Masters 2013 Leaderboard: Updates on Golf's Top Stars on Day 4

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 13:  Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Heading into the final day of the Masters, many big names are far down the leaderboard. Still, some lesser-known stars will use this opportunity to step into the limelight.

Brandt Snedeker has won plenty of tournaments over the years, but he is still in search of his first major title. Heading into Round 4 with a share of the lead is a good place to start.

Also tied for the lead is Angel Cabrera, who has struggled in recent years since winning the green jacket in 2009. However, he usually plays well at Augusta and has the experience necessary to pull off a win.

Meanwhile, favorites to win it all, like Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, find themselves with early tee times on Sunday after poor performances in the first three rounds.

Here is a look at how the stars are faring on Day 4 at Augusta.


Phil Mickelson (+8)

After being disappointed with his 71 in the first round, Phil Mickelson said that he was "giving the course too much respect" and that he had to "get after these pins," according to David Westin of the Augusta Chronicle.

Unfortunately, this aggressiveness did not work out as planned. In the next two rounds, Mickelson hit a 76 and 77 to fall completely out of contention.

Lefty has not finished worse than tied for 27th at the Masters since missing the cut in 1997. Unless he turns things around on Sunday, this will be one of his worst showings in his career at Augusta.


Rory McIlroy (+5)

The Masters has never been kind to Rory McIlroy. His best showing at Augusta is tied for 15th, which makes this the only major where he has never finished at least in the top three.

His struggles on this course continued on Saturday as he shot a 79 to fall to five strokes over par after beginning the day in contention. On the back nine, he had a bogey, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey.

Starting the day 12 strokes off the lead might allow the 23-year-old star to relax and get back to the solid play that he is used to, so do not be surprised to see a round in the 60s on Sunday. However, this is one title that will continue to elude McIlroy for the time being.


Bubba Watson (+2)

It took a while for Bubba Watson to get comfortable playing as the defending champion, but he has steadily improved in each round to earn a respectable score of two over heading into the final day.

Unsurprisingly, he has been all over the place so far in this tournament. This was perfectly exemplified in the second round, where Watson finished with only four pars to go with seven birdies, six bogeys and a double-bogey.

Until he gets some consistency, he will continue to struggle on a weekly basis.

Watson can still drive the ball as well as anyone on tour, but it seems very unlikely at this point that he will be able to repeat as Masters champion.


Tiger Woods (-3)

The biggest star in the sport remains in the running for his 15th major title, but it will not be easy. Tiger Woods needed three birdies on the back nine on Saturday to just be four strokes off the lead.

He has performed well so far, but the putting that helped him earn three tournament wins in 2013 has not helped him here. He has been the best putter on tour this season, and he cannot afford to miss any more easy shots.

With six players ahead of him on the leaderboard, he will need to be almost flawless in the final round to move into first at any point. However, if anyone has the confidence and ability to do it, it is Woods.