Blazing front nine propels Clark
Tim Clark put himself in contention with 5-under 67, his best round among 35 at Augusta National. Clark, whose lone PGA Tour victory is the 2010 Players Championship, shot 5-under 31 through the front nine before leveling off, including a bogey at No. 18, and stood at 3 under for the tournament, four shots off the lead. "The front nine, the greens are somewhat receptive," the South African said. "So I was able to get some birdies early and sort of try and hang on." Before Saturday, Clark had just two rounds in the 60s in 11 Masters starts. One came in 2006, a final-round 69 to finish second to Phil Mickelson. "I played smart shots," Clark said of Saturday's round. "I didn't go at every flag."
Divergent golfers sit atop leaderboard
Brandt Snedeker has never won a major. Angel Cabrera has won two. Snedeker, who was born in Nashville and graduated from Vanderbilt (in Nashville), sits at No. 5 in the world rankings. Cabrera, from Argentina, sits at No. 269. Today, the co-leaders make up the final pairing. Snedeker and Cabrera shot 3-under 69 Saturday on a tough day for going low, the greens firming up in the sunny weather, to sit at 7-under 209. In consecutive weeks earlier this year, Snedeker, 32, was runnerup to Tiger Woods, runnerup to Phil Mickelson and won at Pebble Beach. After opening with 12 pars Saturday, he birdied both par 5s and sent his tee shot to 4 feet for birdie at No. 16. "I've spent 32 years of my life getting ready for (today)," said Snedeker, who has gone 27 holes without a bogey. "I'm going to be disappointed if I don't win. Period. I'm not here to get a good finish. I'm here to win." Cabrera, 43, bogeyed two par 5s as well as a par 3. But he made six birdies, capped by a 12-foot putt at No. 18. Cabrera has only two wins during his career, the 2009 Masters and 2007 U.S. Open. "I'm very comfortable," he said through an interpreter. "I know what I've got to be able to do (today) to get the win."
It's not a matter of if, but when for McIlroy
With Saturday's 7-over 79, Rory McIlroy has a round of 76 or worse in each of his Masters except his first, in 2009:
Year No. Rd.FinishScore
2012 77 * 3rd T40 5 over
2011 80 4th T154 under
2010 77 2nd Cut 7 over
* Also shot 76 in the fourth round
Teenager struggles but remains upbeat
Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old from China who made the cut Friday despite a one-stroke penalty for slow play, shot 5-over 77, his highest score of the tournament. But he capped his day with a 60-foot putt to save par. Guan, who earned his invitation when he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur last year, said he wasn't disappointed. "It's just a great week for me, and I really enjoy it," said Guan, who has clinched low amateur honors for the tournament. "People here are nice, and I learned a lot from the top players. I think I played pretty good rounds these three days. It's really great." Rules officials kept a close eye on his play Saturday. He was never put on the clock, as he was Friday, but told at least twice on the back nine to pick up his pace. Guan's player partner, Thorbjorn Oleson, said he didn't think the teen was lollygagging.
Information from Times wires, pgatour.com and golfchannel.com was used in this report.
Friday's contenders falter down the stretch
Jason Day held the lead he took into Saturday for most of the round. At one point, he went 18 holes without a bogey. But he missed short par putts at Nos. 17 and 18 to shoot 1-over 73 and sit two off the lead. Day's playing partner, Fred Couples, who started one behind, was even for the round after a birdie at No. 13. But he bogeyed Nos. 14 and 15. And after a par at No. 16 came a triple bogey at No. 17. He finished at 5-over 77 and was tied for 18th at par 216.
Tweet of the day
"Am I the only one who woke up seeing 'DQ' on a bunch of tweets and thought that something had happened w Dairy Queen?"
Retired tennis pro Andy Roddick, on the Twitter fervor over the possible disqualification of Tiger Woods