Masters 2017: Cameron Smith and Matt Kuchar among picks to light up Augusta

THE best golfers on the planet are in Augusta hoping they are the ones to put on the Green Jacket on Sunday night.

SunSport's golf writer David Facey takes you through his five picks to shine over the next four days…

 The Masters begins on Thursday with golf's biggest names chasing glory

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The Masters begins on Thursday with golf's biggest names chasing glory

Loves the course and has not finished out of top six in last three years, so must be on each-way shortlists.

A first PGA Tour win for nine years in Tampa last month was a real lift for his confidence.

No health issues at the moment and a lot to admire about the former world No 1’s win at Torrey Pines in January.

Aussie has finished second and third at Augusta and his deadly short game will be a potent weapon.

 Paul Casey has produced a string of strong Masters finishes

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Paul Casey has produced a string of strong Masters finishes
 Jason Day is among the favourites for a Major as usual

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Jason Day is among the favourites for a Major as usual

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Not had a significant win for four years but almost put that right with a stirring display at last year’s Open.

Tied fourth here last year and also enjoyed third, fifth and eighth-placed finishes in his last five visits.

 American star Matt Kuchar will be a popular player at Augusta

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American star Matt Kuchar will be a popular player at Augusta

Rookies do not win at Augusta — but records are made to be broken and this brash Aussie, 24, will not shy away from being part of Masters history.

He caught the eye at last month’s Dell World Match Play.

 Cameron Smith could make his mark at Augusta this week

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Cameron Smith could make his mark at Augusta this week

His 30-footer for par on the final hole in Texas last week was a ‘Boom, I’m back’ moment.

A win and two seconds in his first three outings at Augusta before ‘shame’ of 11th place last year. Will not finish that low again.

 Jordan Spieth will expect to be close to the top of the leaderboard this weekend

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Jordan Spieth will expect to be close to the top of the leaderboard this weekend

THE best golfers on the planet are in Augusta hoping they are the ones to put on the Green Jacket on Sunday night.