Masters Predictions 2013: Top 10 Players Who Will Shine at Augusta

Alana NassiahCorrespondent IApril 10, 2013

Tiger Woods could be in contention at the Masters.
Tiger Woods could be in contention at the Masters.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Who will win the Masters this weekend? This is the question on everyone's minds. We all have our favorites. What story lines will develop? 

Let's step back and think positively. Here are 10 players who will shine at Augusta this weekend, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

1. Tiger Woods. We may as well get him out of the way now. Expect Tiger to be at his best this weekend. He has been playing good golf lately. Hopefully it continues.

2. Rory McIlroy. The young guy still has a lot to prove, but it could be a good weekend for him. He may not win the tournament but I'm sure he'll have a better showing this time around.

3. Phil Mickelson. Mickelson is always a contender. Who's to say he won't challenge again? Mickelson has one win this year, but is coming into the tournament having not played a competitive round of golf in at least 10 days. Mickelson told reporters that having that open week before the Masters makes him nervous. Mickelson has won the green jacket three times—so far.

4. Bubba Watson. He's everyone's favorite now, isn't he? I'm not saying that Watson will repeat what he did last year, but it would be nice to have him challenge for a second consecutive green jacket. May not happen though. Watson has not won a tournament since the 2012 Masters.

5. Louis Oosthuizen. The South African could have won the Masters last year, but it wasn't meant to be. He should be in the hunt this time around again. In fact, he may even win it. Finishing second in the 2012 Masters is not something to ignore. 

6. Justin Rose. The English are counting on Rose to deliver a stunning performance at Augusta this weekend. And he very well could. Andy Murray got the Brits their major, perhaps Rose will as well. He is currently number three in the world.

7. Adam Scott. A personal favorite of mine. It would be awesome to have Scott win his first green jacket at Augusta. He's been challenging for years. Perhaps, he will finally have a breakthrough.

8. Luke Donald. The Englishman will tee off with Tiger on Thursday. Like Rose, Donald is feeling the pressure of the Brits. He was the world number one going into the Masters last year, but has yet to win a major. Maybe he'll finally get one this weekend.

9. Lee Westwood. Here's another player who has been knocking on the door but has yet to get through. Westwood could be in contention yet again this year, but will he walk away with a green jacket? The British are waiting. According to USA Today, his driving distance may be problematic, but we will have to wait and see how much affects his game this weekend.

10. Graeme McDowell. McDowell told BBC Sport Northern Ireland that he believes he can win the Masters. Let's see if he can actually make this happen. He is currently ranked 16th in the world.

These are 10 players who are getting a lot of coverage before the Masters actually start. But in reality, someone random may win it. Who is your pick?