How quickly things can change. Last year at this time, Dustin Johnson, who was considered merely one of the best players on Tour without a major victory, entered the Masters with 20-to-1 odds. He was 10th in PGATour.com's Rob Bolton's power rankings and eighth in mine. But since finishing fourth at Augusta, he has made 20 official starts, tallying his first major win at the US Open, six overall victories and a ludicrous 15 Top-12 finishes. He's up to No. 1 in the world, he's the first player since 1976 to enter the Masters off three consecutive PGA Tour wins (two of which came at huge WGC events), and he's the clear favorite at 5-to-1 (full odds list here).
But while DJ feels like the clear leader of the pack heading into the year's first major at Augusta, the "pack" is consistently growing.
You have the obvious contenders in Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, but the lines of the "Big 3" or "Big 4" (or whatever it is) are now blurred. Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas have each won multiple times this year. Jon Rahm is no longer a future star because he's a present star. Rickie Fowler has looked unstoppable at times this year. Then there's the oncoming onslaught of European talent. Guys like Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose have been around a while, while young players such as Rahm, Tyyrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters are now consistently making noise on the PGA Tour. And, oh yeah, there's Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, who have multiple wins at Augusta.
And, really, that still doesn't cover all the legitimate contenders in this year's field. It's been a long time since the sport has felt this loaded with stars, and it's going to make for a truly entertaining four days at Augusta.
With that in mind, you can click through the gallery for a ranking of my Top 10 contenders at the 2017 Masters. You can also head here for a rundown of top sleepers and value bets. (Getty)