These guys have played in as many Masters as you (zero!), but this April, that’s going to change (for them). Here are the lucky seven of the 12 Augusta first-timers
with the best chance at a tournament known for making sure the first (timers) come in last.
KENNETH FERRIE (England)
Green light: Tied for sixth in the 2006 U.S.
Open Augusta ready? His performance at the Open (led for part of third round) and his ability to score (22nd in scoring average) make him the rookie to watch.
JULIEN GUERRIER (France)
Green light: British Amateur champ
Augusta ready? Sure, he’s the first Frenchman to win the British Am in 25 years, but he’ll impress everyone simply by making le cut.
J.J. HENRY (U.S.)
Green light: Top 30 on 2006 PGA Tour Money List
Augusta ready? Won the Buick in ’06 for his first Tour win, and played well in the Ryder, halving all his matches. With Ferrie, a rookie long shot.
CAMILO VILLEGAS (Colombia)
Green light: Top 40 on 2006 PGA Tour Money List
Augusta ready? His unique green-reading coupled with his lethal length (302.1 yards, 13th on tour) will give him a sharp edge over the other rookies.
BRETT WETTERICH (U.S.)
Green light: Top 10 on 2006 PGA Tour Money List
Augusta ready? Won the Byron Nelson, finished 10th on the money list, played in the Ryder, and mashes his driver (307.8,4th on Tour). He’s got a shot.
BRETT QUIGLEY (U.S.)
Green light: Top 20 on 2006 PGA Tour Money List
Augusta ready? Had his best year ever in ’06, with $2.6 million in earnings and 10 top-10s. If he gets close, he may have enough experience to hang.
RICHIE RAMSAY (Scotland)
Green light: U.S. Amateur champion
Augusta ready? Hit 30 of 34 greens in the Am final, and played on the ’05 GBI Walker Cup team. Can we hag-gis him goodbye after two rounds? Maybe not.