Masters Field 2013: Golfers to Watch on Day 4
Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker share the 54-hole lead after a wild Saturday at the 2013 Masters.
At seven under par, they lead Adam Scott by one going into one of the most treasured days in sports—the final round.
Tiger Woods lurks four shots off the pace, seemingly ready to make a Sunday charge.
After Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy fired a 77 and 79, respectively, they are out of the running, but here are nine players and a very special amateur to watch tomorrow, ranked in order to help set the table.
10. Fred Couples
Tee Time: 12:50 p.m. ET (paired with Jason Dufner)
Why You Need to Watch: After a very disappointing 77 Saturday that saw him go all the way back to even par, Fred Couples will want to leave Augusta on a good note. He plays early in the afternoon and can whip up a great round.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Couples is only seven shots out of the lead. He needs to get some early birdies and let his knowledge guide him home. A 67 is not out of the equation at all. If he shoots that, he has a fighting chance, but will he need help.
Sunday Prediction: He rebounds with a 69 and feels better about this week.
9. Tim Clark
Tee Time: 2:10 p.m. ET (paired with Tiger Woods)
Why You Need to Watch: Tim Clark took full advantage of moving day by firing the best round of the day—five-under 67. With momentum on his side, Clark has a chance to win his first major if he can match it.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Clark needs to stay relaxed and keep the swing free and easy. If he can go out early and post another low score, it will give those on the course something to think about. Clark will need the field to come back to him to win.
Sunday Prediction: A 70 to finish and a wonderful week to build on his season.
8. Matt Kuchar
Tee Time: 2:20 p.m. ET (paired with Jason Day)
Why You Need to Watch: Slow, steady and smiling, if anyone ever made a movie about the old story of the tortoise and the hare, Matt Kuchar could play the role of the tortoise. About the time he hits the second nine, he could well have the lead.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: He made the move upward into contention Saturday and stands three shots behind going into the last round. He does not need to force anything to win; a 70 would do him quite well. Match Saturday, and the tailor will fit his shiny new green jacket.
Sunday Prediction: Kuchar shoots a 70 and hopes that Tiger Woods fails to get hot.
7. Marc Leishman
Tee Time: 2:30 p.m. ET (paired with Adam Scott)
Why You Need to Watch: After opening with a six-under 66, Marc Leishman's 72 Saturday kept him at five-under. We have waited to see if the pressure would get to this relative newcomer, but he has more than held his own so far. One more good round and he plays here forever.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Ignore every leaderboard on the course until he reaches the 15th tee. Tied for fourth, he still flies under the radar. After an impressive 72 Saturday, he needs to stick to that same game plan.
Sunday Prediction: It will not be as easy as described above. Still, a 73 earns him an invitation back for 2014.
6. Jason Day
Tee Time: 2:20 p.m. ET (paired with Matt Kuchar)
Why You Need to Watch: For 16 holes Saturday, Jason Day held his own in the last group of the day. Dropped shots on 17 and 18 gave him a one-over 73 Saturday and a two-shot deficit. As one of the Australians trying to win their country's first Masters, Day stands poised to give it a go.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Day needs to forget how Saturday ended and remember that par is never a bad score on any hole in a major. If he lets the birdie chances come to him, he can shoot under 70 and win.
Sunday Prediction: Day bounces back with a 70 and will need help to win.
5. Tianlang Guan
Tee Time: 9:30 a.m. ET (paired with Sandy Lyle)
Why You Need to Watch: Tianlang Guan's 77 Saturday was better than Trevor Immelman and Rory McIlroy. We have reached the point with this 14-year-old that even Hollywood would have rejected this script for being too unrealistic.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Guan needs to relax and take this all in. He will return to Augusta, and everything he works on Sunday will get him that much closer to the next time.
Sunday Prediction: He will beat current PGA Tour pros for the week.
4. Adam Scott
Tee Time: 2:30 p.m. ET (paired with Marc Leishman)
Why You Need to Watch: For the third straight major, Adam Scott is in a position to win. Of all those in the last few groups, he has a tremendous advantage with three-time championship caddie Steve Williams on the bag. If he does grab the lead, the golf world will watch closely to see if he can hang on.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Scott needs to play elementary golf. He needs to hit fairways and greens. If he can get a putt or two to drop, he has a chance. On the chance he grabs the lead coming home, he must not think about it. From the practice range to the last putt, he needs to stay focused.
Sunday Prediction: Scott fires a positive 71 and turns that into a serious run at the U.S. Open.
3. Angel Cabrera
Tee Time: 2:40 p.m. ET (paired with Brandt Snedeker)
Why You Need to Watch: Angel Cabrera seems to be having the time of his life out there, as if absolutely oblivious to the fact he is a co-leader at a major. His son has been his caddie all week—if he Cabrera wins on Sunday, expect that scene to get very emotional.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Do exactly what he has done the last two days. Cabrera can create shots when in trouble and has putted very well. A second green jacket can happen if he does not change a thing.
Sunday Prediction: Along with Brandt Snedeker, Cabrera holds his own destiny. Another 69 and hope that Snedeker—or Tiger Woods—doesn't outplay him.
2. Brandt Snedeker
Tee Time: 2:40 p.m. ET (paired with Angel Cabrera)
Why You Need to Watch: Brandt Snedeker has learned to embrace the role of coming from behind. He has been close here and has a FedEx Cup and Tour Championship to his credit. Sunday gives him the chance to see if he has learned everything from his experiences so far.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: Snedeker needs to play his own game; the pairing with Cabrera will be loose. With all the pressure that comes with Sundays at a major, the more relaxed he is, the better his chances. If he makes putts, he wins.
Sunday Prediction: He makes putts. A 68 should be enough for his first major.
1. Tiger Woods
Tee Time: 2:10 p.m. ET (paired with Tim Clark)
Why You Need to Watch: After an extraordinary Saturday morning where Woods received a two-shot penalty for a rules violation Friday, he made up both of those shots Saturday with an impressive two-under 70. He has a chance Sunday to do something he has yet to do in a major—come from behind in the last round.
What He Needs to Do Sunday: He has to figure the target score to win will be no better than eight-under. That is only a 67 if the rest of the leaders ahead do not come back to him. He instills fear in those leaderboards. Early birdies are essential.
Sunday Prediction: A 68 and hope that is enough. This is still his tournament to win.