Angel Cabrera holds a two-shot lead with seven holes to play on the final day at golf’s Masters Tournament.
Cabrera, the 2009 champion from Argentina, is 8-under par at Augusta National Golf Club. Australian trio Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Jason Day are 6-under par. No Australian has ever won the title. Tiger Woods is 4-under par through 13 holes.
Day sank a birdie putt at his opening hole and scored eagle from a sand trap at the second to take a one-shot lead over Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker, who led after the third round.
Snedeker of the U.S. joined Day at 8-under with a birdie at the opening hole and Cabrera moved into a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with a birdie at the par-5 second hole.
Snedeker then fell back with bogeys at the fourth and fifth holes before making birdie at No. 8, while Cabrera also birdied the seventh hole.
Snedeker birdied No. 8 to advance to 7-under shortly after Day had a bogey at No. 9 to drop back to 6-under alongside Scott and Leishman. Cabrera and Snedeker then both bogeyed the 10th hole before Snedeker dropped back to 5-under with another error at No. 11.
Cabrera and Snedeker are in the final pairing, which has produced the winner in 19 of the past 22 years, though the past two years have been exceptions. The third-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win in 41 of the previous 76 Masters tournaments.
The Masters is the only one of the four major tournaments that’s never been won by an Australian golfer. While Day tied for second in 2011, Greg Norman was a runner-up three times in Augusta, most famously in 1996, when he blew a six-shot lead in the final round and was beaten by Nick Faldo.
Woods, who has never come from behind during the final round in his 14 major wins, is seeking his fifth Masters victory and first major title since 2008.
Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur who is the youngest player in a major golf championship in 148 years, shot a 3-over 75 today to finish 12-over par for the tournament.
Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson finished 9-over after a final-round 73.