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2011 Masters day four as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

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0030: It's time to say goodbye. Congratulations Charl, commiserations Rory. This has been some Masters and will live long in the memory. This keyboard will take some time to recover too. Thanks so much for your company and your messages over the last four days, you've been fantastic. Go get some sleep. Take care.

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Chris from Bath via text: "At 2pm on Thursday I told live text Charl Schwartzel was my pick! Chris one Live Text nil."
Enjoy your winnings!

Rory McIlroy (-4): "It was a very disappointing day obviously. Hopefully I will learn from it and come back stronger. It was my first experience of leading a major in the final round and things went a bit pear-shaped. Hopefully I'll handle it better next time I get in that position. It will be pretty tough for me the next few days but I'll get over it. Shooing a bad score on the last round of a golf tournament is not as bad as a lot of things that happen to other people. It'll take a bit of time but I will get over it and I'll be stronger for it."

0023: Schwartzel is picking up his Green Jacket again in front of the clubhouse. He dedicates this win to his Dad. Which is nice. Tiger is getting a bit of stick now on Five Live about his short and sharp greenside interview. It was a little, erm... brief. 22 seconds apparently.

Graeme McDowell on Twitter: "Gutted for Rory today. It's gonna feel like the end of the world a little right now but this will be a huge learning experience."

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Anon via text: "By far the most entertaining Masters for years! Well done Schwartzel kept it consistent over the four days. I now remember why we all love Tiger, though."

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "It has been a catastrophe for McIlroy but I think it's very important people keep it in perspective. The great thing is, I believe the person most likely to keep it in perspective is Rory McIlroy. He will be labelled by some people as a choker, people will say that he blew it. But the beauty is there's four majors a year and he's too good a player not to recover. I wouldn't mind betting Schwartzel has a very bright future in the game now and that green jacket might just slip on to his shoulders a few more times in his career."

2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (-14): "Playing with KJ Choi - he plays the same game I do. That kept me calm - or as calm as I could. It was a phenomenal day. Adam Scott was making birdies and Jason Day was and I needed to do something. My dad played such a big part in my golf and without him I wouldn't have the golf swing or be where I am now if it wasn't for him."

0009: Another big stat. This is the first time since 1994 that none of the Majors have been held by an American golfer. Charl gets his Green Jacket in the Butler Cabin from Phil Mickelson. Always an uncomfortable few minutes that.

j_bizzle9 on Twitter: "Very impressive interview by Rory, signs of a champion and shows he will learn from this experience. He will be back!!"

Rory McIlroy (-4): "I thought I hung in pretty well on the front nine and was leading going into the back nine and I just unravelled there and lost it at 10, 11 and 12 and couldn't get it back. It is one of those things and I couldn't get it back. I'll get over it and take the positives and I'll have plenty more chances - I know that. The positive are that I led the tournament for 63 holes. I can't put my finger on it, I lost confidence in my putting around the turn - I was second guessing lines and second guessing my speed and you can't do that round here."

Wayne Grady
BBC golf pundit Wayne Grady: "It was the best day's golf I have seen in a long, long time. It was a wonderful day's play. It gave us everything that golf can do. How many times have we seen someone birdie the last four holes to win a Major?"

jakeabow on Twitter: "Well done Charl... insanely good putting and a bit of luck on the side, too. Thoroughly deserved."

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Toby, Oxford, via text: "Stayed up all night to watch this ! Breathtaking and I have school tomorrow morning. Now that's dedication!"

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "The world now knows who Charl Schwartzel is. He just came out on the big stage and he will now be a force to be reckoned with for a long time. He's so talented."

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Fred, Milton Keynes, via text: "Wow. What a day of twists and turns, eventually ending up with a deserving winner. It's just a shame that McIlroy couldn't fight them all the way. Stunning golf."

2355: McIlroy misses his close-range birdie putt. His day couldn't have ended any other way really. The final group end with pars. McIlroy cards an 80 to end up on -4. An amazing day draws to a close.

2353: After the Lord Mayor's show. McIlroy and Cabrera walk up the 18th. RMac looks like he has aged over the course of this afternoon. Great reception from the patrons. Both are near the hole in two, in fact McIlroy's ball smacks into Cabrera's. Doesn't matter now.

2350: After day like this, that was a fitting end. Schwartzel doesn't need two putts, he just drains the first one. Brilliant. The crowd rise as one to acclaim their new champion. A big hug from the wife and he's off to the scorers hut. Congratulations.


2348: BIRDIE Schwartzel (-14)

Davideocassette on Twitter: "I can't see Schwartzel missing these two putts, but then again so many crazy things have happened today!"

Barrie, in South Wales, via text: "This is gripping. Daren't go to sleep!"

2344: In normal circumstances, that would be a good approach. At this nervy moment, it's fantastic. Heart of the green, on the same level as the hole, 25ft from the cup. Two putts to win the Masters. This is it fella.

2341: Day nails his birdie putt. Wow. He claims shots at 17 and the last. He's got a chance on 12 under. As does Scott, who pars and is on the same total. Right then Charl, what you got? A four will win you the Masters for the first time. No pressure.

2341: BIRDIE Day (-12)

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Nick via text: "I'm in a hotel in Frankfurt but the Masters not on TV. Glued to your text updates. What an exciting Championship. Sorry about Rory."

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Chris, Wales, via text: "Just got in from a wedding reception. Anything interesting happening?"
Not really Chris, it's been pretty quiet!

2338: On the 18th green, Scott has a 25 footer for birdie, Day has a six footer. There's more drama to come, I'm certain.

2335: And it changes again. This is the day that keeps on giving. South African Charl Schwartzel, 50 years since compatriot Gary Player became the first international to win the Masters in 1961, drains a 10-footer at the 17th to take a one-shot lead up the last. That's his third birdie in a row. Amazing scenes.

2335: BIRDIE Schwartzel (-13)

mrdjpope on Twitter: "Great pressure putt from Adam Scott, especially after watching Day hole his monster putt. Great stuff out there."

-12 Scott, Schwartzel
-11 Day
-10 Woods, Ogilvy, Donald, Choi

Luke Donald (-10): "Twelve was a killer for me, it was the one bad swing I made all day and I paid the penalty but I dug in deep and made some birdies but I think I'm going to come up short."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "There's never been this many people with a chance to win going down the stretch. This is unbelievable."

Masters Macca: Another one goes for Rory McIlroy at the 15th as he takes six there to slip to four under now. He's eight over for the round and in danger of failing to break 80. Shades of Norman in 96, shades of McIlroy's horror show at St Andrews last year (without the wind).

2327: Day sinks a 30 footer at the 17th. He's back in the mixer. Scott then drains a 15 footer to save par at the same hole. That is brilliant from where he was. A crazy, crazy day.

2336: BOGEY Cabrera (-9)

2326: BIRDIE Day (-11)

2323: This has been an incredible final day. No doubt. The best in a long time. There's shots flying in everywhere. First off Schwartzel joins Scott on 12 under with an eight-footer at 16 then Donald incredibly chips in for a three at the last. Big celebration from Donald, haven't seen that from him before. He's in the clubhouse on 10 under. This could be a massive play-off!

2321: BIRDIE Donald (-10)

2321: BIRDIE Schwartzel (-12)

Martin Laird (-3): "It doesn't get much better than that. I said to my caddie 'enjoy this walk as it's going to be a year until we're back'. Overall, what a great week. It is tough to say in words - the atmosphere was incredible today. Tiger played well and it was fun to be out there. There's a lot of learning on this course and I can't wait to get back here next year."

Masters Macca: Luke Donald looks like coming up just short. He missed his par putt at the 17th to drop to nine under and with his second shot at the last, playing from an awkward stance, he sends his approach right on the money, but it hits the pin and cannons off to the front of the green. Cruel.

2317: Don't think about going to bed. There's more to come from Augusta. Leader Scott goes left at 17. Way left. He's in a bunker on the seventh. Pressure. His fires it out of the sand but his troubles are not over yet. He has found the bunker at the front of the green.

2314: Schwartzel joins Scott at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the par-five 15th for about 15 seconds before the Aussie sinks that little birdie putt at 16 to lead by one again. Choi is still refusing to go away and a birdie at 15 places him on 10 under.

Alex in Southport via text: "I think this is Scott's Masters after the ever so important putt on 15 and the fantastic shot on 16. two very big moments."

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Ropey Hack Ilroy in Leeds via text: "Not enough cider in the world to cope with this. Don't care who wins now."

2311: BIRDIE KJ Choi (-10)

2311: BIRDIE Scott (-12)

2311: BIRDIE Schwartzel (-11)

Tiger Woods (-10): "I'm one back - we'll see what happens. I'm going to eat - I'm starving."

Lee Westwood (-5): "I'm very very frustrated. I played tee to green like a man who should have won the tournament but I was abysmal on the greens. I went to the belly putter today which I haven't used for six years. What's bugging me is that I can't hit the hole from four feet. I gave myself so many chances so to finish on five under is a killer."

Masters Macca: Rory McIroy has stopped the rot as he pars 13 and 14 to remain at -5. He's seven over par for the day after shipping six shots in three holes. Horrible to watch.

2306: BOGEY Van Pelt (-8)

2306: BOGEY Donald (-9)

2305: Ogilvy pars the last despite his approach to the green being a little short. He joins Tiger in the clubhouse on -10. Now Scott at the 16th and that is an absolute beauty my son. It hits the slope and rolls left and he's got a three-footer for birdie. If he gets a birdie here it is going to take something truly spectacular to overhaul him.

2302: Brilliant save by Scott on 15 as his 10-foot clutch putt goes in. He remains in the lead. Donald is on 17 and his awkward putt from long range gets caught in the fringe. He's got a 15-footer for par.

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "The dropped shot on the 12th and the missed eagle putt on the 15th could cost Tiger today".

2257: Tiger sinks a nasty one at the last to save par. That's a 67 to leave him in the clubhouse at 10 under. All he can do is sit back and wait.

2255: Van Pelt drops a shot at the 16th as playing partner Donald birdies it. Ogilvy claims a par at the 17th despite an approach that lands in a greenside bunker. He produces a lovely bunker shot though that helps him card a four. Tournament leader Adam Scott is in a spot of bother at 15 as his approach flies right into the crowd. That's a nasty chip back. The ball falls on the dancefloor but rolls down the slope and away from the hole. How's the nerves?

2254: BOGEY Van Pelt (-9)

Masters Macca: Luuuuuuuuuuuke is not out of this. Donald sinks a 12ft putt at the 16th after a fine tee shot for his second birdie in a row to go to -10.

2251: It's all going off. Van Pelt in the mixer with another eagle three, this time at the 15th. Donald birdies the 15th despite going through the back of the green and there's another one coming up for the Englishman... more on that in a second.

2251: BIRDIE Donald (-10)

2246: EAGLE Van Pelt (-10)

2246: BIRDIE Donald (-9)

Masters Macca: Ross Fisher has found a spot of bother at the 16th and he takes double bogey to drop to -4. Edoardo Molinari has finished his tournament with a final-round 70 for five under. Decent effort by the young Italian.

Anon via text: "I am absolutely speechless. I don't know how you're still typing Orlovac... "
I don't know either.

Nicola in London via text: "If only I could give Rory a big cuddle and a teddy bear right now."

Barlettaborn on Twitter: "He may have lost me £1k but I just feel really really sorry for Rory. I hope this collapse doesn't affect him going forward."

2241: Adam Scott leads the Masters. He has been quietly going about his business and playing some fine golf. He birdies the 14th to move to 11 under, one ahead of the pack that also includes Woods, who claims a vital par at 17. In the excitement I thought that was a birdie. Sorry. Ogilvy now on 10 under with his fifth birdie in a row after a fine approach at 16. That is a charge and no mistake.

2239: BIRDIE Ogilvy (-10)

2239: BIRDIE Scott (-11)

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "This is very, very hard to watch. This is a meltdown that none of us could have foreseen."

2235: It just gets worse and worse for Rory. He spanks it way left from the 13th tee. And I mean way left. It nestles in Rae's Creek and the Northern Irishman doesn't know where to look. He buries his face in his arm. He looks close to tears. This will spark painful memories of Greg Norman in 1996. Horrible.

Peter Alliss
BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "You don't know what to say. Rory wants to creep away now."

Masters Macca: Geoff Ogilvy has snuck in under the radar. Having dropped to -4 with consecutive bogeys at three and four he's pulled things right round and birdies at 13, 14 and 15 have seen him go to nine under. Could this be Australia's Day? Jason Day piles in birdies at 12 and 13 and he's at 10 under.

2230: This is absolutely horrible to watch now. McIlroy finds the heart of the green at the 12th but then three putts from three feet. That's a five. His challenge is now over. I'm numb.

2229: DOUBLE BOGEY McIlroy (-5)

2227: BIRDIE Ogilvy (-9)

Masters Macca: Lee Westwood is done for the week. He's finished on -5 and is tied for 13th place as it stands. Ross Fisher has bounced between -5 and -6 all day and has got himself back to six under with a birdie at 13. Martin Laird is down to two under now.

2224: It looks as if McIlroy has blown it. After that fine approach to 11, he three putts. Incredible. The second one of those lipped out from close range. Can't believe it.

2220: BOGEY McIlroy (-7)

2219: Phew. A lot happening here. Donald, who double bogeys the 12th, gets one back at the 13th. Choi misses a long par putt at the 12th while playing partner Schwartzel drains a long one at the same hole for par. Does anyone want to win this? Cabrera with an incredible wedge at 11 that goes straight into the air and rolls towards the hole. Beautiful touch. That sets him up nicely for par. Bo Van Belt comes from nowhere with a three at the par-five 13th. Crazy.

2217: BIRDIE Donald (-8)

2217: BOGEY KJ Choi (-9)

2216: EAGLE Van Pelt (-8)

2215: That could have been so much more. Woods misses the four-footer for eagle although he sinks the tricky birdie putt at 15th coming back. He looks pretty frustrated but he's joint leading the Masters. Elsewhere, McIlroy is at the 11th and that is a very ballsy approach to the green. Brilliant response. He's five foot away.

2214: BIRDIE Woods (-10)

2211: What can you say? RMac cards a seven at the 10th all of a sudden he's two off the lead. Deflated is not the word. But he is not out of this yet. Jason Day is not going away. A two at the 12th puts him one behind the leading quartet.

2207: BIRDIE Day (-9)

2207: TRIPLE BOGEY McIlroy (-8)

2207: Boooooom. Hold on to your hats. Woods is very much in contention again. He nails an iron approach to within four feet at the par-five 15th. He's got that for eagle. Words fail me. Timing, as they say, is everything.

Peter Alliss
BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss: "It's at times like this the game becomes very cruel."

2203: Gee whizz. This is turning into a nightmare. From down in the rough McIlroy smacks the ball into a tree and it's back into the long stuff. The chip crawls onto the green. Could this be the moment that costs Rory the Masters?

Graeme McDowell on Twitter: "Rorsie going for a quick look in Butler Cabin for later. Wow. Gonna be a tough 5 from there."

2159: This is a test as Graham Taylor would say. McIlroy gets the ball out, across the fairway and onto the rough on the other side. From there, he goes way left. In the flowers near the scoreboard. Don't unravel now Rory. Scott, meanwhile, is marching on. A long putt for birdie and the cheers can heard all round the course. That's three shots in five holes for the Aussie.

2158: BIRDIE Scott (-10)

Andrew Cotter
BBC golf commentator Andrew Cotter: "It's extraordinary. I have never seen anyone up there. The Masters never ceases to amaze."

2153: Where on earth is McIlroy at the 10th? He's way, way left not 100 yards from the tee. He's up by the cabins that separate the championship course from the par-three course. It looks as if he caught some of the overhanging branches and the ball has squirted off. How well McIlroy recovers from there could be the key to his Masters charge.

Clubhouse leader Justin Rose (-5): "Nice to finish with a 68. It was strange as a player yesterday because it was a hard day for me but everyone seemed to score well, so to this point I'm surprised how much I've climbed the leaderboard."

2151: Shame for Donald. He finds the water at the 12th. That could derail his charge.

-11 McIlroy
-10 Schwartzel, Choi, Cabrera
-9 Woods, Donald, Scott
-8 Day
-6 Molinari, Ogilvy, Fisher, Van Pelt

2144: Woods' birdie putt is close but no cigar. That will be a par. Donald goes very close with a birdie attempt at 11 while Adam Scott sinks a nasty six footer at the 10th for par.

Masters Macca: Bubba Watson started the day on -5 and probably with dreams of putting together a charge. It's not quite worked out that way. The American bogeyed three of the first seven holes and then carded a triple at the eighth. He's six over for the round.

Masters Macca: Phil Mickelson has pulled a couple of shots back at 10 and 13 and he's at -3. He's got four holes left as the holder of the Masters title.

2140: It's getting very congested at the top of the leaderboard now. Choi produces a fabulous approach at the ninth and he gets the birdie he deserves. Tell you what, the 40-year-old Korean is in good shape at the minute. He's the only one of the leaders not to have dropped a shot today. Woods is down the left slope at 13th and his approach runs off the back of the green. He chips on but the green falls away from him and he's got a 20 footer back for birdie.

2139: BIRDIE KJ Choi (-10)

Masters Macca: Lee Westwood's still plugging away, picking up a shot to go to -5 at 14 but he has just seen a birdie putt at the long 15th just fail to drop. Martin Laird got back to -4 with birdie at 11 but then let it slip at 12 to return to -13. Ian Poulter gets a birdie at 17 to go to -2.

2136: Donald is in fine fettle and a three at the 10th puts him in a good position. Cabrera rolls in for a four at the eighth and he's back on RMac's tail. Rory claims his par at the same hole. Where's your money?

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "You look at the leaderboard and there's three shots covering eight players. The odds will be pretty short on a play-off."

2134: BIRDIE Cabrera (-10)

2134: BIRDIE Donald (-9)

2133: Brilliant attempt from McIlroy. That putt was from a long way away and it's in the dustbin lid.

2130: Sloppy from Woods at 12. His putt lips out and that's a shot dropped. That will ease the pressure on McIlroy and Schwartzel. Rory now from the back of the eighth and that's a lazy chip. It hasn't got enough on it and it sits at the top of the ridge at the edge of the green. Par is the aim now.

Wayne Grady
BBC golf commentator Wayne Grady: "It's amazing that everything Rory has done today has been just that little bit off."

2129: BOGEY Woods (-9)

Ball in rough
2126: Woods has a long birdie attempt at the par-three 12th but it never really looks like it is going in. Two-footer for par. McIlroy with his approach to the eighth, but it is long and right. It's in the rough stuff.

-11 McIlroy
-10 Woods, Schwartzel
-9 Scott, Choi, Cabrera
-8 Donald, Day
-6 Fisher, Van Pelt

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "Tiger keeps telling us he's close to his best but with no evidence to back it up, but my goodness he's got the adrenaline going and he's really got the bit between the teeth now."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "McIlroy's body language looks like he's a nervous little boy out there. He's not hitting the precise iron shots he was hitting over the first two days. He's definitely got a fight on his hands now."

Bullivant on Twitter: "I need a shower and an early night but this is too nail biting, I'm going to have to smell and be tired. Come on Tiger."

2119: Tell you what, Ken Brown is upping the ante with his 'Ken On The Course' clips this year. Next year he'll have fireworks, dancing girls and a performing monkey at Augusta. Maybe I could suggest those additions at the next gold planning meeting. Rose ends with two pars and he cards a final round 68 to become the clubhouse leader on -5.

2117: Adam Scott is putting well. He sinks a birdie putt at the eighth and that's two in a row now. First Aussie winner of the Masters anyone? Woods claims a solid par at the 11th. The tricky 12th to come.

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Anon via text: "After seeing McIlroy miss another short put its time for a cuppa. Whilst in the kitchen a roar goes up from the living room, sprint back to find out it's a wind up, brother and Dad in hysterics. Rory then proceeds to hole out for birdie at the next. Who's laughing now?!"

2115: BIRDIE Scott (-9)

2113: That will do son. Big cheers in our office as that rolls up the hill and into the cup for a birdie three. He's one clear of the field. Cabrera birdies from a similar area of the green and to remain two off Rory.

2112: BIRDIE Day (-8)

2111: BIRDIE Cabrera (-9)

2111: BIRDIE McIlroy (-11)

2108: Birdie Donald is at it again. He sinks a six-footer and he's two off the leading pack. The World Match Play winner is not out of this. McIlroy pin high with his approach to the seventh green but the ball spins back down to the fringe. It's 20ft away... this will be nice.

2108: BIRDIE Donald (-8)

2016: KJ Choi, tied for fourth here last year, has been strolling along nicely with six straight pars but he birdies the seventh and is one off the lead.

2105: BIRDIE KJ Choi (-9)

2103: Woods with a birdie putt at the 10th. It briefly threatens the hole but rolls on by. Who wants this Green Jacket? At the moment, it is there for the taking.

David_Anderson2 on Twitter: "McIlroy looks deflated, its still in his hands. Get a grip son, Tigers Roar seems to have affected him."

Masters Macca: Sergio Garcia's Masters is over - a bogey at the last sees him finish with a 73 and level par for the tournament.

felixokot on Twitter: "I fancy Tiger Woods to complete his long road to redemption tonight! Game on!!!!"

2057: BIRDIE Scott (-8)

Masters Macca: Justin Rose pops another one in - his fifth birdie of the day and he's at -5 with two to play. Two pars and he'll take the clubhouse lead from Trevor Immelman, who carded a 69 for -4.

2056: McIlroy at the sixth with a monster putt for birdie and ooh that's close. He needs one of them to go in. Cabrera with his birdie attempt... and he leaves it way short again. His par putt just sneaks in.

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From rjp via text: "My girlfriend just read the commentary and asked who 'Bogey Donald' was.... no joking."

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Jimbomacca via text: "Stuck on a bus between Aberdeen and Edinburgh with only patchy slow 3g and live text to keep up to date and still loving it. Come on Tiger!"

Masters Macca: The 155-yard 12th has wrecked a few cards over the last few days (and years) and it's there that Lee Westwood's fine round has come unstuck. A double bogey there takes him back to -4.

2049: Sink it is the answer. From 20ft Woods drains the putt and he remains in a tie for the lead despite two bad lies. That's a big moment.

2047: There's a three-way tie for the lead as Rory misses the par putt. Nervy times. Coming in to today, RMac was second in the Masters stats this week for greens in regulation, top in driving distance, and 27th for putting average. The putting wasn't good there. What will Tiger do on the ninth?

2047: BOGEY McIlroy (-10)

2045: Donald hardly touches that putt but it rolls past the pin and it's a nuggety one back, which doesn't drop. He's back to seven under. Woods from the sand at the ninth. He gets it out but he's got a long one for par.

2044: BOGEY Donald (-7)

2044: McIlroy short and left with the iron to the par-four fifth. Nice chip from there, though, and he should save par.

2041: Woods in trouble at the ninth hole. He's on the pine straw after going right off the tee. He can find a path through the trees but the ball lands in the bunker back left. "Tiger charge over," shouts a colleague in the office. He did have a smile on his face when he said it. I think. Donald in the woods at the seventh. He drills it underneath the branches and up onto the green. Brilliant shot. He's far away from the pin and that is a devilishly difficult downhill putt from there.

-11 McIlroy
-10 Woods, Schwartzel
-8 Donald, Day, Choi, Cabrera
-7 Scott
-6 Westwood

christyritchie1 on Twitter: "Tiger's on the move. Damn. C'mon Rory! Just get one birdie to get your confidence going."

2033: This is golf at its very, very best. Woods sinks that eagle putt at the eighth. He's got exactly what that approach deserved. Tiger punches his fist in celebration. The crowd go potty. Game on.

2032: EAGLE Woods (-10)

2030: RMac leads on his own again after South African Schwartzel tugs his tee shot to the fourth pin left. He's right on the other side of the green and his birdie putt does not give him a chance to save par, really.

2028: BOGEY Schwartzel (-10)

Masters Macca: Phil Mickelson can start preparing his congratulatory speech for the 2011 winner. Last year's champ has leaked another shot at the 9th and he's back to -1 for the tournament.

Champagne moment
2024: Fireworks from Woods. He fires an absolute brute of a second shot to the green of the par-five eighth. It lands on the dancefloor and keeps rolling and rolling and rolling nearer the pin. He's got approximately a 12 footer for eagle. Simply superb. And yes, that has left me drooling.

Masters Macca: What about The Hoffmeister I hear you cry? Crowd favourite Charley Hoffman has grabbed two birdies in a row to get to three under for the tournament. What a hero.

2021: Cabrera is off target with his approach to the third green and his chip gets bogged down in the rough. He moves back to eight under. McIlroy's approach to the same pin is good but he misses a seven footer for birdie. Par for him.

2020: BOGEY Cabrera (-8)

-11 Schwartzel, McIlroy
-9 Cabrera
-8 Woods, Donald, Day, Scott, Choi
-6 Westwood

2017: Do not go anywhere. This is going to be a storming evening. Woods' approach to the seventh gives him a great six foot birdie chance and the world number seven takes it. On a march here. That flat stick has been working well over the last few holes.

2016: BIRDIE Woods (-8)

Champagne moment
2011: Unbelievable. Schwartzel launches a stinger into the third green, the ball bites and rolls down into the cup. The South African's hands go up into the air. Like he just doesn't care. He's started birdie, par, eagle and is now level with McIlroy on -11. That shot deserves a graphic. RMac saves par at the second with that nervy one, while Cabrera leaves his eagle attempt short. However, the Argentine does claim the birdie.

2009: EAGLE Schwartzel (-11)

2009: BIRDIE Cabrera (-9)

2008: McIlroy now from the sand and that is a good one. If he can sink the four-foot par putt he may be able to put this start behind him.

danetchells on Twitter: "Off for a bath and when I get back Rory McIlroy had better have sorted himself out!!"

jameswrees on Twitter: "McIlroy is spending more time in the sand than David Hasselhoff."

Masters Macca: Paul Casey can put his feet up and watch how the rest of the day pans out. He's done for the day, two birdies and a bogey in a round of 71 to finish +1.

2002: Woods chases after that putt. No worries, it's straight in the middle of the hole and he's back to -7. RMac at the second, and he's in the sand again. Nooo! Left hand bunker at the front of the green. "Nerves are a-tingling," says Wayne Grady. Cabrera plants his second in the heart of the dancefloor. Should get a birdie from there.

2000: BIRDIE Woods (-7)

1959: Rory needs to settle down a little here. He finds the fairway sand at the second and when he fires it out, the ball smacks the top of the bunker and he is lucky that the ball bounces on to the fairway. He can still get a par from here though. Cabrera with a big, big drive. He's on the short stuff. That'll do for him.

1955: Australian Scott collects his fourth birdie of the week at the second and he's only three off Rory. The pack is closing in. Woods at the par-three sixth. "Be perfect," he shouts after it. It's not perfect but it's pretty damn good. The ball lands to the right but the slope feeds the ball down to the flag on the bottom left. He's got a eight-foot uphill putt for birdie.

1953: BIRDIE Scott (-8)

1952: Oh dear. In the space of a hole, RMac's lead is cut from four to two. He can't make that one back. That's not going to settle the nerves. It will be interesting to see how he handles that. It's only his fourth bogey of the week.

1950: BIRDIE Westwood (-6)

1950: BOGEY McIlroy (-11)

1948: Wonderful recovery from Cabrera. He hooks it out of the woods and onto the first dancefloor. That's a fine shot. His putt is also very good and the big Argentine can tap in for par. McIlroy is long with his approach and from the fringe his ball rolls four foot passed. Nasty one for par.

1945: Few things to update you on. Woods misses that 10 footer at the fourth, a putt that Ken Brown calls the most important of the week for him so far. He comes back for bogey. Momentum checked. Schwartzel with a wonderful chip from 15 yards off the first green. It curls down the slops and in! McIlroy leads by three. Donald then taps in a tiddler at the second and he's four off the lead.

1944: BIRDIE Donald (-8)

1943: BIRDIE Schwartzel (-9)

Masters Macca: The 2008 winner Trevor Immelman, who did what McIlroy is aiming to do by leading all four rounds that year, is putting together a decent closing round. After bogeying four and five he rattled off three birdies and then four pars and is up to -3 for the tournament.

1940: Boom baby. That's a monster drive. Right. Down. The. Middle. Too many full stops there I think. Cabrera also goes, and he's left and in the crowd. The lie is not too bad, though.

1940: "Fore please, Rory McIlroy now driving." This is it people. It's Go Time.

1938: BOGEY Woods (-6)

1936: The smile quickly turn to a frown for Woods. He is put off by something/one making a noise as he swings for his approach. It leaves him with a big putt for birdie, which he misses. Ooh, and he's got a 10 footer for par.

1935: Wonderful reception for RMac as he strides to the first tee. How fast do you think his heart is beating? If that was me, and in my dreams it often is, I wouldn't be able lift my driver let alone hit the ball.

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Tim via text: "Watching in Toronto en route to somewhere else. Doesn't seem right not watching the Masters in the evening. Donald/McIlroy. Either way... "

McIlroy's manager Chubby Chandler: "He was a bit disappointed that Ulster lost to Northampton but that kept him occupied for two hours. He's playing just beautifully and I don't have too many concerns. It will be very difficult for the guys to come at him - Rory will need to give them some help. If he's level through six holes he'll be fine. He'll be out there and play the game he sees. He's smarter on the golf course than six months ago. It's a good test for him. He's still 21 and he's a proper 21-year-old - he acts like it. He's got his pals here and they're just chilling out like 21-year-olds do. He's very comfortable because he's with his peers."

Ken Brown
BBC golf commentator Ken Brown: "Rory doesn't do a lot in his warm-up, it's been an interesting morning and he's bound to be nervous - it is critical not to rush around. He's such a brilliant striker of the ball but he needs to maintain concentration or this course will gobble you up."

gitto9 on Twitter: "Tiger's odds halved after the first three holes, 28's down to 14's. Come on Tiger!!"

tim_at_voh on Twitter: "Keeping up to date with you via text com in South Africa, you're my only link with all things Masters keep it up! Come on McIlroy."

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Anon via text: "Rickie Fowler is no Justin Bieber. He's quite obviously Zac Efron*. Look him up."
* Who's Zac Efron?

-12 McIlroy
-8 Cabrera, Schwartzel, Choi, Day
-7 Woods, Scott, Donald
-6 Ogilvy

1922: That putt at the third for Woods looked a lot harder when he stood up to it than it did after the chip. Doesn't matter, Woods rolls it in and he's on a charge of sorts. Big cheers as he marches to the fourth tee and that's a big smile too.

1922: BIRDIE Woods (-7)

Masters Macca: Korea's Kim Kyung-tae is obviously enjoying the company of the marker (see 1529) he is playing with as he is putting together a very tidy round. Heading down the last he's five under for the day in a bogey free round. Some encouragement there for the chasing pack that a low score is possible.

It's good news for an American
It's bad news for an American
1919: Interesting. Very interesting. Woods now with a chip to the pin at the third. And it's a lovely one. That's another birdie, surely. I think we can now say goodbye to Mickelson, he doubles the fourth after a sloppy short putt and he's -2.

It's good news for a Scotsman
It's good news for an American
1917: Birdies, birdies everywhere but not a drop to er... drink. That's not right is it? No matter, Scotland's Martin Laird, who bogeyed the first, is now back to -4 with a four at the second. Tiger Woods is -6 with a birdie at the second.

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Carlito, Leamington, via text: "What's the earliest it's possible for this to finish? Gotta be up before 0600 and wondering if a nap now would make good strategic sense."
Thinking ahead. You'll go far.

Mikray on Twitter: "Will be surprised if Woods hits anything less than -5, McIlroy needs to hold his nerve. He might be -1 but Charley's still Hoff the pace."

Wayne Grady
BBC golf commentator Wayne Grady: "Four shots around here can go in the blink of an eye but if Rory can get through the first seven holes in good shape he'll be fine."

Masters Macca: Brave Brits round-up: Lee Westwood has picked up a shot, grabbing a birdie at the second to go to -4. Scotland's Martin Laird has gone the other way, dropping to -3 with a bogey at the first. A bogey for Justin Rose at the seventh sees him back to -1. Ian Poulter is level par and Paul Casey one over - they're playing for cash and maybe a bit of crystal if they're lucky.

It's bad news for an American
1908: Fowler, named by one of my colleagues as the Justin Bieber* of golf, triples that 11th and is sitting on +3. Woods starts with a par at the first. Haven't seen any of it so I can't tell you what happened. For the last time people, enjoy him while's he's with us, heerrrrrreee's Masters Macca....
* Who's Justin Bieber?

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Anon via text: "Just landed at Heathrow. Now for Piccadilly Line home. But there's engineering works on the District Line. Drama already on this Masters Sunday! Cheering the Aussies but RMac is in Faldo-esque form and I'd be happy to see him win."

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Tom, Lisburn, NI via text: "Rory is the perfect role model for young golfers and I would love to see him win today."

1903: Stat attack: McIlroy's final-day lead is apparently the biggest since Tiger Woods' incredible nine-stroke advantage in 1997. Rory was watching that Masters as a seven-year-old with his Dad. By the way, he has been at the practice range and exchanged a quick with Luke Donald as they passed eachother. I wonder what was said? Maybe Rory asked Luke: "What on earth was that outfit yesterday?"

Tim, Swansea, via text: "Putting off doing my dissertation for yet another day, while I sit in the library watching the golf online."

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Stu in Stafford via text: "Boys round, game of poker, curry, watching the golf, sorted! Donald to win at 20/1 but would love to see McIlroy take it down!"
Now THAT sounds like a good night.

British tennis player Laura Robson on Twitter: "Hoping to see McIlroy put on the green jacket today. He's played very solid so far, fingers crossed he can keep it up!"

1855: I've just taken a quick peek at Rickie Fowler's outfit for today. Heavens. The telly has just blown up. He's orange. Bright orange. Top, strides and shoes. Magic. The 22-year-old, playing in his first Masters, was in contention after the first two days but a 76 on day three left him out of the hunt. Anyway, he's in the woods at 11 and smacks it into a trunk, somehow that makes its way on to the fairway. That really could have gone anywhere. He's +1 for today, level par overall.

It's good news for an American
1850: Defending champ Phil Mickelson likes that second. Three birdies there this week and another there today places him on -4. Too far back to win a fourth Green Jacket, surely? Woods is coming down the first, I'll let you know how he starts as soon as I get it.

Ken Brown
Ken Brown watching Rory McIlroy head out onto the driving range, about an hour or so before he tees off: "He has to maintain his concentration otherwise this golf course can gobble you up."

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Anon via text: "My rugby team are still in the Heineken Cup... my team are second in the Premier League.... my horse came third at the national.... Button did a decent job and yet Poulter is stuck evens? Explain Mark... "
If only I could...

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Ed, Sheffield, via text: "Got a fiver on Cabrera at 100/1 but still want Rory to win it. I'd probably settle for the money if it went that way though."

1850 Fred Couples, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)
1900 Bubba Watson, Ross Fisher (Eng)
1910 Luke Donald (Eng), Bo Van Pelt
1920 Jason Day (Aus), Adam Scott (Aus)
1930 Charl Schwartzel (SA), KJ Choi (Kor)
1940 Rory McIlroy (NI), Angel Cabrera (Arg)

1841: It might be worth reminding you of the all-important tee times so you can plan your visits to the kitchen/wine rack/fridge/toilet. They follow now...

1836: Have I mentioned that it is absolutely gorgeous day in Augusta? Is there another course in the world that looks as spectacular as this in the sunshine? Columbian Camilo Villegas is at the par-three 12th and he is short. The ball rolls down and nestles in the long stuff. Couples in 1992 country. And that's a wonderful chip from there. Par the likelihood. Will he gone to win it now like Couples did? Er... no. He's +7. Today he's bogeyed three, four, eight, 10 and doubled 11. Ouch.

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Youngsy in Kent via text: "No-one seems to be mentioning KJ, everyone's favourite diminutive weightlifter has to be in with a real shot if he can keep his nerve through the first 3... "

Dendollemol on Twitter: "Studying hotel investments but keep on switching to the BBC website for Masters updates. It's not really very productive... "

rjbrick on Twitter: "AV vote is still 'RMac' as he has >50% of the vote there.. keep up!"
Maths was never my strong point.

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T Wilson, London, via text: "I backed Kaymer and Garcia. Not too optimistic."
As one of them has already gone home, I wouldn't be either.

1823: Oh dear, Els drops, then flops onto the green but then misses from three feet. That's a bogey six for him and he's five over. Watney birdies the same hole and he's +4 now. By the way, if you haven't already, could you manually refresh this page and we'll kick that Soneji fella into the long grass. Ace.

1816: Ernie Els is in trouble at the 13th as his approach gets a little wet in Rae's Creek. Nick Watney, the world number 14 who was heavily backed to be a dark horse this week following his victory in the WGC Cadillac Championship in March and his seventh-placed finish here last year, has never really got going this week and is +5. However, he has an eagle chance at 13 after a fine approach.

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Rolly in Cardiff via text: "The Masters is the only thing keeping me from my political thought essay! McIlroy and co. are far more interesting than Kymlicka and Parekh. Hoping to see Donald wearing the Green Jacket tonight as his play around the green is superb and you have to admire his attire yesterday."

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Ian McInally via text: "As an Aussie living in London, can't wait to see both Day and Scott get off to good start, and although I like Rory, maybe he could 'do a Norman' and be a good sport and give it to an Aussie!"

duncan_d on Twitter: "In Dubai thinking that it's a 3am finish tomorrow morning if Rory is still in the lead going into Amen. Meeting at 7.30am."

1806: Shall we have a little round up of the earlier starters? Go on then. Playing partners Brandt Snedeker and Jim Furyk have both birdied the second and are three under, Justin Rose has also birdied that hole and is a shot further adrift. Ian Poulter has had an entertaining start, double bogeying the first and then claiming a birdie at the second. He's -1 overall through two. South Africa's Ernie Els has just birdied the 12th and is four over for the tournament.

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Tim, Petersham, via text: "On a flight to Nairobi at 9pm. Can't believe I'm missing all the drama. Just hope I arrive in Kenya tomorrow morning to find Rory's got the green jacket."

BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: "Amazing to think McIlroy is competing in only the tenth major of his career. 41 times final 54 hole leader has gone on to win."

1759: So will McIlroy become the second youngest winner of the Masters later today? He has certainly looked pretty calm and unfazed so far this week. I've just conducted a quick straw poll in the office about who is going to win and the results are as follows: three votes for RMac, one for Luke Donald and one for Angel Cabrera. The AV preference has not yet been counted.

English golfer Luke Donald on Twitter: "Was going to wear all black today, too hot, going for all white instead."

1753: Coverage of Amen Corner is now go in the console at the top of this page and on your Red Button. How are you spending this fine evening watching the golf, where are you, who are you with, should you be with them, who do you want to win? Why don't you bang me over a message and you can let the whole world know your thoughts. Well the 13 other people that read this commentary anyway. You can use Twitter (via hashtag #BBCMasters ), you can message me direct on @markorlovac or you can text me via 81111 but please do put MASTERS before your message. Ta.

1749: Hello all. Thanks very much Pran, good work. Welcome one and all to the final round of the Masters. The perfect way to end a sporting weekend. Excited?

1745: Your rugby team has been knocked out of the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, your football team is deep in relegation trouble, your Grand National horse is still running at Aintree and your favourite F1 driver had a car with as much acceleration as a combine harvester in Malaysia. Don't worry though, your pick at the Masters will definitely come home to win tonight. I can guarantee it.*
* That last comment is not legally binding.

By Pranav Soneji

1743: It's time for the big changeover as Mark Orlovac, armed with all sorts of sugary-based confectionery, takes over until the last vestiges of dust are brushed off the back of the 2011 Masters winner. Thanks for your attention, I'm off to bounce off the walls from a serious sugar high...

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Last Ken-ism for now. On 12th tee: 'It's an 8 or 9 iron, the wind's swirling, you study your yardage book, nerves,'s a rotter.'"

1738:Apologies for slightly muddled entry about the BBC coverage for this evening - to clarify, coverage of Amen Corner starts on the BBC Sport website from 1745 while BBC TWO's coverage begins at 1900.

YE Yang on Twitter: "Shoulder in serious hurt. Seeing Dr Davies now to get treatment"

Ken Brown at Augusta
Ken has been out on the course inspecting the changes
1734: If you missed BBC commentator Ken Brown blowing the ball from the back of the ninth hole on Saturday, it's well worth another watch. He also had his snooker cue out on the 10th too, although no easy reds were on offer. Ken has back out on the course again, this time by the 13th to check out the pin positions which Rob Hodgetts has just mentioned in his tweet (below). Coverage from Amen Corner starts at 1745 on the BBC Sport website, while BBC TWO coverage starts at 1900.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Quick pin-position update: traditional Sunday pins on 12 (right), 13 (close to creek), 15 (back right), 16 (back left), 18 (front left)."

From David, London, text 81111: "McIlroy will choke in the final round lose the lead around the 11th. Charl Schwartzel or Luke Donald will be wearing the green jacket tonight."
Ooooh. Our first Rory nay-sayer.

It's good news for an American
1718: American Jeff Overton is going great guns with two successive birdies at the second and third. He's the only man out on the course who's two-under for his final round.

1707: Our television coverage commences at 1900 BST on BBC TWO and our man out at Augusta, Rob Hodgetts, tells us presenter Hazel Irvine ends her opening like with the sentence: "McIlroy is set for test of golf, temperament and character like no other." Hard to disagree. Rob also informs us that at 10am in Georgia this morning, "the rows of seats were 18 deep behind the 12th tee. Play wasn't even starting for another half-an-hour." The home support have Bo van Pelt as the highest placed American at six-under, six behind McIlroy with Tiger Woods one place further adrift alongside Fred Couples.

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From Anon, text 81111: "I tried to back Rory McIlroy at 38/1 on day one before the tournament began but my bank decided to question the transaction online and blocked my card. By the time I'd got the bet on he was leading and I only got 10/1 for my £150!!! Gotta say I'm sat on the sofa ready and waiting to see the boy come of age!!"

1659: The active field is growing on the front nine as Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Robert Karlsson join the final-round jamboree. Spaniard Garcia's best ever finish at Augusta was back in 2004, when he finished joint fourth - and he is highly unlikely to match those heady heights following an opening-hole bogey, moving him down to level par.

From Dave, Bournemouth, text 81111: "Wikipedia has already decided McIlroy will win with final score of -14 and a margin of three. I'm sold, i mean Wikipedia's never been wrong before, right?"

Ben Dirs on Twitter: "If Rory wins tonight, that will be five majors for the island of Ireland in less than four years - that's called punching above your weight."

1639: At the fourth time of asking, world number six Paul Casey finally sends down his first birdie at "Flowering Peach", or the third hole as most of you know it. The Englishman is now one over for the tournament.

BBC Sport's Iain Carter on Twitter: "Masters winner has come from the final pairing in 19 of the last 20 tournaments - Z Johnson the exception in 07."

1628: Ernie Els collects a birdie on the par-four, 350-yard third hole and is the only active player under par for his fourth and final round. Apart from that, not much else to report.

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From Monte and Oscar's dad, Aberdeen, text 81111: "Doesn't Luke Donald normally start the last day more or less out of touch then shoot a 60-odd to finish 10th and get a nice sympathy cheque? He could push Rors closest today. But Rors will win. Obviously."

1610: McIlroy still has another three hours and 40 minutes to go before he saunters down the lush greens towards the first tee alongside 2009 champion Angel Cabrera, a man of the "been there, don't that, smoked the cigar" school of final day showdowns. The duo are out at 1940. Other notable appearances include Luke Donald (1910), Ross Fisher (1900), Fred Couples (1850), Tiger Woods (1840), Phil Mickelson (1810), Lee Westwood (1800) and Ian Poulter (1730).

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From Anon, text 81111: "I put a couple of quid on Adam Scott start of the week but you won't find me cheering on anyone other than McIlroy tonight. Agree with Ken Brown...putts well, he wins. Come on Rors!"

1559: Nick Watney has the dubious honour of carding the first bogey of the day, sinking in five on the "Tea Olive" first, a par-four, 445-yard effort. No such problems for playing partner Ernie Els though, who is through in four. Englishman Paul Casey, two over going into the final round, is now on the first hole alongside Australian Aaron Baddeley. I'll give you some more tee-off times of interest very shortly...

Masters leader Rory McIlroy on Twitter: "Proud of the lads! They gave it a great go! @UlsterRugby"

1552: You can join in the McIlroy "bromance" by tweeting the commentary via the hashtag #BBCMasters or text in via 81111 (UK). And if, in the words of the late, great Barry White, you have so much love to give, then you can even send it my way. A gravelly, baritone growl would be my ideal preference, but standard delivery would suffice.

1543: Not the best start to McIlroy's day - his rugby team Ulster have just been beaten 23-13 by Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in Milton Keynes...

-12 McIlroy
-8 Cabrera, Schwartzel, Choi, Day
-7 Scott, Donald
-6 Van Pelt

1537: Should McIlroy win his first ever major this evening, he would become the first European in 12 years to parade the famous green jacket since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999, although he would not be the youngest ever winner - that accolade is still held by Tiger Woods, who trails the man from Holywood by seven shots. "Moving Day" didn't quite go to plan for the four-time champion following a 74 - and the 35-year-old admits he must conjure something quite extraordinary out of his rather expensive bag if he is to win his first major since the 2008 US Open. "I'm in a position where I've just got to go out there and play a good round," he said on Saturday. Hardly hit-and-hope, but not exactly brimming with awe-inspiring confidence either.

1529: Ernie Els had the dubious honour of playing with a non-competitive marker on Saturday - and Sunday sees Korea's Kim Kyung-tae, who endured a miserable six-over 78 for his third round, tee off with some random nice chap to accompany him around the final 18 holes and discuss gardening tactics and the best place to find kimchi in Atlanta. He should be off at the first tee very shortly at 1530.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Whiteout at Augusta this morning. Mist so thick you can't see one end of practice ground from the other. Set to clear, highs of 90F (32C)."

1522: Bromance. It's everywhere these days, even the most perfectly manicured lawns in Georgia cannot escape the love-in. Just ask Masters leader Rory McIlroy following his two-under round of 70 on Saturday, giving him a four-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard going into the final day at Augusta. The 21-year-old received a text message from Northern Ireland compatriot Graeme McDowell which simply stated: "I love you". Asked what he made of his Ryder Cup-winning team-mate's open admission of admiration, McIlroy simply retorted: "I don't know if that's the beer talking or him." Rory, I can categorically confirm that millions of men across the country would send you the same message if Phil Mickelson is helping you into a natty green blazer at the end of the day.

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