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Masters 2012 Leaderboard: Peter Hanson Will Crumble Under Pressure on Sunday

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIApril 7, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Peter Hanson of Sweden smiles after finishing the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Masters Sunday may hold one of the greatest pressures in all of sports. Peter Hanson will experience it firsthand.

Hanson finds himself in a great position heading into the final day at the 2012 Masters. He sits on top of the leaderboard at nine under.

Hanson shot a Round 3-best 65 on Saturday, looking like a real threat for the green jacket.

That will change on Sunday, however, because the pressure will get to the 43rd best player in the world.

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Peter Hanson of Sweden gestures to the gallery after finishing during the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Hanson has looked great in two rounds and not so great in another. That trend of solid play, bad play, great play will continue on Sunday.

With Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson and others hot on his tail, the pressure will only mount on the final day.

Arguably one of the greatest pressures in all of sports, the final day at the Masters struck as recently as last year with Rory McIlroy choking on the back nine. He was striking the ball well, putting the ball where he wanted and playing with great confidence.

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It suddenly changed. Masters Sunday put too much pressure on the young lad's shoulders.

If it can happen to McIlroy, it can happen to Hanson.

Besides keeping an eye on Hanson to see if the pressure gets to him, keep an eye on Mickelson, because he will have a major say in who wins the jacket. He has been in this situation before, on both sides of the stick, and his experience will give him the advantage on Sunday.

Hanson winning the 2012 Masters would be a great story, but I don't see it happening. The pressure is simply too heavy.

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