Masters: Five dream scenarios for 2013
Five scenarios that would make golf fans go crazy at the 2013 Masters.
It's the start of Masters week, which means everyone is at even par, nobody's been cut and anything can happen.
Before the real golf begins on Thursday, here are five dream storylines I'd love to see play out this week.
1. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the final pairing on Sunday: The Tiger/Rory McIlroy rivalry (if we're calling it that) is fine, but I think everybody wants at least a few more Tiger/Phil battles at majors before all is said and done. Jim Nantz wouldn't be able to sleep on Saturday night if we had a Tiger/Phil final pairing.
2. A Georgia boy chasing the green jacket: The most obvious choice is Matt Kuchar but I would take Russell Henley or Stewart Cink as well. Sadly, the only Augusta native in this year's Masters is Larry Mize and his odds of winning are roughly better than mine.
3. Lee Westwood finally winning his first major: He's been so close so many times. Second at the 2010 Masters, third at the 2008 and 2011 U.S. Opens, second at the 2010 British Open, and T3 at the 2009 PGA Championship -- but he hasn't been able to seal the deal. The real dream scenario is if he can win one of the next few British Opens, but this would do just fine as well for the 39-year-old Englishman.
4. Tom Watson or Fred Couples in the final pairing on Sunday: If this sounds absurd (and it does), consider that Couples shared the second-round lead with Jason Dufner in 2012 and Watson came within a couple of shots of winning the 2009 British Open. Ridiculous and totally improbable? Yes. Impossible? No way.
5. An amateur puts on the green jacket: The closest an amateur ever got was Ken Venturi at the 1956 Masters. Venturi led after three rounds but shot an 80 on Sunday to lose by one. Since 2000 only Ryan Moore has seriously contended (T13 in 2005, which remains his best finish ever at Augusta).
It would be incredible to see an amateur in the mix on the weekend.
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