Saturday, April 13, 2019
AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Can you imagine being back two over par to start the day at Augusta National Golf Club and still finding away to end the day six under?
Well, let's talk about the curious case of Patrick Cantlay because that's exactly what happened to him.
A good day to be Patrick Cantlay
Our friends at the Associated Press watched Patrick Cantlay start Saturday morning at two over. By the end of his round late Saturday afternoon, Cantlay was only four off leader Tony Finau's 10 under.
So, Patrick, how did you turn it around?
"I controlled my distance into the greens a little better and I was coming in from the fairway more, I drove it really well today, and I made a few longer putts early in the round," Cantlay said. "I just hit it really solid, I hit a lot of really nice shots."
Indeed you did, Patrick.
Bubba Watson played a nice round, too
Masters fan favorite Bubba Watson played a quiet first two rounds at Augusta National, breaking even and making the cut on Friday.
"You put pressure on yourself the first couple days because you want it so bad," Watson said. "We know, anybody that's won here, anybody that's won a golf tournament knows what it feels like to win and so you want it so bad."
But Saturday, he seemed to have a revival thanks to four birdies in a row on holes No. 12 to 15.
"It's good. Today was 145 yards, so it's a perfect little soft wedge into 12. And again like I said, it was no wind. So you could, you knew what it was going to do. So I hit it in there close, made the putt," Watson said.
Watson acknowledged he's still a bit back on the leader board, but knows he's still very much in the mix for a good Sunday. He spoke of the mindset he needs to have as the tournament wraps up.
"The mindset is just, tomorrow's going to be a tough day, so that's the beauty of it is that a lot of people are going to have a shot because I mean right now if we played tomorrow, I saw 17 miles an hour wind, rain, and so you're talking about the golf course changing completely. And then pressure on top of that," Watson said.
Webb Simpson powered his way through round three
Webb Simpson entered the day at one under, so forgive yourself if you weren't paying attention to him until Saturday when he took off like a geyser after four birdies from holes No. 7 to 10.
Simpson said a little chat with himself after a weak hole No. 6 was all it took to get him back on track.
"I made a sloppy bogey on 6 and I just kind of had a talk with myself going back to 7 tee thinking about all my bad shots this week have been just some poor thinking and not being really committed to what I decided to do," Simpson said. "And I just said hey, if you stay fully committed the rest of the day, you're swinging great, you're putting well, you're going to make birdies and that's what I did."
Simpson might have cooled for two more holes, but he made hole No. 13 really count with an eagle and two more birdies at No. 14 and No. 16.
Simpson finished his day nine under at a tie for fifth.
But here comes Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is always a topic of discussion at any major golf tournament, but at the Masters, it's a little different.
And at this Masters, it's extremely different. That's because he's got a shot to win his fifth gold jacket since 2005 -- a 14-year drought that many believed would never end.
Tiger -- probably one of golf's most competitive people -- is in it to win it.
"Yeah, that was the plan and here I am," Woods said. "Interesting threesomes tomorrow. We usually ‑‑ the reward is for playing hard and doing all the things correctly you get a nice little sleep in come Sunday, but that's not going to be the case. We've got to get up early and get after it."
He's right. The Masters is up and at 'em early Sunday morning due to impending weather that could affect the end of play in the late afternoon.
Golfers will be teeing off in threes starting at 7:30 a.m.