I have said it once, and I will say it again. If you thought that the first two days of the Masters were awesome, then you absolutely lost your pants on day three. Saturday is moving day, and a few of the big names went farther into the red (under par) and others ended up with green numbers (over par). Lets start with the world #2 Rory McIlroy. His third round started with an opening double bogey on the first hole, and things did not get better from there. Carding a 42 on the front nine, and almost completely removing himself from the 2012 Masters Tournament. Rory is young, and he is going to win more majors, but his track record the last two years at the Masters, are far from perfect. I hate to even say this because I am such a huge Rory fan, but if he stays on this path the green jacket will be as elusive to him as it was to Greg Norman.
Tiger Woods got it going on the front nine, birding two of the first four. However the old Tiger magic stopped there, and made a U turn towards green numbers. We will have no Tiger charge on Sunday this year (there may be a charge but he is too far back at this point to make any impact). It makes me a little sad to see the man with 4 green jackets and never finishing outside the top 6 in the last 7 years not be an issue on Sunday at the Masters. Good run though Tiger.
Now on to good news: Peter Hanson is a name not all of us are familiar with, but Peter is a major factor on the European Tour (who is playing full time on the PGA Tour this year). There is no mistaking the fact that he is the 54 hole leader at the Masters with an unbelievable 3rd round 65 yesterday. That is with a bogey on the first hole. From the second hole on though Peter was perfect. Perfect means a back nine 31 with 5 birdies and more putts dropping then anyone at the Masters can hope for. Hopefully he has a little magic left in that putter for Sunday afternoon.
Phil Mickelson, a Masters Champion who needs no introduction, and has more fans than Arnie’s Army (its not Arnie’s fault, he didn’t have facebook and twitter to unite his fans) played a perfect round of golf yesterday. No bogies, 4 birdies and one amazing eagle on 13. If my feelings are correct, I believe every patron and every one watching tomorrow on TV will be pulling for the exciting leftie to put on his 4th Green Jacket.
In the second to last group you have another leftie Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen trying to win their first Green Jacket. Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood, Padraig Harrington, as well as Henrik Stenson and Hunter Mahan all have a chance to catch the last group. But they are going to need to have every piston firing, and every putt dropping. Sunday at the Masters is a day that every golfer (and a few non golfers) want to stay at home and watch their favorite tournament on television. Happy Easter everyone, and enjoy your Masters Sunday.