Brandt Snedeker finally looks healthy again and as predicted, now looks to win his first Major Tournament. Snedeker posted a bogey-free round of 3-under-par 69. After opening with 12 pars, he birdied both par 5s and and the par-3 16th to take the lead.
Former Masters Champion, Angel Cabrera joined him at 7-under overall with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole, capping off a round in which he twice made bogey on the par 5s.
Tiger Woods was the talk around the world on Saturday after it was assessed that he took an illegal dropped on Friday at the 15th hole when his approach shot hit the pin and rolled into the water. The Masters association slapped Woods with a 2-stroke penalty but did not disqualify him for signing an incorrect scorecard because their tour officials did not catch the error either.
They instead chose to enact rule 33 which states that disqualification can be waived at the committee’s discretion. However, a decision that accompanies this rule says that the committee would not be justified to waive the DQ if it was a result of the player’s ignorance of the rules or if he could have reasonably discovered his mistake before signing his scorecard.
The internet erupted calling for Tiger Woods to withdraw from the tournament, which I believe would have been the wrong decision. Woods was never notified of the incorrect drop, and I completely agree with Nick Watney who said, “I’m sure he feels terrible about it and I believe 100 percent that he didn’t do anything on purpose.”
From a fan’s perspective, I would have been very disappointed if Woods withdrew, and I’m sure it would have turned away a lot of other viewers who already believe that professional golf is too rules heavy.
Woods was properly penalized and like a true champion, did not let the hiccup distract him. He was 1 over par after 11 hole before rattling off three birdies (Nos. 12, 13 and 15) to jump back into the top 10. The 15th hole caused Woods a bit more trouble on Saturday when his eagle putt just missed left. Woods currently sits 3-under-par through 54 holes and is 4-strokes behind the lead.
Australian Adam Scott shot 3-under-par for the day to put himself one stroke behind the leaders and in contention to be the first Australian to win the Masters.
Same can’t be said for other top golfers who let Augusta National get the better of them on Saturday. Jim Furyk (+2), Justin Rose (+3), Freddie Couples (+5), Dustin Johnson (+2), Jason Dufner (+3), Luke Donald (+3), KJ Choi (+5), Rory McIlroy (+7) and Phil Mickelson (+5) all fell out of contention after poor third rounds.
McIlroy was in the top 10 early in the afternoon but ultimately finished with a 79 on the day after a triple bogey and a double bogey on the final nine holes. McIlroy is T-44th at 5-over-par, 12 shots behind the leaders.
China’s 14-year-old, Tianlang Guan, finished his round with a 77 and is sitting 3rd to last ahead of Lyle and Keegan Bradley who shot an atrocious 10-over-par for the day.
Final round kicks off tomorrow. Checkout the tee times here!