The Big Names Missing from this Year's Masters Field

Written by Chris Baxter
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Will he, won’t he? With question marks still over the appearance of five-time winner Tiger Woods at this year’s Masters, the majority of the field have been invited – and at the time of writing, 91 players are set to compete in Georgia on April 7th.

However, there are many notable names who are yet to earn their invitation – and this includes 16 former green jacket recipients, making it hard to know who to choose when golf betting. While we wait further news of Woods’ possible inclusion at Augusta National – which would be his first appearance since that accident last year – here are just some of the absentees at the 2022 Masters.

Phil Mickelson

He may have won the Masters three times (2004, 2006, and 2010), but for the first time in 28 years, Mickelson won’t be gracing Augusta. Last month, ‘Lefty’ revealed that he’d be taking a break from golf – following the fall-out from comments he had made about the PGA Tour and proposed Saudi-backed breakaway league. The six-time major winner hadn’t played a tournament since the Saudi International in February, and the Masters website has Mickelson listed as a “past champion not playing”.

Jason Day

There’s been a real decline in form for the Australian, who was once ranked number 1 on the PGA circuit for 51 weeks, but has since dropped out of the top 100 – and is 104th in the world. Day’s best finish at the Masters came in 2011 when he finished T2, and he’s a major winner – with success as the PGA Championship in 2015, at Whistling Straits. He missed the cut at the last two Masters, and despite finishing T3 at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year, Day’s currently not faring too well at the Valero Texas Open. He recently spoke about getting his golf-life balance back after the passing of his mother.

Matt Kuchar

Talking of a decline in form, Kuchar may have been a Masters mainstay since 2010 – and was named the PGA Tour's leading money winner that very same year, but he’s since slumped. The American only recorded four top-10 finishes between 2012 and 2017, with his best result being T3. After missing the cut at last year’s Masters, Kuchar has since missed the cut in eight tournaments, and only recorded one top-10 finish in that time. Needless to say, he’s out of the PGA top 100 – and is ranked 148th in the world.

Rickie Fowler

We end our list with another form runner-up. Fowler may have finished a shot behind winner Patrick Reed at the 2018 Masters, but his recent form leaves much to be desired. The five-time PGA Tour winner, who hails from California, may have never won one of golf’s majors – his best finish in the aforementioned Masters tournament – but is often touted as a potential winner. Sadly, that’s not to be this year, and Fowler’s lack of form has seen him drop to 130th in the Official World Golf (OWG) rankings. His best finish this year has been T42 at the Honda Classic.

And we just have to end up by mentioning the five-time winner, Woods, who was recently seen practising out on Augusta with his son, and compatriot – and fellow major champion – Justin Thomas. While his name is on the entry list, there’s been no confirmation from the man himself if he will attend.

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