One of the most anticipated events of the golf season, the Masters, begins Thursday and there’s more for fans to get excited about than the brilliant landscaping, magnolias and azaleas at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

It could be one of the more memorable final rounds on Sunday should favourite Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy (pictured above) and Phil Mickelson bring their "A" games.

Tiger is the headliner and enters this year’s tourney as healthy and prepared as he has in years, having already won three events this season. McIlroy and Mickelson, looking for a fourth Green Jacket, are showing improvements in their games of late.

This year’s field features a mix of veterans and young players, including 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China, who won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in November.

The gallery above features 10 golfers to watch, including past champions (Mike Weir and Charl Schwartzel) a perennial threat (Adam Scott) and a strong shotmaker (Steve Stricker).