Masters 2013 Odds: Final-Day Predictions for Who Will Win at Augusta

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2013

Masters 2013 Odds: Final-Day Predictions for Who Will Win at Augusta

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    Moving day at the Masters began with controversy and intrigue.

    Was Tiger Woods going to be disqualified for his casual play of a drop on the 15th hole in the second round? As the third round got started, word filtered out that Woods would not get hit with a DQ, but he would be hit with a two-stroke penalty.

    While there was quite a bit of dissent, moving-day action put the attention back on the golf course.

    Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera are both seven-under par, and they moved to the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes. Three Australian golfers are right behind. Adam Scott is six under, while Jason Day and Marc Leishman are five under.

    Here's a look at the odds and predictions for Sunday's final round of the Masters.

Tim Clark, Three-Under Par

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    Odds: 11-1

    Where He Stands: There wasn't much moving done on moving day, but Tim Clark made a big charge. He was out of the picture after 36 holes, as he stood at two-over par following a disappointing 76 in the second round.

    Clark put that disappointment out of his mind, and he had the best Saturday round of any golfer, registering a 67. He was sensational on the front nine, firing four straight birdies and recording a five-under-par 31. Clark comes into the final round knowing that expectations are low, and he can play free and easy.

    Prediction: After a great third round, Clark will struggle with his consistency. He'll shoot an even-par round and finish at least five strokes off the pace.

Matt Kuchar, Four-Under Par

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    Odds: 6-1

    Where He Stands: Matt Kuchar made an excellent stand on moving day. Prior to Saturday, it looked like he was going to play his way out of the Masters after shooting a 75 in the second round.

    Kuchar was not spectacular in the third round, but he refused to make any mistakes en route to a 69. He made consecutive birdie putts on the second and third holes and played with a comfort and an ease throughout the round.

    Prediction: Kuchar understands what it takes to play in big tournaments, and his play in the third round shows he's not going to be intimidated. Look for Kuchar to have a good start on the front nine, but he will fade down the stretch.

Marc Leishman, Five-Under Par

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    Odds: 6-1

    Where He Stands: While Leishman is only two strokes behind the leaders, there was a disappointing aspect to his third round in which he shot an even-par 72.

    He was playing with co-leader Angel Cabrera, and he was unable to match Cabrera's ability to make several key putts. Leishman hit the ball consistently off the tee and from the fairway, but he seemed to lose his confidence when he needed to make a big putt.

    Prediction: Leishman would love to make a run at the Masters championship, but he did not take advantage of his opportunities on moving day. The pressure will be that much thicker on Sunday, and he is likely to fall by the wayside.

Jason Day, Five-Under Par

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    Odds: 5-1

    Where He Stands: Jason Day appeared to be in command on Saturday. He started the day with the lead, and he held it until the final two holes. There was nothing electric about his game early on, but he was sinking all of his testing par putts, and he had the look of a potential champion.

    Day finally broke his string of pars when he birdied the par-five 13th hole. He then went back on his par streak until he got to the final two holes when he registered back-to-back bogeys to fall two strokes behind.

    Prediction: Day is an excellent golfer who is going to be able to put his poor finish behind him. He has been striking the ball extremely well, and he made most of his testing putts—until the final two holes. He will remain in contention, but he won't find the winning formula on the back nine.

Tiger Woods, Three-Under Par

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    Odds: 9-2

    Where He Stands: After he was allowed to continue in the tournament, Woods breathed a sigh of relief and tried to focus as best he could. He started with a birdie on the first hole, but he could not sustain it. He was even par after the front nine and when he bogeyed the 11th to fall back to even par, it appeared Woods would slip out of the picture.

    However, he rallied with three birdies on the back nine and got within four strokes of the leaders. Woods left a couple of strokes off the board when he missed a short birdie putt and another makeable eagle putt, but his presence is looming over the field.

    Prediction: Look for Woods to make a big charge on Sunday, but instead of collecting his fifth green jacket and his 15th major, he will fall just short.

Adam Scott, Six-Under Par

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    Odds: 4-1

    Where He Stands: After firing a 69 on Saturday, Scott is brimming with confidence and ready to seize control of the Masters. He had a couple of shaky moments on the front nine, but he was able to withstand them and play even-par golf.

    He was much sharper on the back nine, rolling in three birdies. The Australian loves playing at Augusta—he tied for second at the Masters in 2011—and he is on top of his game.

    Prediction: Scott has an excellent swing, and if he can maintain the putting stroke he showed on the back nine, he should be in contention until the final few holes. If he can build a lead at any point, he might hang on. But the feeling here is that he won't ever get to the top this time around.

Angel Cabrera, Seven-Under Par

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    Odds: 3-1

    Where He Stands: Cabrera moved into a tie for the lead when he rolled home a beautiful nine-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday. He is a gutsy and indomitable figure who is not going to be intimidated by the atmosphere, having won at Augusta in 2009.

    He is very aggressive off the tee and from the fairway, and he is not afraid to go for it when the opportunity presents itself. However, he's not completely reckless, and he knows how to manage the course.

    Prediction: Cabrera will give it everything he has, and he will force the action throughout the front nine. However, when it comes down to it, there are two better golfers in the field in Tiger Woods and Brandt Snedeker. Cabrera will most likely end up third in the Masters.

Brandt Snedeker, Seven-Under Par

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    Odds: 5-2

    Where He Stands: Snedeker has an excellent chance to win his first major. He would have had the lead all by himself heading into the final round if Angel Cabrera had not made a birdie putt on the 18th hole.

    Snedeker has played steady golf throughout the Masters, but he appeared to find his stride on the back nine Saturday when he was three-under par. He showed his incredible all-around game, hitting the ball with power, accuracy and making clutch putts when he needed them.

    Prediction: Snedeker has enjoyed an excellent year, and he has the ability here to hold off a charge by Tiger Woods and Cabrera. Look for Snedeker to build a lead and then hold on to win the Masters and wear his first green jacket.

Field

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    Odds: 15-1

    Nobody has run away and hidden in this championship. While those at the top obviously have the best chance to win, there are a number of golfers who range from even par to two under who could make a run at the title.

    The best golfers in the field include Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk, who are two-under par. Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney are one-under par and could also emerge. Jason Dufner, Justin Rose and Freddie Couples are even par and still have a slight chance.

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