Tour Confidential: Who Emerges Sunday and Wins the Masters?

April 10, 2016
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AUGUSTA — Jordan Spieth seemed as if he was about to take a convincing 54-hole lead at the 80th Masters, but he dropped three shots on the final two holes on Saturday to restore hope in the rest of the field. After a 1-over 73, Spieth sits at 3-under for the tournament and leads rookie Smylie Kaufman by one and Bernhard Langer and Hideki Maysuyami by two. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett all sit at even par and are only three back.

So now there is just one question left to answer. Join the conversation and leave your picks in the comments below or tweet us at @golf_com.

Let’s get right to it. Who wins the 2016 Masters?

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: The golf course. Which is a shame. It’s too long and too hard.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: It’s hard to believe a guy other than Tiger Woods could win a Masters with his B game, but I’m still going with the best putter out there, Jordan Spieth. He’d better have the lead going to the closing holes, though. A big lead.

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Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: Your guess is as good as mine. If Spieth can bounce back—and nobody bounces back like Jordan Spieth—it will only add to the legend. Hope I’m wrong, but I’m just not feeling it. But we all know that the Masters champ comes out of the last group on Sunday. Smylie Kaufman, come on down. You’re about to be the first Masters rookie to win at Augusta National since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. As wacky as the week has been, we’re due for an out-of-nowhere winner.

Jeff Ritter, digital development editor, SI Golf Group: Day is 8 under on the front nine this week. I think he could go low early again Sunday and ride the wave to a green jacket.

Sean Zak, assistant editor, I’ll just stick with this.

Joe Passov, senior editor, GOLF Magazine: After snarling “Get off my lawn,” Langer mows down the youth brigade of Spieth, Kaufman, Matsuyama and Day to win his third green jacket.

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, GOLF Magazine: Jason Day is winning this tournament. He’s only three back, he’s got the most firepower, and he hasn’t found his top gear since the front nine on Thursday. I love the position he’s in right now.

Jessica Marksbury, associate editor, GOLF Magazine: I still have faith in Jordan. Despite the rough finish he had on 18 today, he makes more putts when it matters than the other guys within striking distance.

Pete Madden, senior producer, Let me be the first to welcome you to ‘The Spieth Era.’ I’m the first one on that bandwagon, right?

Josh Berhow, staff producer, Jason Day. He’s only three back. Let’s take it a step further — he beats Spieth in a playoff.

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Marika Washchyshyn, multimedia producer, Remember when I said on Friday that my answer on Sunday would change if you asked me Spieth or Rory? The weather is supposed to be better and while he struggled off the tee today, if Spieth can keep a handle on the course in gale-force winds, he’s got it locked down on Sunday. Plus, he’s got this whole ‘making history’ thing going for him already.

Peter Bukowski, associate editor, We do. Spieth’s sloppy nightcap brought the field back to him, which compressed the leaderboard at the top and brought players like Jason Day and Dustin Johnson right back in the thick of this. With scoring conditions expected to be much better Sunday, we could be in for an adventure befitting such a storied venue.