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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy -
Looking for third-straight major and career slam completion. T8 in ’14. Eight over par rounds out of 22 at Augusta.
2 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth -
▲ 11
Second Tour win a confidence boost. T2 in his first Masters in 2014. Three missed cuts in his last seven majors.
3 Bubba Watson Bubba Watson -
▲ 12
Two Masters wins were in even-numbered years. When he doesn’t win at Augusta, he doesn’t even contend. Over par on all the National’s fours except #3.
4 Adam Scott Adam Scott -
▼ 2
Transition year from anchored to free putting grip. Augusta is not the place for preschool training on the greens. Nine top 10s in his 16 majors.
5 Jimmy Walker Jimmy Walker -
▲ 16
Five tournament wins in his last 17 months. He may be ready for the next step – a major winner. T8 at Augusta in 2014.
6 Jason Day Jason Day -
▼ 3
Appears finally healthy. Back in victory lane in 2015. Still needs to show that he can finish a major.
7 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson -
▼ 7
Rehabbed mind. Rebuilt body. Has never been in the top 30 in fairways hit at Augusta. Wedge game still a question.
8 Justin Rose Justin Rose -
▼ 3
For Justin it is always about inside 10 feet. Only once in the top 10 in putting for the field – 2007 T5.
9 Patrick Reed Patrick Reed -
▲ 8
Hometown story. Didn’t win Miss Congeniality last year as a Masters rookie. Has the game. New book will challenge whether he has the personality.
10 Henrik Stenson Henrik Stenson -
▼ 1
Recent slow play issue won’t be a problem at Augusta. You can almost hear the grass grow in the five-hour-plus Masters rounds. At 39, would be the oldest first-time Masters winner.
11 Martin Kaymer Martin Kaymer -
▼ 3
Lost his game years back trying to be a Masters contender. US Open at Pinehurst was on fast greens. May have Tiger nerves around the greens. Can you bump and run and win a green jacket?
12 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler -
▼ 8
The king of the major runner-up finishes in 2014. Now one year into his Harmon swing. T5 a year ago. No top 10s since December 2014.
13 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia -
▼ 1
Sixteen Masters appearances and is only 35. Was trending positive until MC in 2014. Doesn’t expect himself to win at the Masters. More comfortable with the putter than in his last 10 Masters.
14 Bill Haas Bill Haas -
▼ 4
With father Jay, only father/son combination to hold the overnight lead at Augusta – first round 68 in 2014. Second round 78 erased all hopes of joining Uncle Bob in the Champions Locker Room.
15 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama -
▼ 15
Four top 10s and nine top 25s for current Tour season. Fourth Masters. MC in 2014 for the first time.
16 J.B. Holmes J.B. Holmes -
▼ 16
Masters long. Healthy. No top 10s in 17 major starts. Only his second Masters. T25 in 2008.
17 Ryan Moore Ryan Moore -
▼ 17
The perfect outsider if there is to be a “B” list winner in 2015. Last Major top 10 was 2009. Never won a Tour event before August.
18 Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson -
▲ 4
Three green jackets in his closet. MC at Augusta in 2014, only his second. Solo second at the PGA at Valhalla last year. Is more than 170 strokes under par on Augusta’s four par 5s.
19 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar -
▼ 12
Last three Masters are T3, T8, T5. Plays more events than most elite players. If he can reverse his struggles on 10, 11, 12 over the years, he could move up those finishes.
20 Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker -
▼ 20
Probably the most obsessed with a Masters win since the late Bert Yancy. Buried his chances in 2014 with 74-80 in the middle of the tournament. Tour winner again in 2015.
21 Jim Furyk Jim Furyk -
▼ 15
If the Masters begins on the back nine on Sunday at Augusta, Furyk may never win it. Best short hitter career at Augusta with 12 top 25s.
22 Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell -
▼ 6
Doesn’t hide the fact that he doesn’t care for the course. Five MC in eight appearances, including last year supports his opinion. The par 3 twelfth has owned him.
23 Zach Johnson Zach Johnson -
▼ 12
Throw out his 2007 win, and he has never been inside a Masters top 20. MC in 2014. Furyk's length without Furyk’s Masters effectiveness.
24 Vijay Singh Vijay Singh -
▼ 24
In age denial playing in eight PGA Tour events this season. T37 in 2014. More than 120 strokes over par on the 3s and 4s at the National, but one of the best in hitting greens over his career which includes two wins.
25 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods -
▼ 25
Will he play? Will he finish? Will he yip? Will he contend? Five years ago, those questions would have been Woods heresy. Hubert Green pumped the club constantly to overcome nerves and win the PGA at Cherry Hills in 1985. It can be done.

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