There are still lots of fascinating possibilities ahead of us at Augusta National tomorrow.
A few Australian golf fans have suggested this Masters tournament is not so interesting now that Adam Scott has dropped out of the race.
Is he really too far back? And even if he doesn’t win the green jacket, there are some fascinating scenarios waiting to be played out tomorrow. Here are some reasons why you should get up early to watch the final round of the 2014 Masters Tournament.
1. Youngest ever winner of the Masters?
American Jordan Spieth is just 20-years-old, tied for the lead in his first-ever Masters and 7-months younger than when Tiger Woods won his first green jacket. He’s the youngest golfer to ever be in the final pairing – so even if he doesn’t win, you’ll be watching a history making moment tomorrow.
2. The most interesting golfer in the world
Six golfers over 50 made the cut this year and Miguel Ángel Jiménez is the only one who hasn’t won a green jacket. Two shots off the lead, it would be an awesome speech if Jimenez won the jacket. Can you imagine the size of the cigar he’d smoke?
“I feel great. I feel fantastic. I like the feeling of the knot in my stomach. I feel that thing since Monday when I got here. It doesn’t disappear. I love that kind of pressure. I love that thing. That’s why I’m still competing.”
3. Hubba Bubba
Bubba Watson was great fun to watch on Saturday. His driving was phenomenal but should be thankful for a few lucky breaks. He got out of jail a few times, especially the lucky break off the tree on the last and Watson will need to tighten his game to win a second green jacket. Should be great viewing.
“You’re going to struggle probably one day‑‑ or I am. So if this is my worst day, I’m still tied for the lead, I have a great shot for tomorrow.”
4. John Senden
The hopes of Australia rest with John Senden now. Four shots off the pace, Senden needs early birdies and get in the clubhouse with a decent score. If he gets to Amen corner within a few shots of the lead, anything is possible.
5. First-time winner?
There are some big names in golf who have never won The Masters who are in with a very real chance of donning the green jacket tomorrow. Matt Kuchar, Sweden’s Johan Blixt, Rickie Fowler, Thoman Bjorn, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk would all be popular first time winners at Augusta. I wouldn’t rule out Justin Rose to make a late charge for the title either.
6. Fred Couples is in contention – again
Fred Couples is always in a position to win at The Masters an unlike last year, he hasn’t blown his chances with a poor third round. The silky smooth swing of Couples will get plenty of airplay tomorrow morning which is always a pleasure to watch.
7. An Australian will be in the Butler Cabin
Even if an Australian doesn’t win tomorrow, we’ll already have an Aussie in the Butler Cabin come presentation time. Oliver Goss will be officially awarded the Silver Cup, the first Australian to win the low amateur honours in the history of the Masters.
“To know that I’m going to be in Butler Cabin on Sunday is huge. And I honestly don’t think it’s quite hit me yet, just trying to focus on my round ahead. I’m really proud to make the weekend and be low amateur.”
8. Scott gone?
While our great white hope Adam Scott failed on the greens on Saturday he is still a silly chance to win again. Six shots off the lead can be overcome, but probably needs to rely on some poor shots from the leaders. He’ll be in the Butler Cabin win or lose too.
“But, like I said, if I can play a good front nine, anything can happen on the back, and it would be fun to post a number and sit in the clubhouse and watch.”
Jason Day only just made the cut but is now seven shots behind the leaders thanks to a great 4-under 68. Day is capable of going low and his game looks better than it was on Thursday. Is he too far back?
“If I go out and play well tomorrow and shoot a low round, who knows. It’s a Major. It’s Augusta and things do happen. And I’ve seen stranger things.”