Golf stands apart from other sports in many ways, not the least of which is that its signature event happens early in the season. You don't get to the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup or NBA Championship without enduring an entire regular season and playoffs. But golf -- ironically, a game of patience -- doesn't wait long to get to the good stuff.
And so, golf fans get Christmas in April: The Masters. The unparalleled beauty of Augusta National, golf's cathedral (with apologies to St. Andrews), and all the history and tradition sets pulses racing every spring.
This year, it's a familiar story line. Tiger Woods is the heavy favorite, having won three tournaments already this season to regain the No. 1 ranking, and he's seemingly in complete control of his game. But there are numerous players looking to deny Tiger his fifth green jacket.
Check out the top 20 players to watch and how they're trending on Masters eve at Bleacher Report.