ESPN's Justin Ray was not content to give his readers just one pick in this year's Masters.
Instead, Ray crunched the numbers and came up with the foursome of defending champion Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Dufner as the four golfers who have the best chance of wearing the green jacket.
Ray said that Scott has been the most consistent golfer in the four major events. Only three players have made the cut since the start of 2012 in all eight of the majors—Dufner and Tiger Woods are the other two—and Scott has performed the best of all.
Johnson had been the hottest golfer on the tour prior to a disastrous showing in Houston last weekend. Prior to that event, he had finished no worse than sixth in any tournament he had entered in 2014.
McIlroy showed that he was on top of his game in the final round of the Houston Open as he fired an eye-catching 65 that included just 11 putts on the back nine. If he can come close to repeating that performance in the first two rounds at Augusta, he should be able to build a sizable lead.
In addition to making the cut in the last eight majors, Dufner is coming off a victory in the most recent of those tournaments. He won the 2013 PGA, and he has a propensity to perform well in the big events. Dufner also maintains a sense of cool under pressure as well as any golfer on tour, and that could provide the difference on Sunday.