by Jeff Skinner
What a Saturday at The Masters. Things were moving so fast and furious I had to keep telling myself that this is Saturday, not Sunday at The Masters. The third round saw plenty of players make significant moves up the leaderboard and with Bubba Watson giving up his four stroke lead and giving it up early. Several players now have a chance at the green jacket.
Bubba’s two over 74 which included a great up and down at eighteen helped him keep his share of the lead. Twenty year old Jordan Spieth shot two under par to climb into that tie with Bubba at five under par. But there are thirteen players under par and each of them has a legitimate shot at this title.
The day got off to a rousing start with Gary Woodlawn tying the front nine record with a sizzling 30. Fifty year old Miguel Angel Jimenez kept the excitement going when he shot the lowest round of the week with a 66 and tied the low round for a player over fifty.
However, all of the fine play by the contenders would have been moot if Bubba had the same game he played with the first two rounds. He didn’t. He bogeyed the opening hole for the first time this week but stopped the bleeding with an immediate eagle on the second. He then wavered a bit with three bogeys in the next five holes and The 2014 Masters had become a horse race, a horse race with plenty of thoroughbreds chomping at the bit.