News & ToursApril 13, 2014

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

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

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."

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