Things have been very unpredictable at the 2013 Masters. Trying to determine who will finish on top of this very tight leaderboard is difficult, but I'm going to give it a shot.
At the close of play on Saturday, Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker were tied for the lead at seven-under. I don't expect either of them to win the 2013 Masters, though.
Even though Tiger Woods is four shots back, I'm sticking with him as my favorite to win. Here's how I see Woods and other prominent stars finishing the final round.
The Masters' purse this year is a total of $8 million, per Augusta.com.
Obviously the winner takes the highest percentage. Last year Bubba Watson took away $1,440,000 for his win. The winner's purse will be the same this year.
(Payout amounts per Augusta.com)
Projected score on Sunday - 68
Projected payout - $1,440,000
Which star will have the most disappointing finish?
Something tells me Woods is set to explode on Sunday. He has posted a 70, 73 and 70 on the first three days of play. Were it not for his two-shot penalty from Friday, Woods would only be trailing by two shots.
Woods hasn't quite mastered the par fives up to this point, but on Sunday they will serve as the holes that catapult him to a great round.
I think Bubba will be putting a green jacket on Tiger at the close of the day.
Projected score on Sunday - 70
Projected payout - $31,200-$34,400
After a simply dreadful round on Saturday, McIlroy can at least play Sunday without a ton of pressure. He has tallied a 72, 70 and 79 thus far.
A two-under 70 is a respectable finish, but because of his many stumbles on Saturday, he's probably looking at finishing somewhere around 40th place.
Projected score on Sunday - 72
Projected payout - $104,000-$128,000
The defending champion had his best day of the tournament on Saturday. After a 75 on Thursday and a 73 on Friday, Watson finally put up an under-par round.
His 70 on Saturday was promising, but I don't see him managing better than an even-par round on Sunday.
Watson's daring style is either spectacular or mistake-prone. Through three days, he has hit more poor shots than good ones.
A 72 will probably land him in the top 20, which is still respectable.
Projected score on Sunday - 72
Projected payout - $21,920-$24,800
Lefty has gotten progressively worse every day at the Masters. He followed up a 71 and 76 on the first two days with a 77 on Saturday.He's only got one direction to go from here.
I'm predicting an even-par day for Mickelson, but it won't be enough to get him inside the top 40.
Projected score on Sunday - 74
Projected payout - $544,000
Despite being a co-leader after three rounds, Snedeker won't capture his first Masters championship. He peaked on Saturday with a 69 that followed a score of 70 on both Thursday and Friday.
He tied for third place in his best showing at the Masters in 2008. I predict he'll finish third again on Sunday.
Projected score on Sunday - 73
Projected payout - $864,000
Scott is just one shot behind the leaders heading into Sunday, but we all remember his epic collapse at the 2012 Open championship.
I still don't see him as a clutch performer. While a one-over 73 isn't a complete collapse, it won't be enough to hold off Tiger's charge.
The Australian will have to settle for a runner-up finish at Augusta.
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