Tiger Woods didn’t play that well today. His putts just didn’t drop. Rory McIlroy played a very solid round and leads by four strokes. It is his tournament to win or lose now. KJ Choi played very steady and made putts. Angel Cabrera played lights out all day along with Adam Scott. They both shot a 67. Bo Van Pelt shot a 68. I was hoping that Fred Couples would have made a charge but it didn’t happen. There were several other big names who really didn’t do much today. Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood come to mind. They are nine strokes back. It is up to Rory.
It was a roar that defines the Masters, so loud it startled even Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy, who already dazzled the crowd with a shot through the pines to the back of the 17th green, raised the putter in his left hand as the birdie putt turned toward the hole, then slammed his right fist when the ball disappeared into the cup.
The cheer was so clamorous that Woods, who had settled over his shot in the 18th fairway, had to back away. After all these years of crushing the hopes of so many others, the four-time Masters champ finally felt what it was like on the other end.
That moment — and right now, this Masters — belongs to McIlroy.
“I had been waiting on a putt to drop all day,” McIlroy said Saturday. “And for it to drop there, it was great timing.”