Our experts' picks for the Masters

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Tiger Woods has never gone four
years without winning a Masters. This
would be the fourth year. Even in an
off-year, he finishes second. At his press
conference [at the Match Play] in Tucson,
I have never seen him more at ease or
happier with his life. I think that matters,
maybe a lot. It has always been a
bad idea to bet against Tiger. It still is.
I'll go with the chalk.Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I've been backing Geoff Ogilvy all
year, but I also like Padraig Harrington. He has
a game plan for Augusta.
He's not playing for top 10, he's playing to
win, and he's going to be aggressive. I'll
take him and Ogilvy in a playoff.Dick Friedman, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Shipnuck has brainwashed, er, persuaded me. I'm going with the Big O. John Garrity, contributing writer, Sports Illustrated: If I have to pick somebody, I'll go with Phil Mickelson. Maybe the Masters is to Mickelson
what the British was to Watson,
and he'll be a Hall of Famer who wins
four or five Masters, one or two PGAs
and nothing else.Farrell Evans, writer-reporter, Sports Illustrated: I like Tiger Woods or a Cinderella like Rory McIlroy. If Tiger shoots 68 on Thursday, the tournament is over — 280 will win.Damon Hack, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I know I said I'm sticking with Phil, but I keep seeing that Tiger Woods putt
on the 72nd at Bay Hill. Phil didn't inspire any confidence in Houston.Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: It won't be Fred, it won't be Paul Casey, it won't be Ernie or Padraig
or Vijay. That leaves someone out of the Trevor tradition, or Phil. I'm
going with Phil.Jim Herre, editor, Sports Illustrated Golf Plus: I like Paddy, and think he's right on schedule. Plus, I'd love to see
him in the final pairing with Tiger on any Sunday. He wouldn't back
down.Tell us who your pick for the Masters is in the comments section below.

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