Greg Norman believes all five Australians in the field are capable of winning the Masters title he famously let slip 25 years ago.
Norman returned to Augusta National on the eve of the 2021 tournament for a radio commentary position, a quarter-century removed from letting a six-shot lead slip to Nick Faldo in the final round of the 1996 Masters.
The Australian golf legend stopped short of calling any of the quintet title favourites but says Adam Scott, Jason Day, Cameron Smith, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones all have the talent to create Masters history.
"I wouldn't put winning beyond any of them," Norman told AAP.
"The similarities of this course to what we grew up with around Melbourne shines through. While we have just one Aussie winner in the past we have contended often here at the highest level because of this. Conditions appear pretty hard and fast and that should play into their hands."
Norman singled out Scott, the 2013 champion, and Smith as the most likely.
"I haven't seen Adam's putting stroke yet this week but if he's hitting them well then you can't discount his experience and skill around here," Norman said.
"He sounded confident in what I've seen and read, and that's a good sign.
"And Cameron - I just love his attitude. He's a fighter. I like him this week because the conditions suit him even more than when he was second in November (at last year's moved Masters). He's been putting well and that's always a plus."
Norman, 66, was humbled to hear Scott claim his Masters pain from 1996 became Australian golf's gain and was a huge factor in Scott's drought-breaking win 17 years later.
"The reason why Greg is such a big hero to me is the way he carried himself as a professional golfer, that day included," Scott said. "He probably felt like shit, but he walked off the green with his head up. He always carried himself so well.
Norman has moved past that fateful day.
"I don't make a song and dance about anything I just keep moving through life," he said. "You'd rather be a good loser than a bad winner. So to hear a quality man like Adam say he was inspired by my reactions in 1996, or even if a random person says it, that's the victory you have right there.
"It tells me I did things right in life. Sometimes I was hung with a label that I had too much ego, but I feel I was the opposite. And these moments help prove that."