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Who will win 2014 Masters?

Bubba Watson started the day 4 shots up. Now he's tied for the lead with rising star Jordan Spieth, who joined the 2012 Masters champion at 5-under atop a suddenly jammed leaderboard. Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt sit 1 shot back, with a host of others within a few shots. How will it play out Sunday?

  • Who will win the Masters?

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  • Which of these golfers outside the top four has the best shot at winning the Masters?

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  • Which type of Masters do you enjoy most?

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  • Is the 2014 Masters less interesting without Tiger Woods?

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Thoughts on a Tiger-less Masters?

Golf's major championships are always difficult to predict, but the 2014 Masters is particularly perplexing. An injury-afflicted Woods won't play. None of the recent major winners (Rory McIlroy, 2013 champion Adam Scott, et al) has burned up the course of late. And so we head to Augusta without a clear idea of what will happen. What's your take on this intriguing event? Or do you not find it intriguing with Woods gone?

  • Which of the Masters favorites has the better shot at winning?

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  • Which of these former major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Which of these non-major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Which of these first-time Masters competitors will finish highest?

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  • Who will win the 2014 Masters?

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  • How much will Tiger Woods' absence hurt the 2014 Masters?

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Tiger Woods out of Masters

Tiger Woods' career-long pursuit of Jack Nicklaus has been delayed yet again. Woods announced that he will miss the Masters after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve. It's yet another reminder that, for all of Woods' accumulated talent and drive, he's getting to the point that injuries have become more than just a temporary obstacle and are significantly closing his competitive window.

Will Tiger Woods ever win another major?

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  • Will you still watch the Masters now that Tiger Woods has withdrawn?

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  • Which situation do you prefer?

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Will Tiger get healthy for Masters?

Tiger Woods' injury issues won't go away. After back problems forced him to withdraw from the Honda Classic on Sunday then, a week later, contributed to him struggling through a final-day 78 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods announced Tuesday he would not play in this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. That Woods is skipping out on one of his favorite courses -- he has won eight times at Bay Hill -- is a big deal, and it puts his participation in the Masters in doubt (he even said it's "too early to know" about playing at Augusta). Will Woods bounce back?

  • What are you expecting from Tiger Woods in the Masters?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a tournament in 2014?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a major in 2014?

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  • Will Tiger Woods ever be fully healthy again for an extended period of time?

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Should Tiger take a break?

For two straight weeks, Tiger Woods was hampered by back problems -- first at the Honda Classic, where he withdrew during the final round March 2, then at Doral, where he hobbled around to a last-day 78. Still, Woods is not planning to slow down. His agent says Woods will play at next week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Is this the right way to go? What is Tiger's 2014 outlook?

Should Tiger Woods play again before the Masters?

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  • Will Tiger Woods ever be fully healthy again for an extended period of time?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a tournament in 2014?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a major in 2014?

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  • How many major championships will Tiger Woods retire with (currently has 14; record is 18)?

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