Masters Day 3: Schultz’s observations

1. And another thing about Tiger: Woods will go into Sunday at 3 under par, four shots behind co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera. But do you realize how close he is to leading this thing? He lost two strokes because of a retroactive penalty. Another two strokes: He had a certain birdie — the shot off the flagstick on the par-five No. 15 — morph into a bogey when the ball rolled into the creek. (Effectively, a birdie-4 turned into a bogey-8.) He also had his first Masters three-putt on 18 for a bogey. The guy is playing great golf.

2. It's all about the majors: Ever notice that we hear about Cabrera only during the majors? He has two Tour wins to his credit: The 2007 U.S. Open and the 2009 Masters. Now he's in a position to win his third major, when his other finishes this season include: 30th at the Puerto Rico Open, 63rd at the Tampa Bay Championship, missed cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and 16th at the Shell Houston Open. The man's career is shaping up as a great trivia question one day. The consistency in his three rounds (71, 69, 69) suggest he's not going anywhere.

3. Has anybody seen Phil Mickelson? The three-time Masters winner has been getting worse by the day, with rounds of 71, 76 and 77, and will enter Sunday at 8 over — a few furlongs from the leaderboard. Save his distance off the tee (near 300 yards), no part of Mickelson's game has been good. Strange, though. He was all sunshine and lollipops after a round that included consecutive double-bogeys on Nos. 11 and 12. Comments: "It's just a beautiful day here, and you can't get anymore majestic day at the Masters. I just played terrible. But where else would you rather be than Augusta National with this kind of weather on a weekend." Ah, to be happy and rich and not have a care in the world.