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Dustin Johnson has the skills, temperament to win the 2017 Masters

Jordan Spieth makes his pitch to fans for 2017 Dean & DeLuca Invitational

Jordan Spieth, defending champion at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in FW, makes his promotional pitch for fans to join him at the 2017 event in May. Video by Jimmy Burch
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Jordan Spieth, defending champion at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in FW, makes his promotional pitch for fans to join him at the 2017 event in May. Video by Jimmy Burch

Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps the top 10 players, with odds, to win the 2017 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Danny Willett is the defending champion:

Player (Odds)=Comment

Dustin Johnson (5-to-1)=World’s top-ranked golfer has won his past three events, dominated PGA Tour since taking title at 2016 U.S. Open.

Jordan Spieth (6-to-1)=Colonial champ from Dallas has been a perpetual Masters contender, with a 2015 title, throughout his pro career.

Rory McIlroy (8-to-1)=McIlroy, 27, needs only a Masters title to become the sixth golfer in history to complete a career Grand Slam.

Jason Day (9-to-1)=As long as he’s healthy, which he appears to be, Day projects among the favorites at any event he plays.

Justin Rose (10-to-1)=Talented Brit seeks to add a green jacket to last year’s Olympic gold medal to inject some fresh color to his golfing mementos.

Jon Rahm (12-to-1)=Red-hot rookie has earned more than $4.5 million, with one PGA Tour title and seven top-10 finishes, since turning pro last June.

Long-hitting lefties (15-to-1)=Bubba Watson (2012, 2014) and Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010) have combined for five Masters titles, including three of the last seven.

Rickie Fowler (16-to-1)=Fowler, 28, finished third at Sunday’s Houston Open and could use that momentum as a springboard to a green jacket.

Justin Thomas (18-to-1)=Rising star ranks third in PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings, has three wins since October.

Brandt Snedeker (20-to-1)=Elite putter has three top-10 finishes in Augusta since 2008, including last year. He could collect a title Sunday.

Jordan Spieth, defending champion at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, sees his name on the Wall of Champions at Colonial Country Club for the first time Monday. Spieth is joined by Colonial club president Rob Hood. Video by Jimmy Burch

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