Golf Rankings for The Masters
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #43
Woods has already won three of his four stroke play events this season and reclaimed the world No. 1 ranking. However, majors are where Tiger seeks to prove himself. Woods had finished sixth or better in seven straight trips to Augusta until placing T40 last year. Now healthy and playing his most consistent golf in years, Woods should be universally started as he stalks his fifth green jacket.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #16
Since 2001, Mickelson has three wins, four third-place finishes and a total of eight top-10s in a dozen Augusta starts. Over his last six starts of this year, Lefty has scored two podium finishes, including a win in the Phoenix Open, placing outside of the top 25 just twice.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Spring is here, but Rose has been in bloom all year. In his last three starts, he's finished T4 in the Honda Classic, T8 at Doral and was a the runner-up at Bay Hill. Rose has played Augusta each of the last two years with very pleasant results, a T8 last year and a T11 from 2011.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
McIlroy is making his fifth consecutive start at Augusta while seeking his first top-10 finish in the Masters. Of course, he entered the final round of the 2011 event with a four-stroke lead, but collapsed on the back nine to finish T15. McIlroy is coming off a runner-up performance in last week's event at TPC San Antonio, his second finish inside the top 10 in three starts.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #25
Schwartzel claimed his green jacket in 2011, just his second appearance at Augusta. Even though he flopped with a T50 in his title defense, Schwartzel has been a sound performer on Tour this season. In four stroke play events, he's collected a pair of finishes inside the top 10 and has yet to fall outside of the top 25.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #28
Westwood hasn't missed a cut this season and has recorded a pair of top-10s in six stroke play events. At Augusta, he's placed 11th or better four of the last five years with a pair of podium finishes.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3
Scott finished 10th at Riviera and T3 at Doral, but stumbled with an uneven performance at Copperhead that left him with a T30. At Augusta, Scott has finished inside the top 20 in three straight years, highlighted by a share of second in 2011 and a T8 last year.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #31
Bradley heads to Augusta for the second time in his career on a strong wave of momentum thanks to four straight top-10s, including a pair of top-fives. In his Masters debut, Bradley finished with a respectable T27. He currently sits eighth in total driving and ninth in All-Around Ranking this season.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
Other than missing the cut at Riviera, Watson has been solid all year, finishing inside the top 20 in his four other stroke play events. Watson is the defending champ at Augusta, where he had been a mediocre player in three previous starts.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #44
Prior to last year's runner-up performance at Augusta, Oosthuizen had missed the cut in three straight starts. He's been equally erratic on Tour this season, missing two of his three cuts until finishing with a T10 at Redstone.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
After winning the season opener, Johnson's play suffered due to a wrist injury, causing him to withdraw from one event while also missing two cuts. DJ has looked just fine in his two most recent outings, however, a T12 at Doral and a T4 at Redstone. Even though he's playing well, Johnson has been mediocre at Augusta where he's yet to finish better than 30th in his three career starts.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #61
No player was hotter in the first two months of the season than Snedeker. However, a rib injury has derailed all that. After skipping out on more than a month of action, Snedeker has missed the cut at both Bay Hill and Redstone. Snedeker has played Augusta each of the last two years, finishing T19 and T15, but is tough to fully trust right now.