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2022 Masters: A capsule for every player in the field

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It’s shaping up to be another exciting year for the Masters, and this week’s field will be comprised of 91 players.

To help with your handicapping, I’ve written up capsules for every player in the field, in alphabetical order.

​Here are capsules for all 91 players in the 2022 Masters field and their current odds to win at DraftKings.

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Abraham Ancer (70-1)

Total appearances/cuts made: 2/2

Best career finish: 13th (2020)

Top 5s: 0

Top 10s: 0

Top 25s: 1

On debut here in 2020, Ancer found himself in the final group on Sunday where he had a front-row seat to Dustin Johnson’s green-jacket coronation. A disappointing final-round 76 dropped him to a 13th-place finish. Ancer qualified for this event by winning his first career PGA Tour event last August at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational over Sam Burns and Hideki Matsuyama. Since that win in August, Ancer has posted four top-10s worldwide but really has not shown much life until reaching the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Match Play two weeks ago with wins over Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson in group play and a 7-and-6 thrashing of Collin Morikawa before bowing out to Corey Conners. His usual pinpoint approach game has been off thus far in 2022. He was also an eleventh-hour withdrawal from last week’s Valero Texas Open.

Daniel Berger (35-1)

Total appearances/cuts made: 4/3

Best career finish: T-10 (2016)

Top 5s: 0

Top 10s: 1

Top 25s: 0

Berger missed the cut last year for the first time at Augusta after missing the field in 2019 and 2020. He qualifies for this year’s field having been one of 30 players to make the Tour Championship. He was unable to defend his title at Pebble Beach earlier this season because of a sacroiliac (SI) joint sprain in his lower back. Nevertheless, he had as much as a six-shot lead on Saturday in his home game at the Honda Classic before falling to a T-4 finish. Berger is one of the best pure ball strikers on the PGA Tour as he ranks second for Strokes Gained: Approach and fourth for Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green over his last 50 rounds (fifth and fifth in those categories for the last 36 rounds). He has had some good finishes in major championships, including a T-7 at the U.S. Open and T-8 at the British Open last year, but he has rarely been right there in the mix to win a major since 2018 when he was the 54-hole co-leader in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, eventually won by Brooks Koepka.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout (130-1)

Total appearances/cuts made: 2/2

Best career finish: T-38

Top 5s: 0

Top 10s: 0

Top 25s: 0

Bezuidenhout makes his third consecutive appearance at Augusta courtesy of finishing in the OWGR Top 50 at the conclusion of the 2021 calendar year. The 27-year-old has seven worldwide victories, including three on the European Tour and four on the Sunshine Tour in his native South Africa. He now has full status on the PGA Tour and is still struggling to step up in class, but he has made eight of nine cuts in 2022 and is 2-for-2 making the cut at Augusta. The short game is his clear strength, but his game off the tee needs to improve to be a factor here and throughout the rest of the PGA Tour season.

Sam Burns (50-1)

Total appearances/cuts made: 0/0

Best career finish: First appearance

Top 5s: 0

Top 10s: 0

Top 25s: 0

Burns began a 10-month run three weeks after last year’s Masters by earning his first PGA Tour victory at the Valspar Championship. Over the last 10 months, Burns has three PGA Tour wins (2021 and 2022 Valspar, 2021 Sanderson Farms Championship) and is rated No. 11 in the OWGR and knocking on the door to be a permanent fixture in the World’s Top 10. Burns rates top 10 in this field for both Strokes Gained: Approach and Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green. His short game has also come around as he is No. 6 in the field for Strokes Gained: Short Game over the last 24 rounds. Despite his terrific form over the last year, he could use some improvement keeping the ball in play off the tee. He has yet to be a factor in any major during his young career, but at just 25, it seems like it is only a matter of time before Burns is right there in the mix on Sunday for a major championship.

Patrick Cantlay (25-1)

Total appearances/cuts made: 5/3

Best career finish: T-9 (2019)

Top 5s: 0

Top 10s: 1

Top 25s: 2

“Patty Ice” sits No. 5 in the world and not only is the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year with three PGA Tour wins (Memorial, BMW Championship and Tour Championship) in 2021 but also is the defending FedEx Cup champion. However, the golf world is still waiting for what seems like an inevitable breakthrough in a major, but Cantlay only has one top-5 in 19 career majors (T-3 in the 2019 PGA Championship). Cantlay has had two cracks at victories already in 2022 but finished T-4 at Pebble Beach and lost in a three-hole playoff to Scottie Scheffler in Phoenix. He has proven that he can go low at Augusta National with a third-round 64 to vault himself into contention in 2019, plus he had a share of the lead on Sunday’s back nine that year before two late bogeys dropped him to a T-9 finish. Cantlay is No. 1 in this field for Strokes Gained: Total over the last 36 rounds (No. 2 over the last 50 rounds). The overall game is there to win the green jacket if he has figured out the speed and undulations of Augusta’s greens.

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