After a day overshadowed by the two-shot penalty assessed to Tiger Woods, American Brandt Snedeker, who could not hold back tears after missing out on a chance to win the Masters in 2008, and Argentinian Angel Cabrera, the gregarious 2009 Masters champion, are tied for the lead at the Masters at -7 after both shot -3 in their rounds on Saturday.
They will be in the final pairing on Sunday.
The Argentinian and 2009 Masters winner birdied the 18th hole to finish at -7 for the tournament and -3 for the day.
Cabrera, the happy-go-lucky golfer who just grips it it and rips it, is well-liked by nearly everyone on tour and has a swing and game that is well-suited for Augusta, a place that seems to revive him every year.
Snedeker, who broke down in tears after shooting a 77 after making the final pairing on Sunday in the 2008 Masters, shot a bogey-free 69 to finish at -7 for the tournament and -3 for the day.
The tournament, as was evident by his reaction in 2008, means everything to Snedeker, and he will have to calm his nerves on Sunday, as he indicated in a post-round interview in which he said he cannot be tempted to go after every pin on the course, which is something he has learned since 2008.
“I would trade all of my PGA Tour wins for this one tournament,” Snedeker said.
Snedeker and Cabrera lead a trio of Australians. Adam Scott is at -6. Marc Leishman is at -5. And Jason Day, the 25-year-old Australian who had started the day in the lead and led for most of the day, is at -5 after uncharacteristically bogeying the final two holes after three-putting both greens.
Woods shot a two-under 70 and is 3 for the tournament. He could easily be tied for the lead. He had a two-shot penalty assessed retroactively on Saturday morning, had a lip out after the ball circled around the hole, and barely missed an eagle put on the 15th hole.