The Masters 2011: Tiger Woods and 10 Players Who Could Wear the Green Jacket
Now that the national championship game is over for college basketball, it is time to watch some golf. Yes ladies and gentleman, the Masters is here. The most prestigious tournament in all of golf.
This season in golf has been unpredictable until a week ago, when Phil Mickelson broke through and won a tournament.
Does he have the edge over the field, or will Tiger come charging back?
Here are my top 10 favorites to win the Masters this year.
10. Ricky Fowler
Fowler has been one of those young guys that has taken the tour by storm. He is known for his flashy style and aggressive play.
Fowler has yet to win a tournament and what better time would it be to get out the tournament winning jitters at the Masters.
Ricky has been playing extremely well and has a shot at winning this weekend.
Watch out for this kid, as he is America's next big thing in golf.
9. Bubba Watson
Watson has already won once this year and once last season as well. Watson is playing some great golf and is one of the most exciting players to watch on tour.
His long driving will set up perfectly for Augusta and it will be interesting to see if he can step up and win his first major.
Bubba could step up and steal the show at this years Masters.
8. Martin Kaymer
Although he is the number one player in the world right now, Kaymer isn't a favorite to win his first green jacket. He has missed the cut the two previous times he has played in the Masters and just hasn't fared well at Augusta.
However, Kaymer is playing the best golf of his life right now and could come in and win the tournament.
He will try to become the first European since 199 to win the Masters. It is no easy feat as Europeans have not fared well at the Masters.
There have only been 11 Europeans ever win the prestigious event.
7. Rory McIlroy
Although McIlroy has yet to win a major tournament, this could be the year that the winner of the Masters has not won a major yet.
With all of the young guns coming onto the scene, it is anyone's game and McIlroy is a definite favorite.
After his excellent performance on the Ryder Cup team, the young Irishman will look to become the youngest Masters champion of all time.
6. Luke Donald
Donald is one of those guys that seems like he just came on tour yesterday, but in all reality, his first tour win came 10 years prior.
Donald is coming off a huge victory at the Accenture Match Play this season but is still looking for that first major championship.
With the field wide-open this season, could this be Donald's chance to go down in history forever as a Masters Champion? Only time will tell.
5. Paul Casey
Although Casey got cut last year at the Masters, he is playing some great golf. Although Casey hasn't won on the U.S. tour since 2009, he is coming off a big victory on the European Tour at the Volvo Championships.
He is returning from an injury, but he has showed that he is back in full strength and ready to take a crack at his first major championship.
4. Nick Watney
Watney is one of the hottest players in golf right now. The American is coming off his first victory in big fashion at the WGC Cadillac Championships just a few short weeks ago.
Watney shot 16 under and won the tournament by two strokes.
Just like almost every player on this list, he is looking for his first major, and this would be a great time for him to step up and take it.
3. Lee Westwood
If the Europeans have a great shot this year, it is from Westwood. Westwood is a veteran, but hasn't won this season yet but has been playing great golf.
Last season he finished second at the Masters and is looking to ride that momentum to a major championship.
One of these guys is going to win a major this season, the only question is who is it going to be and is it going to be now. Westwood has a real shot at the Masters, but will he cease it?
2. Tiger Woods
It's hard to bet against Tiger Woods. He has finally showed signs of coming back and the four time Masters champion is looking to make it five.
He has not won a Masters since 2005 and is looking to end that as well as his long streak without a victory of any kind. If Tiger is lurking at the end of the third round it could be game over for the other guys, especially if his putter shows up.
1. Phil Mickelson
Phil is on fire right now. After a very impressive victory last weekend in Houston, Phil is hot and hot at the right time.
If he plays like he did at the Shell Houston Open he will be the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win back-to-back Masters championships.
After an early season of struggles, it looks as though Phil is back and ready to compete for a major, but is everyone else?