The Masters :: Six top 25 players with a point to prove

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1. Graeme McDowell – No.22

It’s fair to say that Augusta National isn’t one of G-Mac’s happier hunting grounds.

The 35-year-old has played in the Masters seven times and has only made the cut twice. The times the Northern Irishman has made the cut, he’s finished well enough with a T17 in 2009 and T12 in 2012, but he will be looking for a vast improvement on his 2013 and 2014 performances this time around.

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2. Patrick Reed – No.16

After winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral in 2014, Reed famously claimed in an interview that he was a top five player, despite having never even taken part in a major competition.

At his first Masters appearance last year, Reed missed the cut by four shots and the best he mustered in the 2014 majors was a T35 finish at the US Open.

He was Team USA's leading light at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles though, and has won on the PGA Tour already this season at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January.

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3. Martin Kaymer – No.12

Like fellow 2014 European Ryder Cup winner McDowell, Kaymer has regularly struggled in his seven appearances at Augusta, although he has improved slightly in more recent times.

The German missed the cut in each of his first four appearances at the Masters from 2008, but he has made it to the weekend the past three years.

He has failed to record a top 25 finish though, with the 30-year-old’s best performance coming last year, where he came T31.

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4. Rickie Fowler – No.11

Not so much a point to prove, but a case of when will it be as Fowler pursues his first major title.

The American showed remarkable consistency in the four majors of 2014, finishing inside the top five at each tournament, so the pressure will be well and truly on the 26-year-old to continue last year’s form.

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5. Henrik Stenson – No.3

The Swede will be playing in his tenth Masters in 2015, having played in every tournament since 2006, but he has never finished in the top ten.

Stenson has only missed the cut in three of his nine appearances though and, like Kaymer, his best showing came last year when he finished T14.

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6. Rory McIlroy – No.1

And so it comes to the world No.1, who will complete a career grand slam at the age of just 25 if he manages to win the Masters this year.

Of course, McIlroy is most famously associated with Augusta after his final day meltdown on the back nine in 2011, but after showing the mark of a true champion in winning the following major, the US Open, the now four-time major winner – who has only missed the cut once in six Masters appearances – will be hoping to build on his first top ten finish last year and get his hands on that green jacket.

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