An obvious choice I know, but this list would not be complete without Woods' name on it. Since coming back from injury, he has finished in the top 10 in all tournaments entered; including a first-place finish two weeks ago in The Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tiger Woods is one of only three players in history to win at least four Masters. With his stellar putting ability and familiarity with this golf course, look for Woods to be atop the leader board all weekend.
The 2008 PGA Tour Player of the Year, Harrington has won two of the last three major championships by playing smart, confident golf which is something every player must do at Augusta National. After missing a few cuts earlier this season, his game has improved slowly but steadily over his last three tournaments. Harrington is heating up at the right time and all players should beware.
The 27 year old Watney is one of the top rated young players on tour. He has finished under-par in all eight tournaments he has entered including an victory in the Buick Invitational and a second-place finish in the World Golf Championship. His power from the tee joined with his accuracy on the green should prove to be a solid combination to allow Watney to put a scare into some of the more experienced players in the tournament.
Mickelson has won two Masters with his last coming in 2006. He has two wins in seven events this season but missed the cut at his last tournament in Houston. Mickelson has suffered from illness of late but is expected to be back at full strength for this weekend. A healthy Mickelson in Augusta should put a scare into some players hoping for a chance to win.
McIlroy has drawn a ton of attention in his first year as a PGA pro finishing in the top 20 in each tournament he has played in. Look for him to struggle a bit in his frist Masters appearance but do not be surprised if McIlroy makes a late push late in the tournament to finish in the top 10 if not higher.