The good news is that it's Sunday at the Masters, the best day in golf. The bad news is that's there is just one more round of the Masters, and we're just hours away from having to wait 12 months until a return to Augusta National.
This is the first Sunday since 1996 that Tiger Woods won't play the Masters, and it's the first Sunday since 1997 that Phil Mickelson won't play at the season's first major. But even without the two biggest stars of this generation, the tournament has produced a loaded leaderboard full of storylines to heighten the anticipation to the usual Sunday final round levels.
The 2012 Masters win pushed Bubba Watson's profile to a new level, and he instantly became one of the game's most marketable faces (and names, more accurately). He's a bit of a divisive topic, however, as his generally cranky demeanor has turned off plenty of viewers and fans. But that divisiveness is part of what makes him such a huge draw, and he'll arrive on the grounds Sunday holding a share of the lead and going for his second win in three years.
If Bubba plays on Sunday the same way he did in the third round, he'll yield the floor to either co-leader Jordan Spieth or one of the chasers on their heels. Watson finished a 2-over 74 round by draining two clutch par putts on the last two holes just to hang on to a share of lead. But it was not his best showing with the putter, which had been maybe his steadiest club up until then. Bubba had two three-putts and several more wobbly strokes to give away some shots and open the tournament back up.
Now Spieth comes charging into Sunday's final round with a shot to become the youngest player ever to win the Masters. He'd edge Tiger Woods by a year, the absent world No. 1 this setting the record in 1997 when he was 21. Spieth has now carded three straight rounds under par, hitting some bumps along the way but always mitigating the damage and remarkably avoiding those big blow-up stretches at his inexperienced age. There were a few instances on Saturday when things seemed tenuous, but Spieth held on and all of a sudden he was in a share of the lead, safely in the clubhouse at 5-under. It would be an amazing feat for someone who's emerged to take the tag as "the next Tiger Woods" (or closest possible thing). Not only would he be the youngest winner ever, he'd also be the first rookie to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
There's so much on the line in that final power pairing, but a few of the chasers do not lack their own appeal. Matt Kuchar is one of the richest players in the world, stacking cash for a few years now with wins and top 10 finishes. But he has yet to win a major and Augusta, where he was low amateur in 1997 and in the top 10 the last two years, seems like the natural place for the Georgia Tech product to get that first title. He's just a shot off the pace.
Sunday's broadcast will expand an hour on CBS, but the coverage is still relatively limited for a golf major championship. Jim Nantz will come on the air at 2 p.m. with the traditional "Hello friends" and carry the coverage up until the conclusion at about 7 p.m. ET, barring no playoff.
One of the corollaries often recited about the Masters is that anyone within six shots of the lead is still in it starting the back nine on Sunday. It's not like the U.S. Open, where it's impossible to make a birdie run and charge up the leaderboard. That opens things up a little bit for the groups going out earlier, and you'll have some opportunities to watch those early tee times on the multiple streams set up at Masters.com. Two of the streams cover the five most exciting holes on the second nine, where most of the action happens and the tournament is either won or lost. Here are all your media options for Sunday at Augusta:
Sunday's final round coverage
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Live Masters on the Range - CBS Sports Network
2 - 7 p.m.: Live final round coverage - CBS
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Live Masters on the Range
11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Amen Corner live stream
12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Nos. 15 and 16 live stream
12:30 p.m. - completion: Featured Group 1 and Featured Group 2 streams. Exact times TBD
Conclusion of play: Green jacket ceremony
2 p.m. - completion: Masters Radio - Masters.com