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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Masters - Round 3

Well we thought the second round of the Masters was in the books when last we checked in, but little did we know Tiger Woods would make the wrong kind of news this morning. I'll trust you are well informed on his rules violation and the bullet he dodged on not being disqualified.

Moving day came and went, and there were no dramatic jumps into contention. The round of the day was Tim Clark's 67, but the co-leaders came from the second and third-to-last groups. Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera share the lead at 7-under.

Here are some thoughts ahead of the final round:

  • I've mentioned more than once this week, including yesterday, that Snedeker is a great fit on paper. If you look at it, his entire season has built for this moment much like Mike Weir's year did in 2003. Sneds also has the experience of 2008, when a final-round 77 left him in a tie for third and in tears. Combining those experiences means he knows what he will feel and how to handle that. He's probably the favorite to win this thing.
  • But don't sleep on Angel Cabrera at all. He's the exact opposite of guys like Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Sergio Garcia. He's a big-game hunter. He's the guy at the poker table that shows up and wins the World Series of Poker. He's not phased by the moment. Whoever wins this tournament will have to put him away, and if they don't it will be major No. 3 for the Argentine. 
  • Speaking of Adam Scott (6-under and one back), he has the hopes of every Australian on his shoulders. Well, sort of. He can at least share the lime light with Jason Day and Marc Leishman who are both 5-under and two back. This isn't a bad spot for Scotty. 
  • Tiger Woods is too far back to win. It would be interesting if he was two back, which would be the case if he didn't take the improper drop on the 15th on Friday. Frankly, I just don't see Snedeker, Cabrera and Scott all three giving enough ground to let him in the picture. If he were chasing Marc Leishman and Freddie Couples, then maybe.
  • I see Jason Day as the wild card tomorrow. He ended his day with back-to-back three-putt bogeys after going blemish-free for 16 holes. 
  • I'm absolutely shocked at how poorly Bradley and Mickelson played today. Maybe they were trying to get a Sunday tee time together? That's all I can think.
Everything stays the same in the Yahoo! lineup. Woods, Scott, D Johnson and Rose.

Remember......the tournament starts on the back nine Sunday! Enjoy!

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