AUGUSTA, Ga. — Typically, the final rounds of the Masters are a dogfight. This year, consider them a swirling dogfight on the back of a race car.

The dogfight comes from a power-packed leaderboard, one that's filled with major champions. The race is against Mother Nature, who might be looking to soak the track come Sunday afternoon.

Tiger Woods stirred memories of years gone by, Webb Simpson went an incredible 8-under par in a 10-hole stretch to get atop the leaderboard and Tony Finau then followed Simpson's 64 with one of his own during a thrilling third round on Saturday. And when the cheers for Woods finally calmed down, Francesco Molinari plodded along with some great golf to stay at the top.

Oh, and then there's this ...

Due to the impending weather, organizers of the Masters issued the following statement on Saturday afternoon:

Given the possibility of severe weather Sunday afternoon, groupings and tee times for the final round will be adjusted.

Players will be grouped in threesomes with tee times scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. The leaders will tee off at 9:20 a.m.

Gates are scheduled to open at 7:15 a.m.

CBS will broadcast the final round live, beginning at 9 a.m.

That's right, folks — rise and shine!

Here's a look at the leaderboard, as well as five things you need to know about the Masters from Saturday:

1. TIGER EMBRACED 'MOVING DAY'

Simpson was hot, Finau made an early move and Molinari cleaned up, but the story was still Tiger Woods, who rolled in birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 8 to get back near the top of the leaderboard.

Then, Woods added birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 16 to put the pressure on Molinari and others.

After Friday's round, Woods said he wasn't too upset about falling a little short with his putter.

The difference on Saturday was that short stuff — Woods didn't miss a single putt inside 10 feet during the third round.

And on Saturday, he did all the little things right, keeping himself in good spots during the round.

"I just did everything. I drove it well and hit my irons well. I made some putts. Like I said, I just let the round just kind of build. And I don't need to go after every single flag. Just put the ball in the correct spots so I can have gettable looks and gettable putts," Woods said. "And I was able to do that and I tried to keep the ball below the hole as best as I possibly could.  And I made sure that I had those type of looks, and if I gave myself those looks the way that I'm hitting my lines I'm going to be all right."

Now, Tiger can rest a little, right? Oh wait, due to the early start times, Woods said he'll be up around 3:45 a.m. to get ready for the final round.

"The reward for playing hard and doing all the things correctly ... you get a nice little sleep in come Sunday, but that's not going to be the case," Woods said. "We've got to get up early and get after it."

2. SIMPSON, FINAU, MOLINARI SHOT UP THE LEADERBOARD

Webb Simpson looked left for dead after a birdie on No. 6 dropped him to 1-under par.

That's when he got red-hot.

"I made a sloppy bogey on 6 and I just kind of had a talk with myself going back to 7 tee thinking about all my bad shots this week have been just some poor thinking and not being really committed to what I decided to do, " Simpson said. "And I just said hey, if you stay fully committed the rest of the day, you're swinging great, you're putting well, you're going to make birdies and that's what I did."

He certainly did. Simpson played the last dozen holes in 8-under, finishing with a 64 and putting himself in contention.

Finau didn't close quite as strong, but instead came out firing. Finau birdied the first three holes and finished the front nine at 6-under. He, too, finished with a 64 and had sole possession of the lead when he went to the clubhouse.

Molinari, meanwhile, was steady throughout the early portion of the round with a pair of birdies before the turn, but then added three more during a stretch on Nos. 12, 13 and 14 to go back into the lead.

He finished with a 66, meaning he'll enter Sunday with a two-shot lead over Finau and Woods.

Here's a story from Garry Smits that was posted on Augusta.com about the leaders.

3. REED UNLIKELY TO DEFEND, BUT HAS GREAT MEMORIES

Since he started the day six shots off the lead and failed to make a move on Saturday, it's a longshot that Patrick Reed will be able to defend his title at Augusta National. He finished with a 74 on the day and told Doug Stutsman for this article that it was a rough day.

But Reed has still commented consistently through the week what an honor it's been to return as the reigning champ.

In this story at Augusta.com, the former Augusta State star said he's been in awe of how the green jacket transcends all bounds.

“It’s pretty cool to see just kind of the wide variety of people no matter what their background is, no matter what their age is or anything, how many people recognize the green jacket,” Reed said. “You know, you have little kids coming up to me whenever I wear it out, and they’re just like, oh, it’s the green jacket.

"You know, and some of them play golf, some of them don’t, and I just think it’s such a cool thing how many people recognize what the green jacket is and what it actually stands for.”

4. PLAYERS STILL STRUGGLING TO HIT NO. 5

Hitting the fairway on No. 5 isn't the hard part. Getting to the green in regulation is.

Just five yards short of 500, this par-4 has been extended and now forces players into a difficult second shot that has made it one of the toughest tests of the round.

Brian Mull wrote in this piece at Augusta.com that while 78 percent of the field hit a fairway softened by early morning rain, only 47 percent hit the green in regulation. No. 5 was the most difficult hole on the course in the second round, playing to a 4.345 stroke average.

The same held true for Saturday, as No. 5 saw just 10 birdies, 82 bogeys, and five doubles. It again ranked as the most difficult hole.

“I’m going to go ahead and give you a little tip,” two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson said. “It’s going to be the toughest hole, every year, every tournament that we play here.”

5. BIG STARS LOVE TOURING AUGUSTA

Stars love to float around Augusta National this week, even at the media center.

For example, Kunal Nayyar popped into the center on Saturday morning. He plays Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali in the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory."

Also, former baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez made a trip through the media building Thursday and was gracious to chat it up for a bit.

“This is my first Masters,” Rodriguez told reporter Lance Lahnert. “I’ve played here four or five times but have never been here.”

Rodriguez said he isn’t here to follow one golfer, but to enjoy the tournament.

And how is A-Rod’s golf game?

“Pre-kids it was pretty good,” said Rodriguez, who played 22 years in the major leagues with Seattle, Texas and the New York Yankees. “Now, not so good.”

WEATHER: THE RAIN IS HOLDING OFF ... FOR NOW 

The leaderboard is loaded with big names, so fans are hoping the final round will be held without any stoppages. It's an optimistic thought, but a possibility.

The chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service, wasn't high for Saturday, but the real struggle comes on Sunday, when the possibility for significant precipitation climbs to as high as 70 percent.

According to this story on Augusta.com by Jozsef Papp, a cold front coming from the southern gulf states will make its way to the Augusta area Sunday bringing bad weather.

The final round hasn't been pushed to Monday since 1983, when Seve Ballesteros was the winner. Depending on how you look at it, that could mean the tournament has a history of getting the final round in ... or means it's due for a delay. Stay tuned.

BONUS: WHO NEEDS CELL PHONES, ANYWAY?

The Augusta National cell phone policy isn't always popular, but it's got some interesting ramifications — people actually communicate face-to-face.

One patron told Lakeland Ledger golf columnist Joel Helm that he was pleased with the policy. 

“This is my first time here, and I love it,” said Andrew, 43. “People are actually talking to each other. High-fiving each other. And not just the people they’re here with.”

Here's a link to a photo gallery from Saturday's action.

And here's a list of reporters who are at Augusta (and tweeting) this week:

A Twitter List by TMSGateHouse