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Graeme McDowell is my favourite dark horse to win this week at the 2012 Masters.
This is due to the way that Augusta has been altered on the greens. The landing spots have been reduced, meaning the eventual winner will have to be a powerful, yet accurate, ball striker, especially with their mid to long irons.
McDowell is a wonderful ball striker and has a wonderful asset to complement this part of his game, as the 2010 U.S. Open winner is also a clutch putter.
McDowell finished second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, proving his game is in good form. The 32-year-old is confident he is among the main contenders. McDowell listed his name along with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson as the front-runners.
McDowell missed the cut in 2011 due to a dreadful couple of rounds with the putter, but he was also among the leaders in greens in regulation, suggesting that if he putts to his usual high standard, he will be in contention to win his second major.
Current odds: 60/1
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