Everyone’s waiting for a match race between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The phenom hopes to deliver and wash the memories of that final-round 80 in 2011, forever.
Can anyone tame Tiger?
Tiger Woods has found rough going trying to attain his fifth green jacket. He won four between 1997 and 2005 but is winless since with six top-six finishes. Here's a look at 10 players who could stop golf's best from making a fashion statement.
Phil Mickelson has three wins at Augusta since 2004. Would be no shock to see Lefty add a fourth green jacket. Always makes it interesting and keeps the gallery on edge.
Brandt Snedeker’s best Masters finish was third in 2008. He didn't crack the top 10 in four other tries. This may not seem to make him a threat, but his game is on the rise and he can tame Tiger and the rest of the field.
Matt Kuchar enters off a strong third-place finish in 2012. He keeps getting better, has learned how to win and would be no surprise.
Bubba Watson finally figured out Augusta last year to post a strong figure of 10-under-par for the victory. Has improved his final total every year in four tries. Horse for the course?
Rickie Fowler has played twice, improving from 38th in 2011 to 27th last year. There would be absolutely no surprise if the best-dressed player on the tour winds up with a green jacket, but even that won’t match the 24-year-old's usual Sunday best.
Angel Cabrera won with a 12-under-par total in 2009 and has four other top 10 finishes at Augusta. Would be no surprise to see him make it a fifth and be in play for another major victory.
Ian Poulter finished a career-best seventh at Augusta in 2012. He has made the cut in all eight Masters appearances and should contend.
Lee Westwood seemingly is always close, but he doesn’t get to the top of the leaderboard at the end of the tournament. This is his 14th try and it’s getting close to now or never.
Zach Johnson has a win (in 2007) and hasn’t threatened since. He tends to lurk and lurk before striking. Would not be stunned to see him near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.