The Masters Tournament Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Predictions:


What do we get when you add one Argentinian past champion, one American favorite, and three Australians looking to be the first of said country to bring home a green jacket? You get the 2013 Masters Tournament on Sunday.

Moving day never lets me down.  The Masters Tournament was fulling of players moving away from the top of the leader board and others moving up it.  The big movers of the day?  Tim Clark with the low round of the day at 67 moving up to -3 for the tournament and a tie for 7th going into Sunday.  Everyone knows what happened to TW Saturday morning, and the world #1 comes out and fires a solid -2 70 to keep himself in contention.

Our 54 hole leaders, Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker both came in with 69’s on Saturday to find themselves in the last group on Sunday.  Brandt is the man to beat this year on tour.  Following up his 2012 FedEx Cup win with top 3 finishes in his first three starts including one win and two very close calls.  There are a lot of people out there that chose Brand to be our 2013 Masters Champion, and I for one would love to see him get the job done today.

Angel Cabrera is no stranger to the final group at Augusta National.  He was in the final group in 2009, the year he won in a playoff against Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry, as well as the year of the Rory McIlroy meltdown.  Angel is one of those guys that shows up for the Majors, and takes down big names while winning with a style that would make Ted Ray proud.

The Australians:
Jason Day was our leader and front runner for 52 holes, and then he stumbled a little coming in.  With bogies on 17 and 18, both by missing short putts, Jason ends his Saturday two shots behind our leaders.  Here is the silver lining though with finishing bogey bogey…I believe that Jason has gotten his stumble out of the way.  He is now relaxed and hungry for Sunday.  There is nothing like holding a lead after 54 holes at a Major Championship, but history goes to show us that the 54 hole leader hasn’t won very often.  I think the best thing to happen to Jason were those two bogies, he can sleep easier tonight and he has something to prove tomorrow by catching the leaders and nothing to lose.

Marc Leishman is the Australian who wont go away.  Everyone knows what happens to the relative nobody who shoots lights out on Thursday and then has a tremendous fall from grace on Thursday.  Except Marc didn’t get that memo.  He didn’t realize that he was suppose to play bad on Friday and allow bigger names to hang out at the top of the leader board.  Marc is two shots off the leaders and he could very well play his way into a green jacket…if he can keep up the Cinderella story for one more round.

Adam Scott has one of the best looking swings in golf, and he is a great ambassador for the game.  On Saturday he made putts left and right that in the past he has missed.  Par putts, birdie putts, those elusive 8-12 footers that Major Champions make to keep themselves in the hunt, are what have left Adam Scott win less in the Majors before.  But not this year, at least so far.  He has stepped up to the plate and literally brushed (insert long putter joke here) everything into the hole so far at the Masters.  I would love to see Adam win on Sunday, but we all have to wonder if his putter will hold up under the pressure.

Three Shots Back or More:
Tiger Woods falls into the three shots back or more category, and he really has had the worst luck of any golfer I have ever seen.  To hit a ball that was a hole seeking missile, only to have it hit the flag and end up in the water is more bad luck than most players can handle.  Then throw in a bad drop (chalk this up to being upset and not thinking clearly) and another two shot penalty.  Take away that one shot, and tiger woods in tied for the lead going into Sunday at the Masters and this article is much shorter.  But the golf gods like to keep things intersting, but I wouldn’t count Tiger out yet.

Matt Kuchar is doing what he does best, casually putting himself into contention, not drawing a ton of attention to himself, and playing his game.  Kuch’s game is solid all the way around, and he doesn’t make many mistakes.  I do believe that he needs to have something special happen to jump start his round on Sunday and put him on a road to shoot the 66 or 67 it is going to take to win his first Major Championship.

No matter who wins today at the Masters we are in for one of if not the best golf tournament of the year.  Watching the last groups come through Amen Corner, and the eagle attempts and failures at the par fives are what makes the Masters so special.  Easily the most famous or infamous (however you look at it) back nine in golf makes for the biggest Sunday in golf.  I don’t mind who wins, but I want it to be close, and to keep me on the edge of my seat for every inch of the last nine holes.

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