AUGUSTA, Ga. — When the focus finally shifted to golf and away from the rule book, the third round of the 77th Masters resembled a clean canvas, waiting for someone to make a colorful splash.
With 26 players separated by just five shots and calm conditions begging for birdies, extra drama was flat out expected Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club, which saw its share not long after the sun came up.
Before play even began, Tiger Woods was slapped with a two-stroke penalty from a Friday rules violation. He was given a reprieve and not disqualified, which many assumed he would happen since he had signed an incorrect second-round scorecard.
CBS couldn’t have liked that possibility. But with Woods still in the field, the third round had the potential to be special, in a week that’s already seen its share of historic moments. Chasing 36-hole leader Jason Day was a pack that included six Masters champions, two other major winners, and six more who were ranked among the world’s top 10 players.
That kind of leaderboard also meant that chances were good we’d be overstuffed with intrigue at the end of the day, and that’s exactly what we had.
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