picks the Masters winner


Who will slip on the green jacket after the 78th playing of the Masters Tournament?'s staff of columnists, analysts, reporters and editors has its picks for the top three finishers.

Follow along during Sunday's final round to see how the selections play out.

Fred Couples shoots 68, prompting women over 50 to tell their men over 50 to head back to the range in droves. Kevin Stadler drops a 69, and all golfers under 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds (heck yeah that's me) head to Krispy Kreme to work on their game.

Michael Collins

Rickie Fowler shoots 70 along with Miguel Angel Jimenez, meaning next weekend you're going to see plenty of grown men over 35 wearing orange outfits while smoking cigars and doing inappropriate stretching exercises on the practice tees.

Jonas Blixt will shoot 71 and get as close as Jesper Parnevik did to a major championship. As this train wreck of humanity is happening, the new young face of golf, Jordan Spieth, becomes the youngest major champion in Masters history, shooting a 71 and finishing at 6 under.

-- Michael Collins

After enduring a tough day with plenty of chances to fall away, Bubba Watson is the pick to prevail Sunday. He managed to keep a share of the lead despite five bogeys and a round of 74. But those two clutch par-saving putts at the 17th and 18th holes kept him in the final group, where he'll go up against potentially the youngest Masters winner ever in Jordan Spieth.

Bob Harig

This would seem too much for the 20-year-old, who, don't forget, is playing in his first Masters. There's too much history to overcome there.

Spieth will get a top-three but falls behind Miguel Angel Jimenez. The Spaniard makes a valiant run at becoming the oldest major champion before finishing second.

-- Bob Harig

Invariably when asked what do you want to see when covering a major championship, the easy answer is history. That's what would happen if Jordan Spieth were to win the Masters on Sunday, besting Tiger Woods' mark as youngest champion ever in this tournament.

Kevin Maguire

Unfortunately for the 20-year-old Texan, there's a reason only one Masters rookie has won on these grounds since the mid-1930s. Even if it's a cliche, experience matters around these parts, especially when he's never felt the final-round nerves of playing in the last pairing on Sunday in a major.

So if not 54-hole co-leader Spieth, then who?

Rickie Fowler mainly because he's putting lights out this week, ranking second in total putts. Of players who made the cut, he's first.

Keep an eye out for Justin Rose, though. He's lurking 4 shots off the lead and will be finished with his round about an hour before the final pairing. He could post a number and make the rest of the field sweat it out on the back nine at Augusta National on Sunday.

-- Kevin Maguire

I initially picked Rory McIlroy to win the Masters, so take this for what it's worth. I really like the look in Jordan Spieth's eye.

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