Masters 2017: Here are 5 ways today can be an instant classic

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Masters 2017: Here are 5 ways today can be an instant classic

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Masters 2017: Here are 5 ways today can be an instant classic

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The ingredients scream for everything from a 20-something shootout to a generational clash for the ages. And a whole bunch of career-defining moments.

Here are five scenarios that could turn an intriguing 2017 Masters final-round Sunday into an instant classic:

Millennial madness: As the old guard cedes power, the youngsters take center stage at Augusta when Rickie Fowler (5 under, T-3), Jordan Spieth (4 under, T-4) and a deep-closing Jon Rahm (even, T-11) pull away with a spirited final-round battle. Fowler wins his first major in a playoff over Spieth, who still hasn’t finished worse than second in the Masters.


Rory McIlroy Masters 2017

Rory McIlroy completes a career Grand Slam with his first/next green jacket. (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Another career grand slam: Rory McIlroy (even, T-11), posts 65 nearly an hour before the leaders battling Masters pressure. Just one Masters win shy of having all four major trophies on his mantle, McIlroy finds out he’ll be hosting the Champions Dinner next year while he’s warming up in the tournament practice area for a possible sudden-death playoff. McIlroy immediately does 10 pushups in a brilliant Gary Player homage that causes the club valet to push his jacket size up to a 40R.


It was bound to happen for one of them: Lee Westwood (1 under, T-9), posts a career-best 66 and again comes agonizingly close at Augusta National, but it’s Sergio Garcia (6 under, T-1) who outlasts a 15-minute video review of a possible ball movement on the 14th green to finally win a major. The victory comes on what would have been fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.


Justin Rose 2017 Masters

Justin Rose will add a Masters green jacket to his Olympic gold medal with the right score on Sunday at Augusta. (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Gold and green clash: Golf’s first Olympic gold medal winner in more than 100 years, Justin Rose (6 under, T-1), fends off playing partner Sergio Garcia and a pesky Charley Hoffman (4 under, T-4) down the stretch to win his second major. The social mediasphere immediately begins anticipating multiple dates pairing Rio gold with Augusta green.


Jordan Spieth Phil Mickelson Masters 2017

Jordan Spieth (right) has a chance to exorcise his demons from 2016 Sunday at the Masters. (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)

Demons exorcised in grand fashion: Ten shots back after Round 1, Jordan Spieth posts 69-68-66 to win his second Masters. The tournament was in doubt until he arrived at the 12th tee. Following much debate with Michael Greller, who begs for his client to hit 8-iron, Spieth asks “What would Arnie do?” and makes the most famous hole-in-one in golf history.

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