Lone four Aussies at The Masters

Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden and Marc Leishman will be the only Australians trying to capture Australia’s first Green Jacket at Augusta National from April 11-14, our smallest contingent at the Masters in over a decade.

Geoff Ogilvy (55th), Greg Chalmers (63rd) and Marcus Fraser (64th) were among those who fell short of the world top 50 rankings cut-off made at the end of March – the last significant opportunity for final invitations barring last week’s Texas Open winner.

Jason Day Jason Day (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Ogilvy was the best placed to make an eighth- straight appearance at Augusta but failed to make the weekend in his final two events before the cutoff to slip back outside the Top 50.

He remains our last major championship winner – at the 2006 U.S. Open – and the only Australian in the last 18 years dating back to Steve Elkington’s PGA win in 1995.

Not since 2002 when Greg Norman, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and Scott were in the field, has Australia’s representation been this low at Augusta National.

Scott and Senden earned their place via top-30 finishes in the 2012 FedEx Cup, while Day joined them by being inside the world top 50 at the end of the calendar year.

Leishman was the only Australian who actually got in courtesy of a win, the only one by an Australian on the PGA Tour last year, at the Travelers Championship.

Leishman will be making his second Masters appearance after missing the cut in 2010 while Senden will be making his fourth appearance, but is yet to make a cut.

Scott and Day on the other hand, enter The Masters with some pedigree at Augusta National and in major championships in recent years.

Playing together in the final round in 2011, both Scott and Day looked to have one arm inside the Green Jacket before South African Charl Schwartzel birdied the final four holes to edge past them to win.

Day also finished a distant tie for second to Rory McIlroy at the U.S. Open a few months later and has been rebounding from a poor 2012 with three top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.

World No.7 Scott remains our best hope with six top 15 finishes in the last eight majors, including the heartbreaking losses to Schwartzel at Augusta and Ernie Els at last year’s Open Championship.

His 2nd place in 2011 was followed by a tie for 8th at Augusta last year and 2013 will mark Scott’s 12th appearance at The Masters – the same number Phil Mickelson played before winning his first of three green jackets in 2004.

Although our numbers are few this year, that omen alone may be enough to ensure our early morning Masters vigil in front of the television may not be in vain.