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Masters 2014: Previewing Sunday at Augusta

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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Sundays at Augusta rarely fail to deliver the goods and it looks as if we could be in for another classic in 2014.

Think back to the last few years. We had the Scott life-changer, the Bubba hook, the Schwartzel door-slam, and Lefty for the third time. They've all been gems.

And the main characters this year are just as compelling as any in the last few dramas. Let's take a look at who could wear green come Sunday night.

Bubba Watson (5 under)

Bubba has to be considered the favorite despite his incredibly leaky putter on Saturday. He's so volatile, though. I never know which Bubba I'm getting. Sunday's a different animal than Saturday, however, and Bubba has closed one of these things before.

Still, the Bubba Meltdown is always one bad chip or putt or iron or driver or anything away.

Also, there's this:

Chances of winning: 30 percent

Jordan Spieth (5 under)

The kid can't be real, can he? He's trying to become the youngest major winner since Tom Creavy won the PGA Championship at age 20 in 1931. He would be the youngest stroke play major winner since Gene Sarazan won the US Open in 1922.

Jordan Spieth could become the youngest Masters winner ever. (USATSI)
Jordan Spieth could become the youngest Masters winner ever. (USATSI)

He's also only the fifth rookie to hold the 54-hole lead. Unfortunately for Spieth, only one of those (Horton Smith in 1934) went on to win.

That's big-time stuff for a 20-year-old but the way this kid scoots around the National hailing "Mr. Crenshaw" and "Mr. Nicklaus" as his tutors and living and dying on every stroke, I don't know, it kind of makes you want him to turn the trick.

Plus, golf history is at stake here. The torch wants to be passed.

Chances of winning: 20 percent

Matt Kuchar (4 under)

Kuchar has come so close the last two years (third and eighth) but he has some closer questions to answer in major championships. His last two weeks on tour tell us that much.

In Houston last week Kuchar just needed to hit the 18th green from the fairway and two-putt for the win. Instead he yanked it in the water and lost in a playoff.

He'll need to bring more than that to the table on the second nine on Sunday but he does have the disposition to do it.

One thing that worries me about Spieth and Bubba doesn't worry me about Kuchar. His emotions will be raw but they won't get out of control. He'll be steady for most of the day, I just don't know if he'll be great enough down the stretch to win.

Chances of winning: 20 percent

Jonas Blixt (4 under)

All the rookie talk is on Spieth but this first-timer has been elite as well. Blixt went T26 and fourth in his first two majors ever at the end of 2013 and is looking to end Europe's Masters 15-year Masters drought (Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999).

He was all over the place on Saturday -- just four pars on the second nine -- but he's got the stones to finish. He's sort of like Bubba Lite.

Chances of winning: 5 percent

Miguel Angel Jimenez (3 under)

Oh man, I can tell you Twitter will be on fire if Jimenez goes low on Sunday. He's actually overrated as a character, perhaps, and underrated as a golfer.

He said on Saturday that we are more enamored with him than he is with himself.

This Spaniard has won 20 times on the European Tour but never a major -- though he has top 10s at all four of them. Is this his time? It would be one of the more improbably victories in Masters (and major) history.

Chances of winning: 5 percent

Rickie Fowler (3 under)

Fowler's final rounds at the Masters are a mixed bag. He shot 78 last year, 70 the year before that, and 74 the year before that. He's clearly talented but I think he'll need a 68 or 67 to get the win. Butch Harmon has helped him quite a bit, I'm not sure he's helped him that much.

Chances of winning: 10 percent

The field

The rest of the field is pretty strong if these first six falter. And if Fred Couples comes from four down to take home the green jacket, they're going to have to take thousands of folks off the grounds on stretchers as day turns to night on Sunday at Augusta.

Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, and Justin Rose are all hanging around as well. Any of those three could get low and put some pressure on Bubba and Co.

My wild card from this group, however, is Thomas Bjorn. He's played in, like, a million of these things and saved what could have been a disastrous round on Saturday. He'll only be three back when they tee it up on Sunday.

Chances of field winning: 10 percent

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