In the 81 times the Masters Tournament has been contested since 1934, only three golfers have won the coveted green jacket as a first-time participant.
Obviously honors go to Horton Smith, who won the very first Masters in 1934.
In 1935, Gene Sarazen hit the "shot heard around the world" during his first Masters Tournament and won the last of his seven majors.
Then 44 years later, Fuzzy Zoeller took his first stroll down Magnolia Lane and outlasted Tom Watson and Ed Sneed in a playoff to win the 1979 Masters Tournament.
Jordan Spieth came close to breaking the rookie drought in 2014 when he finished second to Bubba Watson on his first attempt, but the streak stands at 38 years since a rookie has won.
Here are the rookies that will have the chance to break the streak this year at the 2018 Masters Tournament.
|Player||World Ranking (as of 3/25)||How they qualified|
|Xander Schauffele||26||Won 2017 Greenbriar and Tour Championship|
|Tony Finau||34||2017 Tour Championship qualifier and Top 50 in World Ranking|
|Haotong Li||41||Top 4 finish at 2017 Open Championship|
|Satoshi Kodaira||46||Top 50 in OWGR by March 25|
|Dylan Frittelli||47||Top 50 in OWGR by March 25|
|Patton Kizzire||53||Won 2017 OHL Class at Mayakoba and 2018 Sony Open in Hawaii|
|Yusaku Miyazato||57||Top 50 in OWGR at end of 2017|
|Shubhankar Sharma||68||Special exemption|
|Wesley Bryan||89||Won 2017 RBC Heritage|
|Austin Cook||108||Won 2017 RSM Classic|
|Doc Redman||Amateur||2017 U.S. Amateur Champion|
|Doug Ghim||Amateur||2017 U.S. Amateur Runner-up|
|Harry Ellis||Amateur||2017 British Amateur Champion|
|Lin Yuxin||Amateur||2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion|
|Matt Parziale||Amateur||2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion|
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