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Masters 2012: 5 Bold Predictions for Tournament
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It's that time of year again. Well, it's almost that time of year again.

In just a few days, honorary starters Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player will hit their tee shots to begin play at the season's first major championship—the 2012 Masters Tournament. Close to 100 of the world's best golfers will gather at Augusta National Golf Club to compete for professional golf's ultimate prize.

The US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship—yes, those are important. But the Masters—it's special.

The excitement surrounding this year's tournament is elevated largely due to the recent success of four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods.

For the past six months, the argument has been whether Tiger is "back" or not. But after his five-shot victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, the 72nd win of his historic PGA Tour career, few can deny that his game is in good enough shape to challenge for his fifth green jacket.

Here are five bold predictions for the 2012 Masters Tournament. You can be sure one of them is about Tiger Woods.

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