Tiger Woods played well enough to keep him in Masters contention

Moving Day at the Masters

Tiger Woods played well enough to keep him in Masters contention

Jason Day played 12 holes of par golf.  On the par 5 thirteenth, he finally got a birdie, placing him 7 strokes under par for the tournament and the sole leader, until Brandt Snedeker sunk a birdie on 16 that tied Jason.

On what must have been an extremely emotional day for Tiger Woods, he played well enough to keep him in contention for the final day.  After being texted late last night by the Masters rules committee, he met with them at 8 o’clock this morning.  Until Tiger admitted in a post-game interview that the drop he made on the 15th hole Friday was illegal, they had not considered it so.  Therefore, disqualification was never a consideration.  But he did get an additional penalty stroke, placing him at one under going into Saturday’s play.

He played fairly well, considering the distractions.  If I thought the 15th was unlucky yesterday, the 8th hole today may have come close to matching it.  He had a short putt for a birdie.  The ball circled the cup for about 450 degrees, before finally settling to the right of the hole.  Another thing I had never seen before.  Some justice did happen for him today, he birdied the 15th.  He will start Sunday at 3 under par.

Miguel Angel Cabrera, the 41-year-old Spaniard continued to charge.  Paired with Snedeker, he completed his day at 7 under par, tied with Snedeker who continued to show me he’s the best golfer in the world.

Jason Day faltered with bogeys on the 17th and 18th, to fall to five under par, and 2 strokes off of the lead.

Sunday at Augusta can be won by any one of 10 golfers in contention.  Augusta is an unforgiving course.  For example, 53 year old Fred Couples had his problems today, dropping from first place to even par for the tournament, and out of contention for a win.

Tiger Woods’ great career has failed to witness one distinctive event, a come from behind win on the final day of a major tournament.

Coverage begins on CBS at 11 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express