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April 8 2012

1:44 AM

Tidbits from the third round

By Elias Sports Bureau

Peter Hanson holds the lead at the conclusion of the third round at the Masters.  It’s the first time that Hanson has been in the lead at the end of any round in any tournament in his PGA TOUR career.  Hanson made eight birdies in the third round.  The last players with eight par-breakers in the third round at the Masters were Trevor Immelman and Tiger Woods in 2005.

Tiger Woods has made only one birdie through three rounds on the par 5s at the Masters, the fewest par-breakers through three rounds on the par 5s in his career at this tournament. It’s the first time in his career that Woods has played 12 or more par 5s through three rounds in any tournament on the PGA TOUR with no more than one par breaker.

Phil Mickelson has dominated the par 5s on the back nine at Augusta National. Through three rounds, Mickelson is 7 under on the 13th and 15th holes, tying the lowest score on those two holes through three rounds in the last 20 years. Eight other players have played the 13th and 15th holes at 7 under through three rounds, including Mickelson in 1995 and 2010.

Where would Henrik Stenson be if it were not for the final two holes? Through three rounds Stenson has played the 17th and 18th holes in 6 over. The last player to play the final two holes 6 over through three rounds and make the cut was Paul Azinger in 2000.

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