Lawrence Donegan and Karl MacGinty run the rule of Rory McIlroy and co on Off The Ball
We're on the cusp of The 2016 Masters tournament but which of the favourites could be on the cusp of green jacket glory over the next four days?
Golf writer Lawrence Donegan and the Irish Independent's Karl MacGinty joined Off The Ball to run the rule over Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and the other frontrunners.
MacGinty believes this could be the four-time Major winner's year with improvements on the Par 5s.
"I think last year, he learned how to play them and he learned how to curb his excesses, his excitement and go out there and play with an even keel. I think that's going to stand to him this year and that's why I tip Rory McIlroy to win The Masters," he said.
The 2015 winner comes in as a green jacket holder, but there are question marks over his ball striking this year which might not be masked by his putting.
"My goodness, he had eight balls in the water in Houston last week over four days," he said.
"I wonder if everything is just catching up with him?"
Bubba Watson, right, helps Jordan Spieth put on his green jacket for the second time after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. His intelligence on the golf course might be a big reason that Spieth last year became the youngest player in nearly a century to win two majors at age 21. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
If form was to be taken into account, you "wouldn't look past" the current World No 1 according to MacGinty.
"If you're going to put it in horse racing terms, he's the form horse by a mile," he said.
"I just wonder temperamentally, we just don't know enough about this guy yet. He's been a World No 1 for a week in his career."
Based on the expected windy conditions, Donegan thinks that could bring the American into contention.
"I think those conditions, if he has to go out and play in the wind, he really plays well in tough conditions, has a really good temperament and these conditions, I think, really increases his chances of coming through," said Donegan, who also gave his take on Phil Mickelson who he does not expect to beat McIlroy or Day over 72 holes.
Donegan feels the 2012 and 2014 winner cannot be discounted if he can manage his way around the Par 3s and Par 4s.
"Clearly the course fits his eye as the cliché goes," he said.