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Continued: Chart: 12 Masters contenders to watch

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Why he can win: He has one of the purest swings in golf and a calm demeanor, maybe too calm at times. His seven-shot victory at St. Andrews was not an accident, and the runner-up finish last year showed he can be a factor any year at Augusta.

DUSTIN JOHNSON

Age: 28

Country: United States

World ranking: 19

Best Masters: Tie for 30th

Why he can win: He’s the most talented American under 30, and his powerful draw is the perfect shape off the tee at Augusta.

ADAM SCOTT

Age: 32

Country: Australia

World ranking: 7

Best Masters: Runner-up in 2011

Why he can win: After a decade of not seriously contending in a major, Scott has given himself excellent chances in each of the past two years at Augusta (2011) and Royal Lytham & St. Annes (2012). A light schedule is geared around being at his best when he plays.

JUSTIN ROSE

Age: 32

Country: England

World ranking: 3

Best Masters: Tie for 5th

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