The Masters 2013: Tiger Woods and Biggest Threats to Leaders on Day 4

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The Masters 2013: Tiger Woods and Biggest Threats to Leaders on Day 4
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As we enter the final day of play at the 2013 Masters from Augusta National, leaders Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker find themselves holding just a one-stroke lead over the field.

Both men posted rounds of 69 on Saturday to further cement themselves as leaders heading into Day 4, but with plenty of competition breathing down their necks, there are plenty of golfers ready to steal the show in the final round.

Let's take a look at the current leaderboard and a few players who pose the biggest threat to Cabrera and Snedeker in Round 4 of the 2013 Masters.

 

Jason Day (-5)

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Even after somewhat of a poor round on Saturday, I'm not ready to count Jason Day out of the running to win the 2013 Masters, especially not after the way he led for most of the first two days.

After shooting scores of 70 and 68 on Thursday and Friday, Day posted a 73 in Round 3 on Saturday and now trails leaders Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker by two strokes heading into the final push on Sunday.

All in all, Day's Saturday performance wasn't all that bad—it was back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes of his round that resulted in the one-over score for the day.

The 18th hole has given Day some trouble here at Augusta—he's bogeyed the hole two out of three days—which will be something to watch for if he climbs his way back up the leaderboard and is depending on a clutch performance at 18.  

 

Matt Kuchar (-4)

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American Matt Kuchar has flown somewhat under the radar at Augusta National, quietly sitting three shots off the lead following a 69 in Round 3 on Saturday.

The 34-year-old opened up the tournament with a 68 on Thursday, birdying six holes and showing great poise in the early going at Augusta. A second-round score of 75 on Friday is what has Kuchar in sixth place, but the majority of his performance in the 2013 Masters proves that he's a contender on Day 4.

He's not going to out-drive the field or wow fans with monster tee shots, but Kuchar has been excellent at finding the fairway and taking smart approaches on second shots.

If he repeats his play from Saturday, Kuchar could be donning the first green jacket of his career on Sunday.


Adam Scott (-6)

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Just one shot off the lead heading into the final round of play, Adam Scott is seeking his first-ever win at Augusta National.

Scott's first and third rounds are what have him in prime position to steal the show on Sunday, posting rounds of 69 to go with an even 72 in Friday's Round 2 play.

If you're looking for something to focus on regarding Scott's game, pay particularly close attention to the back nine. The 32-year-old has been excellent at Augusta on the back nine, scoring six birdies and just one bogey over his first three rounds on the 10th through 18th holes.

If Scott can hang in there on the front nine and stay relevant when he gets to the 10th hole, he could very well be considered the favorite when he begins the back nine on Sunday.


Tiger Woods (-3)

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If it weren't for the two-stroke penalty for an illegal drop on the 15th hole in Round 2, Tiger Woods would be just two shots off the lead and that much closer to an astonishing fifth win at Augusta National.

Instead, Woods sits at three-under and will have to make a Tiger-like run on Sunday to further his chances at winning another green jacket.

The resiliency that Woods displayed in his third round is why he's still considered a favorite to pull off the improbable come-from-behind win on Sunday. He put the penalty behind him and shot two under on Saturday to trim the lead and put himself in contention on the final day of play.

It's not going to be an easy feat, but if there's anyone who can pull it off, it's Tiger Woods.

 

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