Snedeker, Cabrera share Masters lead; Woods 4 back


After what can only be described as an 'eventful' day at Augusta National, a crowded leaderboard has thinned out. Here's the skinny heading into the final round at the Masters, where two players share the lead while three Australians remain close behind: 

The leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker (-7), Angel Cabrera (-7), Adam Scott (-6), Jason Day (-5), Marc Leishman (-5), Matt Kuchar (-4), Tiger Woods (-3)

What it means: Low scores appeared available early in the day, but none of the leaders were able to distance themselves, as the afternoon became largely dominated by pars rather than birdies. Snedeker was able to rally with a solid second nine, while Cabrera, despite entering the week ranked 269th in the world, put himself in position for a second green jacket and third overall major.

Round of the day: One of the first players out Saturday, Tim Clark began his third round on fire, carding five birdies across his first seven holes. The South African would add two more on the back nine, ultimately carding a 5-under 67, despite a closing bogey. Clark, who was a runner-up at Augusta in 2006, will begin the final round tied for seventh at 3 under, just four shots off the pace.

Best of the rest: After opening with a 6-over 78 Thursday, it appeared Nick Watney was destined for an early exit this week. Watney rebounded with a 3-under 69 and then did one better on Saturday thanks to a sizzling second nine. Watney played holes 11-16 in 6 under, including an eagle at the par-5 13th. He moved up 34 spots on the leaderboard for his efforts, and will begin Sunday tied for 14th at 1 under.

Biggest disappointment: With a birdie on the third hole, Rory McIlroy moved to 3 under overall and appeared poised to make a move toward his first green jacket. The former world No. 1 fell apart on the back nine, though, shooting an inward 42 that included a triple-bogey 7 on the 11th hole and a double-bogey 7 at No. 15. McIlroy fell into a tie for 44th after his 7-over 79 Saturday, and has now had at least one round of 77 or higher each of the last four years at Augusta National.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Is the green jacket finally heading Down Under? While an Australian has never won the Masters, three will begin the final round with a legitimate chance to win, including Scott just one shot behind the co-leaders.

Shot of the day: Bunkered short and right of the green on the par-3 fourth, Clark was facing bogey. His blast to a back right pin landed softly in the middle of the green, though, and ultimately rolled into the hole for an unexpected birdie. The hole-out was the first of four birdies in a row for the South African, and helped spur him to low round of the day honors.

Quote of the day: 'I’ve spent 32 years of my life preparing for tomorrow. I’m going to be disappointed if I don’t win. Period.' – Snedeker, after a bogey-free 69 Saturday gave him a share of the lead.