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2014 Masters Tournament: Power Ranking The Top 25 Players

2014 Masters Tournament Power Rankings

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They say it every year, and it couldn't be more true. The Masters Tournament really is "a tradition unlike any other." Augusta National isn't just a a beautiful course, but its challenge is what makes winners into legends.

Even without Tiger Woods in the field, this year's Masters is shaping up to be a great tournament. Read on to see how we break down the top 25 players who will contend for the green jacket.

25. Bill Haas

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25. Bill Haas

Bill Haas 2014 Masters

Haas isn’t the type of guy who’s going to blow away a field, but he’s also not likely to go out and shoot 80 to take himself out of contention. Once he makes it to Saturday, he’ll be more than happy to let everybody else make the mistakes and move up the leaderboard that way.

24. Billy Horschel

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24. Billy Horschel

Billy Horschel 2014 Masters

Horschel was one of the stars of the 2013 season, earning his first career win at the Zurich Classic to wrap up an incredible month of golf. This is his first trip to Augusta National, and he’s the type of player who keeps it in the fairway and hits a bunch of greens. His putter has let him down a bit, but if he can keep it in line early, this should be a good first outing.

23. Rickie Fowler

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23. Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler 2014 Masters

Fowler is one of the premier faces of golf’s youth movement, and a win at the Masters would be the thing that legitimizes him as more than just an orange-clad fashion icon. Despite missing four cuts in 2014, his work with Butch Harmon looks to be moving Fowler in the right direction on the course.

22. Jason Dufner

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22. Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner 2014 Masters

Generally one of the more solid ball-strikers on Tour, Dufner has quietly been solid this season. He’s not going to blow people away, but he has performed well at Augusta in the past and should continue that trend next week.

21. Keegan Bradley

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21. Keegan Bradley

Keegan Bradley 2014 Masters

Bradley has seemed to be just on the cusp of winning several times this year, and there’s no doubt that he’s building towards the Masters. He can make birdies in bunches, but on the fast greens of Augusta National, he’ll need to have his irons dialed in to give himself those scoring opportunities in the first place.

20. Hunter Mahan

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20. Hunter Mahan

Hunter Mahan 2014 Masters

Mahan should be fully recovered from a sore back (seems to be going around, doesn’t it?) and ready to go at Augusta, where he will rely on his excellent putting to tame Augusta’s difficult greens. Mahan has three top-25 finishes at the Masters in the last five years, but has also missed two cuts.

19. Graeme McDowell

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19. Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell 2014 Masters

The world’s No. 14 player has five top-ten finishes in six official events this year, but he’s also missed three cuts at the Masters in the last four years. I expect recent form to win out and for McDowell to at least finish in the top-25 this year.

18. Brandt Snedeker

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18. Brandt Snedeker

Brandt Snedeker 2014 Masters

Is he healthy or not? Snedeker has struggled mightily for much of 2014, but he closed out Bay Hill with a 68 to finish tied for eighth. I’m going with history for this pick, as Snedeker has a run of three years in the top-25 at Augusta National, and he should stretch that to four this year.

17. Fred Couples

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17. Fred Couples

Fred Couples 2014 Masters

Freddy’s back again, and for the last four years it seems like he’s found the Fountain of Youth somewhere on Augusta’s grounds. If he can put it together for four solid rounds, it’s not crazy to think the 54-year-old Couples could be fighting for a green jacket on Sunday.

16. Graham DeLaet

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16. Graham DeLaet

Graham DeLaet 2014 Masters

A first-timer at the Masters, would there be a better place for the Canadian star’s breakthrough victory than Augusta National? He’s a bomber from the tee, easily long enough to handle the track, and Augusta doesn’t punish wayward drives like many other courses. This could be the start of something big.

15. Henrik Stenson

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15. Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson 2014 Masters

The FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai champion from 2013 is tough to figure out this week. He’s been up and down at Augusta in his career, but he’s also been up against the very best in the world for the last eight months and come out well more often than not. He hasn’t played a lot on Tour this year, but he has finished in the top-25 in both WGC events, and is showing signs of improvement lately.

14. Jim Furyk

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14. Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk 2014 Masters

It’s been a tough run for Furyk in 2014, but you have to trust the veteran to get it done at the biggest tournament of the year. Even if his game isn’t at its best, he’s not a guy who gets rattled down the stretch, so if he gets off to a hot start, nothing it out of the question.

13. Jimmy Walker

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13. Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker 2014 Masters

While all the press has understandably been focusing on Tiger Woods recently, you have to remember that Walker, a three-time winner this year, is still in the field and really showing no signs of slowing down. He’s been putting out of his mind this year and converting on his scoring opportunities. At 35 years old, Walker should have a good showing in his first Masters.

12. Steve Stricker

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12. Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker 2014 Masters

Stricker plays such a limited schedule, but his game is the type that translates to the majors well. He’s an expert putter, and even though he’s 47 years old, he’s right in the hunt to take down his first career major.

11. Zach Johnson

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11. Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson 2014 Masters

Zach Johnson has had several middling runs at Augusta since winning his green jacket in 2007, but he’s got four top-ten finishes in 2014 already, and ranks in the top ten in both par-3 and par-4 scoring. He’s not going to go away easily, and should continue his run of solid play.

10. Jordan Spieth

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10. Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth 2014 Masters

Clearly the “sophomore slump” hasn’t caught up to Spieth yet, and even missing the cut in Houston shouldn’t slow him down, as now it’s just more time to prep for the tests of Augusta National. He struggled a bit in last year’s majors, but with another year of experience behind him and playing some great golf, a green jacket isn’t out of the question for the young superstar.

9. Sergio Garcia

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9. Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia 2014 Masters

Two years ago at the Masters, Garcia said he didn’t think he was good enough to win a major. At least when it comes to his game, I’m not alone in saying I respectfully disagree. He’s playing some of his best golf right now, and if he can get the mental side of it all in line, he could easily improve on last year’s T-8.

8. Bubba Watson

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8. Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson 2014 Masters

Watson’s 2012 victory at Augusta was one of the most entertaining things to happen in golf over the last few years. He fell off the pace last year, but he’s right back on top of the world this year with a highlight win at the Northern Trust Open and four other times in the top ten. Could we get more Watson magic this time around?

7. Lee Westwood

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7. Lee Westwood

Lee Westwood 2014 Masters

It’s easy to forget about Lee Westwood, as he hasn’t played very well in 2014. Then again, he’s only finished outside the top ten at Augusta once in the last four years – a tie for 11th in 2011. His game just works at the Masters, and that’s really all that matters.

6. Phil Mickelson

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6. Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson 2014 Masters

If it weren’t for a balky back, Mickelson might find himself higher on this list, but the 2010 champion could use the comfortable confines of Augusta to get his season back on track. His results this year don’t inspire much confidence, but he’s got every shot in the bag to win the year’s first major.

5. Dustin Johnson

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5. Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson 2014 Masters

There aren’t many people playing better golf than Dustin Johnson this year, and even though he’s only won once, he’s been able to hold up to top fields with top-five finishes in both stroke-play WGC events. An 80 to open the week in Houston followed by a WD is troubling, but if he’s healthy, there’s no reason he can’t get it turned around. Johnson has never missed the cut at the Masters and made his highest finish there (13th) last year.

4. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar 2014 Masters

4. Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar 2014 Masters

Mr. Consistency is taking it to a new level this year with a run of top-tens that would have him as the top favorite in just about any other tournament around the world. Kuchar is currently ranked 11th in par-4 performance in 2014 and looks primed to avoid that “best player never to win a major” label.

3. Jason Day

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3. Jason Day

Jason Day 2014 Masters

This could be the year that Day finally closes the deal at the Masters. He withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the WGC-Cadillac Championship with injury concerns, but he swears those are behind him. He’s been in the top three in back to back years at Augusta, and only has one finish outside the top ten this season on Tour.

2. Rory McIlroy

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2. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy 2014 Masters

Back in form after a rough year in 2013, McIlroy heads into Augusta National with the goal of erasing the Sunday collapse in 2011 that kept him from winning a green jacket that seemed to be a lock. He's been to the top of the mountain before, so the pressure of Augusta shouldn't bother him at all.

1. Adam Scott

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1. Adam Scott

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Am I really picking a repeat champion? Well, the 2013 winner's recent form hasn't given any reason not to think he'll be successful again this year. Although he hasn’t won stateside this season yet, he also hasn’t finished a single tournament outside the top 25, and he’s arguably playing better now than he was last year. Repeating at a major is a tough task, but Scott certainly looks to be up to the task.