Matt Jones’ Big Win Puts 5 Australians in Contention at 2014 Masters

By RantSports Staff

Aussies With Good Chance to Add 2nd Green Jacket Thanks to Matt Jones

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When the first round of the 2014 Masters Tournament begins on Thursday, there will be seven Australian players in the field. The seventh qualified last weekend at the Houston Shell Open when Matt Jones hit two miracle shots on back-to-back holes to qualify for his first Masters. While amateur Oliver Goss and the struggling Marc Leishman are also in the field, there are really only four other Australians Jones with a chance to win this year.

5. John Senden

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5. John Senden

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The 42-year-old veteran cemented his spot in the field at Augusta with a win at the 2014 Valspar Championship in March, his second career PGA Tour victory. John Senden has just one other top-20 finish in 2014, but his dramatic, come-from-behind victory at the Copperhead course of Innisbrook makes him dangerous entering the Masters this year.

4. Steven Bowditch

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4. Steven Bowditch

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Steven Bowditch was flying high after his first career PGA tour win at the Texas Open and then had a chance to let out that post-victory letdown at the Houston Open last week, and did, so he should be focused on recapturing that magic from San Antonio. He hasn’t played particularly well this year, but his lone win and top-10 finish at Pebble Beach in February make him a dark horse contender among the Aussies.

3. Jason Day

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3. Jason Day

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After his recent victories at the World Cup of Golf and the WGC-Match Play Championship, Jason Day is now riding a ton of momentum at No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings. For those reasons, he’s a popular pick to win the Masters this year and become just the second Australian to ever do it. When he hits the course at Augusta, he’ll be playing against himself as much as anyone else but if he can stay focused mentally he’ll be in contention on Sunday.

2. Adam Scott

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2. Adam Scott

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At No. 2 in the World Golf Rankings and fresh off five straight top-25 finishes, including three in the top 10, Adam Scott has great odds at winning his second straight Masters and making history for all the great Australians who have played this great game at Augusta. There’s simply nothing to suggest Scott doesn’t have a superb chance to win another green jacket.

1. Matt Jones

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1. Matt Jones

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If you’re big on momentum, then Matt Jones is the high-risk/high-reward pick to win his second straight tournament and just his second career PGA event. Considering he qualified for the Masters in miraculous fashion, Scott and Day are definitely safer picks, but after what he did at the Houston Open, no one can doubt Jones’ ability in crunch time.

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