By Douglas Smith @DFresh39 on April 4, 2014
In recent years, fans had to expect the unexpected during The Masters. It is the most anticipated event of the year, and many players are tuning up this weekend at the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. The course requires several drivers off the tee, has four reachable par-5s and features big, undulating greens like Augusta. Despite the tune-up, don't expect these players to contend next weekend.
Charl Schwartzel had the run to The Masters championship in 2011, but in his other three appearances in the tournament, his average finish is 35th. He had a miraculous Sunday round to win in 2011, so it would take something exceptional to do it all over again. Although joyful, Schwartzel and his wife welcomed their daughter last month, which can be fairly exhausting.
Keegan Bradley is in contention to win the Shell Houston Open sitting at 6-under after the first round. He might want to take it easy as those that win the week before often do not have success in the major tournaments. He finished 54th last year even though he came in confident, saying he had laid the groundwork to a championship in 2012.
Luke Donald has had three top-10 finishes in nine appearances at The Masters. He has also missed the cut twice and has had seven rounds of 75 or over. He also had a less-than-convincing first round in Houston and is tied for 55. He needs to finish strong to bring confidence to Augusta.
Rickie Fowler has been a lot of flash but little success at The Masters. He qualified by finishing in the top 50 in last year's world golf rankings. He was tied with Donald in Houston after round one. Fowler has not won in two years, and the talk is on what he will wear, not how he will win. If you like long shots, take Fowler at 66/1.
Stewart Cink's last consistent showing at The Masters was in 2008, which was followed by him missing the cut three years in a row. He has not won a tournament since the 2009 British Open, unless you count the Father-Son Challenge last year. Although he is good at getting awkward tan lines, don't expect a victory.
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