April 10 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In 1997, when Tiger Woods was 21 years old, he won the Masters in dominating fashion thanks to a third-round 65 that separated him from the field. Since then, only one player, Trevor Immelman, has entered the third round of the Masters with sole possession of the lead and then played the third round under par -- until Saturday when Rory McIlroy shot 70 to open up a four-shot lead. That’s the biggest lead entering the final round here since, you guessed it, Woods in 1997.
· Adam Scott got himself back into contention in the third round with a 67. Scott has dominated the par-5s this week at Augusta National -- especially the par-5 13th, which he’s played in 5 under. Since 1992, three others have played a single hole at the Masters in 5 under through three rounds: Retief Goosen (2008), Bernhard Langer (2000) and Phil Mickelson (2010), all of whom played the 15th hole in 5 under. Scott has also played all of the par-5s in 11 under through three rounds. In the last 20 years, only two other golfers, Woods in 2010 and Greg Norman in 1995, have played the par-5s here in at least 11 under.
· Angel Cabrera, who won here just two years ago, is in contention again after his 67 Saturday. Cabrera’s round included six birdies and only one bogey. For a player who seems to rise to the occasion in major championships, however, Cabrera has had only two previous rounds in his major career where he had six or more birdies or better and one or fewer holes played over par.
· If Woods is going to win a fifth Green Jacket, he’ll have to come from a record seven shots back. Woods’ 2-over 73 on Saturday marked just the second time in his career that he’s been over par in the third round here at Augusta National.