Masters 2014: The five best weekend stories
Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, and Jordan Spieth highlight what would be the best storylines on the weekend at Augusta.
We've reached halftime of the 78th Masters and some big storylines are finally starting to shine through the Tiger Woods haze.
There's still a long way to go but if I'm projecting what the next two days hold, these stories, if they come to fruition, would rattle the golf world more than any others.
1. Oldest major winner: Fred Couples (age 54) Is just five off the pace and playing in one of the final five groups on Saturday. The oldest major winner to date is Julio Boros (age 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship). The oldest Masters winner is of course Jack Nicklaus (age 46 when he won the 1986 Masters).
Couples winning would be the golf story of the decade barring five more majors from Tiger Woods.
2. Youngest major winner: Tiger was 21 when he took home green in 1997. Jordan Spieth is 20 and contending in his first trip to Augusta. The hyperbole runs strong with young athletes but he could validate it with a Masters win in his first trip.
The ceiling would be no more.
3. Back to back for Scott: You've likely been drilled with the statistic over and over by now. Only Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Tiger have ever won two straight. In fact, according to Mike Johnson of Golf World, Scott's 36-hole defense thus far is the best since Ian Woosnam was tied for first after two rounds in 1992.
The good news for Scott is the lack of star power on the leaderboard, the bad news is, well, history.
4. Two of three for Bubba: How great would an unintentional rubber match on Sunday between Adam Scott and Bubba Watson? Only eight men have ever won two in three years and only 16 have ever won two, period. Bubba will try to make that 17 on Sunday.
5 History upended: How about this stat -- in the previous 77 Masters tournaments only one man has ever come back from more than six strokes after 36 holes. Jack Burke, Jr. was down eight at the halfway point in 1956 before beating Ken Venturi (who shot 75-80!) by one on Sunday.
There are some big names lurking more than six strokes back -- Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, and Louis Oosthuizen -- can one of them pull off a life-changer?
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