April 9 2011
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM Managing Editor
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The focus headed into Saturday's third round of the Masters obviously is on the two youngsters at the top of the leaderboard -- 21-year-old tournament leader Rory McIlroy and his 23-year-old playing partner, Jason Day, who's two shots behind – as well as the looming presence of Tiger Woods, who will be in the penultimate pairing with K.J. Choi, three shots off the lead.
Lots of attention will also be paid to Lee Westwood, last year's runner-up who is five shots behind; Fred Couples, the 51-year-old who always makes noise at Augusta National; and Phil Mickelson, the defending champ who's eight shots back and needs to make a move.
That means a lot of other players – world-class players -- will start the round flying under the radar.
Here's a look at five veterans who could rise up the leaderboard while the others deal with the pressure.
GEOFF OGILVY -- The 2006 U.S. Open champ has never finished in the top 10 in five previous Masters starts, but he's only four shots off the lead. He and McIlroy are the only two players who posted rounds in the 60s in each of the first two days.
Y.E. YANG -- Like Ogilvy, he has major credentials, having won the 2009 PGA Championship. This is the second consecutive year the Korean has played well at Augusta National; he finished tied for eighth last year. He enters Saturday tied for seventh, five shots off the pace.
LUKE DONALD -- The Englishman put on a dominant performance in winning the world Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, and he quietly moved up the leaderboard on Friday with a 68, leaving him six shots behind. With a hot hand this year, he was one of the favorites coming into this week.
JIM FURYK -- The reigning FedExCup champion has struggled this year, and with a less-than-spectacular track record at Augusta National (just four top 10s in 14 previous starts), expectations were low. But like Donald, he shot 68 on Friday and is six shots back. Not sure if he keep up that pace Saturday, but do you really want to count him out?
ANGEL CABRERA -- The 2009 Masters champ starts the day seven shots off the lead. He has shot 69 in the third round in the previous two years here, and another 69 on Saturday might give him a fighting chance on Sunday.
So, who's your favorite flying-under-the-radar player going into Saturday? Is it one of the players above or somebody else on the leaderboard? Fill out the form below and let us know.