Cabrera sets sights on second Green Jacket

4/14/2013 12:19:00 AM
Angel Cabrera   (Getty Images)
Angel Cabrera (Getty Images)

Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker share the lead going into the final round of the Masters Tournament after another whirlwind day at Augusta National.

Argentina’s 2009 winner Cabrera reached seven under par to join last year’s FedEx Cup winner Snedeker, while nine months after his Open Championship heartache Adam Scott has another shot at a first Major Championship.

Scott carded a third round of 69 to finish six under par, one shot behind the leaders.

And with compatriots Jason Day and Marc Leishman a shot behind in fourth, there is an excellent chance for Australia to break their Masters duck, 17 years after Greg Norman was denied by Sir Nick Faldo after taking a six shot lead in the final round.

"It's huge, to win the Masters would be incredible," said Scott, who was joint second here with Day in 2011. "It would be great for Australia and we have never looked better odds-wise other than that one Sunday in 1996.

"I don't think I need to do much different. If I am in the same position tomorrow as I was at the Open then I am obviously playing an incredible round and I will be just trying to finish the job.

"It's going to take a great round. There are too many great players right there. I'm going to need a career round and that's what these big events do for someone. It's a career round that makes them a champion."

Snedeker, who shared the lead in the final round in 2008 but faded to a 77 to finish third, carded a bogey-free 69 on Saturday, starting with 12 pars before picking up birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th.

The 32 year old, whose 2013 US PGA Tour record read third, 23rd, second, second, first before suffering a rib injury, admitted: "I'm like a duck pond; calm on top but heart beating a mile a minute underneath.

"I have done a good job of calming those nerves the first three days so hopefully I can do it again tomorrow."

Cabrera has not won on any of golf's main tours since his victory at Augusta in 2009, dropping to 269th in the Official World Golf Ranking, but birdies at the sixth, eighth and tenth took him into the outright lead.

The 43 year old, who beat Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell in a play-off four years ago, bogeyed the 12th after having to play out sideways from a greenside bunker and also three-putted the next, but bounced back with birdies at the 16th and 18th.

“I think it was a great round to put me in position for tomorrow,” said Cabrera, who won his national Open in December. “I think it was important for my confidence to make that birdie at the last.

“I think it’s about playing well tomorrow – I don’t think it matters that much that I’ve won before, it’s about being patient. 

“I got under par today but tomorrow I’ve got to play well so I can win the tournament. 

“In 2009 I was nervous and anxious, but now I’m very comfortable. I know what I need to do tomorrow to get the win.”

Day looked set to share the lead when he birdied the 13th after 12 straight pars, but the 25 year old bogeyed the last two holes to fall two shots off the pace.

Leading Europeans were Lee Westwood and Bernhard Langer with both players five off the pace but very much in the hunt for the title.

Tiger Woods is only four behind as he chases a fifth Green Jacket and 15th Major title, the 37 year old shrugging off his delayed two shot penalty from the second round.

Woods was penalised for taking an incorrect drop on the 15th hole on Friday.

That left him five shots behind Day starting his round - he was six behind at halfway before his last Masters win in 2005 - but he began with a birdie at the first to quickly cut the deficit.

The World Number One then bogeyed the fourth and after a birdie at the seventh, saw another birdie putt from three feet on the eighth horseshoe around the hole and stay out.

To rub salt into the wound, another dropped shot at the next took Woods to the turn in 36 and the prospects of claiming a 15th Major title looked to be fading fast with a bogey at the 11th.

However, Woods hit back with birdies at the 12th and 13th - he got up and down from a greenside bunker there - and picked up another shot at the 15th after two-putting from 20 feet.

Saving par on the 16th after finding more sand had Woods stalking the ball into the hole in trademark fashion, while another trip to a greenside bunker on the 17th brought the same result.

The 18th brought trouble off the tee with a pulled drive and approach which came up short of the green, but Woods pitched to ten feet and holed for par to record a 70.