The Masters Sunday Final Round Predictions- Expect Fireworks Galore #RedNumbers

Time for some predictions Masters final round style.  Some might seem like obvious choices, some will surely surprise you and some, well, likely will be flat out dead wrong.  Unlike most golf blogs out there, I’ve never been afraid to make a bold prediction and eat my words later, as driver-off-the-deck bold style is the way I roll both on and off the course.  Feel free to analyze, criticize and/or thank me later.  So, here are your Masters Sunday final round predictions in no specific order whatsoever, here…we…go:

–        Expect low scoring galore, the only way the Masters committee can somewhat squash this gray penalty cloud that has hung over the National the past two days is to set off some powerful fireworks littered with birdies and eagles.  The pin locations are there for the taking, buckle up for some red numbers folks.

–        We will see a 65 or better shot today from someone back in the pack (low this week thus far is 66 by Sergio Garcia and Mark Leishman).

–        Hole 1 will cause a few early stumbles for the leaders.  The opening hole at the National year-after-year gets overlooked and is one of the toughest holes on the property.  Expect an ugly bogey or even double from one of the leaders to open their card for the day.

–        A good chance that we’ll see a hole-out eagle on hole 7 today.  That pin is set right at the bottom of the bathtub-like portion of that green, watch for tap-in birdies galore and a potential deuce.

–        Winning score will be -11, a plethora of birdies and eagles will be had today.

–        Bo Van Pelt yet again will do something crazy on the back 9 today.  BVP has made two eagles on the back 9 on Sunday each of the past two years and shot 64 in the final round last year.  The guy with the ugly shirt collars will make some noise again this year, I’m predicting a 67 to vault his name up the board.

–        Henrik Stenson will do something memorable on the back 9 today.  Perhaps playing a shot in his underwear (ok, just kidding…but he has done that before), or firing 32 or better.  The goofball Swede simply was playing too well coming into the week to not make a hot move at some point, today is his day.

–        Sergio Garcia will post a final round 67 and jump up the board.  Unfortunately for Sergio, his crabbiness and pouty pants attitude in rounds 2 + 3 keep him away from from his first green jacket.

–        Tiger Woods will make an early run, but will ultimately fade and finish in 5th place or so around 6 under.

–        Adam Scott will swallow yet another major heartbreak.  Scott was robbed in ’11 by Charl Schwartzel’s 4 consecutive birdies to finish and then of course melted down the stretch of the British Open last year.  Scott WILL win a major sooner than later, I just unfortunately don’t think it’ll be this week.  Missing several key 6 or 8 footers down the stretch will doom him today.

–        Aussie heartbreak continues.  Along with Scott’s close call, I see Jason Day being right there until the end today as well.  Wouldn’t at all be surprised to see the three or four Aussies finish in the top 6, but with no green jacket to show for it.

–        One more note on the Aussies.  Jason Day is the type of player who even being just one or two back heading into the start of Amen Corner will be hyper aggressive and will fire at the back left pin on 11 or the back right pin on 12 and will make a costly mistake.

–        Angel Cabrera will make a big number (double or triple) in the first 6 holes on Sunday.  He plays too quickly and overly loose, which is usually a good thing to keep a player mellow, BUT, that can all-too-quickly lead to a compounded mistake and I see Cabrera pulling a 2012 Mickelson (Phil tripled hole 4 on Sunday last year to fall out of contention) and turn a bogey into an “other” and fall off the board.

–        Brandt Snedeker will struggle in the final pairing with Cabrera, as both players play so incredibly fast that waiting repeatedly throughout the day on every shot will throw off his tempo.  His accuracy off the tee has been a little suspect all week and it will crush his chances today.  He’ll post a final round 71 and will cry in the interview room afterwards, again (we still love you Brandt!).

–        As for the winner?  I’m going back in the pack a little ways here and am picking Matt Kuchar to win his first green jacket.  Kuch is a Georgia boy and has some serious positive vibes running through his veins here on the National property dating back to his amateur days.  I believe that he is destined to win a green jacket and opening up the final round without the attention of being the leader might be just what he needs to open strong, keep it rolling, post a low number and wait to see what happens.  Matt Kuchar is your 2013 Masters champion.

Enjoy the action everyone! #isit1pmyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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