Masters 2012 Pairings: Most Important Coupling of Final Round at Augusta

By Jack Alexandros
at Internationaled.org

Published: April 8, 2012

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The Masters has gifted us some enthralling golf over the previous three days, which is only a glimpse of what we can expect to witness on Sunday at Augusta, a day that has become renowned as the greatest day in the entire sporting calendar.

Here I preview the most important pairing to watch throughout the day, which will certainly offer some top-quality golf. I have selected the penultimate pairing of Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson.

Many will instantly presume that the final pairing should be the most important. This pairing is comprised of the leader, Peter Hanson, who shot a seven-under-par round of 65 to reach nine-under-par for the tournament, and the three time winner of the green jacket, Phil Mickelson.

However, the previous pairing should be significantly more important due to both players' performances being paramount to the tournament offering its usual enthralling finish on the closing nine holes. Oosthuizen is two shots behind the leader and Watson a further shot adrift, which makes it paramount that the pair sink some early birdies in order to apply some pressure to the final pairing.

Masters Sunday is renowned for the roars that circulate around Augusta, the names on the leader board that fluctuate throughout the afternoon and the eventual champion being obliged to deliver golfing excellence under the most intense pressure.

If the penultimate pairing is not able to apply any heat on Hanson and Mickelson, the final day of the year's first major could become flat as the rest of the field will need to conjure up something special, just to be in contention for the green jacket.



Fifth placed Matt Kuchar is four shots adrift on five-under-par with Hunter Mahan, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood sitting a further shot behind. This group of players look unlikely to be able to mount a challenge for the green jacket which further emph...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Golf

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