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Majors Value Meter: 2013 Masters Rankings

Michael Riek

Michael is the 2016 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year winner. He is a former collegiate golfer with a passion for analytics and strategy.

For those who play in majors pools, we present our 2013 Masters rankings. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve other leagues as well, no matter the nuances. We'll present rankings for the three other majors later in the year.

1. Tiger Woods - Back to World No. 1 with three wins already in 2013 ... can you possibly argue against him?
2. Phil Mickelson - Always a favorite at Augusta, where he has thrice won the green jacket and has four top-5 finishes the last five years.
3. Rory McIlroy - With a runner-up at last week's Valero Texas Open he again showed he has the talent to rebound quickly and will be a clear favorite at the Masters.
4. Lee Westwood - This guy just has to win a major at some point right?
5. Adam Scott - See Westwood above. Nearly won the Masters with a T2 in 2011 and top-10 in 2012.
6. Justin Rose
7. Keegan Bradley - In top form with four consecutive top-10s and has all the shots to contend at Augusta. Tied for 27th in his first appearance last year.
8. Bubba Watson - Defending champ will face myriad media obligations during Masters week but could definitely be in the mix come Sunday.
9. Charl Schwartzel
10. Ian Poulter
11. Dustin Johnson - Won the first tournament of the year in 2013 and seemingly has the game to compete at Augusta National but has yet to crack the top-30 at the Masters in three tries.
12. Louis Oosthuizen - Last year's runner-up who is rounding into form yet again with a top-10 at the Shell Houston Open just a week ago. Does anyone sense deja vu here?
13. Luke Donald
14. Matt Kuchar - Kuchar is the epitome of consistency having more top-10 finishes since 2009 than any other player on tour. Had his best finish at the Masters last year with a tie for third.
15. Jason Dufner
16. Brandt Snedeker - Drops in the ranking due to a rib injury since his win at Pebble Beach. Two MCs since and clearly not back to form yet.
17. Hunter Mahan
18. Nick Watney - Hits it long and straight but has struggled in 2013 with just one top-10 finish to his name.
19. Sergio Garcia
20. Graeme McDowell
21. Webb Simpson - Last year's U.S. Open Champion has trended well with four straight top-20 finishes before missing the cut in his most recent start. Tied for 44th in his first Masters last year.
22. Rickie Fowler
23. Jason Day
24. Bo Van Pelt
25. Padraig Harrington
26. Bill Haas - Great driver of the ball, third in GIR% in 2013, and riding five top-10s in his last six stroke-play events. Has never contended at Augusta but is 3-for-3 in made cuts.
27. Martin Kaymer
28. Steve Stricker - Has yet to strongly contend at Augusta in 12 starts, but this year he's playing a reduced schedule with improved results (three top-5s in four starts). Could less be more for the Wisconsin native?
29. Jim Furyk - Slow to start this year but recently has heated up at weaker-fielded events and is fifth on tour in proximity to the hole, a key to scoring on the tricky greens at Augusta National.
30. Robert Garrigus
31. Ernie Els
32. Peter Hanson
33. Nicolas Colsaerts
34. K.J. Choi
35. Zach Johnson
36. Brian Gay
37. Francesco Molinari
38. Henrik Stenson - Although he's played just four tournaments on American soil this year, Stenson leads the tour in driving accuracy, greens in regulation and scrambling, making him a hot commodity who could make a statement.
39. Ryan Moore
40. Angel Cabrera - A green jacket owner from his win in 2009, Cabrera is a feast-or-famine type who's accumulated five top-10s at Augusta but three missed cuts as well.
41. Fred Couples
42. Matteo Manassero
43. Thorbjorn Olesen
44. Branden Grace
45. Carl Pettersson
46. Scott Piercy
47. Tim Clark
48. Martin Laird - Fresh off a course-record 63 and win at the Valero Texas Open to punch himself the last ticket to Augusta, Laird will come into the Masters with a surge of confidence.
49. D.A. Points - Came out of nowhere to win the Shell Houston just over a week ago and comes in with plenty of confidence, but only has one prior Masters experience where he missed the cut.
50. David Toms
51. Freddie Jacobson - Returning to the Masters for the first time since 2005, Jacobson wields a hot putter and is second on tour this year in scoring average. Best finish was T17 in his first Masters appearance in 2004.
52. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
53. John Senden
54. Kevin Na
55. Paul Lawrie
56. Ryo Ishikawa
57. Thomas Bjorn
58. Trevor Immelman - Former Masters champion hasn't posted a top-10 since late 2011. Not a recommended pick but then again he came out of nowhere in 2008.
59. Vijay Singh
60. Y.E. Yang
61. Ben Curtis
62. Marc Leishman
63. Stewart Cink
64. Lucas Glover
65. Darren Clarke
66. David Lynn
67. George Coetzee
68. Hiroyuki Fujita
69. Jamie Donaldson
70. John Huh
71. John Merrick
72. John Peterson
73. Jose Maria Olazabal
74. Kevin Streelman - Recent Tampa Bay Championship champion earning himself his first Masters appearance.
75. Michael Thompson
76. Mike Weir
77. Richard Sterne
78. Russell Henley
79. Ted Potter Jr.
80. Bernhard Langer
81. Alan Dunbar
82. Ben Crenshaw
83. Craig Stadler
84. Ian Woosnam
85. Larry Mize
86. Mark O'Meara
87. Michael Weaver
88. Nathan Smith
89. Sandy Lyle
90. Steven Fox
91. T.J. Vogel
92. Thaworn Wiratchant
93. Tom Watson
94. Tianlang Guan - At 14-years-old, Guan will be the youngest ever to play in the Masters by roughly two years. He'll definitely be a headline but not a contender given his inexperience.

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