With the Masters only a month away it is time to look at the early favourites at Augusta this year.

With Tiger saying he doesn’t heal as quickly as he used to, it may mean he will be out of contention this year. He always has the will to perform well but can his body and in particular his back stand up to the task?

Its a big question.

He recently said he was constantly looking at his preparation and it may need to be altered in the lead up. He is currently a 6-1 favourite and can never be underestimated. It is Tiger we are talking about.

As an Australian I always want Adam Scott to be in with a shot and in all honesty, why wouldn’t he be?

He is the first Australian to wear the green jacket and has been in career best form over the past 12 months. With Steve Williams announcing his caddying days are limited recently the pair will want to make the most of the time they have together.

Now I know he is coming off a horror at the WGC-Cadillac Championship where he shot a 5-over-par. But this is the current Masters Champion and he has vowed to work hard over the next month in preparation.

I have a sneaky feeling Jason Day is going to have a good week in April.

Is that another Australian?

Now, now….those that follow me know I wouldn’t be biased…

Sorry, I couldn’t even type those words without laughing.

I may be a little biased but there is something that his win in the WCG-Accenture Match play that was different. He just handled the situation differently. He was well in control and even when things seemed to go against him in the playoff he just played great golf.

I know that Augusta is a different story and the pressure is always raised a million notches. But he was in control last year until the final hurdle. His record in the majors has been remarkable over the past 24 months and this could be his year.

Can Phil Mickelson be discounted?

Probably not as he has three jackets himself. But he hasn’t really troubled the leaderboard over the past few years. But nobody can deny that he has the tricks to get around this course.

Rory McIlroy will no doubt be a sentimental favourite. His capitulation in 2011 is hard to erase from people’s minds and all I remember was feeling for him on that back nine. He had the championship in his hands only to have a disastrous tenth hole.

Does anybody else wish they could swing the club the way he does?

I know I do…………………….sorry, I just went off into a dream state. I could see myself swinging like Rory, wearing a green jacket and attending tennis matches.

He is currently favourite along side Woods at 6-1 and clearly has the game to accommodate this course which by the way will be a little different this year. The 17th hole is being changed due to an iconic tree coming down in a storm. How that plays out, only time will tell.

Who else?

Stenson, Johnson x2, Rose, Watson or Spieth?

They all have to be in the mix. All I can say is that I am excited as always as this is probably my most favourite of the majors.

Who do you think will be on top at the end of play on Sunday April 13th? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

To whet your appetite I have included an amazing infographic on the Masters that was created by Function18.com . Enjoy!

Function18 Masters Infographic

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