Masters: Grading the third round at Augusta
Brandt Snedeker, Angel Cabrera and Matt Kuchar all get high marks. Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy not so much.
Standing on the No. 17 tee box two years ago on Sunday at the Masters, Jason Day thought playing partner Adam Scott was going to win the tournament. Scott had nearly holed out his tee shot on No. 16, and it looked like he had the tournament by the throat.
And if Scott didn't win it, it looked like Day would. He birdied the final two holes and watched the final two groups to see if it would be enough.
It wasn't. Both Aussies eventually ceded to Charl Schwartzel, who birdied each of his last four holes.
But Day was clutch on Nos. 17 and 18 that year.
On Saturday, he was the opposite of clutch on those same two holes. A share of the lead on the tee box at No. 17 turned into a two-stroke deficit after Day bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18 coming home.
Day will still be in the mix this year, but a blown final two holes like that can get in your head going to Sunday.
He also missed an opportunity to play with Scott again in the final round -- the two trail only Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera.
Scott played beautifully, and he, too, will try to end the Australian streak of zero green jackets in 76 tournaments.
After his round, Scott told CBS' Bill Macatee:
"To win the Masters would be incredible, great for Australia. We've never looked better odds-wise going into a Sunday probably other than that one year in '96. Incredible that three out of four of us are right there. It's going to be a hell of a round tomorrow."
Don't forget about first-round leader (and fellow Australian) Marc Leishman, either. Leishman shot a third-round 72 and sits just two back of the lead.
Cabrera will try to keep all three Australians (and Snedeker) from the green jacket. The 2009 Masters champion has a pretty incredible streak going:
From @eliassports - 9th straight sub-par weekend Masters round for Angel Cabrera. Only streak longer: Tom Watson, 14 straight.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) April 13, 2013
Here are our grades for Saturday's third round.
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