Masters 2019: Here are the rookies in the field

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Masters 2019: Here are the rookies in the field

In the 82 times the Masters Tournament has been contested since 1934, only three golfers have won the coveted green jacket as a first-time participant.

Obvious 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 2019 Masters Tournament. 


Player World Ranking (as of 3/31) How they qualified
Matt Wallace 36 Finished 2018 in top 50 of OWGR
Lucas Bjerregaard 43 Finished 2018 in top 50 of OWGR
Eddie Pepperrell 40 Finished 2018 in top 50 of OWGR
Keith Mitchell 59 Won 2019 The Honda Classic
Aaron Wise 66 Won 2018 AT&T Bryon Nelson
Kevin Tway 97 Won 2018 Safeway Open
Adam Long 108 Won 2019 Desert Classic
Andrew Landry 121 Won 2018 Valero Texas Open
Michael Kim 326 Won 2018 John Deere Classic
Viktor Hovland Amateur 2018 U.S. Amateur Champion
Devon Bling Amateur 2018 U.S. Amateur Runner-up
Jovan Rebula Amateur 2018 British Amateur Champion
Takumi Kanaya Amateur 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion
Alvaro Ortiz Amateur 2018 Latin America Amateur Champion
Kevin O'Connell Amateur 2017 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion