Who has best shot of catching McIlroy at Augusta


With Rory McIlroy's four-shot lead heading into the final round at the 75th Masters Tournament, Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell weigh in with who they think has the best shot of catching Rory on Sunday.


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Machismo is the term, defined by Merriam-Webster as “a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate.” In practice, it will be Angel Cabrera’s greatest asset on Sunday at Augusta National.

Rory McIlroy will be difficult to catch, but if anyone can run him down it is the Argentine with the round swing. El Pato is four strokes behind the Northern Irishman, right where he wants him.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, Cabrera started Sunday four shots adrift of Aaron Baddeley, shot one of only two under-par cards at Oakmont and won his first major. Two years ago, he began the final lap at Augusta National tied with Kenny Perry and outlasted him and Chad Campbell in a playoff.

And if trending is to be considered, give Cabrera (71-70-67) the nod as well over McIlroy (65-69-70).

But most of all Cabrera is the most likely suspect because he lives for the buzzer beater, the walk-off, the Hail Mary. It’s in his Argentine DNA to be bold and embrace an opportunity that others shrink from.

The green jacket is McIlroy’s to lose, but Cabrera won’t make it easy. It’s called machismo, and the larger-than-life Cabrera has plenty of it.


AUGUSTA, Ga. – G’day mate, I’ll take the young Aussie, Jason Day.

Let me explain it in the Australian tongue.

I know many of you think I’m a bit of a drongo for making the pick. Day, after all, is a Masters’ rookie beyond the black stump and you’re thinking that gives him a Buckley’s chance, but don’t be gobsmacked if he makes a hard Sunday run at this. The 23-year-old has been a rip snorter already this week.

With a cobber and fellow Aussie like Adam Scott alongside Day, there’s reason to expect this Masters ends tall poppies for one of them. I fancy Day based on his demonstrated ability to make fireworks here. These two together can make some good Aussie magic, fossicking together for birdies and eagles on that back nine.

I know Angel Cabrera looks the most dangerous to Rory McIlroy, but I think the Aussies being together will help them both in their bids to make history Down Under by becoming the first from their country to win this championship.

McIlroy may not be beatable today. Day will need more than one corker of a shot to pull this off, and he’ll need McIlroy to come a gutser.