Tiger made his move today, but then so did the guys ahead of him. The field, represented below by the chicken, is still alive. Sunday Tiger looms…
Tiger shot a Round best 4-under today, the first time he’d broken 70 at the Masters in 12 Rounds. Still, he missed several great opportunities on the greens, and, at 5-under for the Championship, is 6 strokes off the leader; some guy named Trevor Immelman.
Tiger had this to say about those missed chances to pounce: “If I had made a few more putts, I’d be right there, but I’m right there anyway.” Notwithstanding the fact that that simply doesn’t make any sense, the fact remains that Woods is, in fact, “right there”. How’s that for making sense?
I mean, he’s Tiger Woods, right? And tomorrow he’ll be Sunday Tiger Woods. You know, the one that wears the red shirt and has slightly better skill attributes. It’s his time to shine. He lives for this shit, and he certainly has a lot to live up to given all the hype he drew coming into this season. Don’t count him out. Yet…
Now for a brief general recap, though mildy Tiger infused:
-That guy, Trevor Immelman, still leads. He’s actually all alone at the top now. Might have something to do with that Death Stare CBS caught a few times. Couldn’t find a pic, but if you were watching you couldn’t have missed it. I actually had to leave the room the 2nd time they showed it. INTENSE. Anyway, he’s 11-under for the Championship and continues to laugh at Tiger on the inside (You know he is…).
-Brandt Snedeker, bounced back after looking like he was about to implode. Back-to-Back-to-Back bogeys on 11-13, and Snedeker looked DONE. He managed to compose himself, though, and birdied 3 of the last 4 holes to finish the day at 2-under. Snedeker remarked that his biggest dream in golf would be to beat Tiger in a playoff at a Major tournament. You never know. He’s 8-under overall and will be paired with that other guy, Trevor Immelman, for the final round.
-Yet another guy, Steve Flesch, the guy that still has the best Round of this Masters with a 67 in Round 2, went for 3-under today. He continues to impress and sits alone in 3rd place at 7-under.
-Ian Poulter was +3 today. Incidentally, he wasn’t wearing pink, teal or any pastels. The plaid pants were a nice touch though. Poulter’s at 2-under for the Championship.
-Once again, Woods is in 5th place, 6 shots back from Immelman, with Snedeker, Flesch, and Paul Casey in between. All the cats in front of Tiger have at least one critical thing in common: They’ve never won a major. With the exception of Flesch, they’re also all under the age of 31 (Casey is 30). How will they handle the pressure in Augusta tomorrow? A 6 shot cushion is a comfortable one, but it’s not insurmountable…
-The last guy to come back from 6 shots down in the final round of the Masters? Nick Faldo in 1996 (Greg Norman was the victim). “Tiger Woods in 2008 (some guy named Trevor Immelman was the victim)” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?