The Master event 2022 saw in form American and World number 1 Scottie Scheffler emerge as champion at the 2022 Masters at Augusta. Finishing three strokes ahead of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy.
For many players it was their first ever Masters appearance including Aaron Jarvis who at the age of 19 became the first player from the Cayman islands to play in the Masters. Sam Burns who was ranked number 10 before the tournament also made his first appearance whose success this year is a testament to the depth of American golf at the minute, a guy who couldn’t make a team of the top 12 U.S. players now has three wins in his last 11 months and ranks No. 10 in the world.
A player making his debut has not won the tournament since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. We know that 2022 wasn’t the year for this to happen again with an impressive display by Scheffler but how did these debutants do this year and who could go on to perform better in the years to come, we look at a few of the 20 debutants this year and how well they performed.
Having won the Latin America Amateur Championship at Casa de Campo, his place at the Masters was justified and he produced a solid performance for his debut.
The 19-year-old, the first Caymanian ever to compete in a major championship had a good performance in the second round of the championship in which he signed a scorecard of 74 shots (+2) and completed the two rounds with 155 strokes (+11), a score that wasn’t able to make the cut.
This will not be the last that you see of Aaron this year on the competitive stage. By winning the LAAC Jarvis secured a place in the 2022 Masters Tournament, The 150th Open at St Andrews, The 127th Amateur Championship, the U.S. Amateur Championship and the final stages of qualifying for the 2022 U.S. Open. It will be a very interesting 12 months for Jarvis, a player worth keeping an eye on.
Min Woo Lee
Out of the 20 players making their first appearance, 9 made the cut. One being Min Woo Lee, who for many is seen as one of the more exciting prospects in golf. Winning the U.S. Junior Am in 2016 and winning the Scottish Open against a loaded field last summer.
Finishing T14 with other newbies including Harry Higgs and Talor Gooch all who had a great Master Debut, Min showed why this Australian golf sensation is definitely a possible future contender. Lee briefly stormed to outright fourth on the leaderboard after equalling the lowest-ever front nine with a staggering six-under-par 30 on the sport’s most famous course.
However, Lee’s challenge faltered with four bogeys in a row to start the back nine before another birdie on the 16th left him in a tie for 14th position at two over in a hugely impressive maiden Masters.
The Irishman made his first career start in a major, and at the age of 35 he may be one of the best golfers your golfing buddies never talk about, or even heard of. Power won the Barbasol Championship last summer when all the big boys were at the Open Championship and has kept his performance at a top level ever since, picking off top-20s frequently to climb inside the top 50 of the World Ranking.
Three birdies, at the 10th, 13th and 16th ensured his presence over the weekend, where he Finished T27.
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