Tiger Woods was in hot water on the morning of the third round yesterday, after an illegal drop on the 15th for which he secured a bogey had the whole world talking, about whether the world number one would be disqualified.
After the Augusta rules committee met with Woods prior to the start of the third day, it was announced that he would not be disqualified, but would be given a two shot penalty, “rules are rules”.
Woods, must have had that playing on his mind throughout the round, but managed a strong finish to the back nine, birdying three out of the last seven holes to stay in the mix just four shots back from the leaders.
Rory McIlroy had a troubling day marking two sevens on his card in a disappointing round. He managed to get to -3 part way through his round before it fell to pieces as he finished up on +5, no way back now for Rory in the race for the green jacket.
Jason Day and Marc Leishman both had steady rounds finishing up both on -5 and well placed for Sunday after both being extremely impressive over the first two rounds. Fred Couples fell away after a score of +5 took him back to level par.
It was a very different story for Brandt Snedeker, Angel Cabrera, now joint leaders and Adam Scott yesterday however, as they all played some majestic golf at times to jump up to the top of the leaderboard.
Snedeker played a blemish free round of -3 and is looking strong coming into Sunday and will be in the last group along with Cabrera. Cabrera has been in this situation before having won a green jacket already in 2009, he also fell back from the top of the leaderboard on the final day with Rory McIlroy in 2011.
Tim Clark played the standout round of the day with an impressive score of -5 early in the day to keep him in the hunt after previously coming second in 2007.
England’s best hope Lee Westwood, is five shots back on -2.