Masters 2012: Dark-Horse Candidates to Top Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil

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Masters 2012: Dark-Horse Candidates to Top Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil
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The Masters is upon us, with golf's first major championship ready to start on Thursday.

Everybody knows that Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy remain the front-runners, and perhaps nobody has a better record at Augusta National Golf Club over the past decade than Phil Mickelson.

Given that four of the last five winners were rank outsiders (Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman and Zach Johnson) at the beginning of the week, there is a good chance that a lesser-known name will be putting on that famous green jacket come Sunday.

Here I take a deeper look into five names that could be in the running to be a surprise winner of the 2012 Masters Tournament.

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