There is a very old saying that The Masters doesn’t start until the back 9 on Sunday. Outside of Tiger’s landslide victory in 1997, this has proven to be true almost every year.
Patrick Reed sits atop the leaderboard, after a 3rd round 67, by 3 shots over Rory McIlroy and by 5 shots over Rickie Fowler. If Reed shoots a 68 on Sunday he will tie Tiger for the lowest 72 hole total in Masters history.
In 1997, Sunday was a victory lap for Tiger as he had a double digit lead. Seven years ago, McIlroy entered the final round with a 3 shot lead and didn’t break 40 on the back 9 and lost the lead. Reed is in that same position now, with McIlroy as the chaser.
Reed and McIlroy have a little bit of history. We just need to look back to the last Ryder Cup at Hazeltine when they went head to head in singles matches matching each other almost shot for shot. This leads me to believe that Sunday at Augusta will be awesome to watch!
Behind Fowler, the rest of the players will need some help, and a lot of it by 3 proven winners. My pick, Bubba Watson, sits 8 shots back at -6. Former Masters Champ, Jordan Spieth, is 9 shots back.
Saturday is commonly known as moving day on the PGA Tour. At The Masters, the flags on Sunday are usually set up to reward quality golf shots and reward aggressive play. With the rain on Saturday the players were allowed to be aggressive and the leaders were rewarded. There were multiple eagles out there, including 2 by Reed on the back 9.
Dads Say So, Sunday is setting up to be another awesome Masters finish. While Tiger and Phil will not be making a charge for the green jacket, there are other great story lines that are shaping up to make for a great Sunday. Patrick Reed has a chance to become the first player to every shoot 4 rounds in the 60’s at Augusta. Rory has a chance to complete the career grand slam. Rickie has a chance to win his first major championship. If anyone behind them win, it will be a career defining day. I will be home in the afternoon with my home made pimento cheese sandwiches and beverage of choice watching, what is usually, the best Sunday in golf all year.