There’s nothing quite like Sunday at the Masters, and eighteen holes will etch one of these golfers into history.
The final round at Augusta always brings excitement, intensity and unbelievable shot-making, especially once the final group hits the back nine. Bubba Watson‘s 2-over-74 brought a large number of players back into the mix. Watson could have run away with this tournament if he had put together a decent round, but his putting woes caught up to him down the stretch, and now he currently shares the lead with Jordan Spieth.
Spieth, at the age of 20, is participating in his first Masters, but judging by his play through the first three rounds, you would never guess that it’s his first Masters. Age is just a number to him. He doesn’t seem to be rattled no matter what is thrown his way. All three of his rounds have been under par, and he is poised to become the youngest Masters champion ever. Who says experience and course knowledge is needed to win at this place? He has the game and the moxie of a major champion, and he is going to be in it until the very end.
Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt and even Lee Westwood are within three shots of the lead. If the Masters has taught us anything throughout the years, this tournament is never over until the final putt is holed. There are so many holes that can lead to disaster, including holes 10-12, but the following three holes, if played correctly, can allow a player to make a huge jump up the leaderboard. Holes 13 and 15, both Par 5s, will play a huge role in determining the winner as they always do. The player who takes advantage of these two holes will be a lot better off than those who don’t.
Who can forget the time where Phil Mickelson hit his second shot from the pine straw, behind a tree, on hole 13 to within a few feet, or the Freddie Couples shot in the 1992 Masters hanging up in the rough on No. 12, or Tiger Woods‘ impossible chip on No. 16? All of the players on the leaderboard have the ability and creativity to pull off legendary shots of their own.
The Masters always seems to bring the best out of players, and this year will be no different. The typical big names aren’t there, but that doesn’t matter. What will be the marquee moment of the final round? Tune in, it’s going to be fun.