Third round of Masters supremely entertaining
They call it moving day at Augusta National Golf Club, and the leader board at the Masters had some dramatic shuffling on Saturday.
Of course, there was nothing more exhilarating that Phil Mickelson’s charge from five strokes down to one up in a matter of just a half hour. His eagle-eagle-birdie (near eagle) streak on 13, 14 and 15 is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at the Masters. To hole out on No. 14 and then almost do it again on the par-5 15th put Mickelson in prime position for his third green jacket.
Almost lost was how solidly Lee Westwood played. While Mickelson made his charge and actually took over the lead briefly, Westwood had yet to play 13-15, and when he did, he did what he was supposed to, making a couple of good birdies in the process. He also had a couple of great par saves, like the one on 18. In the end, it’s Westwood, who leads Mickelson by one at 12-under, whom they are chasing.
And then, of course, there’s Tiger Woods, who said he was “fighting it all day.” A solid birdie on the 18th put him right there. At four strokes back, no sane golf fan on the planet doesn’t think he can pull out a win tomorrow, although a lot of players are having solid tournaments, including K.J. Choi, who is tied with Woods at 8-under and will wind up playing all four days with him.
Sunday has the potential to be one of the most entertaining finishes of all time. I almost wish it would go to extra holes. I hate to see it end.
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