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The best reason to root for each one of Jordan Spieth's closest chasers

April 09, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Since being of legal age to drink, Jordan Spieth has never not led at the end of any Masters round. That's impressive, but also a bit boring, no? Well, that could change on Saturday with 13 golfers starting within four shots of the defending Masters champ, who sits at four under after 36 holes. We're not suggesting that you root against the defending champ (Of course, Spieth going back-to-back at Augusta National would be great for golf), but in case you're looking for reasons to root for someone else, we've got you covered. Here are the best reasons to cheer for each of his chasers.

Rory McIlroy (-3): With a win, McIlroy would become the sixth player to complete the modern Grand Slam.

Danny Lee (-2): His winning press conference would be a hoot. Also, it would help him with the ladies.

Scott Piercy (-2): Who doesn't like a Cinderella story about a journeyman winning the Masters?

Brandt Snedeker (-1): Remember this sad moment from a few years ago?

Hideki Matsuyama (-1): A win by the 24-year-old and the "Big (insert number)" talk in golf could extend to Japan.

Soren Kjeldsen (-1): If his son did the "riding-the-bull dance" during the Par-3 Contest, imagine what he'd do if his dad won the green jacket?


Danny Willett (E): The Englishman almost didn't play this year, but his wife had the couple's first son last week. This would be a true team effort.

Dustin Johnson (E): He's too good to have never won a major.

Sergio Garcia (E): Ditto.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (E): "The Barn Rat" has been called the John Daly of Asia. What's not to like?

Shane Lowry (E): Another colorful character, who has proven he'll say anything when on camera.

Bryson DeChambeau (E): THE most colorful character. There's almost too much to talk about with this guy.

Daniel Berger (E): This is his girlfriend:

So good luck to all the chasers. As we saw last year, you've got your work cut out for you.