Gerry Dulac's Masters picks

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The 78th Masters begins today at the Augusta National Golf Club with 97 players in the field, including defending champion Adam Scott. PG golf writer Gerry Dulac looks at the top 20 players who should contend for the green jacket.

The favorites

Rory McIlroy World’s No. 2 player eyeing third major title

Adam Scott Hasn’t been repeat champ since Tiger Woods in 2002

Phil Mickelson Can he get fourth green jacket 10 years after first one?

Jason Day Hasn’t played since winning WGC-Match Play because of thumb injury

Dustin Johnson One win, two seconds and a fourth in six stroke-play events in 2014

The contenders

Justin Rose: U.S. Open champ no stranger to the leader boards at Masters

Henrik Stenson: Is 2013 FedEx champ poised to win first major?

Matt Kuchar: One of PGA Tour’s hottest players the past two weeks

Patrick Reed: Former Augusta State star has three victories in past eight months

Jordan Spieth: Has best chance to end 44-year Masters drought with no rookie winner

Sergio Garcia: Four top 10s this season, but 0 for 61 in major championships

Bubba Watson: 2012 Masters champ has victory and two seconds already this season

The outsiders

Lee Westwood: Picking Englishman to win major like predicting rain in the desert

Zach Johnson: Former Masters champ has cooled after fast 2014 start

Hunter Mahan: Swing is too good not to hold up to major pressure one of these days

Jimmy Walker: Only second player in 44 years with three wins before Masters

Harris English: Shouldn’t be long before ex-Georgia player wins a green jacket

Brandt Snedeker: Has four top-20 finishes in six Masters appearances

Graham DeLaet: Masters rookie has five top-10s, including two runners-up, in 2014

Jason Dufner: PGA champ is playing like he looks — disinterested

And winner is ...

Jason Day. He blew a two-shot lead with three holes remaining a year ago. Not this time.

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