The 77th Masters begins today at the Augusta National Golf Club with 93 players in the field, including defending champion Bubba Watson. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette golf writer Gerry Dulac ranks the top 15 players who will contend for the green jacket.
Player ... Comment
Tiger Woods ... Can you believe it's been five years without a major?
Rory McIlroy ... Back-to-back impressive weekend finishes have him ready
Phil Mickelson ... Something happens to him when he drives down Magnolia Lane
Justin Rose ... Been first-round leader many times; can he maintain that position?
Brandt Snedeker ... Was looking like strong favorite before rib injury
Keegan Bradley ... Hits the ball long and high, great combo for Augusta
Dustin Johnson ... Already had length, now has improved short game to help
Adam Scott ... That long putter has worked for him at Augusta
Bubba Watson ... Might need more than a 40-yard hook shot to repeat
Lee Westwood ... One of the world's best ball-strikers; one of the worst putters
Jason Day ... On the verge of breaking out from injury issues
Matt Kuchar ... World match-play champion was third last year
Ian Poulter ... If he can only bring that Ryder Cup magic to a major
Charl Schwartzel ... 2011 champion is sneaky long and good ... and playing well
Luke Donald ... Slow starts at Augusta have kept him from contending
And the winner is ... Tiger Woods. He is determined and ready to end his eight-year victory drought at the Masters.