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April 8 2012

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Round 4 updates: News, notes and more

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Augusta National's 15th hole will undoubtedly be a factor Sunday.

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Sunday’s final 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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FINAL ROUND UPDATES (all times ET)

6:58 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson left his birdie putt at the 17th hole about 3 inches short of the hole. He then hit a stellar shot from the trees to 20 feet at the 18th but missed his fourth straight birdie there.

So Mickelson ends up in a tie for third with Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood and his playing partner, Peter Hanson, who birdied the 18th hole to get there. Westwood has now finished third or better in seven majors, more than anyone else in history without a win since 1934.

6:53 p.m. -- We've got the 16th playoff in Masters history. Louis Oosthuizen makes his 5-footer to tie Bubba Watson at 10 under. The playoff will begin at the 18th hole and continue at No. 10, if necessary.

6:50 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen's putt looked good for a while but finally veered left of the hole and stopped about  5 feet by. Bubba Watson putted to within tap-in distance as good friends Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley, among others, looked on.

6:47 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen hits first from the fairway and puts his second shot on the back of the green. He'll have a 30-footer downhill to the pin. Watson likes his approach, following it up the fairway as it lands about 20 feet left of the pin.

6:44 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson finds the fairway and the green at the 17th hole but he's left himself a long birdie putt.

6:41 p.m. -- Bubba Watson has his game face on as he finds the fairway beside that gaping bunker with a big drive at the 18th hole. Louis Oosthuizen also finds the short grass.

6:40 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson both par the 16th hole to remain two and three strokes, respectively, behind the leaders.

6:38 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen hits his second shot into the greenside bunker, but recovers well and blasts to 3 feet. Meanwhile Bubba Watson hit his second shot from 156 yards over the trees and onto the green.  His long birdie putt was tracking fast, but hits the hole and stops 3 feet past for the successful par.

6:28 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen's drive at the 17th hole strays right, hits a tree and lands short in the fairway. He drops the club behind him as soon as he hits the ball.

6:26 p.m. -- Minutes after Bubba Watson hits his drive at the 17th hole left into the trees, Phil Mickelson converts a 4-footer for birdie at the par-5 15th to move to 8 under. Peter Hanson was able to get up and down from behind the 15th green for another birdie, this one moving him to 7 under.

6:22 p.m. -- Bubba Watson has calmly made his fourth straight birdie to tie Louis Oosthuizen for the lead at 10 under.

6:20 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson found the green at the par-5 15th in two, but he'll have a lengthy eagle putt.

6:19 p.m. -- Bubba Watson had come up clutch at the par-3 16th, staking his tee shot 8 feet shot of the pin. He'll get something of  a read, too, as playing partner Louis Oosthuizen is about 30 short and on a similar line.

6:17 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar pushed his par putt at the 16th left of the hole. With the bogey, he drops back to 8 under, two strokes back.

6:16 p.m. -- Lee Westwood finished off a round of 68 with a 15-footer for birdie at the 18th hole. He came home in 32 and stands 8 under, two strokes off the lead.

6:12 p.m. -- Pressure? What pressure? Louis Oosthuizen drained the 20-footer for birdie to regain the lead at 10 under. His playing partner, Bubba Watson, two-putted for a birdie of his own to join Matt Kuchar at 9 under.

6:11 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar hit his tee shot at the par-3 16th well right of the green. He chips on and the ball slides about 10 feet short of the green.

6:07 p.m. -- After a 324-yard drive at the 15th hole, Bubba Watson puts his second shot on the green, 25 feet from the pin for an eagle that could take him into the lead.

6:06 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen was waiting in the fairway as Kuchar made the short eagle putt.  The South African hit his second shot to the right of the green and the bunker so he doesn't have a lot of green to work with.

6:03 p.m. -- While Louis Oosthuizen was in the process of saving par at the 14th hole, Matt Kuchar hit his approach at the par-5 15th to 5 feet for an eagle that would tie the Georgia Tech product for the lead. He makes it and the cries of "Kooch" echo through the tall pines.

5:58 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen didn't clear the false front at the 14th hole. But he chipped to 20 feet and made the putt for par to remain at 9 under. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson gained a shot on his playing partner when he holed a 5-footer for birdie that brought him to 8 under.

5:53 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson's eagle putt teased the hole but stubbornly refused to fall. He's now 7 under and two back. Peter Hanson, meanwhile, chipped on and two-putted for oar.

5:49 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson has played the 13th hole in 63 under -- and now he has a chance for an eagle for the second straight day after putting his approach to 25 feet. Peter Hanson found good fortune, too, as his ball bounced safely back and out of Rae's Creek .

5:45 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen put his second shot at the par-5 13th in a perilous spot above the green.  But his delicate chip caught the hole, then stopped 3 feet by and he made it coming back for a birdie that lifted the South African into a two-stroke lead. His playing partner, Bubba Watson, two-putted for birdie, holing a 5-footer to get back to 7 under.

5:40 p.m. --  Lee Westwood just missed a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole that would have tied him for the lead.

5:38 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar two-putted from long range for birdie at the 15th hole to join Lee Westwood at 7 under.

5:35 p.m. -- After shanking it off the tee, Peter Hanson hit his second shot over the 12th green and two-putted for bogey. He's falled back to 6 under and two strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen.

5:32 p.m. -- Lee Westwood had a 10-footer for eagle at the 15th hole that would have tied him for the lead. The ball horseshoed around the outside of the hole and refused to fall -- but the Englishman tapped in for birdie and he's now one stroke behind Louis Oosthuizen at 7 under. The birdie was his third straight.

5:30 p.m. -- Peter Hanson has shanked it off the 12th tee, landing short of Rae's Creek.

5:25 p.m. -- Bubba Watson made bogey at the par-3 12th hole after hitting an 8-iron to the back fringe. He putted about 20 feet by the hole and was unable to made the putt coming back for par. He's now 6 under and tied with Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.

5:23 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson's second shot at the 11th hole landed in a sprinkler head. He was able to take a drop onto the fringe and just missed the birdie putt. Playing partner Peter Hanson also made a two-putt par.

5:16 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar just drained a 20-footer for birdie at the 12th hole to get back to 6 under. He's tied with Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson, two strokes back.

5:15 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson both two-putted from long range for pars at the 11th hole.

5:07 p.m. -- For the record, the man who caught the ball Louis Oosthuizen used to make the double eagle has donated it to Augusta National.

5:04 p.m. -- Lee Westwood left the eagle try short but tapped in for birdie at the 13th hole to back to 5 under. He's tied with Ian Poulter, Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar, three strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen.

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Bubba Watson is looking for his first major title.

4:57 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen was unable to get up and down from the greenside bunker at the 11th hole so he now leads Bubba Watson and Peter Hanson by just one shot.

4:50 p.m. -- Big putt for Phil Mickelson. He came up short of the ninth green, pitched on and made an 8-footer to save par. He'll make the turn 2 over, as did Peter Hanson, the 54-hole leader, who two-putted for par.

4:44 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, who had never broken par or made a cut Augusta National before this week, has just walked to the 10th tee with a two-stroke lead.

4:40 p.m. -- -- A driver off the deck left Phil Mickelson in a swale beside the par-5 eighth green. He chipped to 7 feet and made the putt to get to 6 under the tournament and three behind Louis Oosthuizen. Peter Hanson had a 15-footer for birdie that he missed to the left.

4:36 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar lipped out a 3-footer for bogey at the ninth hole, eventually three-putting from 5 1/2 feet. The double bogey dropped him back into a four-way tie at 5 under.

4:28 p.m. -- Bubba Watson found the fairway bunker off the eighth tee and had to lay up, but a solid wedge left him with a 5-footer for birdie that just lipped out. His playing partner, Louis Oosthuizen, sent his chip through the green and had to settle for par, as well.

4:17 p.m. -- Peter Hanson and Phil Mickelson both had downhill birdie putts at the seventh hole from inside 10 feet. Each player made par.

4:07 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen missed an 8-footer for birdie at the seventh hole but he still leads by two. Bubba Watson had to play out of the trees, his back nearly against a trunk, and then hit a brilliant third shot to 2 feet to save his par.

4:04 p.m. -- Matt Kuchar has drawn even with Bubba Watson and Peter Hanson after a birdie at the seventh hole.

4:01 p.m. -- Tiger Woods just told CBS's Bill Macatee: "It was very difficult. I didn't play the par 5s at all this week. It was an off week at the wrong time."

3:57 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen missed the green at the par-3 sixth hole and opted to used a putter instead of a pitch and run. The ball stopped in the collar but the South African drained it from 20 feet to remain at 9 under.

3:50 p.m. --Tiger Woods just made a birdie on the 18th hole to shoot 74 and finish at 5 over. Woods, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last start, was tied for 41st when he finished. It's looking like his worst finish as a pro in a major where he has completed four rounds  -- the previous was a tie for 39th at the 2003 PGA.

3:45 p.m. -- Bubba Watson drained a 40-footer at the fifth hole to move to 7 under. He's tied with Peter Hanson, two strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen.

3:44 p.m. -- Phil Mickelson's tee shot veered well left into the woods beside the fourth green and landed in the brush. He took his wedge and tried to hit it right-handed but the ball remained in the brush. Another right-handed shot finally extracated the ball and Mickelson had to hit his third from the hard pan into the bunker. He nearly holed his bunker shot but ended up  2 feet from the pin. His second triple bogey of the tournament has dropped him back to 5 under.

3:35 p.m. -- Adam Scott followed his ace at the 16th by chipping in for birdie at the 17th hole. He's now 4 under for the tournament.

3:29 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen missed the green at the par-3 fourth and made bogey so his lead over  Phil Mickelson is one.

3:20 p.m. – Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson had to settle for pars at the par-5 second, two strokes behind Louis Oosthuizen. But Hanson bogeyed No. 3 and has dropped another shot in arrears.

3:12 p.m. -- Now that Louis Oosthuizen has made double eagle at the second hole, the next best hole to spectate at Sunday at the Masters appears to be the par-3 16th. Adam Scott has just joined Bo Van Pelt  in making a hole-in-one there. Scott used a 7-iron.

3:09 p.m. -- Not surprisingly, the double eagle has generated a ton on attention on Twitter. This may be the best comment of all, though, and it came from Tom Lehman: "Holy Crap......a double eagle!!! The chances of that are like me growing a full head of hair!"

3:04 p.m. -- While Louis Oosthuizen was making Masters history, the overnight leader, Peter Hanson missed the green at No. 1 and made bogey to drop back to 8 under and into a tie with Phil Mickelson, who parred No. 1.

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Louis Oosthuizen reached into the cup at the second hole to grab the ball after his double eagle on Sunday.

2:59 p.m. -- A total of 19,809 rounds had been played in competition before Louis Oosthuizen made that double eagle. It was the fourth in tournament history and the first since Jeff Maggert made one at the 13th hole during the final round in 1994. The last double eagle by a Masters champion was Gene Sarazen's at the 15th hole in 1935.

2:54 p.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen just made a double eagle at the second hole -- the first ever on the second hole (and the first ever on live TV) -- to seize the lead at 10 under. He used a 4-iron for the 255-yard shot. The ball hit short of the green and then fed toward the hole. Oosthuizen shared a double high-five with his caddy in the fairway, then walked up to the green, picked his ball up and amazingly tossed it into the gallery.

2:45 p.m. -- The final group is off with Phil Mickelson and Peter Hanson having just teed off. Meanwhile, Bubba Watson has also dropped a stroke after missing a par putt from only a few feet. That puts him at 5 under and four shots off the lead.

2:35 p.m. -- Hunter Mahan’s chances just took a hit with a bogey on the first hole, which has played as the toughest hole of the week. Mahan’s approach rolled through the green, leaving a difficult pitch up to a downhill slope. He wasn’t able to get it close and two-putted to drop six off the lead.

2:30 p.m. -- Another par-5 -- the 13th -- and another par for Tiger Woods. He’s played them in just 1 under this week with two birdies, one bogey and 12 pars with just one more of them to come.

2:26 p.m. – Stewart Cink, one of the earlier finishers Sunday, on the condition of the greens: “The greens have picked up a little bit of pace since yesterday again. They're fast. Yeah, they're very fast.”

2:17 p.m. – Note from PGA TOUR media official Mark Stevens: Phil Mickelson is $421,646 behind Vijay Singh for second on the PGA TOUR's all-time money list. A first, second or third-place finish by Mickelson today could move him to second on the all-time list behind Tiger Woods – depending, of course, on how Singh also finishes.

2:15 p.m. – Tournament leader Peter Hanson told CBS he will try to stay aggressive on Sunday and "try to be in there when it comes down to the last five, six, seven holes."

2:12 p.m. – Tiger Woods birdied the par-3 12th. It’s just his second birdie of the week on the back nine. He’s now 1 over for his round.

2:10 p.m. – Phil Mickelson told CBS in a pre-round interview: “There's a lot of holes here where you can make birdies. I will try to capitalize on those opportunities.” He also said he’ll need to accept par on those holes that don’t offer pin placements suitable for scoring.

2:05 p.m. – Bo Van Pelt’s 64 ties for the lowest round on a Sunday at Augusta National. It’s also the second straight Sunday at the Masters that Van Pelt has posted 2-under scores on two holes on the back nine. Last year, he eagled the 13th and 15th holes in the final round.

1:54 p.m. – Bo Van Pelt has just posted the best round of the week – an 8-under 64 that included an ace at the par-3 16th, an eagle at the par-5 13th, four birdies and no bogeys. He walked off the 18th green in a tie for 16th at 1 under for the tournament.

1:43 p.m. – Tiger Woods has made the turn at 1 over for his round and 4 over for the tournament. Meanwhile, Luke Donald is 4 under through 16 holes, leaving him at 3 over. Keegan Bradley is 3 under through 13 and 2 over for the tournament.

1:40 p.m. – Wild round by amateur Patrick Cantlay – he’s posted two eagles, four birdies, five pars, three bogeys, one double bogey and one quadruple bogey through his first 16 holes. All that leaves him at 1 over for his round and 8 over for the tournament.

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Luke Donald produced his best round of the week on Sunday.

1:15 p.m. – Tiger update: Woods is back to even par on his round after a bogey at the par-4 fifth. Thus far, he’s hit every fairway in his round.

1:10 p.m. – A year ago, Bo Van Pelt posted a top-10 finish in the Masters, shooting a final-round 70. He’s on his way to an even better round today, as he’s 5 under through 15 holes. Alas, having started the day in a tie for 52nd, he won’t finish in the top 10 this week.

1:01 p.m. -- Jason Dufner and Fred Couples tee off in 19 minutes, playing together for the second straight day. Of course, they were tied at the top of the leaderboard through two rounds but share 11th now after third-round 75s. Dufner tweeted: "Saturday's have been forgettable lately, but I am looking forward to Sunday at Masters with Freddie. Looking for birdies.”

12:45 p.m. -- In case you were wondering, if a PGA TOUR member wins the Masters he receives 600 FedExCup points. Peter Hanson, though, would not get the FedExCup points since he is a Special Temporary Member. He could opt to join as a full member, though, should he win the Masters and then receive FedExCup points the rest of the year.

12:30 p.m. -- The two Northern Irishmen, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, are paired in the final round.  Both major champions bogeyed the first hole, which for McIlroy has been particularly challenging this week. He's 5 over on that hole.

12:16 p.m. -- No one has ever birdied the 18th hole all four rounds at the Masters. Phil Mickelson, who is one shot off the lead, and Matt Kuchar, who trails by four, both have a chance to accomplish that feat on Sunday. The last major champion to birdie the 18th hole in all four rounds was Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA at Valhalla.

12:05 p.m. – Tiger Woods has finally birdied another par 5. The birdie he just made at the second hole is his first on a par 5 since the eighth hole on Thursday. In between, Woods went two rounds without making a par or a birdie on a par 5 – doubling his total at the Masters for his career.

11:50 a.m. – Luke Donald has waited too long to have his best round of the week at Augusta National. The world No. 1 is 3 under through eight holes but still 4 over for the tournament.

11:30 a.m. – Judging by his tweets, Vijay Singh has been enjoying the week with his son Qass on the bag. Shortly after the third round ended, Singh, who shot 76, posted this": “Whatever happens tomorrow, I feel like I'm still a winner. Had the best time ever with my son on the bag. Great experience for him.”

And after the final round pairings came out, Singh tweeted: “It will be a bigger experience for him now, since Tiger and myself are paired together.” And before their Sunday tee time, the 2002 champ had this to say: “Happy Easter! Going to give it everything I got today. Main thing though, is to have fun with my son”

11:15 a.m. – The weather is nothing short of spectacular. The sun is out, the sky is clear and the high will approach 80 degrees. The winds will be in the 10-15 mph range in the afternoon before weakening as the day progresses. Perfect for the final round.

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