Masters Day Three: A Little Bit of English
Tiger Woods is a pretty good golfer. Many times I'll see him disgusted with himself after hitting a shot that, while not immaculate, would make a golfer of my skill level absolutely ecstatic.
Today may have taken the cake though, as Tiger outdid himself after a particularly mediocre shot and the CBS microphones clearly picked up audio of "Tiger Woods...you suck!"
I think that assessment of golfing acumen is probably a bit harsh, but on the whole Moving Day certainly lived up to its name, as large shifts all over the leader board brought several familiar faces to the top of the heap.
Often amiable but largely unsuccessful major tournament regular Jerry Kelly, after playing two-over-par through seven holes of his third round, rattled off six birdies in the next eight holes to pull himself all the way into ninth place. He then solidified his round by managing to not bogey the 18th for the first time this weekend for a low round of 67.
Fred Couples also made a comeback, opening his day with back-to-back birdies en route to a 68 that put him all the way into tomorrow's third-to-last pairing. Joining him on the tee will be Hunter Mahan, who has been fairly erratic but still found a way to settle into a 68 of hos own.
The most impressive performance of the day came from Phil Mickelson. After an opening round 67 on Thursday, Lefty had to scramble on the back nine yesterday just to finish with a one-under-par 71, and it was uncertain what might become of him.
Not to worry, because he came ready today. Mickelson made numerous flawless approach shots early on and was solid if unspectacular overall, sitting at seven under par through 12 holes. Then the amazing happened.
Mickelson's approach shot on 15 rolled about a foot wide of the cup, which left him mere inches away from three consecutive eagles. As it wound up, Mickelson (-11) finished tied with Kelly for low round of the day and one shot back of the leader, and will face off with Lee Westwood (-12) of England in tomorrow's final pairing.
Even Tiger worked some magic, birdying four of the final six holes to pull himself back to -8 for the tournament and within contention heading into Sunday.