Masters 2014 Leaderboard: Live Look at Day 4 Scores and Overall Predictions

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 12:  Matt Kuchar of the United States waves after making a putt for birdie on the third hole during the third round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After three days of highly competitive action at Augusta, we are mere hours away from finding out who will be the latest player to don the green jacket. 

Heading into Day 4, nine players were within three strokes of one another at the top of the leaderboard. But with the fourth and final round now under way, the title picture is becoming clearer after every hole.

From a former Masters champion in Bubba Watson to a young phenom in Jordan Spieth, the field is equal parts competitive and diversified and should equate to a memorable finish even without stars like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Here's a live look at the latest scores and some predictions for the tournament's final day. 



Jordan Spieth Becomes the Youngest Masters Winner in History

Darron Cummings

This edition of The Masters may be missing Tiger Woods, but it could see one of his records get broken. At just 20 years old, Spieth has emerged as a true contender to win the prestigious tournament and would become the youngest to win it, per Jason Sobel of Golf Channel:

Spieth showed calm and cool beyond his years in Augusta through three rounds. Despite all of the difficulties of playing a course like Augusta in a spot as big as The Masters, he has yet to register a round over par and has remained consistent throughout the tournament. 

With Spieth entering Day 4 as the clubhouse leader, he will either unravel under the pressure or continue to set the standard for excellence. Given his ability to play with the best in the world to this point, it's more likely that he won't get caught up in the magnitude of the event, which should lead to history being made. 


Matt Kuchar Provides Spieth's Greatest Challenge

Chris Carlson

With two top-10 finishes in the last two Masters, Matt Kuchar came into the tournament as a trendy pick to win it all. 

Two days in, that prediction didn't look great. The 35-year-old fired a 73 on the opening day before getting under par on Day 2 with a 71. Day 3, however, had him looking like the man to beat heading into Day 4. 

Kuchar caught fire Saturday by shooting a 68 and putting himself within one stroke of Spieth and Bubba Watson when Round 4 got under way. 

With much more experience than Spieth and more momentum than Watson going into the final day, Kuchar has to like his chances of making 2014 his year. He should emerge as the player whom Spieth will need to outplay down the stretch. 


Bubba Watson Fades from Contention

David J. Phillip

Bubba Watson's first two rounds made it look like he was capable of running away with this tournament. He shot back-to-back rounds under 70 and was in sole possession of the clubhouse lead after two days. 

However, signs that he might not have a Masters-winning performance began creeping in on Saturday. He shot five bogeys on his way to a round of 74 and had to fight on the back nine to make sure that he shared the clubhouse lead with Spieth heading into the final day. 

Now he has the lead over 54 holes, but as Jordan Ray of ESPN points out, he hasn't done well in that scenario in the past:

With very little momentum heading into Sunday, Watson is the most likely candidate to have a difficult fall from grace on the tournament's final day.