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#AskESPNCaddie: Masters momentum and caddie paychecks

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#AskESPNCaddie: Where do all the range balls go? (1:44)

ESPN.com's Michael Collins reveals the fate of the range balls at PGA Tour events in this week's #AskESPNCaddie. (1:44)

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is where everyone starts to gear up for the Masters. Just like the pros, you're getting your "A" game in gear, too. Great mix of questions this week! Enjoy #AskESPNCaddie.

Collins: It's a bit scary to me that defending champion and world No. 1 Jordan Spieth seems the least prepared of the top guys heading into Augusta. Adam Scott, Bubba Watson and Jason Day seem to be in solid form and Rory McIlroy looks like he's close. I'd say Adam Scott has the most momentum right now but I'd still take Bubba as the favorite right now.

Collins: Amateur Lee McCoy finished in solo fourth place at the Valspar Championship. If McCoy would have been a pro, he would have earned more than $282,000. That money then gets split by the pros who finished tied for fifth. As for the caddie, usually he is hired for a flat fee. Asking a college student or his family to foot the bill for a phantom amount of money wouldn't be fair. What most caddies hope is that when turning pro, the player gives his original caddie an opportunity to get back on the bag for some paychecks.

Collins: If you love Tiger and want to see him successful again on the PGA Tour, you better pray he doesn't play the Masters. I understand you miss him and want to see him come back again. So do I. But why don't you want him to be 100 percent healthy? Which would you rather have: Tiger does not play until 2017 but plays a full season healthy or Tiger comes back at the Masters, plays three more events, misses two cuts, WD's and gets hurt again? Maybe the longer he stays away, the better for his fans in the long term.

Collins: The guys have been raving about how great shape the course is in this year at Bay Hill. Some guys may be be comparing it to last year when it was in horrible shape. Still, when players who've been coming to this event for years say it's in the best shape they've ever seen it, I'm sure they're not just being politically correct.

Collins: If you're a caddie and you work for a guy whose mind wanders easily, as long as they're not talking about what's gonna happen after they win, it's OK. If a player who normally is fully invested in the round starts to wander, then a caddie will say, "Hey, stay with me here." I've never caddied for a guy who, when in the hunt on Sunday, went off the rails. But I've seen it. If you catch it early enough, you can fix it. If you don't, your player is doing what caddies like to call, "cashing your checks."

Collins: The best part is everything. His set up every time is in the perfect athletic position. His tempo is as good as Ernie Els or Fred Couples. His finish is always perfectly balanced. Other pros sneak peeks at him when he practices on the range. Every pro I've ever asked about his swing say the same thing: "I don't know how he hits a bad shot with that swing." He doesn't hit many.