It's a pair of bulldogs duking it out in the final round of the 2009 Masters. Tenacious Kenny Perry and fearless Angel Cabrera share the round 3 lead, each at -11, two shots clear of 3rd round co-leader Chad Campbell. Cabrera's 69 today got him even with Perry. Cabrera is in position to be the 1st man in Masters' history to shoot all four rounds in the sixties. Perry was steady, if unspectacular and seemingly took what the course gave him. Campbell's back nine 38 cost him his portion of lead, lowlighted by a double bogey on the par three 16th hole. Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker posted excellent 68s to land at -8 and -7 respectively. Todd Hamilton, still playing in the 5th and final year of his Open Championship exemption was hanging tough at -6, tied with Shingo Katayama and Rory Sabbatini. Tim Clark was alone at -5. Full field scores.
Who's Still In It?
There's a pack at -4 consisting of Ames, Kim, Mahan, Mickelson, O'Hair, Poulter, Watney, Westwood, and Woods. The only shot they have is to break up into teams and play the final round as a scramble. 7 shots is too many to overcome on a relatively compliant Augusta and 9 players ahead of them is too many to climb over. If the leaders shoot par tomorrow a 65 from this group would earn them a tie and a playoff. Technically possible, just not going to happen. I'd call Furyk my sleeper pick if the leaders falter.
See you tomorrow on 18.