One of the best days of the sporting calendar has arrived as Sunday at The Masters is here. It will have a slightly different feel to it this year though as the tee times have been moved up due to the threat of storms later in the day.
With that in mind it will be a thrilling afternoon of golf for those of us watching in the UK as a loaded leaderboard gets set to battle it out for the first major championship of the season with the aim of donning the green jacket at the end of it.
Round 3 Recap
After 54 holes of this wonderful tournament it is the Champion Golfer of the Year, Francesco Molinari, who heads the way. He leads by two shots on 13 under par but there is a Tiger on the prowl with Woods just two back on 11 under, alongside Tony Finau. Our pre-tournament pick Brooks Koepka is in fourth on 10 under par with Webb Simpson and Ian Poulter another shot back. If you can win from five behind there is a big group while will be interested on Sunday. They include our pre-tournament pick Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.
Unfortunately Oosthuizen didn’t have his best stuff with him on Saturday and his one under par 71 was not good enough to see off the challenge of Dustin Johnson, who himself only carded a 70 so wasn’t on top form by any means. That was one that got away so we could do with a decent finish to things on Sunday.
We have the outright market to go at on Sunday but there is no point in me getting involved in it as I have Brooks Koepka deep in the mix and could yet yield some sort of a pay out through Matt Kuchar as well. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic of three balls in the final round works as historically the leading group is generally where the winner comes from. An extra player has Molinari in his sights on Sunday though and two extra men will be out closer to the leader to get some pressure on him. I’ll head for those three balls for a punt.
Sunday 3 Balls
Two tees are being used to get the field out onto the golf course on Sunday and the last group off the first tee sees Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods and Tony Finau going out at 14.20 BST. Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka go out 11 minutes earlier to that. There isn’t much time to focus on other groups from a viewing point of view but the 13.47 group of Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen could be a popular one. I’m taking a bet from the three ball off after those.
Xander Schauffele/Matt Kuchar/Justin Harding
Match tees off at 13.58 BST
The third to last group out onto the golf course sees two Americans in action in Xander Schauffele and Matt Kuchar along with the South African ace Justin Harding in a three ball which has an interesting dynamic.
You have the power of Harding, the class of Schauffele and the consistency of Kuchar so really it is all about what you like from your bets here and on Masters Sunday I want experience. There is no doubt Schauffele will win majors and possibly many of them but I always feel you need a few spins around here on a Sunday to be comfortable. The pins are nearly always in the same place on Sunday so experience is vital. That makes me think that Kuchar is the man to be on here. He can set himself up to fire at the flags and steer clear of the danger ones. He’s the one to back in this group.
Back M.Kuchar to beat X.Schauffele & J.Harding for a 3/10 stake at 2.50 with Betfred
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