Tiger Woods got off to a great start with birdies on #2 and #3. Something distracted him in his swing on #4 tee and he commented “not in my swing.” Camera, sneeze.. who knows. Could have been a bird chirping over on the other side of the course. He’ll have a very difficult two putt ahead of him on #4 green.
Jason Day has bogeyed #1, leaving the group at -8.
Angel Cabrera and Rory McIlroy are just about to tee off.
Update: Tiger did miss the par putt on #4.
Cabrera and McIlroy have teed off. McIlroy is in the fairway and Cabrera is in the treeline left.
7 shots off the lead coming into Masters Sunday
I’ll admit that after Tiger’s 66 on Friday I wanted to jump on the Tiger is back bandwagon. Yesterday his irons were very good, especially that shot on 15 where he had to hit a massive hook around the trees and made it to the green from well over 200 yards.
But the killer instinct on the greens and amazing putting we used to see from Tiger isn’t there. Yes his speed was good and his lines near perfect. But at Augusta National, near perfect putting isn’t good enough.
After shooting a deflating 74 yesterday, I finally believe I have the correct answer for anyone who asks if Tiger is back. “Yes, he is way back.”
Thanks to Emily Kay for the inspiration on this post!
Below are the Sunday groupings and tee times for the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament. Click the read more link below to expose the table if you can’t see it.
Rory McIlroy ends the round with a four shot lead at -12. He’s paired with the amazing Angel Cabrera, who only seems to play well in majors.
Can McIlroy hold on to his 4 shot lead?
McIlroy hit some amazing shots on Saturday. His approach to 15 was a nicely shaped long iron which had to draw around the trees left. Mishit that shot and it is a watery grave. Net result is a birdie.
The very long downhill birdie putt McIlroy made on 17 was amazing. But he wouldn’t have even had the opportunity if he hadn’t hit another perfectly shaped draw around the trees on the left side of the fairway for his 2nd shot.
McIlroy’s putting has been good and great, but his ball striking is what has gotten him to this point. The tournament is his to win. Even shooting 2-3 under today should put it out of reach for just about anyone, unless we see a course record or close to it.
Group at -8
Below is the final Saturday leader board for the 2011 Masters Tournament. Rory McIlroy holds a four shot lead. Can he hold on to it Sunday?! Click the read more link to expose the table if you can’t see it.