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2023 Masters Picks & Predictions: The Outsiders


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Apart from the Ryder Cup, nothing generates as much excitement in the world of golf than the four majors. Although they are created equal, there's something extra special about the very first one of the year, the Masters.


From the moment the players drive down Magnolia Lane, they know they're about to play a tournament like no other. The same can be said for us when we switch on our TV screens, we know we're about to watch something enthralling, beguiling and unique.


Every player hopes to be in contention come the back nine on Sunday, who that will be is always a tantalising mystery to predict.


We've already laid out our top picks amongst the favourites for the 87th Masters (6-9 April), now we're taking a look at those considered outsiders.



Our outsider picks for the 2023 Masters


With several of the worlds top 10 in sizzling form coming into Augusta, it's going to be a tall task for anyone else to get a look in. Saying that, it's golf and nothing is ever written in stone.


Let's take a look at seven outsiders who could cause an upset at this year's Masters:


Tyrrell Hatton - With three top 10's to his name already this season on the PGA Tour, Hatton is in a great run of form. Highlight of 2023 so far was a stonking back-nine at TPC Sawgrass during the final round of The Players Championship. He came in with a 7-under 29 to tie the back-nine scoring record.


Matt Fitzpatrick - He might only have one PGA Tour win to his name but what a win it was, claiming the 2022 US Open in dramatic fashion. He's had a rather quiet season this year with only one top 10 but the lad can play, write him off at your peril.


Brooks Koepka - It wasn't too long ago that the thought of putting Brooks Koepka in a list of 'outsiders' for a major was unimaginable. During a three-year stretch between 2017-19, he claimed two US Open titles as well as two US PGA's. Although he hasn't been able to capture that kind of scintillating form since, he's starting to play well again on the LIV Tour and has good memories at Augusta, with two top 10's in his last four starts.



Bryson DeChambeau - The big hitting American has yet to 'bomb-and-gouge' his way to victory at Augusta, famously quipping back in 2020 that the course was more like a par-67 for him. Since joining the LIV Tour, he hasn't brought the kind of form that saw him capture eight PGA Tour titles, including the 2022 US Open. Saying that, he's clearly got the ability to win a green jacket, it just depends which Bryson turns up on Thursday.


Min Woo Lee - This boy's got game! The young Aussie has already got two professional wins to his name and made a splash on the PGA Tour this year with a T-6 finish at The Players Championship. A T-14 at last year's Masters shows he likes the course. Min Woo is a major winner in the waiting, could this be his year?


Kurt Kitayama - He claimed his maiden PGA Tour win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, taking on a notoriously difficult Bay Hill and coming out on top. His shot into the treacherous par-3 17th hole in the final round was nothing short of majestic, setting up a birdie to secure that all important one-shot lead. With two other top 5's this year, he's having his best season on tour.


Joaquin Niemann - The 24-year-old Chilean burst onto the PGA Tour, snapped up two victories then jumped ship to LIV where he's now team captain of Torque GC. Although you need more than just pure power to win at Augusta, having a fast club head speed is always a bonus and Niemann is one of the longest hitters out there. A major is definitely in the pipeline for this budding superstar.

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