Masters 2012: Rory McIlroy and More Top Contenders to Watch

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Masters 2012: Rory McIlroy and More Top Contenders to Watch
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Rory McIlroy has become the new poster child for the world of golf. With the absence of Tiger Woods over the past few years, the PGA needed a young star to emerge, and it happened. McIlroy is likely confident heading into the Masters, but there are a number of top contenders to watch.

According to the World Golf Ranking, McIlroy lands at the No. 2 position. He finds himself surrounded by world class golfers Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. Tiger Woods is currently in the No. 7 position, hoping to ride the Masters to an increased ranking and to complete his comeback.

With so much talent in the top 10, it will be a toss-up heading into the qualifying rounds as to which golfer may land as the favorite. Right now, it is Woods, but that could change virtually overnight. Looking at the field for the Masters, here are five contenders to watch heading into the best week of golf. 

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