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Masters 2019 Live : The 2019 Masters is a tradition unlike any other. Cell phones are prohibited on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, giving the, The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf. Scheduled for the first full week of April. The Masters is the first major of the at Augusta.com for up-to-the-minute leaderboard, individual scores and player and tournament information for the.

Thomas’s talent, competitiveness, demeanor and résumé all suggest he should be an annual factor here. Though he hasn’t won this year, his form is reasonable: two thirds, a second and a ninth since the turn of the year. Yet his Masters record, mysteriously, kind of stinks. In 12 competitive rounds, he has broken 70 just once. The closest he has come to sniffing contention was last year — tied for sixth after 36 holes and tied for ninth after 54 — and that quickly evaporated with a Sunday 73. Such a spotty record suggests Thomas has more work to do at Augusta, specifically, before he’s ready to win here.

It’s only a matter of time before Fitzpatrick, the slight Englishman, breaks out. Why not here? He’s long and savvy enough to master the par-5s, on which he’s 16 under in his 14 Masters rounds. He has a runner-up finish to Francesco Molinari last month in Orlando. He is a player others might overlook, so snag him.

In addition to the 20 past champions that will tee off beginning on Thursday—these players secure the right to compete in the Masters for life by earning a green jacket—there are 67 other contenders all seeking the glory that winning this tourney brings. It’s a tough major to predict a winner for, but some players are currently standing out as having the most potential to win the Masters in 2019.

The idea that Spieth could play 15 consecutive tournaments without a top-10 finish — a streak he carries into this week — would have seemed inconceivable even a year ago. Yet here we are, with what seemed to be a generational star trying to find himself. Spieth’s Masters record remains absurd: five appearances, one win, two ties for second, a third and a tie for 11th. He has held the solo lead following eight of the 20 rounds he has completed at Augusta National. Yet his recent record overrides all that. His last victory came at the 2017 British Open. Since last year’s Masters, he has more missed cuts (five) than finishes in the top 20 (three). That’s hard to believe, but it’s a strong indication he won’t win this week.

Hoffman was a safe pick even before his runner-up finish at the PGA Tour’s most recent stop in San Antonio. The journeyman isn’t a regular contender in majors, but he knows his way around Augusta quite well. He led after the first and second rounds in 2017. He was second headed into the weekend in 2015. And while he hasn’t closed well on Sunday, he’s worth a shot in a pool that rewards steady finishes.

Mickelson talks annually about how coming here frees his mind, which in turn frees his game. His record is, of course, exemplary: 11 top-five finishes in a history dating from 1991. And we know the magic is still possible because in 2015 he posted a 14-under 274, a total that wins most years but was well behind meteoric Jordan Spieth that week. All that, though, masks Mickelson’s recent results here. Go back to 2013, and Mickelson’s Masters finishes are tied for 54th, missed cut, tied for second, missed cut, tied for 22nd and tied for 36th. He has broken 70 just four times in his past 20 rounds — and three of those were in that 2015 run. The notion of Mickelson winning a fourth green jacket is romantic. The problem is it’s not very realistic.

All eyes are on Rory McIlroy this year as The Ulsterman looks to complete his career grand slam, but there’s some stiff competition throughout the field, namely from many of his young contemporaries like Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler. Of course, we would be remiss without mentioning Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, both of whom are among a litany of names looking to add another green jacket to their respective collections.

Not really. Am I thrilled with the pick? No. But I rolled with Thomas to start 2019, and I have no intention of deviating from it. There was a hour-long stretch last time around where he got a little frisky and flirted with the top of the board, and one of the things I like best is that he’s improved every year he’s played Augusta National. There’s a clear trajectory there that, when you combine it with his hole-less game, tells me he’s going to contend here for a long, long time.

The reason for picking against Reed is easy: He isn’t playing well. Since winning the Masters a year ago, he hasn’t won. In 10 starts this year, he doesn’t have a single top-10 finish and has placed in the top 20 just three times. Plus, there’s some dark history with recent defending champions at Augusta. Danny Willett won in 2016 and hasn’t broken par in four rounds since, missing the cut twice. Sergio Garcia won in 2017 and somehow followed that by going 81-78 and missing the cut by a mile last year. Something says a missed cut is far more likely than a back-to-back champ.

It’s that time of the year where everyone in the golf world has one question on their mind: Who are you picking to win the 2019 Masters? With an 87-man field featuring generational talent going head-to-head at Augusta National, rarely has such a call ever been more difficult.

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