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4 Most Notable Dark Horses to Win 2019 Masters

David Kaestle
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While many might bet on Tigers Woods or the favorite, Rory McIlroy, to win the 2019 Masters, here are four notable dark horses that could end up wearing the green jacket come Sunday.

1. Hideki Matsuyama (+3300)

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Hideki Matsuyama is a very consistent player and has proven that this year with three top-10 finishes already in 2019. He ranks 16th on tour in scoring average and driving distance, which bodes well for his chances at Augusta National, especially on the par 5 holes.

2. Matt Kuchar (+4500)

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Matt Kuchar has quietly put together an impressive season and is playing some of the best golf of his career heading into the Masters. He's currently No. 1 in the FedExCup rankings and has already tallied two wins this season. Additionally, he has five top-10 finishes, including a T-7 at last week's Valero Texas Open. Kuchar ranks 1st on tour in greens in regulation (GIR) and 6th in driving accuracy percentage (DAP), both of which are paramount in being able to tackle Augusta's fast greens and undulating fairways.

3. Phil Mickelson (+4500)

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Phil Mickelson has three green jackets in his closet and he could add a fourth come Sunday. In 2019, he has notched two top-10 finishes, including a win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. When it comes to tour rankings so far this year, Phil is 26th in driving distance and 9th in birdie average. If he can keep his driver in play and avoid any three putts (which he's struggled with at Augusta before), then he has as good a chance as anyone to take home the win.

4. Sergio Garcia (+6000)

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Sergio Garcia is another past Masters champion, winning hist first major and green jacket in 2017. He has also quietly had a great season thus far, notching three top-10 finishes and one top-5 finish. He also ranks fifth on tour in scoring average. If he can consistently keep his driver in the fairway this week (he's struggled at times, ranking 143rd in driving accuracy), then he most certainly could be in contention come Sunday.


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