The 2013 Masters is about to get underway at Augusta National and as always, the biggest question is as to who will take home the green jacket this year.
Tiger Woods—fresh of a stellar year so far—is the hot favorite to win another Masters title, but with guys like Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose all in good form, it's clear that Woods will face some serious competition on the hallowed course this year.
But that doesn't bring us any closer to finding out who's going to win this year, so that's why we've found the best expert predictions out there for the tournament.
Read on to see who the best golfing minds are predicting this year.
Peter Dixon, The Times: Justin Rose
The Times' Peter Dixon kicks us off here with his pick of Justin Rose, who is garnering a lot of predictions around the Internet coming into the tournament.
Rose has finished top 10 in three of his four official starts this year, and ranks first on tour in scoring average. Couple that with his strong performance in the 2012 Masters, and it's understandable to see how he could make the jump across from good to elite this week at Augusta.
Dixon: "Has seriously come of age. I just feel he has the mental strength now to stand on that first tee and think he can mix it with everyone..."
Jay Townsend, former Tour pro: Tiger Woods
Townsend—currently working for BBC Radio 5—has gone with the hot favorite of Tiger Woods for his pick given his strong 2013 season so far and the past successes he's had at Augusta National.
However, for Townsend, it's more than just his form that makes Woods a great pick, but rather, the statistics that show it will be very hard to beat him here.
Townsend: "Five of the last 10 winners have been left-handed and as I don't see another right-hander beating Woods that gives him a 50% chance of winning. There are three lefties in the field and I don't think Mike Weir will win again so that leaves Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson with a 25% chance each. But Woods is the winner..."
Andrew P. Shay, PennLive golf writer: Dustin Johnson
Shay gives us our first slightly more unusual pick here with his selection of Dustin Johnson, who isn't attracting a whole lot of attention coming into this one.
Johnson has a big drive on him and will thrive on the Masters' course, but his consistency remains the biggest question mark surrounding his game this year. According to Shay, however, the American is primed for big showing this year.
Shay: "Four of the last six Masters winners made the green jacket their first major championship [and] one of the best red, white and blue players without a major on his resume is Dustin Johnson. No funky bunkers at Augusta and Johnson, who bombs it off the tee, will enjoy the little extra room to roam..."
Jeff Babineau, Golfweek editor: Keegan Bradley
After a big showing at the Ryder Cup last year, Keegan Bradley has attracted plenty of attention for the Masters this year, and Babineau agrees with it.
Bradley has five top-10 finishes so far this season, and can seemingly take on a hot streak at any given moment—something that Babineau thinks may happen at Augusta this year given his form, and the recent tutorials given by Masters legend Phil Mickelson at the Ryder Cup.
Babineau: "Why do I like Bradley? He's long, he makes birdies, he's gritty, he wants to step up to the next level, and he has a good Augusta tutor in three-time champion Phil Mickelson..."
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