Another dramatic day of action took place at Augusta National on Saturday, leading to a plethora of talking points and potential storylines to watch for on Sunday.
The day started out with controversy as Tiger Woods suffered a two-stroke penalty for an incorrect drop, but with the World No. 1 chalking up a very impressive performance on the day, he's still in the hunt for another green jacket.
Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera currently lead the field on seven-under par, but with six golfers within three strokes of that pair heading into the final day, there are still plenty of contenders for the Masters title in 2013.
Read on for a full recap of Saturday's action as well as the key storylines to watch on Sunday, where we'll find out the winner of the Masters for 2013.
A full leaderboard can be seen via the Masters' official website. The current leaders plus other notable stars are listed in the table below.
|T1||Brandt Snedeker||70, 70, 69||-7|
|T1||Angel Cabrera||71, 69, 69||-7|
|3||Adam Scott||69, 72, 69||-6|
|T4||Marc Leishman||66, 73, 72||-5|
|T4||Jason Day||70, 68, 73||-5|
|6||Matt Kuchar||68, 75, 69||-4|
|T7||Tiger Woods||70, 73, 70||-3|
|T7||Tim Clark||70, 76, 67||-3|
|T14||Sergio Garcia||66, 76, 73||-1|
|T18||Justin Rose||70, 71, 75||E|
|T28||Bubba Watson||75, 73, 70||+2|
|T44||Rory McIlroy||72, 70, 79||+5|
|T56||Phil Mickelson||71, 76, 77||+8|
Biggest Talking Points
Tiger Woods' Two-Stroke Penalty for Incorrect Drop
Before the start of play on Saturday, arguably the biggest news of the tournament had come in: Tiger Woods had incorrectly dropped the ball on 15th hole yesterday, leading to an incorrect shot and an incorrect scorecard which he had signed at the end of the day.
As a result, Woods was potentially up for disqualification from the Masters, but thanks to a loophole, survived with just a two-stroke penalty to his name.
The current World No. 1 then went about rectifying that, and finished the day just four strokes back from the leaders with some fine shot-making. Whatever happens tomorrow with Woods and the green jacket, you can guarantee that the topic of his two-stroke penalty will arise.
Especially if loses by just a shot or two.
Rory McIlroy's Spectacular Fade
It seemed only inevitable given his famous fade in years gone by, but once again, Rory McIlroy collapsed in spectacular fashion at Augusta National.
The former world No. 1 (who already lost that title to Woods earlier in the year) shot a stunning seven-over par 79 in the third round—complete with a triple-bogey on the 11th and a double on the 15th—to sit a staggering 12 shots off the pace heading into Sunday.
McIlroy will surely just be playing for pride and to get his head in a good place on the final day. For it certainly wasn't in a good place on Saturday, and it led to one of the more spectacular fades seen since his infamous slide at the 2011 Masters.
The Emergence of Angel Cabrera
Currently sitting at No. 273 on the Official World Golf Ranking, few expected that unfit, balding Argentinian Angel Cabrera would be in prime position heading into Sunday's action at Augusta—and yet here he is.
The 43-year-old has been superb through all three rounds of the tournament so far, and continued that with another strong showing on Saturday. His consistency and talent have kept him in good stead thus far, and if he can continue that on the final day, he may well emerge victorious—adding to his 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters victories.
Having never won a non-major event on the PGA Tour, winning his third major would be a simply incredible achievement from Cabrera.
Top Storylines to Follow Heading into Sunday
Can Jason Day, Adam Scott or Marc Leishman Pull Through?
No Australian has ever won at Augusta National before, but it seems that 2013 will be their best chance to break their Masters hoodoo, with three golfers all in contention after Saturday's action.
Marc Leishman, Jason Day and Adam Scott all sit inside the top five heading into the final round, and with Day and Scott in particular known for their dominance in the last round, could well challenge the rest of the field for the green jacket here.
Both Day and Scott had a memorable final day at the 2011 Masters—barely missing out on the coveted jacket—and if they can bring that form again on Sunday once more, they'll certainly come close to breaking their country's losing streak this year.
Are We Set for a Tiger Woods Comeback?
Four shots is not a lot to make up when you're the best golfer in the world, and the entire field is nervous about what you might do on the final day.
Tiger Woods will have the world watching once more as he tees off on Sunday, and with a great track record at Augusta National, will no doubt back himself to bridge the gap to the leaders. Which, given the form he's shown at times throughout the tournament so far, could well become a reality.
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Tiger Woods: enters Sunday with 4 wins in PGA Tour events in which he trailed by 4 shots entering final round (last: 2012 Memorial)4/14/2013, 12:35:13 AM
The World No. 1 will have the added incentive of making up the two-shot penalty he suffered after Friday's action, and will be desperate to prove that he deserves the tag line of being the best in the world. If he can cause a stunning revival and comeback on Sunday, he'll certainly do just that.
Will it be another green jacket for Woods, or will the likes of Snedeker and Cabrera—or anyone else in the field—emerge with the 2013 Masters title to their name?
I guess we'll find out soon enough.
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