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1. Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2

Scott is the defending Masters champion and will be making his 13th career appearance at Augusta. After years of mixed results at the site, Scott has been outstanding over the last three years: win, T8, T2. Scott will be suiting up for the first time since finishing solo third at Bay Hill in late March. He’s looking to be just the third man to win the Masters back to back (Tiger Woods 2001-02, Nick Faldo 1989-90, Jack Nicklaus 1965-66).

2. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

In 21 career starts at Augusta, Mickelson owns three wins, 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s. Lefty overcame health concerns by placing T12 last week at Redstone and looks safe to use despite placing outside of the top 50 in last year’s Masters.

3. Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6

After years of mediocre performance at Augusta, Kuchar has broken through with finishes of T8 and T3 the last two years. He’s also entering on a hot streak, placing T4 and second over the last two weeks.

4. Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #10

Augusta has been a source of frustration for McIlroy. He blew the 2011 edition of the Masters in epic fashion by firing an 8-over 80 on Sunday after leading the first three rounds. He sat third after two rounds in 2012, but would finish T40 -- going a combined 9-over in the final two rounds. Last year, McIlroy finished T25 despite a 79 on day three. McIlroy is coming off last week’s T7 at Redstone where he fired the lowest round on Sunday.

5. Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5

Day was stellar in his 2011 Augusta debut, finishing with a share of second place. An injury caused him to withdraw during the second round of 2012, but Day picked up where he left off last year, placing solo third. Day is competing for the first time since winning the Match Play Championship back in February due to an injured left thumb. Even though he’s declared himself ready to play, the extended layoff is a concern.

6. Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13

Johnson came into last week’s tournament at Redstone playing great golf, but bailed after shooting an 80 in the opening round. In four prior stroke play events, DJ had finished no worse than T6. Last year, Johnson finished a career-best T13 at Augusta after failing to finish better than 30 in his first three chances.

7. Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7

Garcia opened last year’s Masters with a share of the lead and finished T8. In 2012 he placed T12, giving consecutive top-20s for the first time ever at Augusta. Sergio has played five stroke play events worldwide this season, notching four straight inside the top 10.

8. Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4

Watson was the 2012 Masters winner, but only managed to finish T38 the year before and T50 last year. Bubba blamed allergy medication for his train wreck opening round at Bay Hill prior to withdrawing. Watson had finished T2, first and T2 in three previous stroke play events.

9. Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3

Stenson finished T18 last year at Augusta, his best showing since 2008. Prior to last week’s T54 at Redstone, Stenson had finished T5 at Bay Hill and T16 at Doral.

10. Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11

Rose is returning to action for the first time since missing the cut at Bay Hill. Since 2009, Rose has recorded four top-25s in all four of his Augusta starts. He was sitting inside the top 10 after two rounds last year, but went 5-over in the final two frames.

11. Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #17

Schwartzel won the Masters in 2011, but placed T50 in his title defense and T25 last year. In his last two stroke play events Schwartzel finished T19 last week at Redstone and T9 a month ago at Doral.

12. Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34

Mahan has been a mixed bag in the Masters throughout the years. Since 2008 he’s missed three cuts, but finished 12th or better in the other three appearances. Mahan withdrew during the final round at Bay Hill with a bad back and returned last week at Redstone with a T31.