When Billy Horschel won the Zurich Classic two weeks after the Masters last year he became first on the list of players who earned their first trip to Augusta National. Come Thursday, a record 24 first timers - including six amateurs - will make their debut at the Masters. Only three players have won on their maiden voyage around Augusta National: Horton Smith in 1934, Gene Sarazen the following year and Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. With nearly a quarter of this year's field playing for the first time, the odds have never been better. Here's a look at six Masters rookies who may break the 35 year drought.
top-10 finishes in 10 events.
class to make a good first impression.
comments that he felt he belongs among the top five players in the world despite never playing in a major championship. Since 1990, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia had three PGA Tour wins before turning 24. Lost in the hutzpah is that his game is capable of being top 5 in the world.