Masters Picks 2012: Power Ranking Last Year's Major Champions' Chances
All four 2011 major champions are scheduled to participate in the 2012 Masters, and they will be carrying with them wildly different chances of success.
It's been two years since a player won a major in back-to-back years. There is a good chance that streak stops in the first major of 2012. Here are the men who can end it.
No. 4: Darren Clarke
Will Clarke make the cut?
Last year's British Open winner is entering the Masters at a bad time. Last week, at the Houston Open, Clarke suffered a strained groin. He did not make the cut.
While missing the cut is a good thing in the sense it gave him more time to heal, it is also an ominous sign. Clarke is playing horrible golf. In his last four events he has now missed two cuts and has a 43rd- and 33rd-place finish to go with them.
It is difficult to imagine any scenario that results in Clarke winning at Agusta.
Chance of Victory: 0.5 percent
No. 3: Charl Schwartzel
The defending Masters champion enters this tournament embroiled in some terrible play.
Early in March, he was in fine form. He finished fifth at the Honda Classic and followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the Cadillac Championship.
He has played in two events since and missed both cuts. His game is floundering in many ways, but one of the biggest problems is his putter.
Agusta is no place to play if you are struggling with the flat blade. It's almost as hard to see Schwartzel winning as it is Clarke.
Chance of Victory: three percent
No. 2: Keegan Bradley
Last year's PGA Champion is proving that that win was no fluke. He has been playing outstanding golf.
His last time out, he was fourth at the Houston Open. At the Cadillac Championship, his tournament prior to the Houston Open, he finished eighth.
Bradley is on the verge of being considered one of the best players on the tour.
He also has a game that is well-suited to win at Agusta. He can power the ball off of the tee, is confident with his irons and solid with the putter.
Chance of Victory: 14.8 percent
No. 1: Rory McIlroy
Where will Rory finish?
McIlroy dominated the field for three rounds at last year's Masters. He then fell apart with an 80 on Sunday.
That result would have haunted most golfers, but McIlroy turned around and won the next major (US Open) in convincing fashion.
He has entered this season focused and ready to add to the success of last year.
In his four PGA events this year, he has tallied two seconds, a third- and a fifth-place finish. He has looked completely dominant at times and is clearly ready to compete in a major.
As he showed last year, he is capable of dominating this course.
Chance of Victory: 36 percent
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