Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Live Updates and Storylines to Watch for Day 4

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVApril 13, 2014

Bubba Watson tips his cap after putting on the 18th green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel

Saturday certainly was moving day at the 2014 Masters Tournament, and it set the stage for some epic final-round action Sunday at Augusta National.

Bubba Watson wasn't able to hold onto the three-stroke lead that he entered Saturday with, but he did keep a share of the lead with Jordan Spieth—the 20-year-old phenom who is becoming the story of the Masters. 

If the American youngster finishes on top when Sunday's action is done, he'll be the youngest ever to don the green jacket. 

But with a jam-packed leaderboard and a plethora of star golfers well within position of the five-under leading score, Sunday is sure to be a spectacle that could see any of more than a dozen players climb into the top spot.

Let's break down the live leaderboard as well as some Day 4 storylines to follow. 


Can Bubba (Continue To) Hang On? 

Darron Cummings

Even after a relatively poor Saturday when he struggled on the greens and dropped a few strokes, Bubba Watson is still sitting pretty heading into Sunday.

Sure, losing the three-stroke lead he went into Saturday with isn't ideal. But given the number of golfers who put up stellar rounds alongside him, he's fortunate to be in the final pairing with a youngster. Watson is heading into the final round of a tournament he's already won—and arguably the world's most signature one, at that. 

He had trouble on Saturday, bogeying three times in a seven-hole span and failing to make virtually any decent-length putt on the day. But with his lead evaporating and him seeing a ton of young players behind him on the leaderboard, he finished strong and saved par on the final two holes.

Thursday and Friday at the Masters this year had been vintage Watson and undoubtedly his best golf since he nabbed his first green jacket two years ago. But on Saturday, the pressure got to him big time—before 54 holes were even completed.

The biggest storyline heading into Sunday is whether or not he can hang on, battle past a hungry group of contenders who are sure to be gunning for him and win his second green jacket. 


Which One of Saturday's Heroes Will Stay Hot? 

David J. Phillip

Matt Kuchar. Rickie Fowler. Miguel Angel Jimenez. 

These golfers shot 68 or below on Saturday and find themselves within just two shots of the lead. 

Kuchar's round of 68 was outdone by Fowler's 67 and Jimenez's 66, but Kuchar is sitting at four-under, while the latter two are at three-under par. All of them are in the final three pairings on Sunday, joining Jonas Blixt and the leading duo of Spieth and Watson.

Fowler and Jimenez not only shot the best rounds of the day but the best of the tournament, as ESPN Stats and Info noted:

Each of these guys is feeling confident after stellar Saturday rounds, but the question now turns to who will be able to keep his composure and create the biggest Augusta roars during the final round of action. 

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 11:  Rickie Fowler of the United States on the 13th hole during the second round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Andrew Redington/Getty Images

You've got a 25-year-old Fowler, a 35-year-old Kuchar and a 50-year-old Jimenez, and each of these golfers is no stranger to being in the hunt for a major tournament. However, none of them has won a major tournament and will be feeling the heat.

Keeping one's form going strong from one day to the next at the Masters is no easy task with tricky hole placements.

Add onto that the pressure of a final round and the allure that shooting the same round as Saturday would likely result in a green jacket, and nerves are bound to be haywire for these three individuals on Sunday.


Will the Youngest Green Jacket Winner Ever Emerge?

David J. Phillip

Two golfers who are making their Augusta debuts—Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt—are making noise at the top of the leaderboard, but Spieth is turning a bit more heads. And rightfully so.

Here's why: He is just 20 years old. 

Despite his young age, he has emerged as America's best young golf star in the past year. After winning the 2013 John Deere Classic—his first PGA Tour victory—he turned heads by making the President's Cup team and ended as a runaway pick for PGA Rookie of the Year. 

But you can't tell Spieth is 20 by the way he carries himself, even if he might call his elder golfers Mr., according to Josh Kendall of The State:

Spieth hasn't wowed with one single low score but simply by being the most consistent golfer in the field. He and Blixt are the only golfers to shoot below par in each of their first three rounds at Augusta. 

Oh, and they just so happen to be seeing their first action at Augusta. 

But Spieth, who enters with a one-stroke lead over Blixt and Kuchar and is tied with Watson, sits in as good of a position as anyone. He's new to the course, but that hasn't stopped him in his first three rounds and may not stop him Sunday.