Power Rankings: 2016 Masters


The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Georgia this week for the Masters. A field of 89 players will tackle Augusta National Golf Club, all with hopes of becoming the latest player to slip on a coveted green jacket.

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Jordan Spieth won this event last year by five shots over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. Here are 10 players to watch in Augusta:

1. Bubba Watson: Ride the even-year streak. Watson heads back down Magnolia Lane with plenty of confidence after a win at Riviera and a runner-up at Doral, but he's also largely flying under the radar. It's a perfect combination for a player who has both the power off the tee and the touch around the greens to win a third green jacket.

2. Rickie Fowler: This could be his time. Fowler has been cruising all year long, highlighted by a win in Abu Dhabi, and his normally middling stat line has plenty of pop: second on Tour in greens in regulation and par-5 scoring, third in scoring average and total strokes gained. Fowler has finished T-12 or better each of the last two years at Augusta National and should contend again this week.

3. Jason Day: The world No. 1 enters with unbridled momentum off a pair of wins, and he clearly possesses the game to challenge at Augusta. But can he stay healthy? Day battled a bad back in Austin, then had to delay his arrival this week because of flu-like symptoms. If he's 100 percent, he'll be tough to beat.

4. Rory McIlroy: The Ulsterman gets one chance per year to round out the career Grand Slam among the azaleas. Since blowing the green jacket in 2011, he's been trending in the right direction at Augusta: T-25 in 2013, T-8 in 2014, fourth a year ago. He has displayed the talent to blow away major fields before, and certainly has the game to do so this week.

5. Phil Mickelson: Few players in this week's field have better Augusta National credentials than Lefty. While he hasn't won since the 2013 Open Championship, he is clearly in the midst of a bounceback season that has included three top-10 finishes. Mickelson leads the Tour in scoring average, which typically for him is a harbinger of Masters success.

6. Jordan Spieth: The defending champ has begun his Masters career in unprecedented fashion, but he hasn't quite looked the part since leaving Kapalua. Spieth certainly tends to rise to the occasion regardless of venue, and he could do so again this week. But this marks his ninth start in the last 12 weeks, and his game has been much more erratic in recent weeks than we saw last spring.

7. Adam ScottThe 2013 winner picked up a pair of trophies during the Florida Swing, and he seems resurgent since the anchoring ban went into effect. His Masters chances will be decided on the greens, as his playoff win three years ago capped a run of three straight top-10 finishes at Augusta National.

8. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African nearly slipped on the jacket back in 2012, and he was a runner-up at a pair of majors a year ago. While he has yet to win since that 2010 Open triumph, he has had plenty of close calls in recent weeks and was a runner-up to Day at the WGC-Dell Match Play two weeks ago.

9. Justin Rose: Rose shared second place last year amid a strong season in the majors that didn't yield any hardware. The Englishman hasn't been discussed much as a name to watch in recent weeks, but he has never missed the cut at the Masters and has cracked the top 25 each of the last five years.

10. Patrick Reed: It's been awhile since Reed found the winner's circle, but he has put together some solid results in recent weeks, including a top-10 in Houston after a bogey-free 67 to close. Should he play his way into contention, Reed certainly won't be lacking in confidence as he looks to snag a maiden major on a course where he finished T-22 a year ago.