Masters' Sunday: The second half of Christmas

I am glad to be back writing for after a long, but enjoyable vacation. Anyways, the second half of Christmas (Masters Sunday) takes place today. As of 2:30, 9 players are within three strokes of leader Stuart Appleby, who has not yet teed off.

This could be the most exciting Masters Sunday in a long time. Just pointing out, no Australian has ever won a green jacket as Geoff Ogilivy seeks to be the first. A European hasn't won a major since Carnoustie. Most importantly, Tiger has never came from behind after 54 holes to win a major championship. One of those facts almost surely will change today.

Appleby shot a solid one over 73 on Saturday to take the lead, but left many players in the hunt. The Aussie's game has continued to be solid, but he will have a chance to prove himself after faltering on the 18th hole at the Shell Houston Open last week. With a chance to enter a playoff with fellow Australian Adam Scott, Appleby dumped his approach shot into the water while trying to be a hero.

While the premier South African, Ernie Els, dropped his consecutive cuts made stat on Friday, young gun Rory Sabbatini and two time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen are within two strokes.

The Europeans failed to make a move early Sunday as Justin Rose double bogeyed the first hole and Irishman Padraig Harrington began with a bogey. Bradley Dredge was three over after only three holes ending the hope of a Cinderella finish.

In case you were wondering, Phil Mickelson started the day with a beautiful triple bogey seven to end his chance of victory.

Early in the fourth round, it certainly looks like the battle will be between at least one Goliath in Tiger and several young talents.

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