Even though the leaders don't tee off until later on Saturday, there is plenty of action taking place on the course at the 2014 Masters to keep fans in front of the television set.
Moving day is always noteworthy at Augusta. It's the time where leaders separate themselves from the pack or someone who has been lurking in the shadows on Thursday and Friday finally puts it all together for that one perfect round.
Whatever happens during the third round of the Masters, we will be here to break it all down. Here is an early look at the leaderboard for the third round. These are the best rounds of Saturday, so it doesn't include players who haven't teed off at the time of this writing.
We will also examine what the early scores from Saturday have to say about the rest of the day and the implications heading into Sunday's final round.
|Player||Round 3 Score (Hole)||Overall|
|Gary Woodland||-7 (10)||-4|
|Ian Poulter||-3 (5)||-1|
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||-3 (10)||E|
|Hunter Mahan||-2 (3)||E|
|Rickie Fowler||-1 (5)||+1|
|Justin Rose||-1 (3)||+1|
|Jason Day||-1 (11)||+3|
|Steve Stricker||E (1)||+1|
|Mike Weir||E (1)||+1|
|Vijay Singh||E (2)||+2|
|Bernhard Langer||E (2)||+2|
|Chris Kirk||E (9)||+3|
|Martin Kaymer||E (9)||+3|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||E (11)||+4|
|K.J. Choi||+1 (1)||+2|
|Bill Haas||+1 (7)||+3|
|Steven Bowditch||+1 (5)||+3|
|Francesco Molinari||+1 (8)||+4|
|Thongchai Jaidee||+1 (7)||+4|
|Larry Mize||+2 (2)||+4|
|Darren Clarke||+2 (11)||+6|
|Sandy Lyle||+3 (11)||+7|
|Thorbjorn Olesen||+3 (7)||+5|
|Billy Horschel||+3 (10)||+6|
|Oliver Goss||+3 (8)||+6|
|Nick Watney||+3 (7)||+6|
|Joost Luiten||+5 (12)||+9|
Best Performance: Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland, with eagle on No. 2, is 4-under for the day through 7, 1-under for @The_Masters— David Scott (@davidscott14) April 12, 2014
Gary Woodland is having what we in the business like to call a "day." The American has vaulted up the leaderboard with a stellar six-under par performance through the first nine holes, including an eagle on No. 2 and birdies on holes one, six, eight and nine.
There was a lot of concern for Woodland after the way he ended Friday, bogeying the last four holes to push his score all the way up to 77. It turns out that was just a blip on the radar, at least thus far, as he's turned up his game in a big way.
Woodland still has a long way to go before he can see Bubba Watson, who's currently leading the field at seven under, but at this rate, it appears a top-10 spot heading into Sunday is in the cards.
Biggest Disappointment: Rory McIlroy
What's the biggest Saturday story?
Rory McIlroy's disappointment on Saturday is actually a continuation of how he played on Friday (77). There was optimism for the 24-year-old following a one-under par 71 on Thursday, but that's fallen apart in a hurry.
The Masters has been the sight of McIlroy's greatest collapse and heartbreak, though it also served as a springboard to his victory at the U.S. Open in 2011. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case this time.
McIlroy has been all over the place this season with three top-10 finishes in six PGA Tour events. He came into the Masters on a roll, shooting a 65 in the final round at the Shell Houston Open last week.
Unfortunately, that turned out to be a mirage instead of a turning point.
Given the stellar performance of Woodland, as well as the seven other players currently under par, it appears that there are low scores to be found today. That's good news for Watson, who has been mistake-free for most of the tournament, with the exception of two bogeys on Friday.
It also means that we should expect to see a wild Sunday, because if players are able to keep scores in the 68-69 range, and if Watson happens to stumble, that three-shot lead is going to evaporate in a hurry.
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