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The U.S. Open at Augusta National

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2007
Categories: PGA TourTiger Woods

Saturday at The Masters

Masters Identity Crisis – Augusta National thinks it’s hosting the U.S. Open

Augusta National released even more fury on the field today, bringing all players to their knees except the one lone player under par: Retief Goosen. Average score today: 77.35. In the history of The Masters there has never been as high of a leading score after Saturday as in 2007, two over par.

Since 1991 the winner of The Masters has come from the final pairing on Sunday. Somehow, some way Tiger Woods ended up in the final group despite another bogey-bogey finish and a round of 72. Tiger is in the final group at The Masters, where he’s never lost.

A blonde Aussie leads The Masters going into Sunday

A blonde haired Australian leads going into Sunday at The Masters and Nick Faldo is suiting up! No I’m not talking about Greg Norman. Stuart Appleby somehow managed jump up 7 spots to the lead by shooting two over for the day. When is the last time a two over round shot someone up the leaderboard, let alone into first place? What is this the U.S. Open?

Had Appleby not experienced a total meltdown on 17 with a triple bogey he’d be way ahead of the field.

I have my doubts about Appleby managing to win. Watching his “yippie” putter falter last week on three footers in the Houston Open makes me think the pressure might be too much Sunday. This is not the Houston Open, this is not Redstone. This is The Masters. This is Augusta National!

Brett Who?

Remember Brett Wetterich? You know, the guy who led yesterday? He managed to shot +11 for the day and drop to 22nd place at +9. Adios.

In the hunt

Players like Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen who were in the clubhouse at +6 may have thought they were out of the hunt, but they’re not. Even players at +7 like David Toms and Vijay Singh could win. Oh wait, Tiger is in the last group… Perhaps not.

Dark horses

Vaughn Taylor and Zach Johnson are in great position at +4 to have a chance.

Comments on Saturday

As I’m trying to figure out how to end this commentary on Saturday’s Masters I just can’t help thinking how brutal it was today. Vijay in the water on 12…Ogilvy going in the water multiple times on 15 etc. This is a Masters like I haven’t seen and I look forward to tomorrow.

Leaderboard

Place
Start
Player Today Total R1 R2 R3 218
1
7
Stuart Appleby +2 +1 75 70 73 218
T2
2
Justin Rose +3 +3 69 75 75 219
T2
13
Tiger Woods E +3 73 74 72 219
T4
1
Vaughn Taylor +4 +5 71 72 77 220
T4
Zach Johnson +4 +4 71 73 76 220
T4
4
Padraig Harrington +4 +3 77 68 75 220
7
1
Bradley Dredge +5 +4 75 70 76 221
T8
7
Tim Clark +6 +8 71 71 80 222
T8
4
Jerry Kelly +6 +6 75 69 78 222
T8
6
Jim Furyk +6 +4 75 71 76 222
T8
7
Luke Donald +6 +3 73 74 75 222
T8
17
David Toms +6 +2 70 78 74 222
T8
19
Rory Sabbatini +6 +1 73 76 73 222
T8
19
Phil Mickelson +6 +1 76 73 73 222
T8
38
Retief Goosen +6 -2 76 76 70 222
T16
12
Vijay Singh +7 +7 73 71 79 223
T16
1
Jeev Milkha Singh +7 +4 72 75 76 223
T16
1
Dean Wilson +7 +4 75 72 76 223
T19
11
Lucas Glover +8 +7 74 71 79 224
T19
4
Paul Casey +8 +5 79 68 77 224
T19
14
K. J. Choi +8 +2 75 75 74 224
T19
27
Lee Westwood +8 E 79 73 72 224
T23
22
Brett Wetterich +9 +11 69 73 83 225
T23
8
Mark Calcavecchia +9 +6 76 71 78 225
T23
2
Henrik Stenson +9 +5 72 76 77 225
T26
18
Geoff Ogilvy +10 +9 75 70 81 226
T26
11
Craig Stadler +10 +7 74 73 79 226
T26
11
Tom Pernice Jr. +10 +7 75 72 79 226
T26
1
J.J. Henry +10 +5 71 78 77 226
T26
1
Davis Love III +10 +5 72 77 77 226
T26
7
Ian Poulter +10 +4 75 75 76 226
T26
7
Scott Verplank +10 +4 73 77 76 226
T26
20
Rod Pampling +10 +2 77 75 74 226
T34
26
David Howell +11 +10 70 75 82 227
T34
19
Mike Weir +11 +8 75 72 80 227
T34
7
Yong-Eun Yang +11 +6 75 74 78 227
T34
7
Jose Maria Olazabal +11 +6 74 75 78 227
T34
1
Stephen Ames +11 +5 76 74 77 227
T34
6
Aaron Baddeley +11 +4 79 72 76 227
T34
6
John Rollins +11 +4 77 74 76 227
T34
12
Stewart Cink +11 +3 77 75 75 227
T34
12
Rich Beem +11 +3 71 81 75 227
T34
12
Charles Howell III +11 +3 75 77 75 227
T44
2
Miguel Angel Jimenez +12 +4 79 73 76 228
T44
2
Adam Scott +12 +4 74 78 76 228
T46
13
Robert Karlsson +13 +7 77 73 79 229
T46
Niclas Fasth +13 +5 77 75 77 229
T48
33
Tim Herron +14 +11 72 75 83 230
T48
8
Jeff Sluman +14 +7 76 75 79 230
T48
2
Fred Couples +14 +6 76 76 78 230
T51
11
Shingo Katayama +15 +8 79 72 80 231
T51
5
Carl Pettersson +15 +7 76 76 79 231
T51
5
Fuzzy Zoeller +15 +7 74 78 79 231
T51
5
Brett Quigley +15 +7 76 76 79 231
T51
5
Angel Cabrera +15 +7 77 75 79 231
T56
16
Trevor Immelman +16 +9 74 77 81 232
T56
10
Sandy Lyle +16 +8 79 73 80 232
T58
25
Ben Crenshaw +18 +12 76 74 84 234
T58
25
Arron Oberholser +18 +12 74 76 84 234
T58
18
Billy Mayfair +18 +11 76 75 83 234
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