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2011 Masters Tournament Predictions: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson Popular Picks To Win

If you're looking for Masters predictions (you probably are!), Rob Hodgetts has collected a great haul of expert picks right here. Phil Mickelson of course gets more picks than any other tournament golfer, but Par 3 Contest winner Luke Donald is a hot pick in his own right. Those predictions were made before he won the Par 3, of course, so ignore the Donald picks if you're into Augusta National curse lore.

Georgia's Bubba Watson has earned the confidence of Golf Digest's Max Adler, Daily Mail's Derek Lawrenson, and the Daily Telegraph's Kevin Farside. Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Nick Watney, and Lee Westwood are also picked to win by one expert or another in that Hodgetts list.

No Tiger Woods? Golf.com's Cameron Morfit cautions anyone who'd dare presume Woods can't win the tournament. We can probably include Ian Poulter in Woods' league of doubters. 

Too much Mickelson? The Guardian's Lawrence Donegan thinks a win by Rory McIlroy would be better for the sport than another Mickelson green jacket, and the Huntsville Times' Bill Bryant favors Nick Watney and Anthony Kim if the two biggest names are off the table.

All told, the defending champ is the clear fave according to both Vegas and the analysts, with Watson becoming something of a trendy pick as the week goes on.

For more on the Masters, visit SB Nation's golf hub and Waggle Room.

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