Your favorites to win the Masters

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We reached out to PGA.com Facebook Nation and asked: Who are your favorites to win the Masters? At least one answer had us feeling nostalgic.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, April 03, 2015 | 1:50 p.m.

The people have spoken.

After posing the question "Who's your favorite to win the Masters?" we received hundreds of answers from our 320,000+ friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation.

Here's a look at the five players that jumped off the page as your favorites:

5. Fred Couples. OK. It's not likely that the 55-year-old, 1992 Masters champ is going to wear the green jacket for a second time, but it's OK to dream, isn't it? Augusta National and Couples go together like carrots and peas. His name always seems to appear on the first page of the leaderboard at some point during the week. It's the stamina for his back that seems to be the issue. But if he could somehow pull it off and win at Augusta National nine years older than Jack Nicklaus when he became the most senior champion in the tournament's history back in 1986? Man, now that would be something.

"Freddie Couples for old times' sake," wrote Facebook fan Vicki Eckardt Browne. "He is such a gentleman."

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4. Rickie Fowler. It hasn't been a great season thus far for Fowler, but he was the only player to finish among the top 5 in all four majors a year ago. That all started with his T5 at the Masters. He's always a popular choice. Will he snag that first major next week?

3. Jordan Spieth. In terms of improvement for this 21-year-old at the Masters, just one spot better than his tournament debut from a year ago and he'll be slipping into a green jacket come next Sunday. We all knew Spieth was a serious player long before last year's Masters, but what he did in his first start at Augusta National was still sensational. Spieth had a share of the 54-hole lead with Bubba Watson and eventually finished in a tie for second with Jonas Blixt, three behind Watson.

"Jordan Spieth," wrote Tom Goodwin. "Take a look at him in the background last year when Bubba won. He has been waiting a whole year for this and is peaking at the right time."

2. Bubba Watson. Not surprising. After all, he is the defending champion and has won the tournament in two out of the last three years. He's also been hot this season, evidenced by his four top-10 finishes in five starts, highlighted by a win at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Watson's lone non-top-10 finish this season was a respectable T14 at the Northern Trust Open. He finished third in his final start before the Masters at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

"Bubba has got to be the favorite, but I'll be rooting for Spieth," Brad Keith Sappington wrote.

1. Rory McIlroy. A win by McIlroy at Augusta National would make for one of the great stories in golf this season. For starters, it would complete the career grand slam for the 25-year-old. Secondly, it would be his third consecutive major win, giving him a chance to complete a "Rory Slam" if he could also win the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in June. McIlroy's best finish in the Masters is his T8 a year ago. Of course, he did take a commanding four-shot lead into the final round of the 2011 Masters, but it slipped away as he shot a final-round 80 to tie for 15th. That McIlroy, however, didn't have a major win just yet. This McIlroy has five.

"Is this a serious question?" asked Danny Burrington. "Rory."

It was a serious question, but many shared Danny's sentiment.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.