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    • Sleeper Picks: Masters Tournament

    • El Pato may be flying under the radar but he knows his way around Augusta National. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images) El Pato may be flying under the radar but he knows his way around Augusta National. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
    Angel Cabrera ... At first glance, you may think that it's a mistake that he's listed here. After all, he was the victim to Adam Scott's playoff win just last year. Cabrera also won the tournament in 2009 and has logged top 10s on four other occasions. However, in taking the liberty relative to the feature, the Argentine himself acknowledged late last year that an old injury to his left shoulder was aggravated and may require surgery, something he considered delaying until after the Masters. In six starts in 2014, he's survived only two cuts, the better of which resulting in a T43 last week in Houston. Indeed, he lands here because of his requited love affair with Augusta National during a time when his body is not 100 percent.
    Kevin Stadler ... The easy application would be to cite that his father was the 1982 champion, but Craig's last of nine top 25s in 37 appearances occurred in 1992 when Kevin was just 12 years of age, so dad would have had trouble qualifying for this space even then. The younger Stadler gets the nod instead for ranking third in total driving, 14th in greens in regulation and 22nd in adjusted scoring. He's also T1 in par-3 scoring and T22 in par-5 scoring. His short game and putting serve as complementary shortfalls, but his tee-to-green proficiency is among the strongest in the field.
    John Senden ... While the Aussie is just three weeks removed from winning the Valspar Championship, he's 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking and thus qualifies for this space in a limited field. After starting his career 0-for-3 at Augusta National, he tied for 35th last year. But what jumps off the page is the turnaround he's made with his putting. The soon-to-be 43-year-old (April 20) has authored some downright dreadful seasons with the blade, but his world-class ball-striking always gave him ample chances to get hot or at least ride a groove of some value. In 2013-14, while he's still a stout T21 in total driving and 26th in greens hit, he's 18th in strokes gained-putting and 28th in scrambling. Also T13 in par-5 scoring.
    Fred Couples ... It's a little hard to believe that he won the Masters only once (1992), particularly since he's strung together top 15s in all four appearances since turning 50 years of age. All of his last three top 30s on the PGA TOUR occurred here all the while he's been drumming the seniors on the Champions Tour.
    Scott Stallings ... In his only appearance in 2012, he ranked T13 in total driving, T11 in greens in regulation, 22nd in putting and T6 in par-4 scoring en route to a share of 27th place. It was his one of only two cuts made during a 13-event stretch from January through May. Since winning at Torrey Pines this past January, he's just 1-for-5 in stroke-play starts and has a active streak of nine consecutive rounds over par. So, if you subscribe to the notion that the cut at the Masters is the easiest to survive of the four majors -- low 50 (of 97) and ties plus all golfers within 10 strokes of the lead after 36 holes in a field with lifetime invitees and a gaggle of amateurs -- then the aggressive among those wielding a modern flair demand attention on the weekend. He just needs to get there.
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