Who might be the next breakthrough Masters champion?

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April 9, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Hideki Matsuyama prepares to hit from the 1st tee during the third round of the Masters Tournament on April 7, 2018, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Curtis Strange, who long ago took himself out of the conversation with a pair of U.S. Open victories, abhors all “best player to never win a major” talk.

“It’s such a backhanded compliment, isn’t it? You know, you’re a pretty good player, but let’s remind you that you’re not that good,” said Strange, now offering his expertise to ESPN.

But here comes another Masters. It is the tournament that just plays so perfectly into that discussion. The first major of the year. The real awakening of another golf season. The tournament that seems to relish wrapping some deprived millionaire in green and declaring him a first-time major winner.

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