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Masters Odds 2012: Rory McIlroy and Foreign Players with the Best Shot to Win
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In 2002 the only two Americans to finish in the top ten at the Masters were the winner, Tiger Woods, and the third-place finisher, Phil Mickelson.  The other nine finishers (there was a three-way tie for ninth place) were all foreign players.

It was the start of a trend that has seen Americans place more golfers than their foreign counterparts on the leaderboard's final top-ten finishers just two times in the past ten years.

Last year, the foreign contingent grabbed seven of the top ten spots, including the top three. It was the third time in four years the green jacket would hang in a closet outside the United States.

In all, foreign players have taken 61 of the 110 top ten spots available in the past decade (a figure that includes an additional ten finishers due to ties).

An early look at the odds to win the 2012 Masters shows an even distribution of American and foreign golfers amongst the ten players deemed most likely to win.

Sticking with recent trends, let's take a look at the 15 foreign players most likely to be in Butler Cabin wearing green at around seven o'clock this Sunday evening.   

(All odds courtesy of Bovada, current to 3:45 PM EST)

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