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Masters Countdown: The 10 best possible Sunday final pairings

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the Masters? This would be pretty great. (USATSI)
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the Masters? This would be pretty great. (USATSI)

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The Masters is just around the corner (14 days, to be exact) and we're pretty excited. There's plenty of golf to be played between now and then but not enough writing about Augusta. We're trying to rectify that by doing a Masters countdown every day until the ceremonial tee shot.

There will be no shortage of storylines at Augusta this year because there never are.

We will get the low amateur narrative and a steady diet of the 10 best players in the world being the 10 best players in the world.

And of course, Tiger Woods.

But what about a Sunday final pairing? Last year it was Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera which was cool but we can do better.

What would the 10 best Sunday final twosomes be?

I'm glad you asked:

1. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson -- I feel like we need one final epic Tiger-Phil showdown before their respective careers start fading. Where better than the place where these two have won seven of the last 17 tournaments?

They have only finished 1-2 in a tournament twice since 2005 (2007 Deutsche Bank Championship and 2009 Tour Championship) and that kind of finish at Augusta this year might break your television set and blow Jim Nantz's head right off his shoulders.

I mean, can you fathom Phil and Tiger in the final pairing on Sunday going to No. 12 tied at 12 under, five strokes clear of the field? My gosh, I get chills just thinking about how much fun that would be.

2. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy -- Nike executives would be passed out on mimosas before 9 AM.

3. Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia -- Oh boy. Twitter would have to load up its server space all night after the third round if this went down. Seriously though, as enthralling as that final round at the 2013 Players Championship was (and they weren't even in the same pairing) would anyone be against this?

4. Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson -- Two of the bigger personalities in the game and the two best left-handers on the planet dueling it out? Yes please. They've also won two of the last four green jackets.

5. Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar -- I think these are the two guys who most need a Masters to put an exclamation point on their respective careers. Both have been close before but never closed. This would double as the all-nice guy group. Nobody would know who to root for.

6. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott -- The Tiger-Stevie thing has been played out a little bit, I think, but that wouldn't make this duo any less compelling.

7. Jason Day and Rory McIlroy -- The battle for best player in the world under the age of 30 would likely be on the line. I think from a competitive standpoint, this might be one of the best matchups we could get. It would be draining, but awesome, to watch.

8. Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed -- Twin stars, man. All of the red and black.

9. Miguel Angel Jimenez and Angel Cabrera -- My gosh, can you even begin to imagine how few Fs would be given by this pairing? They might just open a bottle of merlot at the turn and play the second nine semi-buzzed.

10. Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley -- Who would get pranked first with the green jacket?

Honorable mention: Rory McIlroy, Harris English and Jordan Spieth, Ian Poulter and anyone, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan, Sergio Garcia and anyone, any amateur and anyone.

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