Meet the Masters debutant shorter than Rory and Spieth

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It’s not every day a debutant steps out at Augusta and goes on to win the Masters. In fact, we’ll tell you the last time it happened… 1979.

That man was Fuzzy Zoeller, a then-27-year-old. And that’s where the list ends.

But plenty believe that Spaniard Jon Rahm can break that curse, despite only turning professional less than a year ago.

And if you needed confirmation that the 22-year-old was the real deal, it’s worth noting that at 28/1 the man from Barrika is shorter than Jordan Spieth (40/1) and Rory McIlroy (33/1) were in their debut Masters tournaments.

That means no professional debutant has ever headed into this major with more chance of winning it, according to our traders.

Already 12th in the PGA World Golf Rankings, it’s no surprise to see him head the Top Debutant market at 5/2, in front of Tyrrell Hatton (5/1), Adam Hadwin and Thomas Pieters (both 7/1).

He’s by far the most backed of those aforementioned first-timers, and we’ve actually taken more on Rahm than we have on Hatton, Hadwin and Pieters combined.

A Farmers Insurance success back in January saw Rahm climb immediately up the table, ahead of four of the last six Green Jacket winners, giving him his first win as a pro despite heading into the California tournament as a 50/1 outsider.

And 5/2 says he finishes the weekend as the Top Continental European Player, with Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia behind him at 7/2 and 4/1 respectively.

Meanwhile, we’re offering 10/1 for any debutant to win this year’s Masters, a feat that’s been achieved only once in the last 82 years.

But with some of the new talent on display at Augusta this year, there could be some great value in that.

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.