The link between Masters champions and the final pairing on Sunday
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The link between Masters champions and the final pairing on Sunday

In 20 of the last 24 years, the Masters winner has emerged from the final pairing on Sunday. That bodes well for Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.

However, a different trend has emerged in the last four years, with three of the last four champions emerging from outside the final group. In two of the last three years, the winner has come from the next-t0-last group, including in 2012 and '13, when Bubba Watson and Adam Scott both won on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. That has to be music to the ears of Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman, who are five and six shots behind Spieth, respectively.

Before the run from 2011-13, only Zach Johnson in 2007 was able to buck the trend dating back to 1991.

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