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Zach Johnson is poised to add another green jacket in this year's Masters.
If I had to do an honorable mention section, his Thursday group partner, Ian Poulter, could have made the list. Though Vegas has Poulter as the 28th best bet, Zack Johnson and his 33rd ranking will actually be the group's safest bet.
Johnson has made all eight cuts and finished in the top 25 in half of them. His one top-10 finish came in January at the Humana Challenge, but his tied 11th finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 25 shows he may be peaking.
The 2007 Masters champion was famous for not going for two on any par 5s that year. He depended on his wedge and putter—and it paid off tremendously.
Johnson's putting numbers in 2012—3.93 birdie average (29th) and .301 strokes gained in putting (52nd)—looks mediocre at best. His 90.57 greens-in-regulation percentage (74th) in under 75 yards and 75.76 percent from between 75 and 100 yards (131st) hints that his 2007 strategy may not be the best, too.
However, I love Johnson's 68.88 scoring average (8th) before the cut. His 33.74 birdie or better conversion percentage (14th) shows an ability to score low.
At Arnie's tournament, he played his worst two rounds on the weekend. Regardless, his 27.5 putts-per-round average was still the second best that week.
And last time I checked, Augusta National is the hardest putting surface on the PGA Tour.
Johnson showed inconsistency throughout 2012, but he has played great the first two rounds. I see that trend continue at Augusta National, but it will also carry over to the weekend.
This may be bold, but I will not be surprised if Johnson tees last Saturday at the 2012 Masters.