April 08, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen (left) and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell could end their respective country's Masters drought this week (Harry How/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A year ago, Adam Scott delivered his native Australia its first Masters win. Now the question becomes: Which country will be next to end its drought at Augusta National?
Besides the United States, 10 other countries have been represented at the Champions dinner through the years. South Africa's Gary Player was the first International winner in 1961.
The list below shows the representatives from the 10 countries that have yet to claim the Green Jacket. Of the 10 countries, six have never produced a major winner (Denmark, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden, Thailand).
Sweden's Henrik Stenson, the reigning FedExCup champion, would love to follow Scott's footsteps and create history for his country. But he's aware that thinking of the big picture might cause him to lose focus.
"It would be a nice thing for me to be the first to do that, but I'm more concerned about winning a major than being the first Swede to do it," Stenson said Tuesday. "If one of my colleagues do it before me, it's not like I'm going to be devastated.
"That would be a great thing, and I'm more concerned about me winning one. That's kind of the one thing missing on my record."
Denmark - Thomas Bjorn, Thorbjorn Olesen
France - Victor Dubuisson
Italy - Matteo Manassero, Francesco Molinari
Japan - Hideki Matsuyama
Korea - Sang-Moon Bae, K.J. Choi, Chang-woo Lee, Y.E. Yang
Netherlands - Joost Luiten
N. Ireland - Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy
Sweden - Jonas Blixt, Peter Hanson, Henrik Stenson
Thailand - Thongchai Jaidee
Zimbabwe - Brendon de Jonge