Masters Scores 2012: Lee Westwood and Players We Should Not Count out at Augusta

Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIApril 8, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Lee Westwood of England hits a shot during the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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A wild Saturday at Augusta has set up a competitive Sunday at the Masters, with Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson as the players to beat. But we should not count out some other players that are sure to make final-round surges up the leaderboard on Sunday.

With the pin locations set at expert for the final round, it would not be much of a stretch to suggest that the players on top of the leaderboard will not be there for very long.  Time and time again, we have seen players surge through the first three rounds, then falter in the final round among the intense pressure and tucked flag sticks.

Here are three players who should be able to overcome all that and make a move at the leader on Sunday.


Lee Westwood

Heading into Saturday, it seemed like Westwood was the obvious choice as someone who could run away with the lead on moving day.  However, after an even-par 72, he is still right in position to make a move, just a little further away than he would prefer.  He must make up five strokes on Sunday if he wants the green jacket.

Of course, Westwood has the game needed to contend in the final round at Augusta.  He has done it so many times before, but has never achieved the Augusta greatness we all expect of him every time.

Things in front of him need to go right for him to make a move on Sunday, but maybe we will see him get over that hump and claim the victory on Sunday.


Hunter Mahan

Mahan is arguably the hottest player on the PGA Tour right now, and judging by his performance on Saturday, we should not be counting him out on Sunday either.

Mahan has had a terrific game in every aspect since the season started, and it is just about time he breaks out and wins a major under the most intense of circumstances.  Mickelson and Hanson being ahead of him by five strokes is one of those circumstances.

He still has one of the best swings going, so if he can stay patient and maybe get a little help from the leaders, we should see him in contention on the back nine in the final round.


Fredrik Jacobson

In sports, the player most recently playing the best is usually the guy you want to go with.  Well, then, we should see Jacobson making moves on Sunday.

After a terrible start to the Masters on Thursday, Jacobson has put together two very good rounds on his way to being tied for 11th place heading into Sunday.  He has tallied days of 68 and 70 since his opening-round 76, and it has vaulted him back into contention, albeit seven stroked out of the lead.

Jacobson needs some help from the leaders on Sunday, but if he can continue to play consistently like he has been over the past two rounds, then we should see him contending on the back nine at Augusta on Sunday.