Saturday, April 13, 2002


That 7-iron on the 18th (and the birdie putt that followed) sent a message, don't you think? A little piece of punctuation to give the others pause. Tiger had to make his move today and so he did, shooting the day's low round and patiently avoiding all of Augusta's boobytraps. Vijay struggled a bit, as players often do after a perfect round the day before. Goosen moved up smartly, but now faces the prospect of playing with Tiger in the final pair. That's definitely a good news/bad news deal.

Els, Garcia and Mickelsen are all within striking distance, but have no margin for error. It may be one of the great leaderboards of the last ten years. It promises to be a great final round. Set your Tivos.