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Tour Confidential: Who's your pick to win the Masters?

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Defending champion Adam Scott has three top 10 finishes in five Tour events this season.

SI Golf Group convened a special panel of experts, including a PGA Tour player who asked to remain anonymous, to tackle several Masters-related topics. Every Sunday night, conducts an e-mail roundtable with writers from Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine. Check in every week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.

1. Who's your 2014 Masters pick and dark horse?

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@AlanShipnuck): This is the most wide-open Masters since 1996. There really isn't a favorite. That makes it fun. Tiger and Phil have been the default favorites for so long. Scott and Rory McIlroy have shown flashes but haven't closed. Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed have been the season's best players, but both are making their first appearance at Augusta.

John Garrity, special contributor, Sports Illustrated (@jgarrity2): I need to pick Adam Scott so I can remind everyone that I picked him last year and I was right. I've never had a chance to say that before. My dark-horse pick is Sergio García. Nobody remembers that he finished in the top 10 last year, and nobody takes him seriously. That could be the opening Sergio needs.

ANONYMOUS PRO: I'll take Rory because I think he's back. I'd feel better if he'd won the Honda Classic, but that 5-wood he hit to the 72nd hole was unbelievable.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated (@GaryVanSickle): If Rory makes that eagle putt and wins, he's probably the clear favorite.

ANONYMOUS PRO: My dark-horse pick is Harris English, a Georgia guy who has putted phenomenally in his wins. He's got serious game, and he drives it really straight.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: I like Charl Schwartzel because he plays the course beautifully and has no apparent blood in his veins, which is excellent for a major. My dark horse is Reed, an Augusta State guy who I like for the same reasons. I also like his confidence. If a first-year guy can win the Masters, it's Patrick Reed.

VAN SICKLE: The winner is a guy who has played his best golf the last few years and gets no respect because he's not a basher -- Zach Johnson. He's going to peck Augusta National to death, again.

SHIPNUCK: Jason Day has been hurt and had a month off, so I think that makes him a dark horse. I like Angel Cabrera to win his second Masters. This is one of those weeks you don't know what to expect. Angel is the ultimate lurker. Don't forget, he put on a hell of a show last year.

2. In light of his stumble at Bay Hill, is Adam Scott going to win multiple majors?

GARRITY: He's a big-stage player, and like Phil Mickelson, he just needed that breakthrough Masters win. He's going to win several majors. He's 33; he's in his prime.

VAN SICKLE: Perhaps you missed his horrible putting in the final round when he fumbled away the Bay Hill tournament.

GARRITY: Yes, but I also saw what he did the first three days. Everyone has a bad day on the greens. He's playing great golf. Did I mention that he's only 33?

SHIPNUCK: What's more relevant is that at 35 he's going to lose the ability to anchor his putter. He's got eight more majors with this putter. He'd better win a couple to cement his legacy.

BAMBERGER: Don't forget, he's won a Players, too. That's a major, as best I can tell, in PGA Tour-sanctioned Hall of Fame voting.

SHIPNUCK: Bay Hill was Adam's career in microcosm. Nobody makes it look easier when things go well, but when it starts going the wrong way, he often can't turn it around. He should've beaten Phil last year at the British Open. Really, he could have four or five majors in his pocket.

ANONYMOUS PRO: He's always been a poor putter. He's better with the long putter, but I think his method is flawed. The guys who are good with the long stick, like Bernhard Langer, Michael Allen and Kevin Stadler, have their right elbow against their side. Adam's elbow is six to eight inches away. He's too much over the top, and that makes it easy to pull putts. Adam hits it too well to be a one-major guy, but I know this: The guys who win majors make putts.

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