The Masters 2014: Top Odds, Predictions and Storylines for Day 4

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVApril 13, 2014

After three rounds of twists and turns and unexpected storylines, the 2014 Masters Tournament enters the home stretch of Sunday's final round with everything still up for grabs.

A familiar Augusta National face in Bubba Watson and a youngster in Jordan Spieth enter the final round tied for the lead. Both sit at five-under par after 54 holes, with a number of contenders nipping at their heels. 

Moving day on Saturday brought plenty of movement across the top of the leaderboard, and it set the stage for a final round that could see any of a dozen or more golfers slip on the green jacket at the end of the day.

Let's break down odds, predictions and storylines for what promises to be an epic Sunday at Augusta.

2014 Masters Odds: Day 4
Bubba Watson11-4
Jordan Spieth7-2
Matt Kuchar4-1
Jonas Blixt10-1
Rickie Fowler12-1
Lee Westwood12-1
Miguel A. Jimenez20-1
Jim Furyk25-1
Justin Rose28-1
Thomas Bjorn28-1
Adam Scott66-1

Odds courtesy of

Predicted Finish of 2014 Masters
Predicted FInishGolferFinal Score
1Miguel Angel Jimenez-7
T2Jordan Spieth-5
T2Matt Kuchar-5
T4Bubba Watson-4
T4Rickie Fowler-4

Top Storylines

Will One of Augusta's Newcomers Strike Gold? 

It was guaranteed to be a more unpredictable Masters than usual, given Tiger Woods' absence. But nobody expected this.

As the Masters enters the final round on Sunday, two golfers who are making their Augusta National debuts are within a stroke of the lead. Jordan Spieth is tied for the lead at five-under, and Jonas Blixt has a four-under par score for the tournament through Day 3.

If either Spieth or Blixt wins on Sunday, one of them will be the first debutant at the Masters to win it since Fuzzy Zoeller did it in 1979.

Perhaps most impressive about these two golfers is their consistency throughout the three days. In fact, they're the only two in the entire field to shoot under par in every round thus far. 

That's impressive when you consider it's their first go-around at a course as signature and tough as Augusta. And guess what—they're each one stellar round away from joining golf's most exclusive fraternity. 

Can Bubba Add Another Green Jacket to His Wardrobe?

Adam Scott came and went. Angel Cabrera, Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson didn't even make the cut. 

The chances of a former Masters winner adding to his green jacket collection inevitably come down to Bubba Watson.

And he's in a great position. Even though he entered Saturday with a three-stroke lead and saw it completely evaporate, he still enters Sunday with a share of the lead, at five-under with Jordan Spieth. 

Watson has been largely invisible since his first Masters win in 2012 but showcased his elite range and potentially dangerous putting game that fueled him to his first green jacket. Rounds of 69 and 68 had him nursing a big lead heading into moving day.

Then, well, things moved. Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and Miguel Angel Jimenez all shot 68s or below, and Spieth and Blixt hung around with low scores as well. 

The pressure seemed to get the best of Watson at times Saturday, but he hung in there to post a decent round. On Sunday, though, he will need to clear his mind and play a fantastic round of golf.

Because if he doesn't, one of these other contenders likely will. 

Can Miguel Angel Jimenez Add to His Legacy? 

Whether he ends up with a major championship victory or not, Miguel Angel Jimenez will be remembered.

But he's one great round of golf away from adding a defining moment to that legacy in the form of an improbable Masters win and a green jacket. 

"The Mechanic" has been a mainstay near the top of leaderboards at major tournaments. He has notched at least one top-10 finish at all of the four majors. But ever since finishing in second at the U.S. Open in 2000, he hasn't come any closer to a major win despite knocking on the door numerous times.

But alas, the time hasn't run out for the cigar-smoking 50-year-old. 

Jimenez proved to be in the mix after Thursday's round of 71 put him under par for the tournament, but a four-over round of 76 on Friday pushed him off the pace. He was lucky to make the cut and was a full 10 strokes off Watson's lead. 

Then, he exploded on Saturday with a round of 66—the best thus far this year at Augusta and tied for the best round ever at the Masters by someone 50 years of age or older. 

Jimenez has proved dangerous at the top of major leaderboards over recent years, so his game is still in or not far from its prime.

If he can build off what he was able to do on Saturday and take his momentum into Sunday, it will be a long day for the rest of the field. 


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