Pressure ratchets up Saturday at the 73rd Masters as players jockey to get fit for a green jacket.
Heres what to look for in the third round at Augusta National:
Chad Campbell is in position to live up to all the promise his fellow tour pros saw in him when they voted him most likely to break through and win a major as part of a Sports Illustrated poll.
That was six years ago.
As co-leader of the Masters with Kenny Perry, Campbell knows how important Saturdays third round is if hes going to break through.
Campbell was the 36-hole leader at the 2006 Masters, but he doesnt like to be reminded what happened in back then. He shot 75 in the third round, but he still had a chance to win. Campbells hopes were dashed when he hit his approach into the water at the 15th, which cleared the way for Phil Mickelson to march to his second Masters title.
Like to forget, Campbell said.
Campbell had another chance to win a major back at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in 2003. He got beat on the final hole after Shaun Micheel hit a spectacular 7-iron to within three inches for a tap-in birdie.
At 48 years and eight months, if Perry goes on to win the Masters, he will become the oldest player to win a major, surpassing Julius Boros, who was 48 years and four months old when he won the PGA Championship at Pecan Valley Country Club in 1948.
Perry isnt typically at the top of the list in conversations about whos the best player who hasnt won a major, but maybe he should be with 13 PGA Tour titles.
Perry credits his father with instilling his competitive instincts, saying his dad, Ken, whos 85 now, used to whip him at everything form card games to golf.
He would just pound on me. Perry said of his youth. He says, `Im going to beat you till I die. He was relentless. He was ruthless. He was a smart man. He knew it was going to make me tough. Thats all he was trying to do was make me tougher.
When Tiger Woods wins the Masters, its after a big move in the third round.
In all four of his Masters victories, Woods made a charge on moving day. His third-round scoring average in his four victories is 66.0.
Woods, though, is seven shots back and tied for 19th after shooting 72 on Friday.
Woods has never come from that far back after two rounds to win the Masters. He was first after two rounds in 97, second in 01, fourth in 02 and third in 05.
Woods has never come from more than six shots back after two rounds to win any major.
Anthony Kims record 11 birdies Friday gives him a chance to become the first player to win the Masters in his first appearance since 1979. Kim made his move in the second round as Fuzzy Zoeller played his final Masters' round. Zoeller is the last player to win the Masters in his first appearance. Kims 65 Friday moved him into a tie for sixth, five shots back.
U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger predicted that the Americans would carry the momentum from their victory last fall into their individual games in the coming year.
Were seeing that on a Masters leaderboard littered with American players.
Campbell and Perry, the co-leaders, are among seven U.S. Ryder Cuppers who are tied for 11th or better.
Anthony Kim and Jim Furyk are among those tied for sixth with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan among those tied for 11th.
Past Masters champions Sandy Lyle (T-19) and Larry Mize (T-28) unexpectedly earned the right to play the weekend by making the cut. Some other big names disappointed when they failed to do so. Greg Norman wont be around this weekend, having likely made his final Masters appearance. Ernie Els wont be, either, missing his third consecutive Masters cut. Retief Goosen, Adam Scott, Fred Couples and Zach Johnson also failed to advance to the weekend.