The first major championship of the year gets under way Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club among the blooming azaleas of northern Georgia.
The Masters is the one golf championship of the year that draws the most casual fan to the television and transports them back to a simpler day and age.
With most of the focus rightly on whether Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy can continue on their march to greatness, there is a decent chance the gentleman putting on the green jacket Sunday night will have been considered a dark horse.
The 10 players selected here would not be considered favorites by oddsmakers in Las Vegas or by the talking heads on Golf Channel.
They either have had great careers and can parlay their knowledge of Augusta National into another shot at glory or have a game that can fit on the fast greens and break through for the first time—like Bubba Watson last year, for example—on the sport's biggest stage. Whoever wins Sunday night will have quite the story to tell.