The best Sunday in golf awaits . . . Heres what to look for in the final round.
In an era in which fitness is becoming a larger part of golf, Kenny Perry is a marvel.
If he wins the Masters, hell become the oldest player to win a major championship.
Hes almost proud of the fact that he doesnt spend much time in gyms or working out.
I cant really say Im working out or anything like that, Perry said. And I dont really watch what I eat, but yet, its working. So I havent changed anything.
If he wins, Perry will surpass Julius Boros as the oldest major champion.
Perry would be 48 years, eight months and two days old when slipping on the green jacket.
Boros was 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old when he won the PGA Championship at Pecan Valley Country Club in San Antonio in 1968.
Angel Cabrera is vying to become the first player in 73 Masters to shoot four rounds in the 60s.
Hes posted rounds of 68, 68 and 69.
Ten other players have opened with three consecutive rounds in the 60s in past Masters, but none have been able to close with another.
Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion, was the last to have the chance last year but closed with a 75.
Perry and Cabrera will go off in the final pairing at 2:35 p.m.
History likes the guys going off last on a Sunday at the Masters.
The winner has come from outside the final pairing just once in the last 18 years (Zach Johnson in 2007).
The Masters will get that final-round Sunday showdown between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson after all, but barring dramatic charges it may feel like theyre dueling in the consolation bracket.
Mickelson and Woods are tied for 10th and seven shots behind the leaders.
The largest final-round comeback in Masters history is eight shots. Jackie Burke came from that far back to win in 1956. That was the year Ken Venturi seemed destined to go wire to wire as the first amateur to claim a green jacket, but Burke shot 71 with Venturi posting 80.
Woods and Mickelson will go off together at 1:35 p.m., an hour before the leaders.
Woods faces the prospect of going a fourth consecutive year without winning the Masters, his longest stretch without winning at Augusta National since he turned pro in 1996.
Woods has made his Masters' living with big moves on Saturday, but his 70 in the third round probably wasnt big enough to give him a realistic shot at winning his 15th major championship and fifth green jacket. Woods, who has never won a major coming from behind in the final round, has never shot lower than a 68 in the final round of the Masters. His best final round in any major is 65, shot at the 2002 British Open at Muirfield, where he tied for 28th.
Mickelsons best final round at the Masters is 68, shot in 2003, when he finished third. His best final round in a major is 67, shot at the 1998 PGA Championship at Sahalee, where he tied for 34th.
Woods and Mickelson have played together 23 times in PGA Tour events.
Woods scoring average is 69.00 compared with Mickelsons 70.26 in those pairings together.
In the eight times theyve been paired together in majors, Mickelson has posted the lower score just once.
Jim Furyks bid to win his second major is bolstered by memories of failed finishes at the U.S. Opens at Winged Foot (2006) and Oakmont (2007). He had chances to win down the stretch both times but ended up with back-to-back ties for second place.
Ill be more comfortable in this position because of those tournaments, Furyk said. Ive been in this position before. Youre always anxious. Im sure Tigers anxious, as many events as hes won. So if I woke up tomorrow, and I wasnt anxious and I wasnt nervous and I wasnt excited, I would be one beat away from dead.
Steve Stricker has played his last 35 holes at Augusta National without a bogey, his longest bogey-free run in a major.