Masters predictions: Can anyone stop Jason Day from winning the green jacket?

In less than 24 hours, they'll be teeing off at Augusta for the 2016 Masters.

With the year's first major upon us, we asked five of our golf-savvy staffers for their predictions on who will win, what sleeper will emerge as a surprise contender, what so-called favorite will end up disappointing, what amateur will fare the best and what the low round of the weekend will be. Their predictions are below.

Winner: Jason Day. I said it in my rankings piece, but Day's putting has been the key to his success starting last year at St. Andrews. He's coming in red-hot, he's got all the confidence in the world and he finally knows how to win a major coming down the stretch. If anyone is going to run away with this Masters, it's going to be Jason Day, and that's why I'm riding the hot hand.

Sleeper: Danny Willett. He had his first solid finish at a major at the Open Championship a year ago, and it seems the 28-year-old Englishman continues to be more and more confident with his game as he moves up the world rankings. His first Masters was a year ago, where he finished T-38, and I expect a much better finish than that in 2016.

Disappointment: Rory McIlroy. I think of the Big Three or Big Four, Rory is the most likely to struggle, mainly because of how inconsistent he has been at times this year and how confused he seems to be with the putter (he's switched to cross-hand and it's worked great at times, and been ugly others). 

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