2013 Masters Leaderboard: Highlighting Biggest Winners and Losers from Day 3

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2013 Masters Leaderboard: Highlighting Biggest Winners and Losers from Day 3
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Three rounds are in the books at the 2013 Masters, and there's still plenty of golfers who have a chance to don the green jacket on Sunday.

Conditions at the Augusta National Golf Course were much more favorable. Gone were the heavy wind gusts that caused problems for golfers throughout the second round.

There was plenty of movement on the leaderboard on Saturday. Favorites faded down the stretch, while new contenders emerged.

As play moves into the pivotal final round, here are the golfers who helped themselves the most, and those who had third rounds to forget.

 

Winners

Tim Clark

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Tim Clark wasn't considered a threat before Saturday. After posting a five-under 67 for the third round, Clark has put himself firmly in the conversation.

The 37-year-old really struggled with the heavy winds on Friday and went four over for the round as a result. The last nine holes in particular were troublesome as he picked up four bogeys between Nos. 11 and 16.

Clark didn't waste any time erasing all the bad memories from the second round. He picked up birdies on five of the first seven holes. Clark leveled off on the back nine, but the totality of his performance is something to appreciate.

 

Nick Watney

Few in the tournament have been hotter than Nick Watney over the last two rounds. After shooting a six-under 78 in the first round, Watney turned around and posted scores of 69 and 68, respectively, in the second and third rounds.

Taking a score of one-under into the final round, it's going to take a monumental effort from Watney and a collapse from those at the top for the 31-year-old to make a run for the title.

Still, he's done great for himself after that disaster of a first round and should be taking home a bit more money as a result.

 

Adam Scott

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It was two years ago Adam Scott finished as one of the runners-up to Masters champion Charl Schwartzel. Scott followed that up with an eighth-place finish last year.

The Australian put together a strong first round and a respectable second. The door was open for him to make a run at the leaders on Saturday, and that's exactly what he did.

Scott finished the day three under, running his total to six-under for the tournament. For much of the round, Scott had been solid if unspectacular. Then he made a great run that included birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17.

 

Brandt Snedeker

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Brandt Snedeker went into the clubhouse tied for the lead after posting a steady three-under 69 in the third round. He's been consistent all tournament, with 70s in each of the first two rounds.

The 32-year-old was extremely consistent on the day. He managed to avoid any disaster and made key putts when he needed to. Avoiding even a single bogey in a round at Augusta is a massive accomplishment.

On the back nine, Snedeker picked up three birdies, which moved him to the top of the leaderboard with Angel Cabrera. If he carries that consistency into the final day, it will be very hard to knock him off.

 

Losers

Rory McIlroy

What is it about Rory McIlroy and playing at Augusta on the weekends. For the third year in a row, he's gotten himself into a mess after putting together strong performances during the week.

Coming into Saturday, McIlroy stood at two-under. It wasn't a great score, but he had plenty of chances to make a move.

Instead, the 23-year-old laid a major egg in the third round. He shot a seven-under 79, which included a triple-bogey on No. 11 and a double-bogey on No. 15.

 

Marc Leishman

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It wasn't a terrible day for Marc Leishman, but it wasn't great, either. He was up and down for most of the round. Leishman is still only a couple of shots away from the leaders, but he should be ruing what were some massive missed opportunities Saturday.

Give credit to Leishman for hanging around. He managed to improve upon his second-round performance as well.

But this could very well be the best chance Leishman will ever have to win a green jacket. Slowly but sure, he's watching that opportunity slip away for good.

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