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Last Updated:  Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 01:55 GMT 02:55 UK
Saturday's Augusta diary
BBC Sport's Iain Carter
Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent at Augusta

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is still the name on everybody's lips
It is unfortunate for Jeff Maggert that he has shot a 66 to take a two-shot lead at the Masters and yet we are all still talking about Tiger Woods.

Woods matched his 66 and rocketed up the field to finish the day tied for fifth place.

It was a typical Tiger performance which was made all the more remarkable for the fact that early on Saturday afternoon he had to hole a three-foot putt just to ensure that he competed for the rest of the weekend.

Based on what he did today, Woods has to be considered the favourite for the Green Jacket. He is, of course, going for three consecutive US Masters wins and every other player in the field will now be aware of his presence.

But he has to continue in the same vein that he did during his third round because as it stands, he must make up the four shots between him and Maggert.


Sunday's final round should be exciting, because of the depth of quality on the leaderboard.

There is Mike Weir, who has won two tournaments this year and is very consistent and surely is not far away from the time moment when he steps up to the level required to win a Major.

There are many players at the top who have that experience.

There's former Masters champion Vijay Singh, two-time champion Jose Maria Olazabal, former USPGA champion David Toms and, of course, Phil Mickelson, who has done everything in the game of golf apart from winning a Major.


Given that he was first round leader, what has happened to Darren Clarke is disappointing.

Darren Clarke
Darren Clarke has fallen away badly
He just seems to have been pressing too hard.

That was summed up best when he ran up a quadruple bogey-nine at the 13th and that put paid to his chances.

It will go down as another learning experience because Clarke is impatient for Major success and he will undoubtedly feel a great deal of frustration at squandering such a good position.



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