This is the last in my five-part series of articles leading up to the year's first, and my favorite, major, The Masters Tournament.
Held at the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA, the Masters is unique amongst the major championships in that it is held at the same course every year and it technically is not the championship of anything.
When you win the U.S. Open or the Open Championship, you have won the championship of an entire nation. When you win the PGA Championship, you are the champion of the Professional Golfers' Association.
When you win the Masters, you are not the champion of anything except the Masters. Augusta National has its own club championship and most of the field of the Masters is not invited to play in that.
Still, it is a considered one of the four most important tournaments there is, and heaven knows, there are legions of golf players and fans who would love just one chance to slip that green jacket on as champion of the Masters.
Who will get that chance this year?
Will it be some young gun with all the length in the world, a silky putting touch, and just enough naivety to think he can win it? Will it be a wily veteran who has been making his bones for a few years and finally has everything going just the way he likes?
Will it be a first-time major winner like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson or Justin Rose would be? Will it be a guy who has won one major and is looking to solidify his mark on Tour as a multiple major champion like Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer or Trevor Immelman? Or will it be a guy who has already reserved his place in the Hall of Fame and just wants to add to his legacy like Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson?
We'll find out April 7-10, but here are some things it takes to win and my guess who will be this year's Masters champion.
Note: All stats are from pgatour.com and are valid through the Transitions Championship.