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Masters Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy Finishes Round 3 With 4 Shot Lead

Through 54 holes, 21 year old Rory McIlroy remains atop the Masters leaderboard at 12 under. His day got off to an average start as he was +1 though 12 holes, but he birdied three of his last six to finish at -2 for the day. He will take a four shot lead into the final day at Augusta looking to become the first 21 year old since Tiger Woods to win the Masters.

Joining McIlroy in the final pairing tomorrow will be 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera, who is 20 years McIlroy's senior. Cabrera stormed up the leaderboard today after shooting a 68 to put him at -8 for the tournament. His 5-under tied Adam Scott for the best of the day.

Tiger Woods struggled with his putting on a very frustrating day that saw him drop to 9th at -5 for the tournament. In a somewhat ironic moment, Woods was forced to back off his shot on 18 when Rory McIlroy's birdie on 17 sparked a roar from the crowd. How many times has Tiger been on the other end of that scenario at Augusta National? Tiger would go on to bogey the hole.

Fred Couples played even par today and sits tied with Tiger at five under. Phil Mickelson played yet another ok round where he was one under par, but at 11 shots back heading into the final day it seems like the chance for Phil to make his charge has passed.

After an average start, American Bo Van Pelt has posted back to back scores of 69 and 68 to put himself six shots off the lead in 8th. He is the highest seeded American headed into the final round. The top 10 is made up of seven different nationalities.

The final four pairings (in reverse order)

Rory McIlroy (-12), Angel Cabrera (-8)

Charl Schwartzel (-8), K.J. Choi (-8)

Jason Day (-8), Adam Scott (-7)

Luke Donald (7), Bo Van Pelt (-6)

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