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How do Ireland's hopefuls compare with the other Masters contenders?

It’s hard to argue with Dustin Johnson’s stats, but Rory McIlroy isn’t too far off him.

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THE FIRST MAJOR of the calendar is teeing off tomorrow with two Irish interests taking part.

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry will go up against the best in the world in a bid to claim the US Masters’ green jacket.

How do they stack up against the rest of the field, though?

World number two Rory McIlroy is third favourite for the competition, behind the red-hot Dustin Johnson, who is the first person to go into the US Masters after winning his last three starts since Hubert Green in 1976.

However Green finished tied for ninth that year, so there’s every chance that DJ’s good form could be undone on the Augusta course, even though he’s many bookies’ favourite going in.

Rory McIlroy File Photo Rory McIlroy has had a run of good finished already this year. Source: David Davies

Jordan Spieth is second favourite behind him, despite his final day meltdown last year. He is followed by McIlroy and then world number four Hideki Matsuyama.

To help break down the competitors, we looked at some of the other variables that could point towards a potential winner this weekend.

Looking at things like driving and scoring stats from this year’s PGA Tour, we’ve compared the four favourites, along with Lowry, to get an idea of who’s looking good going into the tournament.

We also looked at a few of the outside shots who look to be in form, for anybody interested in taking a punt.

Who else do you think is looking promising going into this weekend?
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