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Sunday at the Masters: Preview and Predictions

Luke AnthonyContributor IApril 11, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the sixth green during the third round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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What is better than Sunday at the Masters?

It is probably one of my favorite days, especially when Tiger Woods is lurking around the top of the leaderboard and everyone seems to be looking back at what he is doing.  This preview and prediction will have nothing to do with what he did or does off the course, so if you want gossip, close this article now.

While Tiger has never won a major championship without the lead, something feels different about today.  I woke up and there seems to be some kind of "Tigerness" in the air. 

Lee Westwood shot really well yesterday, four-under-par and only one bogey.  I am not sure this kind of young gun with no previous major championship experience can hang in there on Sunday with Tiger on his tail. 

Tiger would be in the final pairing if it wasn't for Lefty shooting lights out for three holes in a row going eagle, eagle, birdie (missed an eagle by inches), and we all know how the pressure gets to Lefty and how he is capable of letting a major slip through his fingers.

Now, let's talk about the guy I think is going to win this thing today, Tiger Woods.

Tiger has done everything in his power to just stick around this tournament and give himself a chance of winning it on Sunday after taking over five months off from competitive golf.

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This guy is a golf machine and I don't think the Masters could ask for a much better storyline than Mr. Woods coming back from four down to win the Masters on Sunday. 

Now, in order for this to happen, Tiger will have to attack tough pin placements and avoid bogeys at all costs.  If Tiger can start off Sunday like he did Saturday, with birdies on his first two holes, then I think that would put way too much pressure on Westwood and it would make the leaders have to go after the pins and try to make birdies, which in turn will make the leaders make mistakes and make them give back strokes and will increase the chance for bogeys. 

The most important thing that Tiger must do is go out there and birdie a couple of holes so that Westwood and Lefty cannot just go out there and par every hole and win this Masters at their 12-under-par score right now.  If Tiger can birdie and get up to 12-under-par or 13-under-par and force the top two to have to attack pins and make some shots, I can see Tiger sneaking in and winning the Masters today.

In the end I think that Tiger will birdie a couple holes early and be locked and loaded in the game, but if Westwood and Mickelson can come out and throw another three-under-par or four-under-par out there then I do not think that Tiger can shoot an eight-under-par today and therefore will be on the outside looking in. 

However, I do think that if Mickelson or Westwood shoot even par or one-under-par then Tiger will be right there down the stretch with another famous birdie putt on 18 for a potential win at the Masters. 

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