Prolific Japan Tour winner who struggles outside of his homeland. Has never bettered 29th place in a Major.

Trevor Immelman
The 2008 Masters champion has missed the cut at Augusta the last three years. The South African has made one of his last 14 cuts worldwide.

Dustin Johnson
The favourite contended in the Masters for the first time in 2015, making a final-round double-bogey at the 16th hole on his way to sixth, then last year he tied for fourth. The powerhouse is well suited to Augusta and made a record three eagles in round two in 2015 (seven under on the par-fives). Chasing four consecutive US Tour victories and the most likely champion.

Zach Johnson
Gritty sort who won the 2007 Masters with a 289 total, an event where poor weather and a tough course set-up made it a war of attrition. Has not threatened since and is short of form.

Martin Kaymer
The German has missed five cuts in nine Masters visits, never bettering 31st. The former world number one is yet to card a round in the 60s in the Masters in 26 attempts.

Si Woo Kim
The talented Korean youngster has been struggling for fitness and form. Chronically lacking in confidence for his Masters debut.

Kevin Kisner
The 33-year-old Carolinan tied for 37th place on his Masters debut last year. Has been bright in recent weeks and his lone US Tour triumph came in Georgia. Lack of length is a handicap, but well worth considering each-way at 100-1.

Soren Kjeldsen
The 41-year-old grinder finished seventh 12 months ago, an incredible effort on a layout which does not suit him.

Russell Knox
The accurate Scot missed the cut by two shots on his Masters debut last year. Has been massively unimpressive in his last five tournaments.

Brooks Koepka
The Floridian slugger had a rib injury when he made his Masters debut in 2015, so 33rd place was a good effort. Tied for 21st last year. A proven Major performer in poor form.

Matt Kuchar
The Majorless 38-year-old has made nine cuts from ten Masters starts, twice making the each-way places. Missed the cut by six shots in Houston last week.

Bernhard Langer
The dual champ (1985, 1993) made his debut in 1982. Fourth in 2004 and eighth in 2014. The German is easy to ignore at the age of 59.

Marc Leishman
The Aussie won at Bay Hill last month and his game is in top order. He is loving the new driver he put in his bag at the start of the year and is also putting better than ever. Possesses an excellent temperament and has the length to handle Augusta. Made the places in the 2013 Masters and could prove a serious contender again.

Shane Lowry
The Irishman threatened to win the US Open last summer before Dustin Johnson took control. His Masters efforts (MC-39) have been less impressive. Hard to fancy on recent evidence.

Curtis Luck
The best amateur in the field. The Aussie won the US Amateur, then the Asia-Pacific Amateur, too. Already has a title to his name on the Australasian Tour and is clearly going places.

Garcia has made 18 Masters starts, with a best finish of fourth in 2004. The regular Majors nearly-man is in decent form this year
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