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April 7 2012

11:10 PM

Round 3 updates: News, notes and more

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Peter Hanson shot a 7-under 65 to take the third-round lead.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Saturday’s third round of the Masters is under way. Keep it here the rest of the day as we’ll refresh this page often with the latest happenings at Augusta National.

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THIRD-ROUND UPDATES (all times ET)

7:10 p.m. – The final group of the day is done, with Fred Couples shooting a 3-over 75 to finish at 2 under, while Jason Dufner ended with a bogey to also shoot 75. Not the kind of days the 36-hole co-leaders were looking for.

7:01 p.m. – Louis Oosthuizen drops a shot at the closing hole to finish with a 3-under 69 and a total of 7 under. That puts him in solo third, two shots behind Peter Hanson. Oosthuizen’s playing partner, Lee Westwood, shot an even-par 72 and is 4 under.

6:52 p.m. – Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia finally complete their nightmarish third rounds. Garcia shoots 75 and McIlroy shoots 77 to drop out of contention.

6:46 p.m. – A birdie at the 18th moves Bubba Watson to 6 under after shooting a 2-under 70. Watson’s currently in solo fourth.

6:43 p.m. – With a birdie at the 17th, Louis Oosthuizen joins Phil Mickelson at 8 under, one shot behind Peter Hanson. If Oosthuizen can birdie the 18th, he’d tie Hanson and join him in the final twosome on Sunday.

6:37 p.m. – After a brief rally on Amen Corner that included two birdies, Fred Couples has given back both strokes with bogeys at the 15th and 16th. That leaves him at 2 under for the tournament, 3 over on the day.

6:35 p.m. – Matt Kuchar birdies the 18th to move to 5 under. That should leave him inside the top five on the leaderboard.

6:27 p.m. -- Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 have drawn Lee Westwood back to 4 under and into a tie for fifth.

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Phil Mickelson made a lot of noise on Saturday.

6:23 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson leads the field in putting this week, using 77 in 54 holes, two fewer than the man he's chasing, Peter Hanson. When CBS's Bill Macatee asked him about his putting after the round, Mickelson said, "It's been so good, Bill -- probably the best I've had in my career."

6:20 p.m. -- The last four Masters champions have all played the previous week in Houston. Not surprisingly, the top three players on the leaderboard Saturday did, too. Louis Oosthuizen finished third, Phil Mickelson tied for fourth and Peter Hanson missed the cut.

6:16 p.m. -- Gary Woodland gamely completed the third round but then withdrew from the 76th Masters due to the injury to his left wrist. He started the final round 1 under but shot 85 as the pain worsened. He was keeping a bag on ice on his wrist in between shots and had trouble hanging onto the club at impact.

6:13 p.m. -- Peter Hanson admitted that it will be a challenge sleeping with the lead at the Masters. "I'll just try to enjoy spending a bit of time with the family, try to cook in and be as ready as possible for tomorrow," he said.

6:08 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson rolled in a 20-footer for birdie at the 18th hole -- his third in as many days there -- to close within a shot of Peter Hanson's lead. Mickelson's 66 on Saturday included a sizzling 30 on the back nine.

6:01 p.m. -- After birdies on his last two holes, including a veritable tap-in at the 18th, Peter Hanson has moved into a two-stroke lead at 9 under. The Swede, who is playing in his second Masters and 19th major, finished with a 65 in the third round, the low of the tournament so far.

6 p.m. -- Lee Westwood has gotten one of the shots he squandered back with a 15-footer for birdie at the 14th hole to return to 3 under.

5:55 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson missed a 12-footer for birdie at the 17th hole just as Peter Hanson stuck his approach at the 18th hole. The two could be paired together in the final group on Sunday for the third time this week which would be fun -- Mickelson beat Hanson 4 and 2 in Singles in the last Ryder Cup.

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Bubba Watson finished with a 2-under 70 on Saturday.

5:48 p.m. -- Lee Westwood has made a mess of the 13th hole. His second shot at the par 5 was just on the hazard line above Rae's Creek. He chipped over the green, then back onto it about 30 feet short of the hole and two-putted. He's 2 over for the day and 2 under for the tournament.

5:45 p.m. -- Peter Hanson drained a 30-footer for the first birdie at the 17th hole to take sole possession of the lead at 8 under.

5:38 p.m. -- Padraig Harrington after his 4-under 68: "I like what I see in my game. I think it's going forward big time at the moment."

5:34 p.m. -- Fred Couples has turned things around with a  second straight birdie, this time from 6 feet at the 12th holoe, to move to 4 under. His playing partner, Jason Dufner, also made birdie there.

5:33 p.m. -- Three straight birdies have moved Ben Crane back into contention at 3 under.

5:29 p.m. -- After a brilliant flop shot to 4 feet, Phil Mickelson has returned to the top of the leaderboard at 7 under. He's tied with Peter Hanson and Louis Oosthuizen.

5:25 p.m. -- Fred Couples has gotten a shot back at the 11th hole with a 25-foot birdie putt. He's 3 under again.

5:20 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen has joined Peter Hanson at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the 12th hole. His playing partner, Lee Westwood, made bogey there after leaving his second shot in the front greenside bunker.

5:19 p.m. -- A disappointing three-putt at the par-5 13th hole -- his par effort catching the lip and spinning out -- has dropped Matt Kuchar out of a share of the lead.

5:18 p.m. -- Peter Hanson drained a long birdie putt at the 17th hole to take sole possession of the lead at 7 under.

5:17 p.m. -- It is, after all, just a game and neither Rory McIlroy nor Sergio Garcia have been having a particularly good day, turning in 42 and 40, respectively. When Sergio Garcia made a birdie at the 12th on top of McIlroy's, he walked toward his playing partner -- arms extended -- and the two shared a bear hug.

5:15 p.m. -- Lee Westwood holed a 4-footer for just the second birdie of the day at the 11th hole and he's back to 4 under. His playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen left his own 15-footer on the lip.

5:13 p.m. -- Jason Dufner has just missed a 2-footer for par at the 10th hole. He's dropped back to 3 under for the day.

5:07 p.m. -- Henrik Stenson refuses to go away. He has bounced back from consecutive bogeys with a 10-footer for birdie at the 15th hole and is back to 4 under, two behind the leaders.

5:04 p.m. -- And now there are four. Peter Hanson, the PGA TOUR's newest member, has birdied the 14th hole to move to 6 under and join Louis Oosthuizen, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar in the lead.

5:02 p.m. -- The third-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win the Masters Tournament 41 out of 75  times, most recently Angel Cabrera in 2009.

4:53 p.m. -- Don't look now but Phil Mickelson is tied for the lead midway through the third round of the Masters. Mickelson just made a 25-footer for eagle at the 13th hole to join Matt Kuchar and Louis Oosthuizen at 6 under. It was his ninth career eagle at the hole named Azalea.

4:51 p.m. -- Consecutive bogeys at the 13th and 14th holes have dropped Henrik Stenson back to 3 under.

4:45 p.m. -- Golf can be a cruel game. Just ask Lee Westwood who had a 1-foot par patt at the ninth hole take the horsehoe and come back at him. Westwood has fallen back to 3 over for the tournament but he's obviously not out of it.

4:43 p.m. -- He may have missed his last two cuts at the Masters but Padraig Harrington has given himself a legitimate  chance to win his fourth major this week with a round of 68 on Saturday that moved him to 4 under.

4:38 p.m. -- A day that dawned with so much promise for Rory McIlroy has gotten progressively worse. He just made the turn in 42 and is 2 over for the tournament.

4:36 p.m. -- An couple of understated fist pumps followed that 15-footer for birdie as Phil Mickelson moved to 4 under at the 12th hole. He shot 2 over in the first round but has doggedly worked his way back up the leaderboard.

4:30 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, the 2009 British Open champion, just made a 3-footer at the eighth hole to join Matt Kuchar in the lead.

4:28 p.m. --  The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 on the leaderboard after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr. in 1959, who was tied for 13th. The way things are going on Saturday, we could have 10 tied for the lead.

4:17 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar, who went to school at Georgia Tech, heads to the back nine with the lead at 6 under after making a 20-footer for birdie at the ninth hole.

4:15 p.m. -- Padraig Harrington has birdied four straight on the back nine to move within two strokes of the lead at 3 under. The three-time major champ's streak began at the 13th hole.

4:14 p.m. -- After an extremely steady front nine, Phil Mickelson made his first birdie off the day to move to 3 under and within two of the lead. The three-time Masters champ leads the field in putting this week and was spot-on from inside 10 feet at the 10th.

4:12 p.m. --  Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen have birdied the 12th and seventh holes, respectively, to join Matt Kuchar in the lead at 5 under. Lee Westwood fell out of that group when he missed the green at No. 6.

4:10 p.m. -- His second double bogey of the day has taken Rory McIlroy out of red numbers for the tournament. He started the third round one stroke back but is now 1 over and trails by six.

4:07 p.m. -- Forget those bogeys at Nos. 11 and 12. Jim Furyk just holed a long eagle putt at the 13th -- the first eagle of the day -- to get back to 3 under for the tournament and two behind Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar..

4:01 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan, who won last week's Shell Houston Open, two-putted for birdie at the 15th hole to join five others at 4 under. The last player to win the week before and go on to win the Masters was Phil Mickelson in 2006.

3:54 p.m. --  Fred Couples can't seem to find the range on Saturday. He just missed another short putt, this one producing a double bogey, and he's fallen back to 1 under for the tournament.

3:50 p.m. -- Justin Rose hit his second shot into the pond in front of the 15th green. He hit his fourth shot through the green onto the collar and missed the par putt to drop back to 3 under.

3:48 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar has joined the tie for the lead with a 5-footer for birdie at the seventh hole.

3:43 p.m. -- The two Swedes, Henrik Stenson and Peter Hanson, have been best friends since they were teenagers. Interestingly, they find themselves tied at 4 under, one shot off the lead, despite Stenson's quadruple bogey at the 18th and Hanson's second-round 74. Can you say resilient?

3:40 p.m. -- Rory McIlroy continues to head backwards with a bogey at the fifth hole. He's now 1 under and four off the lead.

3:38 p.m. -- Jason Dufner couldn't convert a 20-footer to save par after missing the green at the fourth hole. So he's tied for the lead again with Lee Westwood.

3:30 p.m. – Francesco Molinari also has moved into the mix. He’s birdied three consecutive holes starting at the 12th and is now 4 under for the tournament.

3:29 p.m. -- Tiger Woods after his even-par 72: "It was so close to being a really good round of golf. I just didn't take care of the opportunities when I had them."

3:26 p.m. – Sean O’Hair, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar – each seeking his first major win -- have moved to 4 under for the tournament. O’Hair just made the turn in 3-under 33.

3:20 p.m. -- Gary Woodland's left wrist is really bothering him. He bogeyed three straight holes as he made turn and just walked down the 11th fairway with a bag of ice on the wrist. Woodland started the third round at 1 under.

3:16 p.m. -- The Cinderfella story has taken a turn for the worse. Two holes and two bogeys into his third round, Fred Couples has taken a tumble down the leaderboard. He's 3 under now and trails playing partner Jason Dufner, who made birdie at No. 2, by three strokes.

3:14 p.m. -- There are low rounds out there. Witness Brandt Snedeker, who shot a 68 despite a bogey at the 18th hole. He's moved from 3 over to 1 under, as a result.

3:10 p.m. -- There's been a change at the top of the leaderboard as Fred Couples bogeyed his first hole and Lee Westwood birdied the par-5 second. Now the world No. 3 is tied with Jason Dufner.

3:05 p.m. -- For the second straight day, Tiger Woods didn't birdie any of Augusta National's par 5s. In his first 67 rounds at Augusta National (including Thursday), that had only happened twice. Woods is 1 under on the par 5s this week, the lone birdie coming at No. 8 in the first round.

3 p.m. -- Rickie Fowler, who shot 72 on Saturday, has yet to break par at Augusta National this week. He estimates he's had at least five or six mud balls. "That's quite a few because if you count par 3s you're talking almost half the holes. It makes it tough because once you get mud on the ball, you're not in control anymore. Other than that the course is in great shape."

2:50 p.m. -- As Jason Dufner and Fred Couples play the first hole in the day's final pairing, Tiger Woods two-putts for par at the 18th hole. It was his ninth straight par brought Woods home with a 72. He's still 3 over for the day and eight strokes behind the overnight lead. Where will he be when the day finishes?

2:48 p.m. -- For the second time this week, Rory McIlroy has made double bogey on the first hole. He's dropped back to 2 under for the tournament.

2:43 p.m. -- He's still the world No. 1, at least for another day, but Luke Donald was understandably disappointed after posting his second 75 of the day. The Englishman, who will start the final round at 7 over, said, "I feel a bit flat right now. I had high expectations and high hopes for this week and it hasn't really panned out."

2:34 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have played three holes and the lefthander has been the steadier of the two. Mickelson has opened with three straight pars while the 2000 Masters champ sandwiched a par at No. 2 between two bogeys.

2:25 p.m. -- A year ago, Aaron Baddeley watched as countrymen Jason Day, Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy finished among the top six at the Masters. He appears primed to make his own bid this year -- Baddeley just birdied the second hole and is 3 under, two off the lead.

2:13 p.m. -- Even though he won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship last month, Justin Rose has flown under the radar this week. Not anymore. He just birdied three straight to move within two of the leaders. Rose has three top-5 finishes in his last five starts.

2:05 p.m. – Matt Kuchar has just teed off with playing partner Miguel Angel Jimenez. Kuchar’s best finish in five previous trips to Augusta National was a tie for 21st as an amateur in 1998.

2:02 p.m. – Phil Mickelson and playing partner Vijay Singh opened their rounds with pars. No player has putted better than Mickelson this week – he’s needed just 51 putts in the first two rounds, lowest in the field.

1:56 p.m. – Through the first 51 players who have played the opening hole Saturday, none have yet to birdie it – 32 pars, 19 bogeys. For the week, the 445-yard par-4 first has yielded just eight birdies, second fewest to the par-4 11th (six birdies).

1:45 p.m. – Another par at a par 5 for Tiger Woods, this time at the 13th. He found trouble off the tee and had to pitch out. Tiger’s last birdie on a par 5 this week was at the eighth hole in the first round. Since then, nine straight pars.

1:29 p.m. -- Defending champion Charl Schwartzel is having a difficult day.  Playing in the featured group with Tiger Woods, the South African has just made his fourth bogey of the day, and second straight, at the 12th hole. He's 4 over for the day and 7 over for the tournament.

1:23 p.m. -- Ian Poulter has climbed into a tie for 11th and within three of the lead after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. Poulter’s best finish here? A tie for 10th two years ago.

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Hunter Mahan is seeking his first major win this weekend.

1:10 p.m. -- Even though it’s moving day, there’s not exactly a lot of movement, at least not yet. Only a dozen players are currently under par on the day and no one is lower than 2 under.

12:52 p.m. -- A second straight bogey at the ninth hole sends Tiger Woods to the back nine even for the day and 3 over for the tournament.

12:47 p.m. -- Talk about roller-coaster rides. Bill Haas has played six holes and has yet to make a par. The reigning FedExCup champ birdied Nos. 2 and 5 but has bookend bogeys on the other four.

12:33 p.m. -- There are 33 players on the course now and  only eight are under par.  Brandt Snedeker and Sang-moon Bae are both 2 under, through seven and five holes, respectively. Bae, a PGA TOUR rookie, gets his second set of crystal goblets for the week after eagle at No. 2.

12:23 p.m. -- There are three groups of former Masters champs playing in the third round, including  Vijay Singh, the 2000 champ, and Phil Mickelson, who won in '02, '04 and '10. Singh, for one, is looking forward to their 1:45p.m. date. Earlier he tweeted "Beautiful day at Augusta. Finished my workout. Looking forward to a great day! Good day to make a move #bringiton"

12:15 p.m. -- Brandt Snedeker has two birdies in his first four holes, including the par-5 second. That's seven birdies on the par 5s this week for Snedeker, tying Angel Cabrera for most in the field.

12:12 p.m. -- We're still two rounds away but a Fred Couples victory would be a popular one among the players. Here's what PGA TOUR rookie Bud Cauley tweeted: Headed to get some practice in this morning then back to the tv this afternoon to pull for Freddy! #masters #freddyswag

12:01 p.m. -- Tiger Woods followed his birdie burst with a par and a bogey at No. 6. In case you were wondering, he started the day tied for 40th, eight strokes behind the leaders. The highest position after 36 holes to go on to win was Bernhard Langer, who was tied for 25th in his 1985 victory. The largest comeback after 36 is eight strokes by Jackie Burke in 1956.

11:50 a.m. -- Graeme McDowell has birdied the second and third holes to get to 1 over for the tournament. When he tweeted the pin sheets earlier today he said: "Day 3 The Masters. Beautiful day. Course looks set up for low scoring on moving day. "

11:41 a.m. – Tiger Woods clearly is determined to get back in contention. For the third straight day, he birdied the par-4 third hole, then followed with a birdie at the par-3 fourth. He’s now 1 over for the tournament.

11:30 a.m. -- This hasn't been the most memorable Masters for Luke Donald. There was that administrative error on his scorecard Friday and he has yet to break par in the first two rounds. At least the world No. 1 will take home some crystal, though, after holing out from the fairway for an eagle at No. 2.

11:24 a.m. – Tiger Woods is already on the golf course and he’s completed two holes, making two pars. The second is a par 5, but Woods isn’t capitalizing on those holes – making just one birdie in the nine he’s played to date. Click here to read about his struggles in the second round.

11:15 a.m. -- The weather on Saturday is spectacular. The sun is out and the sky is clear with temperatures expected to top out in the lower 70s. The gusty winds of Friday have moderated into a slight breeze.

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