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Masters: Ranking golfers this week at Augusta from 1-93

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Winning Augusta is all about being mentally tough enough to get yourself in position on Sunday afternoon, and closing the deal.

Let's rank the golfers from 1-93 on who I think has the best chance to win this week at the Masters.

The 12 golfers who can win it

1. Tiger Woods - Let the hyperbole begin.

2. Phil Mickelson - Rory McIlroy might be the oddsmakers' second biggest favorite but with my life on the line, I'm going with Phil at Augusta.

3. Charl Schwartzel - Nobody knew who he was in 2011, now a yearly top-10 favorite.

4. Justin Rose - His putting has eluded him here in the past; a newfound confidence should remedy that.

5. Brandt Snedeker - Form has been poor the last few outings but you can toss trend lines out the window with him and Augusta. He knows this course and plays it well.

6. Lee Westwood - Has been steady here in the last few years (three straight top-11 finishes).

7. Keegan Bradley - I think he has a real chance to win this weekend. Also think he has a real shot to get over-emotional on Sunday and shoot an 80.

8. Matt Kuchar - One of the Georgia boys (Kuchar, English, Henley) will win this tournament over the next five years.

9. Rory McIlroy - Dirty little secret of McIlroy's Masters career is that he's never finished inside the top 10 at Augusta.

10. Louis Oosthuizen - Said in Sports Illustrated he couldn't talk to his caddie for days after last year's Masters.

11. Bubba Watson - Not getting a lot of run as a potential back-to-back champion (and probably shouldn't), but 33-1 odds seem high to me.

12. Adam Scott - He'll win a major at some point; really thought he was going to get No. 1 in 2011 when Schwartzel won.

The "can win, but won't" group

13. Dustin Johnson - Not totally sure why but I don't love his game here -- oh, maybe it's because he's never broken the top 30.

14. Luke Donald - Two top-fives but I just don't ever see him winning it. More likely to win U.S. Open or PGA Championship.

15. Hunter Mahan - Sean Foley thinks his baby draw is perfect for Augusta, and he'll kill the par-5s. Biggest question will be putting.

16. Graeme McDowell - Never broken inside the top 10. U.S. Open win wasn't a fluke (he's proving that) but don't know if he has the length to conquer Augusta.

17. Ian Poulter - Certainly steely enough to win it on Sunday, the question is whether or not he can get in position to do so.

18. Webb Simpson - Knows what it takes to win a major, hasn't been superb this year but should certainly contend in his second Masters.

19. Jason Day - Has disappointed since his T2 in 2011 but is playing well again.

20. Jim Furyk - Would love to see him in the mix after a disappointing end to 2012.

21. Nick Watney - Best finish was a top-10 in 2007, certainly has the game for it, not sure he's mentally ready for it though.

22. K.J. Choi - Played great in San Antonio and is mentally one of the toughest guys on Tour. He's been in the mix here lately (two top-10s in his last three Masters) and I expect the same this year.

23. Rickie Fowler - Orange and green go well together, no?

24. Zach Johnson - To me he's better the higher the scores are. Won with a 1 over score in 2007 and can par you to death. Not sure that's going to get it done this year.

25. Jason Dufner - Will he "Dufner" in the green jacket if he wins it?

26. Ernie Els - I think his British Open win in 2012 was the last major of his career.

27. Fredrik Jacobson - Has been so underrated so far this year. Jacobson has the putting game to bring Augusta to its knees.

The "can't win and won't" group

28. Sergio Garcia - His words, not mine.

The "could make a run on the weekend" group

29. Padraig Harrington - Had a good major run while Tiger was down (like the Rockets winning two NBA championships when Michael Jordan was playing baseball) and he's still got some game, but he won't win it.

30. Bo Van Pelt - My dark horse pick for the week; last year's final-round 64 was incredible.

31. Peter Hanson - Held the lead going into the final round last year but learned there's a big difference between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

32. Steve Stricker - If he misses the cut he can always caddie for Woods on the weekend and help him with his putting.

33. Nicolas Colsaerts - I'm excited to see how the Belgian Bomber does in his first Masters; will be exciting, if nothing else.

34. Ryan Moore - Always enjoy watching him play here for some reason.

35. Henrik Stenson - T2 and T8 in his last two PGA Tour events. I like him to be in it on the weekend.

36. Bill Haas - Doesn't have the best game for this course but has been as hot as anyone this year with five top-10 appearances.

37. Martin Laird - His third straight appearance at Augusta, if he plays like he did in San Antonio, he'll make noise come Saturday and Sunday.

38. Francesco Molinari - Fourth straight appearance for Molinari; best finish was 19th in 2012.

39. Robert Garrigus - Missed cut in only appearance at Augusta in 2012.

40. Carl Pettersson - I think he'll play well here; not scared of anybody and can putt with anybody when he has it going.

41. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano - Has had one of the better seasons on tour so far. Finished T3 at Bay Hill. I think he can play well this week.

The "he'll have an entire country behind him" group

42. Fred Couples - The patrons at Augusta love few things (pimiento cheese and polo shirts to name a few) more than they love Fred Couples. He won't win but fans will when he makes his 27th cut in 29 appearances.

The "still a few Masters' away from contending" group

43. Thorbjorn Olesen - Seems unfazed by most stages; this one will get to him.

44. Russell Henley - Would love to see the Georgia kid make a run but your first shot at Augusta is always the toughest.

45. George Coetzee - First (of many) Masters.

46. Martin Kaymer - Ryder Cup gave him confidence and changed his swing for this course; doesn't have complete control yet, though.

47. Matteo Manassero - The 19-year-old feels like a veteran here; finished 36th in 2010 when he was 16.

48. Branden Grace - First Masters for the young South African; definitely won't be his last.

The "just happy to be there" group

49. Kevin Streelman - Win in Tampa Bay got him in; missed the cut in 2011 and probably will again.

50. John Huh - Last year's rookie of the year has stumbled out of the gate this year. Will do well to just make the cut.

51. Stewart Cink - The reenergized Cink is playing his best golf since his 2009 British Open win. Will challenge the cut.

52. Vijay Singh - Should be "just happy to be anywhere" after his run in with deer earlier this season.

53. Michael Thompson - Won Honda Classic to get in; missed cut at only Masters in 2008.

54. Scott Piercy - Started off the year extremely hot (three top-15s in four events) but has cooled off since (missed last two cuts).

55. David Toms - Not playing great but hasn't missed a cut here since 2006.

56. John Merrick - California boy won Northern Trust Open to get in.

57. John Senden - Cut in two of last three tournaments this season; has never made the cut at Augusta.

58. D.A. Points - A win in Houston got him into the field at the last minute.

59. Angel Cabrera - 2009 winner always has some magic for this tournament; it won't be enough to contend this week.

60. Brian Gay - Won Humana Challenge in a playoff with Augusta native Charles Howell III. Good omen or bad omen?

61. Trevor Immelman - 2008 champ has struggled of late but almost always plays well here. Hasn't missed a cut since 2006.

62. Tim Clark - One of the few guys you'll see this week using a long putter.

The "will struggle to make the cut" group

63. Richard Sterne - Only played one stroke-play tournament in the U.S. this year; finished T12 at the Cadillac Championship.

64. Y.E. Yang - Finished 8th in 2010; will forever be known as the Tiger-slayer but there will be no slaying of Tiger this week.

65. Jamie Donaldson - First Masters; could be a long week for the Welshman.

66. Paul Lawrie - Finished 15th in 2003.

67. Thaworn Wiratchant - First Masters for 47-year-old Wiratchant and will likely be the only one he plays.

68. Ben Curtis - Curtis won the Texas Open last year to get in but doesn't have a top-10 finish so far this season.

69. Kevin Na - Na has really struggled this season -- only made two cuts, and Augusta won't be his third.

70. Lucas Glover - 2009 U.S. Open winner has never played well here.

71. Marc Leishman - Won the Travelers Championship last year to get in; shouldn't make any noise.

72. Tom Watson - Would be the sports story of the year (last five years?) if he won.

The "you better watch them on Thursday or Friday" group

73. Mike Weir - Playing better but has totally lost that 2003 form.

74. John Peterson - The only Web.com Tour guy playing this year.

75. Michael Weaver - Cal Golden Bear is my pick for low amateur.

76. Steven Fox - Won U.S. Amateur in 2012 in miraculous fashion. Weaver is probably the better player.

77. TJ Vogel - Listens to Chris Brown on the range and wears NBA socks to play in. Won't contend; will be entertaining.

78. Nathan Smith - More Masters appearances (3) than Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley combined (2). How about that?

79. Ted Potter Jr. - First ever Masters; got in by winning Greenbriar Classic in 2012. Has missed three straight cuts.

80. Ryo Ishikawa - Got a special invitation because he didn't qualify otherwise.

81. Hiroyuki Fujita - Second appearance for Fujita; missed the cut in 2011.

82. David Lynn - First Masters for Lynn; likely won't make the cut.

83. Thomas Bjorn - Bjorn is a veteran here; finished 37th in 2012; best was 18th in 2002.

84. Alan Dunbar - British Amateur champion; will turn pro right after Masters.

85. Guan Tianlang - 14-year-old will be a massive story; will be lucky to break 75 on the course, though.

The former champions group

86. Jose Maria Olazabal - Ryder Cup champion captain and two-time Masters winner hasn't made a cut since 2007.

87. Larry Mize- 1987 champion has only made two cuts since 2001.

88. Bernhard Langer- Two-time champion has two 80s in his last three years. Yikes.

89. Ian Woosnam- 1991 champion; one made cut in last 12 years.

90. Craig Stadler- Love the "Walrus" but he hasn't broken 70 here since 1998.

91. Ben Crenshaw - 1995 winner; the week Dan Jenkins wrote "it's a bad week if you're an atheist."

92. Mark O'Meara - 1998 winner. Just don't use your cell phone on No. 12 this week, Mark.

93. Sandy Lyle - Another former champion, always shows up (who wouldn't?), rarely makes the cut (did finish in 20th in 2009).

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