Masters Predictions 2012: Tiger Woods and Former No. 1s Who'll Dominate

T.J. McaloonContributorApril 3, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 02:  Tiger Woods looks on during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Masters golf tournament welcomes a collection of former No. 1 golfers to their golf course this week for the 76th edition of the tournament. Tiger Woods has been playing some of his best golf recently, and he, along with these former No. 1s, will be in contention for the green jacket heading into the final round on Sunday. 


Tiger Woods

Woods is in search of his 15th major title as a professional golfer. He has won this tournament an amazing four times, and even had the course directors adjust the course to make it harder for Woods.  

Before Woods' win at Bay Hill, he wasn’t putting together four straight rounds of golf scores in the 60s. 

At Bay Hill, Tiger was able to put four rounds together where he shot under par. He started off with a good 69 in Round 1, then followed it up with two great scores of 65 and 67, only to finish it with a 70 in the final round. 

Woods has to bring this type of consistency into Augusta National this weekend to have a shot at being among the leaders come Sunday.


Rory McIlroy

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland looks on during the final round of the World Golf Championship's Cadillac Championship at Doral Golf Resort And Spa on March 11, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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McIlroy has only played in three PGA tournaments in 2012, and hasn’t played since the World Golf Championships back on March 8th. 

However, in every one of those tournaments, McIlory has finished in the top three of those events. He finished second at the WGC: Accenture Match Play tournament, then first at The Honda Classic and third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. 

McIlroy has never finished higher than 19th at this tournament. However, because he is playing so well and was at one time this year the No. 1 golfer in the world, he will be a contender when Sunday comes around. 


Lee Westwood

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 02:  Lee Westwood of England hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 2, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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In the past, Westwood has come as close as second at the Masters. This year, Westwood is ranked third in the world in the golf rankings, and has finished in the top five of two tournaments this year. 

Westwood has played in four tournaments in 2012, has made four cuts and has finished all three of his stroke-play tournaments under par. 

He will take his hot play this year and transform that into a deep run at the Masters. He will be right there with Woods and McIlroy as the tournament action heads into the final round on Sunday.