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The Loop

The folks who make a living picking favorites have made their choice for Masters Sunday

Here's how the Saturday leader board finished. Bubba Watson was leaking oil towards the end, and even though it may not feel like it, he's still tied for the lead with 18 holes left to play.

> > __Position__ > > __Player__ > > __Score__ T-1 Jordan Spieth -5 T-1 Bubba Watson -5 T-3 Matt Kuchar -4 T-3 Jonas Blixt -4 T-5 Miguel Jimenez -3 T-5 Rickie Fowler -3 T-7 Lee Westwood -2 T-7 Jim Furyk -2 T-7 Thomas Bjorn -2 T-10 Justin Rose -1 T-10 Kevin Stadler -1 T-10 Fred Couples -1 T-10 John Senden -1 T-14 Gary Woodland E T-14 Ian Poulter E > >

According to odds supplied by the betting website Bovada, if we re-shuffle that leader board it's Watson who is projected to win by a hair over Jordan Spieth. Matt Kuchar, who starts the day one back, remains the next favorite.

> > __Position__ > > __Player__ > > __Score__ 1 Bubba Watson 10/3 2 Jordan Spieth 7/2 3 Matt Kuchar 4/1 4 Rickie Fowler 9/1 5 Jonas Blixt 10/1 6 Lee Westwood 12/1 7 Miguel Jimenez 16/1 8 Jim Furyk 20/1 T-9 Justin Rose 30/1 T-9 Thomas Bjorn 30/1 11 Fred Couples 66/1 12 Ian Poulter 70/1 T-13 John Senden 80/1 T-13 Kevin Stadler 80/1 15 Gary Woodland 100/1

"Jordan Spieth is mentally strong, but it's a different dynamic playing in the final group on Sunday at his first Masters," Dave Kelner, a member of the broadcast division at William Hill and host of William Hill's Golf Betting Podcast. "He must drive it better." A thought echoed by his podcast co-host, Mike Grenham:

"Superb debuts from the talented Spieth and Blixt but, of the top four, I'd fancy Kuchar," Grenham said. "The winner will come from the final two groups."