As another calendar year rolls around the first and arguably the most prestigious major will be up for grabs in April – The Masters at Augusta. As usual, Australian golfing fans will wake early to watch the four days play hoping an Aussie will don the green jacket. So who is that likely to be?
We have a fine contingent of players, with our top ranked competitor the mullet wearing Cameron Smith who is currently #21 in the world. Smith is a fair chance to start 2022 for the Aussies with a bang. He’s the best performed Aussie on tour and in 2020 he finished second at the Masters behind Dustin Johnson and on his way created a piece of history, becoming the first player to record four sub 70 rounds in the event. In 2021 he further proved his liking for the green fields of Augusta with a Top 10 finish.
If you want to see the current odds you can play with bet365, with Smith is currently the best rated Australian player in a market headed by World number 1 Jon Rahm.
The next Aussie in the World rankings is Marc Leishman and he too showed his love of the Masters in 2021 finishing in the Top 5. Smith and Leishman are good mates and no doubt they’ll be organising a few rounds together in the week leading up to the first day to settle the nerves and get in the groove at the first major of the year.
Three other Australians are currently in the Top 50 (which gets you an automatic start at the event) and they are Lucas Herbert, Adam Scott and Min Woo Lee. Scott of course was our first and Australia’s only winner of the green jacket in 2013 and over the past 2 years has shown some great form on Tour. Like a good red he seems to get better and better and if he can get his long putter working on the lightening Augusta greens who is to say he can’t win again? Lauded for his superb iron play, he just may have the maturity and composure to win a second green jacket.
Herbert and Lee are the babies of the pack. Herbert has a break out year in 2021, winning the Irish open on the European Tour and then the Bermuda Championship for his maiden PGA Tour victory. At just 26 he has a lot of golf ahead of him but he has already shown he has what it takes to become one of the game’s elite.
Min Woo Lee also had success in 2021 on the European Tour winning the Scottish Open and the 23 year old from Perth will be keen to take the mantel as the best player in his family – currently held by Minjee Lee, the #7 ranked women’s player.
So fingers crossed that come April a second Aussie will be in possession of a shiny, new green jacket.