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Round three as it happened

South African Trevor Immelman leads the Masters by two shots after the third round in Augusta.

Immelman carded his fourth birdie of the day at the last to move to 11 under, two strokes clear of American Brandt Snedeker.

Steve Flesch is a shot further back, England's Paul Casey is on seven under while four-time champion Tiger Woods is six off the lead after a 68.

Phil Mickelson is on two under, in a group including Ian Poulter.

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By Mark Orlovac

0041: Well after a spanking day of golf, I'm going to sign off. Thanks again for your company and all your messages, they are the things that make the commentary. Tell you what, let's do this all again tomorrow - can't wait. Take care.

0036: Snedeker will be in the last group tomorrow after holding his nerve at the last to claim a birdie. That's a great to bounce after the bogeys at 11, 12 and 13. Immelman also claims a three for a third-round 69. He is on 11 under, two clear of Snedeker with Flesch on eight and Casey a shot further back.

0032: Snedeker shouts "leave it, leave it" at the ball as he fires his approach to the 18th green. Don't know what that means in truth. Seems to work though as the ball lands six foot from the pin. Immelman takes a while to line up his shot before producing a stunning approach that leaves the ball two feet away. What a way to finish.

0025: Mickelson sinks a difficult one at the last but it is only for a par. He shakes his head ruefully - a 75 is not what the doctor ordered today and he has a lot of work to do tomorrow. Flesch ends with a birdie for a 69 and is within two of Immelman.

0018: Poulter saves par at the last despite finding the sand. That's a nice up and down. He is on two under after that 75 and his chance has surely gone. Steve Flesch pings in a wonderful iron approach to the 18th green. Birdie time now I reckon. Just saw that Goosen ended his round with two bogeys to end up on two under.

"Work at 10?? Oh the pain of getting up at the crack of brunch. My kids think a long lie is 7am and the wife likes to dig me in the ribs at a minute past seven, saying "your kids are up".
fiferjim on 606

Know what you mean fiferjim, at the moment my middle child wants to start his day at half five. Tell you what, when he is a teenager struggling in bed with a hangover, I'm going to start hoovering his bedroom at around the same time.

"This is the old Phil Mickelson in majors rearing it's ugly head again. One step forward, two steps back. A moment of brilliance followed by complete madness. So frustrating to watch and unfortunately for everyone watching he won't be in the mix tomorrow."
VeniceBeach on 606

"I'm happy with that. Sure I made a couple of mistakes but if you manage to get around this golf course without a bogey then you have done superbly."
Paul Casey

"The Tiger is roaring without opening his mouth!"
Name On The Trophy on 606

0009: Despite missing the fairway at the last, Casey claims par for another 69. That's a good effort, just a shame about through dropped shots on the back nine. Playing partner Stewart Cink also has a four and is six strokes behind Immelman.

0003: Snedeker birdies the 14th and reduces the gap while Immelman sinks the par putt on the same green. He now leads by two. Just when you think Mickelson is back, he then has a double bogey at the par-three 16th. Two under for him then. Poulter claims his seventh straight par at the 17th.

2359: Incredible scenes at the par-five 15th as Immelman goes short with his approach. Immelman watches on helplessly as the ball rolls and rolls back down the slope towards the water. Somehow it stops. What a lucky break. You need things to go your way if you are to win the Masters.

"Come on Casey, I've got a tenner on you. You're Europe's only chance."
radfordkennedygeorge on 606

Remember folks, 606 is open until 0100 BST tonight and tomorrow.

"Hmmm, work tomorrow at 10, golf on till one, barely any sleep the last few nights, what do I do? Stay up and watch, that's what!"
Brad431 on 606

That's the spirit. Stick with it and we will keep you company.

2353: Mickelson pars 15 but then finds the sand at the back of the 16th green. Casey bogeys the 17th after going long with his approach. Immelman leads by three.

2346: Immelman goes two clear with a birdie at 14.

2344: Mickelson birdies 13 and 14 to go five behind Immelman before a wonderful lob wedge to the green at 15. He is not out of this yet, make no mistake. Snedeker stops his bad run with a birdie three at the 14th.

2339: Let's catch up. It's all going off. Snedeker collects his third bogey in a row at the 13th and is now on six under. He could implode if he is not careful. Immelman birdies 13 to move two clear of the field on nine under while Flesch bogeys 14 to sit on minus seven. Casey hits back immediately with a two at the 16th and he is back to eight under. Phew.

2327: Casey makes a horlicks of the 15th after an errant drive goes left. He cards a six to leave Flesch and Immelman on their own. Snedeker is in the water at the 13th.

"What is scary is that Tiger reckons that 68 was the highest he could have scored today. Will he go lower tomorrow?"
dj_mcav on 606

2319: Flesch makes it three players at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the 13th. You can stop it now fellas, I can't keep up! Mickelson just misses an eagle putt at 13 but a birdie pulls him back to three under.

2316: This is some tournament. It is Snedeker now that looks a little nervy and his second straight bogey puts him with Flesch on seven under. Casey and Immelman are now the leaders.

2313: Casey tonks an enormous drive at the 14th and although his approach goes out the back of the green, he chips back well and saves par. Robert Karlsson has a six on the 18th for a 71 and is two under.

2305: We have a three-way tie for the lead now after Snedeker drops a shot at the 11th while Casey picks up a shot at the 13th. Immelman sinks a tricky one to stay with the leading group. It just goes bad to worse for Mickelson as he misses a par putt at the 12th. That's four bogeys in seven holes and his challenge is fading fast.

2304: Casey holes a lengthy putt and joins Immelman on eight under. Stewart Cink is chuntering along and a par at the 12th puts him on three under. Flesch misses a birdie putt at the 12th and settles for par.

"I have put myself right back into the tournament."
Tiger Woods

2300: Poulter saves par at the 12th while Steve Flesch fires in a beautiful tee shot to the same hole. Westwood has a tricky chip to come back but it is well executed.

"Tiger is still in the hunt, but so are about eight other golfers. It will be one exciting finish tomorrow, that is for sure."
Robs_All_Stars on 606

2255: Woods claims par at the last, which from where he was is a fantastic effort. He is in a good position for a charge on the final day. Mickelson drops shots at the 8th and 10th and is on three under. He is off the boil now. Westwood bogeys 14 and then almost plays his approach to the 15th green into the water.

2246: Woods finds the pine needles again at the 18th but instead of going low underneath the trees onto the 10th fairway like he did yesterday, he fires it high and will play his third from the green. Harrington finishes birdie-birdie for a 69 and is on two under, together with Zach Johnson - who cards a third-round 68.

2239: Casey three putts on the 11th to drop his first shot of the day. That's seven under then. Robert Karlsson birdies the 16th and is on four under while Woods flashes that ice-white smile of his after a stunning iron approach to the 17th which leads to a birdie. Woods is in the mood.

"Mark, BLTs (am I right?) aren't actually that healthy. Neither is the pub, we both know that your sandwich didn't preoccupy you for the whole hour!"
ruthere909aloid on 606

I can't believe you said that. A pub? I wouldn't know what one looks like. I was in the office working very, very hard, Hodgo just didn't see me. It was a very worthy chicken and ham club sandwich as well. Nice but ultimately unfulfilling.

2233: Westwood is on two under after a bogey four at the 12th.

2231: Oh dear. Poulter cards a six at the 10th and he is now suddenly at two under. Goosen eagles 13 for the second straight day and he moves up to minus four.

"Casey looks like Mascherano. Fact."
adriano's left foot on 606

"Greg Norman like Crocodile Dundee!"
Cahalyjoe on 606

"Lee Westwood looks Peter Kay, just a bit thinner now he's done all that weight training."
cristianodueahatrick on 606

2223: Romero birdies the 15th for the third day running and is on four under but is in big trouble at the next. Woods thinks he has fired a good shot at the same hole but the ball trickles away from the pin and towards the water. Poulter has a another shank at the 10th and is in the heavy rough.

2217: Woods misses his birdie putt and he does not even acknowledge the applause of the crowd. He is unhappy with that. Snedeker birdies the 8th and he is out on his own again. Nerveless stuff. Immelman birdies the same hole and is back to eight under.

2214: Poulter shanks his approach to the 9th and goes to four under. Woods produces a moment of magic from the bunker. Even though he is well away from the pin, he judges the shot perfectly and he will be left with a six-foot birdie putt. Simply brilliant.

2211: Woods finds sand at the 15th while Andres Romero has an eagle chance on the same hole. Westwood bogeys 11 and slips back to three under.

2200: Casey takes a share of the lead after firing home his birdie putt at the 9th. He is out in 32 after a flawless front nine. Get in there. Mickelson hits the flag with his approach at the 8th but the ball rolls back down the slope to the front of the green. That's a bad break.

2157: Poulter sends a birdie chance at the 9th just past the hole. Another par looks likely for him then. Snedeker gets out of the bunker at the first time of asking and the ball is a foot from the pin. What a shot.

2153: Here we go then for the final push for today, open the bottle of Asti and sit back. I'm back after a healthy sandwich, I just couldn't face another pie. I can assure you that my break was an hour, not a minute more, it's just that Hodgo was having such a good time.

Snedeker could be losing the outright lead soon folks. He finds sand at the 7th while Casey has a birdie chance at the 9th after a splendid approach.

By Rob Hodgetts

2152: Drum roll folks, Orlovac is back. Laters.

2145: The perpetual smile that is Brandt Snedeker leaves his birdie put short on six to stay eight under.

Tiger Woods makes his birdie on 13 to inch to four under. Watch out, fellas. It's happening again.

Paul Casey agonises over a shortish birdie miss on eight.

2141: Mark Orlovac is back and the room and his first utterance is "Trevor Immelman looks like Harry Ellis" (England rugby scrum-half). He's right you know. So who else is there? And there's a booby prize for saying Faldo/Ford or Montgomerie/Doubtfire.

2138: "World number two" Ian Poulter has carded seven straight pars so far. The only player better than him, Tiger Woods, fires into the heart of the 13th green in two and looks nailed on for another birdie, if not an eagle.

"Rob, is Lee Westwood actually your son?"
From James WYNW on 606 (see below)

Er, no. And when I say Paul Casey is on fire...he's not really.

Except that he is because he's birdied the 7th to reach seven under, just one behind. Come on my son.

Phil Mickelson bogeys six to slip to five under.

2129: Tiger Woods shaves the hole with a 15 footer for birdie on 12 and does that thing where he chucks his club in the air and makes it do a loop-the-loop and then catches it again. Surely there's an easier way to say all that?

2123: Lee Westwood makes gains and birdies eight to nudge to four under. Come on my son.

2121: Mike Weir is doing a Justin Rose in that he's dropped three straight shots to plummet to one under. Nick Dougherty is also going backwards with three bogeys in four holes through 10 for level par.

2116: Stewart Cink birdies six to get to four under but Mike Weir drops another shot at the 6th for two under. Justin Rose ends with a par for three over.

Quick Orlo Orlovac update for you team. He's scoffed some sarnies and crisps and has now done what they call in the trade, "a runner". Presumably to fetch me coffee and grapes.

2110: Retief Goosen bogeys seven to slide back to three under. Trevor Immelman slides his birdie chance past on three. Brandt Snedeker leaves his short. But Steve Flesch holes his bird on four to get to seven under on his own.

2107: Another bogey for Nick Dougherty takes him to one under after nine.

2102: Tiger Woods holes a long 'un for birdie on 10 while Phil Mickelson duffs a chip on the third green but makes his long snaky one to stay six under. Justin Rose makes another birdie on 17 to get back to three over.

Paul Casey birdie at 5th for six under.

2059: Brandt Snedeker birdies the 2nd but playing partner Trevor Immelman takes par so we have co leaders.

"Upon reading "Do, do, doo, come on and do the conga..." I got up and danced"
From Torres...goal on 606

You're the man.

2053: Lee Westwood fires a stunning tee shot into the 6th to set up a birdie and edge to three under, while Justin Rose chips in on the 16th to inch back to four over.

Bogey for Weirsy (as Tiger calls him, not me) on five to slide back to three under.

2048: Steve Flesch birdies the second to reach six under. As far as Immelman's lead is concerned, you might call that a Flesch wound.

Tiger reaches the turn two under for the tournament, while Padraig Harrington is level par overall through 11.

2045: Things just got very interesting. Phil Mickelson birdies the 2nd to get to six under, two adrift.

Retief Goosen is also making a noise with a birdie on the 5th for four under.

"The wife is watching "I'd Do Anything" and has started hinting that there might be a CSI episode on next. Apart from cracking her head open with an ashtray a la Eastenders... what can I do to get the golf on?"
From Higglesworth on 606

Higgy old thing - If you're sat at your computer, which presumably you are, and you're in the UK, you can watch the golf on this website, which obviously you're already on. Sorted.

2039: The leaders are away and both Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker par the 1st.

2038: Nick Dougherty slips back to two under with a bogey at the 7th while Tiger Woods reaches the 9th still two under.

2036: This is going to get bonkers. Pity young Orlo when he gets back. Phil Mickelson and Steve Flesch (aaah) are on course and par the 1st to stay five under.

2033: Paul Casey is the prime mover on course with a birdie at the 2nd to get to five under, three behind. Mike "Weirsy" Weir also has plans and birdies the 3rd to get to four under. This could be some night.

"Cheers Hodgetts, guess whats gonna be stuck in my head all evening, do do doo....."
From Yatesman123 on 606

Sorry old pal. Kind of thought that might happen. I picked it up from some clown in the newsagent this morning.

2028: Two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen is edging higher and moves to three under with a birdie on the third.

Lee Westwood is level for the day through four to stay two under. Not without a chance. Worksop wil be proud. Have you noticed how certain players have their home town almost as part of their name? Worksop's Lee Westwood, Swindon's David Howell....

2022: Evening all. I've had this tune swirling around my head all afternoon - "Do, do, doo, come on and do the conga..." Not sure my colleagues approve when it occasionally comes blurting out.

Now then, to the golf and England's debutant Nick Dougherty birdies the 6th to edge to three under. American Sean O'Hair is also moving and is two under for the day, three under overall.

Ian Poulter is also on the course and pars the 1st to stay five under, three behind Immelman.

By Mark Orlovac

2017: Right, I'm now off to find something to eat. Hopefully I won't end up with a pie like I have for the previous two evenings. Rob Hodgetts will look after you.

"Nice to hear the chap has his Stella and a curry on the way! I'm stuck in Malta with no satelite TV availible of the Masters to watch (tried all day to find one !!). What's more, I'm sat with the mother-in-law!!!!! Enjoy the golf.
Richard Knight, Sandford Springs GC via text on 81111

2009: Paul Casey is nicely placed on four under after a second-round 69 and he starts Saturday's round with a par. The birdies are not coming for Woods, he cards a fourth straight par at the 6th. Westwood bounces back from that early bogey with a birdie at the 2nd.

"I once played with an elderly golfer at Emporda GC. On the first tee he took forever to settle over the ball, big swing and missed but ball fell off the tee on its own. He bent down, put it back and proceeded to knock it into the water, before walking in claiming a headache."
lingdale on 606

2005: Johnson does well at the 11th to claim a four before placing his tee shot at the next right on the dancefloor.

2001: Lee Westwood bogeys the first and is on one under, a stroke ahead of Padraig Harrington, who has a birdie at the 8th.

"Mark, how is Monty getting on? I hear he's planted the Fuscias and is busy working on the kitchen garden. He will want the rain to stay away."
Higglesworth on 606

Cheeky, very cheeky.

1956: Woods pars three and four to remain on minus two. Johnson, who is on one under after bogeying the 10th, misses the water that Rose found at 11 but he is more than a club short and will have to work hard to save par.

1954: The rain is pouring down in Augusta. Rose looks peeved as he puts his approach to the 11th green into the water. He misses his bogey putt and he slumps to six over. This is turning into a horror show.

"I coached golf to kids at a US camp while at university. One of the kids teed off at the 1st not only missing the ball but losing grip of the driver. The club flew through the air and smashed through the windscreen of a passing car. Unbelievable !"
The Shamkmaster via text

1943: Woods pars the 3rd while Sweden's Robert Karlsson moves to two under with a birdie at the second. Dougherty joins him thanks to a birdie at the third. Rose bogeys the 10th and is back on four over.

"Bonus, the wife's gone out to a fancy dress party, my son's in bed, curry's on the way, the Stella's nicely chilled in the fridge and golf on until one in the morning, happy days. Come on Poulter."
radioactivefatboy1 on 606

I am very, very jealous. Have one for me won't you.

"While playing for my club in big junior competition at Lucan golf course, Dublin, I took out my seven wood on the first tee as I was afraid to hit my driver in front of the crowd and skull it. I then proceeded to hit it around one foot high, smacking the bin by the ladies tee! The members then came up to me at the end of the round and said I had to pay for the damage. Wasn't the highlight of my life!
Cahalyjoe on 606

1934: Defending champion Johnson has had a superb outward nine. His fourth birdie of the day places him on two under.

"I once played for my school against our local rivals. I was the unfortunate person to have the 18th hole. And I was facing my best mate. I managed to get par to keep us in the lead by a shot and my mate missed the putt for birdie AND par. Needless to say we went ballistic and he got stick for weeks afterwards."
Torres...GOAL! via 606

1930: Rose birdies the 9th and is on three over now. A bogey at the 11th means Sandy Lyle is now bottom of the field on seven over.

1926: Woods makes his move. A birdie on the second puts him on two under.

1919: Just a quick update for Nick Dougherty fans. The 2007 Dunhill Links champion had a storming finish yesterday, four birdies in his closing six holes, and starts Saturday's round with a par. He is seven shots behind Trevor Immelman.

"I played golf today with a lad who's spent a bomb on equipment. On the 2nd when the hail comes down, he opens his umbrella and it promptly flies off along the course. Then to make maters worse. his putter head falls of on the 11th. Class.
Drew Peacock, Llandudno via text

"I once teed off from the first at Arrowe Park in the Wirral and by fluke, holed out on the 18th. I got a sarcastic round of applause from the players on the fringe of the 18th. So I duly plucked my ball out of the hole and celebrated like I'd won the Open, to the delight of the amused onlookers."
Paul, Bootle via text

1912: Tiger Woods completes the first and cards a par. He needs to get things going quickly here today if his challenge is to materialise. It's as you were for Harrington as he again bogeys the fourth to slip back to one over.

1906: Swede Henrik Stenson is on two under for the day, level for the tournament, after a birdie at the 9th. BBC Sport website golf guru Rob 'Hodgo' Hodgetts, who is working hard at a desk to my left, has just said that Paul Casey's sideburns are very luxuriant. And looking at replay clips from yesterday, he is not wrong you know.

"Playing in the Oxford vs. Cambridge Varsity match last year. It came down to the very last match and supposedly the pinnacle of university golf saw Cambridge win with a seven when the Oxford lad went ob, shank, duff, duff. Needless to say we were rather happy."
From Light Blue via text

1901: Cabrera is another player that likes the 2nd this week. His third birdie at that hole puts him on even par after four. Woosnam bogeys three and four and slips to four over.

"Just put a tenner on Mike Weir at 28-1. I once had a tee shot which hit the ladies tee and bounced back. I caught it and claimed a mulligan."
Fraser via text

1855: Johnson is definitely the biggest mover of the day so far. His third birdie of the day, this time at the par-three 6th, puts him on one under. He will be rueing that double-bogey six he carded on 17 yesterday I'm sure.

"On the funniest playing partners issue, my Dad is a very amusing player to play with. No matter how badly you are doing, he is doing worse. Patience, calmness and skill... he possesses none of these. Tops the ball like you've never seen and puts like Happy Gilmore. His red face and expletives are legendary down at our local club, and he once seven-putted from 15 feet. Legend!"
RebelArmyRedDevil on 606

"What score is Harrington on?"
bobhickey on 606

1848: Play has now resumed at Augusta. Harrington has birdied the 2nd for third day running and is on level par.

"I play golf once a year, with a relative in Sweden. He also has a big driver which I outdrive with my three iron. Last year we both went in the water so he had another go. The ball bounced off his bag (left by the lake after a fruitless search) and you guessed it, back into the water! Priceless."
David, stroud via text

"Mark, I play with a friend who takes an age for every shot. He clears a 10ft radius on the tee, seven or eight practise swings, various body flexes and then......slices it a mile every time. Do not get me started on his putting ritual!"
Graham, Bath via text on 81111

"Play suspended for rain?! Why has nobody thought of putting a roof on the course?"
icelandic-superlion on 606

"Reading the text commentary...sounds like John in Notts has got a very bad case of ABD. There was a big outbreak of this at university in my third year. Strangely it seemed to bypass the first and second year students; and symptoms included wandering off to the library to checkout some books, checking one's email for new messages, wandering back to the library to return some books, doing the washing up, checking one's email for new messages, cleaning up the lounge, checking one's email for new messages, wandering into town to see what was happening, checking one's email...in fact Anything But Dissertation."
Bright Blue Shorts on 606

My word, I had a very bad case of this and no-one diagnosed me. Is there any cure?

1832: We may have a break in play but the chat never stops. Keep all your comments coming in and I will try my best to get as many posted as possible. Meanwhile, in the office, the first tea round of the day is about to be made but there will soon be a slight panic as there are no biscuits. At all. Appalling scenes.

"Rain? Pah - what are these pros made of? I think I would have only completed about two rounds in my life if we stopped because of rain every time."
bighangers on 606

"When on a golf tour with our school, one of our teachers was getting into the competitive spirit, practising hard and taking things rather seriously. He spent almost an hour on the putting green, lining up putts and fist-pumping whenever a three-footer dropped, even going so far as celebrating when he hold anything beyond six feet by licking his finger and touching his 'red hot' putter to be accompanied by a hissing sound. Needless to say, he holed nothing for the entire trip."
From TWoods10 on 606

1807: Play has been temporarily suspended as a storm has swept across Augusta. According to BBC Five Live correspondent Iain Carter, there should be a delay of around 45 minutes. The damp fairways should aid the big hitters.

"Hi Mark, fantastic coverage of the Masters as always. Since I'm working late shifts for the first three days I've promised my girlfriend dinner and lots of wine tomorrow night so I can watch the final round!"
Anon, via text

1758: I was amusing myself on the way into work today by thinking about some of the complete nutters I have had the pleasure of playing golf with. I remember one bloke joining our two-ball a few years back. He had all the gear, but thankfully for us, no idea. Despite having one of the biggest drivers known to mankind, he couldn't hit the ball for toffee and after another dreadful attempt to crucify the ball at the 4th, he lost his temper and stormed off in a huff. Brilliant. Any similar tales?

"In pursuit of parity with John from downstairs, Nick from Notts will be texting in until he gets a message up. For the sake of his woefully unfinished dissertation, he hopes it will be soon. He can also stop with this annoying third person lark. Go Poults."

We'll just call that a score draw then shall we? Good luck with the dissertations fellas.

"Well Mark, my tenner on Rose is looking a bit ropey. But my fiver on Casey at 66/1 is looking ok. Popped a fiver on Poulter this morning too. Come on England!"
Anon, via text

"Today I went for my weekly round of golf and because of the Masters, I hit every single putt six foot short! And then we had to walk off because of the hail! Not a great day.
Jonjo Wood via text

1747: Rose bogeys the par-three 6th and his slump continues. He has not had a birdie since the 13th on Thursday. Another birdie for Hamilton, this time at the 6th puts him on one over. It's been a pretty exciting day so far for the 42-year-old. Padraig Harrington (one over) has a steady start with a par at the first while Lyle is now on six over after a bogey at the 7th.

"What about Caramac, that weird white chocolate bar from yesteryear?"
HorshamHammer on 606

"Mark Orlovac will put your freshness back
Mr Orlovac will put your freshness back
He updates quickly - he is so cool
Whenever there's a major he knows what to do
Mark Orlovac will put your freshness back.

Mark Orlovac - now available in three fragrances."
bighangers on 606

Superb, truely superb.

"I shall be spending the evening/night following your immense coverage with a beer and Football Manager 08. As for bets, I have gone for Poulter (14/1) and Anders Romero each way at a tasty 90/1."
Zlatan6 on 606

1732: Ian Woosnam, who has rolled back the years by making the cut for the first time since 2000, pars his opening hole. Hamilton bogeys the 5th and slips back to two over.

"I will be spending the third day of the Masters looking woefully at my unfinished dissertation, refreshing the BBC website every five minutes and texting regularly. Hopefully one of my messages will be published so that I can upstage my similarly afflicted housemate."
John in Notts via text

There we are John, 1-0 to you.

"Re: Orlovac. Can we have Cadillac? Very good question."
Ben, Leicester, via text

Like that one, very stylish.

1723: Rose claims his third straight par at the 4th. Johnson makes a mini move - firing birdies at the 2nd and the 3rd to return to level par. Jimenez bogeys the par-four 7th for the second day running and is now on two over.

"I'm allowed to watch the golf because I've explained to my girlfriend that if Angel Cabrera (at 200/1!) wins, we'll spend 'our' 1,000 winnings on a holiday!
Tom via text

1714: You know a bit earlier when I said that the forecast is not expected to be as bad as predicted? Well, scrub that. We have just had our first live pictures from the course and the 'patrons' are standing around with umbrellas. My wife always says that I shouldn't be listened to.

"Can anyone think of a word which rhymes with Orlovac?!?
ruthere909aloid on 606

"Shake-and-Vac? I can still remember the tune...."
cristianodueahatrick on 606

Yes, I was called that at junior school. Happy days.

1704: Todd Hamilton, winner of The Open in 2004, birdies two of his opening three holes and rests on one over. Rose pars the second and Lyle bogeys the 4th. He is now on five over. Heath Slocum is having a 'mare. He bogeys the 3rd and 5th as well as double bogeying the 4th and is bottom of the pile on seven over.

"I will be following your very excellent coverage on the net, until the Beeb's live action kicks in, few mates over, few beers, bit of pizza - lovely jubbly! As for crazy bets had 10 on Harrington this morning at odds of 75/1."
RebelArmyRedDevil on 606

Thank you very much for that compliment, wish I could join you!

"Tom Kite is a ginger Major winner, is he not? As for this weekend, my money is on Mickelson. He knows what is takes to win at Augusta and has four shots on Tiger already."
JezzaSCFC on 606

1654: Zach Johnson, on two over after Friday's disappointing round, opens up with a par while Justin Rose falls back to three over with a bogey five at the first. My colleague to my left utters an expletive after I announce Rose's news - another bet bites the dust.

1650: Remember people, we want to know how you will be spending the third day of the Masters. How are you keeping touch with the updates? What bizarre excuses/lies/promises have you made to loved ones so that you can follow the action and have you made any ridiculous bets? I haven't of course, I have no money.

1641: There are a few more players out on the course now. Heath Slocum and David Toms both bogey then par their first two holes, Sandy Lyle grabs a six at the first but birdies the second, while Jimenez adds pars at three and four.

"Mark, any idea when the weather supposed to turn bad?"
sirbenson23 on 606

Well sirbenson23, I've had a peak around and "chance of rain" is the best I can do. It seems as if the forecast today will not be as bad as once thought.

1628: There is plenty going on around the website today. Caroline Cheese is commentating on the Premier League football. Have look but don't be long now.

"Wasn't David Duval slightly ginger? Won our Open."
Jamie, Haywards Heath via text

"Mike Weir will win the Masters, his iron play is the best in the world!"
chelseayes on 606

"I'm wrong I think now. Andy Bean is a ginger but he never did better than second at a major, Andy North won the US Open but I don't think he was ginger! Anyone got any details on this fascinating question?
davie weir is my grandad on 606

1618: Big Mig is on fire and not as a result of his cigar sparking up some kindling in his bag. He's birdied the second to edge to one over.

1614: KJ Choi and Mrs Slocum's son Heath are on course and both bogey the first to slide to four over.

"Andy North or Andy Bean. I'm sure one of them is ginger, and they both won a US major i think!"
From Davie Weir is my grandad on 606

We'll have to look into that. But no, E-i-l-r-a-h-c Sandy Lyle doesn't count. Sandy, you see. Clue's in the name.

1605: Everyone's favourite cigar-smoking Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez birdies the first, playing on his own, to reach two over. His speed caught me slightly by surprise there.

Now then, Bighangers on 606 asks, "When was the last time a ginger person won a major?"

There's nothing colourist in this, it's just interesting. But rather than do the leg work myself, I thought it much more fun to open it out and have a little quiz of a Saturday afternoon. Any ideas?

1540: Afternoon golf fans and welcome to moving day at Augusta. It's time to see what they're made of, who has the ambition and who can hold their nerve to set up a good position going into the last round.

Most eyes will be on Tiger Woods - is he too far back or can he still mount a charge for a fifth Green Jacket and the first leg of a possible Grand Slam?

There's all sorts of other ponderables to discuss through the course of the day.

Can Trevor Immelman hang on, will any of the English brigade be still in contention by tonight, can Justin Rose grind his way back, will Phil Mickelson emerge as the top man and win a third title in five years or can Sandy Lyle win his second Masters 20 years after his first?

What, what have I said? What's funny?

So sit back, relax, get involved in the chat, and let's all get into the third round together. We're stronger if we work as a team....(and do things my way, as Richie Benaud's 12th Man persona may or may not have said).

Augusta weather update: Overcast, low 70sF (21C), chance of rain, scattered thunderstorms in the area, winds 10-20mph.


see also
Second round as it happened
12 Apr 08 |  Golf
Masters day two photos
11 Apr 08 |  Golf
Masters clubhouse scores
22 May 07 |  Results
Masters leaderboard
10 Apr 08 |  Golf
Tom and Ben explore Augusta
06 Apr 08 |  Golf


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