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Masters 2022: players, favorites, and absences

Everyone is talking about Tiger Woods’ surprise participation in the 2022 Masters tournament, but there are some other big names to look out for as well.

Jennifer Bubel
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Everyone is talking about Tiger Woods’ surprise participation in the 2022 Masters tournament, but there are some other big names to look out for as well.
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On Thursday, April 7, the 2022 Masters tournament begins at Augusta National at 8 a.m. ET. This exclusive tournament is the only golf tournament held at the same place every year and marks the first tournament of the year. This year is the 86th edition of the famous tournament.

This year, there are 91 players from 20 different countries participating in the tournament. Amongst them is the infamous Tiger Woods, who was recently in a bad car accident that left him certain he’d never play professionally again. He’s made a successful recovery though and will grace us with his presence again at this year’s Masters after all!

In addition to Tiger Woods, here’s a full list of participants by country.

United States

Daniel Berger

Sam Burns

Patrick Cantlay

Cameron Champ

Stewart Cink

Fred Couples

Bryson DeChambeau

Tony Finau

Lucas Glover

Talor Gooch

Austin Greaser

Stewart Hagstead

Brian Harman

Russell Henley

Harry Higgs

Tom Hoge

Max Homa

Bills Horschel

Dustin Johnson

Zach Johnson

Kevin Kisner

Brooks Koepka

Jason Kokrak

Luke List

Larry Mize

Collin Morikawa

Kevin Na

Ryan Palmer

James Piot

Patrick Reed

Xander Schauffele

Scottie Scheffer

Webb Simpson

J.J. Spaun

Jordan Spieth

Hudson Swafford

Justin Thomas

Harold Verner III

Bubba Watson

Matthew Wolff

Gary Woodland

Tiger Woods

Cameron Young

Will Zalaroris

England

Paul Casey

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Tommy Fleetwood

Tyrell Hatton

Justin Rose

Laird Shepherd

Lee Westwood

Danny Willett

Australia

Cameron Davis

Lucas Herbert

Min Woo Lee

Marc Leishman

Adam Scott

South Africa

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Garrick Higgo

Louis Oosthuizen

Charlie Schwartzel

Cameron Smith

Erik van Rooyen

Canada

Corey Conners

Mackenzie Hughes

Mike Weir

Ireland

Padraig Harrington

Shane Lowry

Séamus Power

Northern Ireland

Rory McElroy

Japan

Takumi Kanaya

Hideki Matsuyama

Keita Nakajima

Korea

Sungjae Im

Si Woo Kim

Kyoung Hoon Lee

Spain

Sergio García

José María Olazábal

Jon Rahm

Italy

Guido Migliozzi

Francesco Molinari

Scotland

Sandy Lyle

Robert MacIntyre

Austria

Sepp Straka

Belgium

Thomas Pieters

Germany

Bernhard Langer

Norway

Viktor Holland

Cayman Islands

Aaron Jarvis

Chile

Joaquin Niemann

Fiji

Vijay Singh

Mexico

Abraham Ancer

Notable absentees from 2022 Masters

Of all the talent this year offers, there are still several notable names missing from that list.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson is 51 years old and a six-time Major champion and three-time Masters champion. He won’t be participating in this year’s, saying he is taking a break from the game.

Jason Day

Jason Day has moved down in the rankings to fall outside the top 100. Back in 2011, he tied for second place in the Masters and in 2013, placed third.

Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer is a former World Number 1 golfer after winning the PGA Championship in 2010. He won another major at the 2014 US Open. Though he played in every Masters from 2008 until 2019, he hasn’t had much success in Augusta, his best result 16th place in 2017.

Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter has played in the Masters 16 times with three top-10 finishes, but this year, he didn’t make it into the world’s top-50 which he needed to get in. He currently ranks 67th.

Henrik Stenson

This will be Henrik Stenson’s first time missing the Masters since 2005. His best result was a tie for fifth place in 2018. This year, however, he’s bumped down to 232nd place on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar has been at every Masters tournament since 2010 and has won nine PGA Tours. He had four top-ten finishes and tied for third in 2012. He’s been struggling recently though, cropping to 148th on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler has finished the Masters in the top 10 three different times and in 2018, he was the runner-up, just one shot behind winner Patrick Reed. He’s also started to struggle recently though, stopping to 122 on the Official World Golf Ranking

More on the Masters

Who is favored to win the 2022 Masters?

Tiger Woods is back in action and ready to fight for the title, but he’s got some strong competition. Jon Rahm, the reigning US Open champion, is the strong favorite to win the 2022 Masters. The Spaniard made his Masters debut in 2017 and has finished in the top 10 in the last four. After Rahm, opinions tend to differ in order, but more or less, the same 10 golfers are at the top of expert’s radar.

Jon Rahm

Justin Thomas

Dustin Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Collin Morikawa

Cameron Smith

Scottie Scheffler

Rory McIlroy

Brooks Koepka

Patrick Cantlay

For a list of how and where to watch the 2022 Masters tournament, check out our list here.

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