Masters Standings 2012: Dissecting the Day 3 Leaderboard

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Masters Standings 2012: Dissecting the Day 3 Leaderboard
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Will the positions be reversed come Sunday evening?

Although the first two rounds of the 2012 Masters provided a few interesting storylines (Freddie's 67 for a piece of the lead and Tiger's scattershot 75 that left him three over), Saturday saw the action at Augusta National really heat up as eight different players led or shared the lead at some point. The day concluded with nine players within five strokes of the lead.

Nineteen of the last 21 Masters champions have played in Sunday's final pairing.  Realistically, anyone going to sleep Saturday night within five shots of the lead has to think himself capable of shooting a round that could have him in Butler Cabin putting on a green jacket Sunday evening.

Let's take a look at the top nine players on the leaderboard and try to separate the true contenders from the pretenders before they tee it up on Sunday.

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