Masters Saturday Round-up: Rory and Tiger go in opposite directions

Shane Bacon
April 10, 2011

After every round this week, we here at Devil Ball will give you a quick recap of the day, with our thoughts on some of the best, and worst, performances of the day. Follow us on Facebook for Masters news throughout the week, and on Twitter for up to the minute reactions. Now, onto Saturday's round, where a youngster continued his impressive run at Augusta National ...

Round of the Day: As great as Bubba Watson was early, and as sharp as Charl Schwartzel was later in the day, the round of Saturday goes to a former Masters champion, Angel Cabrera, who flung himself in the final group with his 5-under 67. Cabrera made birdies on 12, 13 and 15 en route to tying the round of the day, and has himself in position to claim a second green jacket if he can put some pressure on Rory McIlroy, which is very possible since it'll be Rory's first pairing without Jason Day next to him all week.

Biggest Surprise: That award has to go to the American contingent, who doesn't have anyone in the top-five for the first time ever at the Masters through three rounds. Honestly, look at the leaderboard and tell me how much money you would have put on Bo Van Pelt being the low American through Saturday at Augusta. All the names we talked about before the week started have all suffered a bad round to knock them out of contention, and there is a very, very good chance no American could end up in the top-1o come Sunday evening with the way some of the other players are dominating Augusta National.

Biggest Disappointment: No way this isn't Tiger Woods, who shot a 2-over 74 on Saturday to lose any chance of claiming another green jacket. We've tried and tried to convince ourselves he's back, but it just isn't the case. Too many loose swings, too many missed putts and too much going on between his ears. Seriously, until Tiger is holding a trophy on Sunday, it's pointless to consider him a factor at this point.

What to look for on Sunday: It's obviously Rory, and how he can handle the pressure of a four-shot lead in a major championship. McIlroy is in a place he's wanted to be ever since he turned pro, and the way he went about his round on Saturday sure makes it seem like he's ready to be the first of this generation to claim a major, but it's still a different beast on Sunday at Augusta. Don't totally judge him early, but if he gets on the back nine and makes some tentative swings, it could get very interesting. I think McIlroy is going to win this thing, but I definitely think it'll be more interesting than it currently looks on the leaderboard.