The favorites
Tiger Woods

Age: 33

Country: United States

World ranking: 1

Worldwide victories: 76

Phil Mickelson

Age: 38

Country: United States

World ranking: 2

Worldwide victories: 37

Padraig Harrington

Age: 37

Country: Ireland

World ranking: 5

Worldwide victories: 21

Geoff Ogilvy

Age: 31

Country: Australia

World ranking: 4

Worldwide victories: 7

Retief Goosen

Age: 40

Country: South Africa

World ranking: 22

Worldwide victories: 31

The young
Anthony Kim

Age: 23

Country: United States

World ranking: 13

Rory Mcilroy

Age: 19

Country: Northern Ireland

World ranking: 17

Camilo Villegas

Age: 27

Country: Colombia

World ranking: 8

Andres Romero

Age: 27

Country: Argentina

World ranking: 41

Dustin Johnson

Age: 24

Country: United States

World ranking: 40

The restless
Sergio Garcia

Age: 29

Country: Spain

World ranking: 3

Adam Scott

Age: 28

Country: Australia

World ranking: 23

Ernie Els

Age: 39

Country: South Africa

World ranking: 16

K.J. Choi

Age: 38

Country: South Korea

World ranking: 21

Justin Rose

Age: 28

Country: England

World ranking: 24

THE ANCIENT

VIJAY SINGH

Age: 46

Country: Fiji

World ranking: 6

Worldwide victories: 56

Majors: Masters (1), PGA Championship (2)

Masters memory: Hitting a 4-iron into 20 feet on the par-5 15th that essentially wrapped up his 2000 victory.

Forecaddie: He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and there are questions whether he tried to return too soon. He is 182nd on the PGA Tour in scoring average, and Sunday at Bay Hill was only the second time he shot in the 60s this year.

ROCCO MEDIATE

Age: 46

Country: United States

World ranking: 92

Worldwide victories: 6

Majors: None.

Masters memory: He hit three balls into Rae’s Creek on No. 12 in the final round of 2006 to make 10 and fall out of contention.

Forecaddie: Returns to the Masters for the first time in three years, courtesy of his runner-up finish in the U.S. Open. The good news? He has not missed a cut this year. The bad news? He has not finished in the top 20.

KENNY PERRY

Age: 48

Country: United States

World ranking: 9

Worldwide victories: 13

Majors: None.

Masters memory: Making an eagle on the 15th hole of the third round in 1995. It is the only eagle he has made at the Masters.

Forecaddie: He played only one round in the majors last year. This year he plans to play all four. Already has a victory this year, the first time in 14 years that he has won in consecutive seasons.

FRED COUPLES

Age: 49

Country: United States

World ranking: 120

Worldwide victories: 19

Majors: Masters (1)

Masters memory: Watching his ball hanging on the bank of the 12th green, enabling him to save par on his way to winning in 1992.

Forecaddie: Missed the cut for the first time ever at Augusta National last year, but it’s still one of three tournaments he can win. The others are Riviera and the Skins Game.

GREG NORMAN

Age: 54

Country: Australia

World ranking: 234

Worldwide victories: 90

Majors: British Open (2)

Masters memory: Too long to list all of them, not many of them worth remembering. But he does share the course record with a 63 in the first round of 1996.

Forecaddie: Most thought he had left Augusta National for good in 2002, but his tie for third in the British Open earned him another trip down Magnolia. Who would have imagined that Greg Norman would be competing in the Masters at age 54, and Nick Faldo would not at age 51?

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