The Masters tournament was a one-man show before April 12, as the leaderboard was controlled by 2012 winner Bubba Watson. Yet the Masters are never over after 36 holes, as Watson and several players showed in the third round. The traditional 'moving day' at Augusta shifted the leaderboard and left it wide open for a variety of contenders, such as Watson and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth.
Spieth is now in position to overtake the absent Tiger Woods as the youngest winner in Masters history. He did this by shooting a -2 under 70 in the third round, while Watson struggled to a +2 over 74. In fact, Watson had to salvage par putts at 17 and 18 just to get that far.
After cruising to a three shot lead through 36 holes, due to five straight birdies in the second round, bogeys became the big story of Watson's third round. Four bogeys on the front nine erased his lead, then one at 16 left him in danger of falling from the lead, until he saved himself at the end.
Spieth got himself into an historic tie by being consistent, while his older competitors had their fits and starts. By shooting a 71, 70 and 70 in his first three rounds, Spieth has stayed steady on the Masters leaderboard, although it may take something in the 60's to finish on top of it.
Thanks to Watson cooling off, many players have fresh hope for the final round, although Watson and Spieth are the obvious headliners. Yet if the likes of Matt Kuchar, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ricky Fowler and Justin Rose repeat their third round performances, they can surge towards the green jacket.
A Masters tournament without Woods was supposed to be unappealing. Yet if Watson tops his second leaderboard at Augusta in three years, or if Spieth enters into the record books, this will be a weekend that never needed Woods or Phil Mickelson after all. Of course, there are still a lot of golfers in the shadows who can steal the spotlight and the green jacket hours from now.
The accompanying slideshow breaks down those golfers on top of the leaderboard, who have the best chance to join Masters royalty. If anyone other than these 10 players wears the green jacket, however, it will probably take an incredible surge -- or a few incredible collapses -- to make it happen.