'Moving Saturday' at Augusta was dominated by the decision to dock Tiger Woods two strokes for an illegal drop, but while debate rumbled on over whether or not the world No 1 should still be competing, Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera claimed a share of the lead heading into the final day.
Snedeker carded the only bogey-free round, a three-under 69 making him the first man to reach the clubhouse on seven under par and 2009 champion Cabrera joined him on that mark with a classy 69 of his own.
Woods, meanwhile, finished the day as he started it as a two-under round of 70 keeps him in touch of the leaders and firmly in contention for a fifth Green Jacket.
A first Australian winner of the prestigious event also looks a possibility with Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman all in the hunt, while Lee Westwood leads the European charge five shots off the pace.
Here's what a pick of the players, and Monty, had to say after round three.
Four-time champion Woods insisted he never considered withdrawing from the event after his controversial two-shot penalty at the start of the day. Woods admitted that the stroke penalty affected his pre-round preparations, but remains confident of mounting a late charge from four shots back.
Former Europe Ryder Cup captain and Sky Sports pundit Montgomerie believes Tiger woods did not intentionally try and gain an advantage with his illegal drop but should have a better knowledge of the rules.
Reigning FedEx Champion Snedeker cited nerveless putting as the reason behind his charge to the top of the leaderboard. The American finished third at Augusta back in 2008 and is now the bookmaker's favourite to go on and lift his first major title.
Englishman Westwood has not given up hope of breaking his major duck after a third round 73 placed him five shots off the leaders. He will look to take inspiration from the only other Englishman to win the Masters, Nick Faldo, who came from five shots back on the final day back in 1989 to lift the trophy.
Another round of 'really smart golf' from Australian Scott has kept him in with a real chance of becoming the first man from Down Under to wear the Green Jacket. Scott, one shot off the leaders, admits he is 'getting goosebumps' at the thought of wearing the Green Jacket.
Scott's compatriot Day relinquished the overnight lead after back-to-back closing bogeys on 17 and 18 but remains upbeat that he can go one better than his runner-up finish two years ago and make history as the first Australian champion.
Another McIlroy meltdown at the Masters left his title charge in tatters on Moving Day. The Northern Irishman spiralled down the leaderboard after carding a seven-over 79 and failed to hide his frustration after the round.
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