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5 Favorites to Win the 2014 Masters Tournament

The Five Favorites To Win The 2014 Masters Tournament

Adam Scott Green Jacket Masters

As the Shell Houston Open wrapped up on Sunday, the best week in golf officially begins. It’s Masters week once again, and the last six months have all been leading to Augusta National.

Now that the field is finally set, it’s time to take a look at the five players who should be serious contenders to wear the green jacket in just seven days’ time. The names are all familiar, but only time will tell whose name will be etched in golf history.

5. Phil Mickelson

2014 Masters Power Rankings Phil Mickelson

5. Phil Mickelson

2014 Masters Power Rankings Phil Mickelson

The only change to my power rankings from a few days ago flips Dustin Johnson with Phil Mickelson. Johnson withdrew from the Shell Houston Open with an 80 on Thursday, while Mickelson bounced back from his own injury to record his best finish of the season. Mickelson has been a top-ten machine at Augusta his whole career, and this should be just the confidence boost he needs to make a run at a fourth Masters title.

4. Matt Kuchar

2014 Masters Power Rankings Matt Kuchar

4. Matt Kuchar

2014 Masters Power Rankings Matt Kuchar

It would be easy for me to drop Kuchar out of my top five after the way he lost in Houston, but the fact is that he’s never given any reason to think that will linger in his head. He missed just ten greens this weekend, and solid iron play will be mandatory if he’s going to win his first green jacket. He’s been in the top-ten at Augusta each of the last two years, and I expect a solid performance despite the disappointing defeat.

3. Jason Day

2014 Masters Power Rankings Jason Day

3. Jason Day

2014 Masters Power Rankings Jason Day

Out of action since winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play, the only thing uncertain about Day coming into Augusta is his health. If his thumb and back are truly better, as he says they are, then he’s got as good a chance as anybody of winning. However, if they flare up, it could turn into a long week. Still, he’s had great form almost all year, so I like his chances.

2. Rory McIlroy

2014 Masters Power Rankings Rory McIlroy

2. Rory McIlroy

2014 Masters Power Rankings Rory McIlroy

McIlroy will be riding high following a Sunday 65 in Houston that allowed him to leap into a tie for seventh place. He didn’t putt particularly well this week, but with his past experiences at Augusta, I imagine he’ll get that worked out fairly quickly. As much pressure as we're putting on Rory, you know he's putting just as much on himself, and he should respond well.

1. Adam Scott

2014 Masters Power Rankings Adam Scott

1. Adam Scott

2014 Masters Power Rankings Adam Scott

Still ranked second in the world and driven to prove that 2013 was no fluke, Scott is my favorite to win the green jacket yet again. He should have closed out a lot better at Bay Hill, but he’s been at Augusta this weekend getting reacquainted with the fast, undulating greens that make all the difference at the Masters.