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A look at 20 players who could contend at the 76th Masters, to be played April 5-8 at Augusta National (listed in predicted order of finish):

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RORY McILROY

Age: 22.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 2.

Wins: 5.

Majors: U.S. Open (2011).

Best Masters moment: The 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in the third round of 2011 that staked him to a four-shot lead going into the final round.

Worst Masters moment: Losing a four-shot lead the next day with an 80 in the final round.

Forecaddie: Along with the obvious _ the beautiful, powerful swing and the vastly improved putting inside 10 feet _ he can lean on his experience last year as a positive instead of a failure. Being a major champion gives him a greater sense of freedom. A green jacket makes him the youngest with two majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922.

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LUKE DONALD

Age: 34.

Country: England.

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