With the first three days of the Masters tournament finished, several big stories have already happened heading into the final round.
Some fans may tune in on Sunday without knowing what’s previously happened. Here’s a recap of what happened each day of the Masters for those who have missed it.
Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia Emerge to Take Lead
Both players had brilliant performances on Thursday and were able to sit atop the leaderboard, each shooting a 66. For two players whose combined winnings in 2013 add up to just $1 million, it was a good start for both of these guys.
The two golfers combined for 13 birdies and just one bogey in the first 18 holes. Leishman was able to tear it up near the end of his first round, birdying four straight holes from the 13th to the 16th.
Tianlang Guan, the 14-Year-Old, Shoots 73
Everyone was excited to watch Guan in the opening round. At 14 years old, he became the youngest golfer to compete at the Masters.
He may not have shot up the leaderboards, but Guan should have been happy with his performance. With a 73, he was only one over for the day, and he birdied four holes. Sure, he bogeyed five other holes, but any 14-year-old who can play with the pros is a great story.
Jason Day Rises Up
In a round where a lot of golfers struggled, Day was able to shoot a 68, the best score on Friday. He was six under and grabbed the outright lead halfway through the tournament.
The Australian succeeded thanks to a solid run from the fifth to the 11th hole, where he had four birdies. He only bogeyed two holes in the second round, and two consistent days of golf had him sitting atop the Masters.
Phil Mickelson Struggles
"Lefty" has historically been successful at Augusta. Unfortunately, a bad round on Friday took him out of contention for a fourth green jacket.
He shot a 76 in the second round after posting a 71 on Thursday. He had five bogeys along with a brutal double-bogey on the 12th hole. At three over for the first two days, things were looking bad for the 42-year-old.
Tiger Penalized, Still in Contention
Before play even began for Tiger Woods, he was assessed a two-stroke penalty for taking an illegal drop on the 15th hole on Friday (via USA Today). The penalty certainly hurt, but a recent rule change kept Tiger from being disqualified.
Even with the penalty, Tiger was able to stay near the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 70 on the day. Three birdies in four holes on the 12th through the 15th were huge for Tiger, and at the end of the day, he was just four strokes back from the leader.
Fred Couples Falls Off
Things were looking good for the 53-year-old after two days. He was five under and just one stroke behind the leader through two rounds.
Saturday changed that.
A double-bogey on the seventh hole was a sign that things weren’t going to go his way. He bounced back with a few birdies but began to collapse starting at the 14th hole. He bogeyed back-to-back holes, made par on the 16th and then triple-bogeyed the 17th.
After such a great start, it was hard to see Couples fall so far. With seven strokes between him and the leader after Saturday, it’s looking dire for him.
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