Masters Predictions 2014: Sleepers Who Will Take Augusta National by Storm

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 6, 2014

Rickie Fowler tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Friday, March 21, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Chris O'Meara

The Masters is arguably the most prestigious golf tournament of the year. Each player who is fortunate enough to make the field at Augusta National is vying for the coveted green jacket.

Like every year, there will be top-notch players who assert their dominance. There also will be lesser-known golfers who will be on top of their games and ready to take the nation by storm.

As the tournament creeps closer, let's take a look at a few sleepers who are primed to surprise and make a run at the Masters trophy.


K.J. Choi

Eric Gay

Choi saw his world golf ranking hit a 12-year low at the end of a disappointing 2013 season. Ranked No. 134, he entered 2014 looking to rebound.

So far, he's made some significant progress.

After playing in eight events this season, he's missed just two cuts and posted a season-high second-place finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Now, at No. 94, Choi will look to keep his stead play going into the Masters.

The 43-year-old is known for his consistent play, hitting fairways and greens with efficiency. That will go a long way this year for a player who has already earned three top-10 finishes at Augusta.


Miguel Angel Jimenez

Joshua Paul

Even at the age of 50, Jimenez continues to play at a very high level. He's currently ranked No. 39 in the world, as he splits time between the PGA and European tours.

Through six events in 2014, he's missed two cuts. But Jimenez also has gained some momentum of late, earning a top-10 finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

When he won the Kong Kong Open in 2013, Jimenez broke his own record of being the oldest ever European Tour winner. Due to his steadfast play and stellar ball-striking ability, there's no reason to believe he can't recreate that success this year at the Masters.


Rickie Fowler

Chris O'Meara

At the age of 25, Fowler is one of golf's brightest young stars.

He finally notched his first-career victory at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, and he has continued to display his poise ever since.

Over the past two seasons, Fowler has missed only seven cuts in 50 events. During that span, he notched one win, two runner-up finishes and one third-place.

So far, 2014 has not been quite as kind to Fowler.

He's already missed four cuts in just eight events. However, he put on a dazzling display at the WGC-Accenture Match Play with a third-place finish.

And he's been on form this weekend, playing well at the Shell Houston Open:

Fowler is no stranger to majors. His best finish came at the 2011 British Open where he tied for fifth.

Never finishing better than 27th at the Maters, Fowler has plenty of work to do if he is to compete. He has a knack for showing up at bigger tournaments, and it would come as no surprise if that's exactly what he does this year at Augusta.