5 Masters longshots we love

The favorites are clear, but the way to win your Masters pool (and bank) is by finding sleeper choices who could find themselves in contention late on Sunday. Here are a few names that are flying under the radar and could surprise the world on Masters Sunday.

Charley Hoffman
Odds to win: 175 to 1
Masters Record: t9th (‘15), t27th (‘11)

The 4-time winner on the PGA Tour showed he had the game to tame Augusta last year after opening with rounds of 67-68 that put him in 2nd place behind Jordan Spieth heading into the weekend. Hoffman faded over the weekend, firing rounds of 71-74 to fall into a tie for 9th. Hoffman is one of the PGA Tour’s most consistent ball-strikers and has the ability to make birdies in bunches, two traits that serve players well at Augusta.

Ryan Moore
Odds to win: 150 to 1
Masters Record: t12th (‘15), MC (‘14), t38 (‘13), t35th (‘11), t14th (‘10), t13th (‘05), t45th (‘03)

A man with a long Masters history, Moore qualified for the Masters twice as an amateur and has played 5 times as a pro. The veteran has had a good track record at Augusta National with 3 top 15s and only 1 missed cut. Moore will come into the event in good form as he made a run in the WGC Match Play to the final 8 and finished in the top 10 at both the Valspar and the Northern Trust Open.

Jamie Donaldson
Odds to win: 225-to-1
Masters Record: t33rd (‘15), t14th (‘14), MC (‘13)

Since this Wales native spends most of his time playing across the pond on the European Tour, American golf fans tend to underrate him. Donaldson can flat out play and has fared nicely in his past two visits to Augusta. 

Bernd Wiesberger
Odds to win: 225-to-1
Masters Record: t22nd (‘15)

In his inaugural trip to Augusta, the big Austrian fared well, shaking off an opening 75 to finish in a tie for 22nd. Wiesberger has flashed the potential to compete in major championships as evidenced by his t15th at the 2014 PGA. The aspect of Wiesberger’s game that makes him an enticing long-shot at Augusta is his power, and as one of the longest players in Europe, he should be able to take advantage of Augusta’s par 5s. 

Chris Kirk
Odds to win: 200-to-1
Masters Record: t33rd (‘15), t20th (‘14)

The Georgia native will feel right at home in his home state and has been playing in top form recently with a t12th at the Arnold Palmer and a final 8 run in the WGC Dell Match Play. Kirk has a solid track record at Augusta and seems to play well in bigger events with his smooth swing and laid-back demeanor.