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Bubba Watson wins the Masters

Your 2014 Masters champion is ... the 2012 Masters champion. Yes, for the second time in three years, big-hitting lefty Bubba Watson won the green jacket, jumping ahead of 20-year-old final pairing mate Jordan Spieth by the turn and cruising to the win. Is this the continuation of something special for Bubba Watson? Is the showing for Spieth -- who tied for second, three shots back -- the start of something big?

  • Where does Bubba Watson rank among the world's best golfers right now?

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  • How many majors will Bubba Watson win in his career (won two Masters)?

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  • When will Jordan Spieth win his first major?

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  • Which of these golfers has the brightest future?

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Who will win 2014 Masters?

Bubba Watson started the day 4 shots up. Now he's tied for the lead with rising star Jordan Spieth, who joined the 2012 Masters champion at 5-under atop a suddenly jammed leaderboard. Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt sit 1 shot back, with a host of others within a few shots. How will it play out Sunday?

  • Who will win the Masters?

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  • Which of these golfers outside the top four has the best shot at winning the Masters?

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  • Which type of Masters do you enjoy most?

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  • Is the 2014 Masters less interesting without Tiger Woods?

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Thoughts on a Tiger-less Masters?

Golf's major championships are always difficult to predict, but the 2014 Masters is particularly perplexing. An injury-afflicted Woods won't play. None of the recent major winners (Rory McIlroy, 2013 champion Adam Scott, et al) has burned up the course of late. And so we head to Augusta without a clear idea of what will happen. What's your take on this intriguing event? Or do you not find it intriguing with Woods gone?

  • Which of the Masters favorites has the better shot at winning?

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  • Which of these former major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Which of these non-major winners has the best shot at winning the 2014 Masters?

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  • Which of these first-time Masters competitors will finish highest?

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  • Who will win the 2014 Masters?

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  • How much will Tiger Woods' absence hurt the 2014 Masters?

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Tiger Woods' struggles continue

Tiger Woods' 2014 has been nothing but troublesome. He got off to a career-worst start, took to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after a break, barely made the cut, then, following a strong round three, struggled mightily on Sunday before withdrawing due to back pain. His weekend might not have been as frustrating as that of Rory McIlroy, who controlled the tournament most of the week before blowing a late lead and losing to Russell Henley in a four-man playoff, but it still doesn't bode well for Woods. The 14-time major champion will play at Doral this weekend. Will Tiger turn things around and win a major? Will his lingering health issues ever subside?

Who had a more disappointing weekend?

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  • How much will health issues hurt Tiger Woods in 2014?

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  • Will Tiger Woods win a major in 2014?

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  • Will Tiger Woods ever be fully healthy for an extended period of time again?

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  • How many major championships will Tiger Woods retire with?

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McIlroy, Wozniacki engaged

Rory McIlroy already has one victory under his belt in 2014 after receiving an enthusiastic "Yes!" from girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki after asking for her hand in marriage. The couple announced the news via Twitter on New Year's morning from Sydney, Australia. We wish them the same happiness and longevity as fellow sports power couples Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf and Nomar Garciaparra and Mia Hamm. But which one will have a better 2014? Do wedding bells make you worry about an athlete losing focus? And what is SportsNation's current relationship status? Cast your votes on all these questions below!

  • Who will have a more successful 2014?

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  • If your favorite star athlete was single, would you worry about his or her performance suffering as a result of getting married?

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  • Which of these is your favorite athlete couple?

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