The Masters 2012: Power Rankings This Year's Top Contenders

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IApril 2, 2012

The Masters 2012: Power Rankings This Year's Top Contenders

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    There is always so much hype going into The Masters, but this year's famous tournament at Augusta may hold the most hype it has every held in a very long time.

    This can be credited to Tiger Woods' recent victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Although all eyes will be on Mr. Woods, he is not the only contender in this year's Masters.

    Read on to find out the power rankings of top five contenders this year.  

5. Lee Westwood

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    Lee Westwood has never won the Masters or any other major tournament for that matter, so it is bound to happen sooner or later. 

    Westwood is currently ranked No. 3 in the world rankings, and a victory at Augusta would be huge for him.

    Westwood's best finish at the Masters was in 2010, when he took second place. 

4. Luke Donald

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    Luke Donald is any obvious contender in this year's Masters, since he is the No. 1 golfer in the world and all. 

    Donald was passed up by Rory McIlroy earlier in the season, but a win at the Transitions Championship bounced Donald back to the top golfer in the world.

    Donald has played in four tournaments this season, and he has finished in the top 10 in two of those tournaments. 

3. Phil Mickelson

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    Phil Mickelson has had the honor of putting on the green jacket three times in his career. Mickelson has always been a good player, but he really seems to shine at Augusta.

    Lefty has 11 top-10 finishes in his past 12 Masters. That is impressive no matter who you are.

    There may be two players in front of Mickelson on this list, but don't be surprised if he earns his fourth green jacket this weekend. 

2. Rory McIlroy

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    Rory McIlroy became the second youngest player to become the No. 1 golfer in the world earlier in the season, but he did not hang onto the top spot for very long. 

    McIlroy is still the No. 2 golfer in the world and is most likely many people's favorite to win at Augusta this year.

    McIlroy, of course, had a very hard-to-watch meltdown at the Masters last year, but that was last year. McIlroy may not win this year, but if he has the kind of lead that he had last year, don't expect him to fall apart again.

    McIlroy has matured very much as a golfer since then. He has been playing tremendous golf as of late, and he will definitely be in the hunt to win this tournament on Sunday. 

1. Tiger Woods

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    This really should not come at any surprise to anyone. Tiger Woods finally won a PGA tournament a little more than a week ago.

    Even when Woods was in a huge funk, he still competed at the Masters. In the past two Masters, Woods has finished in fourth place.

    Tiger has won this tournament four times in his career, and he is most likely not done yet.

    You have probably heard this many times over the past week, but Tiger Woods is back and he will show this at this year's Masters.  

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