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Masters 2012: Contenders Who Are Sure to Fall on Sunday at Augusta National

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07:  Peter Hanson of Sweden plays his second shot to the 17th hole during the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIApril 8, 2012

With so many players clustered atop the leaderboard, there is a sense we may see a competitive round of golf on the back nine on Sunday.

As usual, we will see one player rise above them all and many faltering to the grueling conditions Sunday at Augusta has to offer.  

A few players who will fall on Sunday are pretty obvious to predict, as those who have been growing worse over the last two days are usually pretty easy to target as players who will not be in contention when it matters on Sunday.

Here are players who will have a hard time keeping up with the competition in the final round.

 

Henrik Stenson

It has been such an up-and-down Masters tournament for Stenson. He jumped out to an early lead on Thursday only to fall right back to earth on the 18th hole. He has salvaged quite a tournament, though, with scores of 71, 71 and a two-under 70 on Saturday to set up a run at the leaders in the final round.

However, he has been far too shaky this past week to legitimately contend when it counts. His anger seemed to get the best out of him on Thursday and that should creep back in when he encounters the grueling test Augusta will lay out for him on Sunday.

 

Peter Hanson

It is often played out how a rather unknown player cannot possibly win a big-name tournament like The Masters. However, Charl Shwartzel did it just last year and Hanson has a clear opportunity to do it on Sunday.

It should be noted that Hanson is playing tremendous golf right now, and it was only put on display with his play on Saturday. Some of the shots he hit near the hole are ones that make a tournament for players and win championships.

However, there are a lot of players on his heels heading into Sunday and Hanson will need to keep those players at bay while taking on the task of playing Augusta National on the final day at The Masters.

It will be a tough task for him.

 

Bubba Watson

Watson's game does not fit into the Augusta landscape, right? Then how he is sitting in fourth place, just three shots behind the leader, heading into the final round at The Masters?

Watson has defied all odds by taking his weaker putting game and turning it into a shot at winning The Masters. However, he has done it by taking advantage of his distance, hitting fairways and staying consistent from there. The formula would seem to be working for him.

How long will it last, though?

Augusta National will throw some expert pin locations at the players on Sunday and it is putting games like that of Mickelson and others which will have the upper hand. A player of Watson's putting caliber will have a hard time on Sunday and I cannot see him being in contention rolling into the back nine.

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