Masters Predictions 2013: Predicting Which Golfer Will Lead After Each Day

Matt MetzlerContributor IIIApril 8, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Tiger Woods of the United States looks on from practice range during a practice round prior to the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It’s important to get off to a fast start in any major golf tournament, and even more vital at The Masters.

With so many players competing, day one is a chance to get a leg up the competition.

Perhaps the only sure thing come this Thursday and Friday is thunderstorms, according to Augusta's weather forecast.

Here is who I envision leading after each round at the Masters.

Round 1: Justin Rose

Justin Rose tied for eighth at last year's Masters and is one of the favorites this year.

He is also one of the hottest golfers coming into the tournament, having tied for fourth in the Honda Classic, eighth at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

I look for Rose to manage the elements superbly and find himself sitting atop the leaderboard by the end of Thursday, presumably by a stroke or two at the most.

Round 2: Tiger Woods

Perhaps you've heard of him. 

I think Tiger will play this tournament with a vengeance after his disappointing Masters run last year in which he finished tied for fortieth. 

If Rose's play is hot, then Woods' will be scolding and a thunderstorm or two won't be enough to put him out. He has back-to-back first place finishes at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

I think Friday is the day Woods asserts his dominance and ends the day a couple of shots up, and will not relinquish the lead for the rest of the tournament.

Round 3: Tiger Woods

After about half the field is cut on Saturday, Woods will not skip a beat and pick up right where he left off.

Woods' confidence will be sky high and should be extremely comfortable with the course at this point.

Woods will be up by a couple of strokes after Saturday, probably with a lot of the bigger names still lurking.

Round 4: Tiger Woods

The Sunday of the Masters has to be considered the second best Sunday in sports.

This time around it will be a day in which Tiger Woods captures his fifth Green Jacket.

I look for those close to Woods at the beginning of the round to press and force mistakes while Woods will have enough of a lead to relax and play smart golf.

In the end, I think Woods wins The Masters by three strokes over Justin Rose.