2012 Masters Longshots - Top Picks
Having played previously at The Masters tournament at Augusta is a huge bonus. The first time a player plays in the tournament can be a nervous intimidating experience. Usually the top of The Masters leaderboard is comprised of the top golfers in the world who have played The Masters enough to know what shots they can get away with and where to lay up on the golf course.
Occasionally, longshots come from out of nowhere (e.g., Charl Schwartzel) to upset the top golfers in the world and capture The Masters tournament.
Below is our list of top 5 longshots that have a legitimate chance to win The 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta. Even if they don’t win, these underdogs should fare well enough in the overall standings to score you some valuable fantasy golf points when picking your 2012 Masters fantasy golf team or when deciding on who to pick to bet to win The 2012 Masters tournament.
Longshots - Top Picks At Long Odds to win The 2012 Masters
Graeme McDowell – Although he hasn’t played The Masters tournament all that well in his 3 appearances (2 cuts and a 17th place finish), Graeme McDowell is a majors champion and has played well in a number of big PGA golf tournaments. McDowell seems to fly under the radar in many of his tournaments and if you are looking for true Masters longshots, McDowell has all the talent and game necessary to win the 2012 Masters at underdog odds. Definitely worth a look when trying to find longshots to win the 2012 Masters tournament.
Sergio Garcia – Will Sergio Garcia ever win a major on the PGA Tour? Will he ever win The Masters? These are questions that have followed Sergio Garcia since he was 18. Still at only 32 years old, Garcia is playing like a man with nothing to lose…and that makes him a good underdog bet to win. With the pressure off, Garcia can just focus on playing golf while the big names playing in The Masters get the spotlight. Although he never plays particularly well at The Masters, Garcia could surprise as one of the potential upsets to win The 2012 Masters at Augusta.
Jason Day – Playing in his first ever Masters tournament in 2011, Jason Day was toe to toe with Rory McIlroy (until McIlroy melted down) and went on to finish tied for second. Not a bad Masters debut for the young Australian. Day has played well in 2012, albeit unspectacularly and will go fairly unnoticed playing in The 2012 Masters Golf Tournament. Look for Jason Day to post some nice scores and it should not be a shock to anyone to see Jason Day shock the rest of the field as a longshot and put on the green jacket at Augusta this year.
Ryo Ishikawa – Ryo Ishikawa follows a history of great golf players that come from Japan. In the past, many couldn’t translate their success in Japan into wins on the PGA Tour. With Ishikawa, the question becomes when will he be great on the PGA Tour…not if. Can Ryo Ishikawa actually win The 2012 Masters? He has the talent to make a nice run towards a top 10 spot at this year’s Masters - however as one of the major longshots, counting on him for an upset win may still be premature.
Jason Dufner - His only appearance at The Masters was in 2010 where he finished 30th. Having been there once already though, he knows what to expect. Dufner had a solid 2011 and has started 2012 strongly with two top 10 finishes leading up to The 2012 Masters tournament. When people make their picks and predictions for who will win the 2012 Masters golf tournament, Dufner will be far off the radar. But for someone looking to have a long shot payoff, Dufner will be one of the high odds underdogs for betters and a low cost for fantasy golf players.
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