2021 Masters -- ESPN predictions for who wins this year's green jacket

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Our panel was all over the place, from a Dustin Johnson repeat to a Justin Thomas roll to Jon Rahm taking family photos with a green jacket to a few out-of-nowhere choices.
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Look through the list below. There are lot of different players in this 2021 Masters who could walk away with the green jacket and it wouldn't surprise you. There is Dustin Johnson, the defending champion who torched the place just five months ago in a one-time-only fall Masters. There is Justin Thomas, who recently won the Players Championship. There are other popular choices, like Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. There are a couple of wild-card picks.

That's the beauty in the depth of professional golf right now. It's also what makes the Masters so special, that no game is favored. Anybody who plays well, handles the pressure and makes a few putts can win.

So here is who we have winning:

Matt Barrie, ESPN

Winner: Justin Thomas

Why he'll win: Like his overall game and status among the world's best, Thomas has slowly been ascending the Masters' leaderboard each year he's played since 2016. And since 2018, he's found himself inside the top 20, including fourth in November. This says JT now has comfort and familiarity with how to play this major and this course. Add to that his win at the Players, and it's a perfect recipe of confidence and game plan for DJ to give JT his first green jacket.

David Bearman, ESPN Sports Betting

Winner: Cameron Smith

Why he'll win: Anytime you have "first player in Masters history" attached to your name, it gets my attention. Smith became the first to have all four rounds in the 60s in his runner-up finish in November. No one was catching the runaway DJ train, so T-2 was as good as it was going to get for the rest of the field. Add the fact that Smith finished T-5 two years prior and you have a youngster who has figured out how to get around this course. He finished fourth at the Genesis and T-11 at WGC Workday Championship at The Concession, where a third-round 77 knocked him out of the lead. He's in the top 25 in strokes gained: total, putting and around the green, all perfect for…
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