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Five to watch at Augusta National – No. 3, Adam Scott

Shane Bacon
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These days it seems that the entire field, give or tack a past champion or two, have a chance at the green jacket. Gone are the days of Tiger, Vijay and Phil being the only contenders, but instead of listing them all, we've picked five we think have the best shot at the 2013 Masters (Check out who we ranked No. 5 and No. 4).

No. 3 -- Adam Scott

Major Championships -- 0

Masters appearances -- 11

Best Masters finish -- T-2 (2011)

Best finish on the PGA Tour in 2013 -- T-3

What he has to do to win -- The most interesting thing about the progression of Adam Scott is his play at the majors. Scott started out his career on the PGA Tour an obvious pick to be great because of his incredible golf swing, and while the wins came, the high finish in majors did not.

Things have changed in that department. Two years ago at Augusta National the Australian nearly snagged his first major before Charl Schwartzel went crazy with four birdies over his final four holes, and his collapse at the British Open last year was bad, but he still put himself in a position to nearly win before the nerves got to him.

In his last eight major starts, Scott has missed just one cut (the 2011 U.S. Open) and has finished outside the top 15 only one other time. The key to his game is obviously being comfortable with the putter (switching to the long putter has definitely helped Scott), so that is going to be the key this week at the Masters.

If Scott keeps the putter hot, I don't see why he doesn't add another top-eight finish like he's had the last two years at Augusta National, and it would be a huge surprise if he didn't dominate the majors in 2013 like he did in '12 (he finished in the top-15 in all four majors last season).

Scott is too talented not to win a major at some point in his career, and the Masters looks like his best shot if he can keep it together on the greens.

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