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Masters day four as it happened

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By Ben Dirs

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Masters champion Phil Mickelson on BBC Two: "It feels incredible. I could go on and on about why, but to win this tournament is a special, special day. It's something I'll always cherish. I needed to make birdies, there were a lot of fireworks going on ahead of us and I knew I had to make shots count. Twelve was the key hole, I knew I had to make birdie there. It's been an emotional year. I'm very proud of my wife and the fight and struggle she's been through. This has been one of the best things we've been through. To go through all that and come out the other side is something very special."

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England Lee Westwood on BBC Two: "It wasn't that rough a day, it was quite enjoyable out there. We both struggled off the tee but Phil hit some great shots like the champion he is. He's been through hard times just recently and he deserves a break or two. One of these days the door's just going to open for me. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing. There was a time when I didn't want to play, didn't want to go out and practice, I felt like there wasn't a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm fortunate to have come out the other side of that. Phil was saying to me that he used to be the man who kept on coming second and third. If I keep going I have to believe I can be a major champion one day."

0009: Don't want to go on about Tiger too much, but that performance really was remarkable. Fourth? That was like watching someone hobble round the Olympic 1500m final and just miss out on a medal on a dip on the line. Bizarre. here's the boys in the Butler Cabin - Italy's Matteo Manassero, winner of the Silver Cup, Big Phil and Angel Cabrera, with Big Phil's jacket folded over his arm. Chairman Billy Payne and the American interviewer sat in front of them in front of a log fire, the three of them look like they're about to be expelled from a private school in 1950's America. There it is, Angel slides the Green Jacket onto Phil, the blazer is passed...

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World number one Tiger Woods on BBC Two: "I finished fourth. It's not what I wanted. I wanted to win and as this week went on I played worse. After Friday it wasn't very good. I entered this event and I only enter events to win. I didn't hit it well enough and made too many mistakes around the green. I'm going to take a little time off and evaluate where I go from here."

2359: Mickelson's -16 total is just two off the record of Tiger Woods back in 1997, and he fully deserved it - final round of 67, he took the risks and they paid dividends. Mickelson falls into the arms of his wife and kids, as Westwood fades into the background, such is the lot of the man who finishes in second place. What a Masters, one of the best: worthy winner, some old fellas rolling back the years, teenagers providing a glimpse of the future, a few Brits keeping us interested, and Tiger back in the hunt. What more could you want? Fetch the jacket, Angel...

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2353: Mickelson with his birdie putt... only needs the one, slap-bang in the middle of the cup, he wins by three for his third Green Jacket.

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2352: Westwood from 20 feet... looks in all the way, but it darts away at the final moment and he taps in for a one-under 71. Thirteen under for the tournament, and if you had any criticism, perhaps you could say he was a tad conservative when he might have taken a few more risks... still, great effort...

2350: So, unless Westwood trips Mickelson up on the way to the final green and Leftie impales himself on the spike of his own umbrella, it's the Americans third green jacket. Westwood to putt first as Mickelson's family gathers behind the putting surface in expectation...

2347: Mickelson from the left-hand side of the fairway, just off actually, in the first cut... that's top-notch, it really is - out of the middle of the bat, right over the pin, he'll have stacks of putts to win it from about 10 feet. Well done Westy, not far off Mickelson's effort.

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2342: Westwood has absolutely nailed his drive down 18... Mickelson pulls out the three wood, he's in good shape... get those pint pots poised, Tiger's being interviewed... "'preciate it..."

2340: Mickelson sends his birdie putt some distance by, plenty of chicken on that bone. Well done Westwood - piles on the pressure with a solid birdie putt to move to within two shots of Mickelson... yep, two shots, Mickelson rolls in his par putt... Birdie for Lee, bogey for Phil? Stranger things have certainly happened, just look at Portsmouth.

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2333: OOOH! Westwood very nearly holes his approach at 17, and the ball finishes a few feet from the cup. Mickelson safely on, he's bogeyed this hole once in 44 attempts! Woods squeezes is his birdie putt at 18 to finish with a 69 for -11 overall. How did that happen? Every time I looked up he seemed to be moaning about something or hacking out of the woods. Some player... Choi can only make par, he too finishes with a 69 for -11 overall - tied fourth.

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Ian Poulter on BBC Two: "I'm frustrated. Yesterday I didn't hit it at all well off the tee and got myself into trouble. I played pretty well today. It's a game of fractions around this golf course. 10th - I'm not overly satisfied. Lee was very chipper this morning in the locker room and so he should be. The roars and eagles and holed second shots. It's a great atmosphere to play golf in."

2333: Mickelson rifles his drive down the middle at 17, as does Westwood. Tiger's second at 18 is a plum, stiffed to within 10 feet. A little clasp of hands with playing partner Choi as they approach the 18th green - they've become pretty close these last four days.

2328: A pair of pars for Choi and Woods at 17, Westwood's birdie putt just ducks left at the last second and he taps in to stay -12 and three off playing partner and leader Mickelson. A round of 70 for Couples, he's currently 6th on nine under overall. Cracking week for Freddie, but thank all that is good he didn't win after the abuse I was giving my mate for backing him last Thursday...

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2323: Ricky Barnes pitched in at the last for a round of 73 and -5 overall. Here comes Boom Boom, striding up to the 18th green with that springy step of his - the patrons love Freddie, and Freddie loves them. Westwood and Mickelson safely on at 16. As Mickelson makes his way to the green, the reception has a congratulatory air about it, they think their boy's got it in the bag, and they're probably right.

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2319: Westwood from just off the green, but he doesn't give it a chance, and he's got a nasty one for birdie. Poulter taps in for par at the last - final-round 73 for the Englishman, -5 and tied for 10th. He promised much, but he'll be back. Mickelson's eagle putt at 15 runs out of puff, but he drops in his birdie putt for a three-shot lead. Westwood tugs his birdie putt left, it looks to be all over bar the shouting. -15 Mickelson -12 Kim, Westwood -11 Choi -10 Woods -9 Couples -8 Watney

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2315: It's a mystery as to how Tiger is still up there, every shot he hits he looks like his shoulder's just popped out - missed green at 16. Just had a text in from 1958 Ryder Cupper Norman Drew - 78 now, hope you're doing well Norman. Choi just misses with his birdie attempt at 16, he'll tap in for par to stay -11. Big chat between Mickelson and his caddie 'Bones', before Leftie drops one in from the stratosphere for a makeable eagle putt at 15. Couples drains his birdie putt at 17, back to -9, and what a week it's been for the 1992 champion.

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2307: So, Fred's dead, baby, Fred's dead. But Kim's still alive - he's in with a seven-under 65 after a clutch save at the last. He's got the clubhouse lead on 12 under. A pair of birdies for Choi and Woods at 15 - Choi -11, Woods -10. -14 Mickelson -12 Kim, Westwood -11 Choi -10 Woods -8 Watney, Couples, Mahan

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2305: Shot gone for Fred at 16, back to -8 for Boom Boom. Westwood races his birdie putt by at 14, he's got a 15-footer for par... this lad's got some gravel in his guts, he's only gone and made it... Mickelson makes his short one, he stays two ahead. Little tip of the hat and that sheepish grin, as if he's a handsome delivery boy who's just caught the eye of a country governess.

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2258: It's official, I don't care who wins now, 'cos some kid just shouted "shake n bake, Phil" after Mickelson's rasping tee shot at 14: Talladega Nights at Augusta, a match made in sporting heaven. Poulter back to -5, he's had a right old din-dong with the course today. Westwood out of the pine needles at 14 - heart of the green, but it's stubborn and digs its heels in. Second shot at 18 into the sand from Kim, before Mickelson approach at 14 grips and veers drunkenly sideways. Choi in the drink with his second at 15? It stays up.

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2252: Kim with a little flipper from just off the green at 17, but that par putt is missable. Huge, gutsy, hearty, ballsy birdie putt from Westwood to move back to -12... Phil, the golfing gods giveth and they taketh away - Mickelson tweaks his eagle putt wide, before rattling in the rebound to move to -14. Could have had one arm in the old Green Jacket there though... Choi looks like he's a goner, bogey at 14, he's back to -10. Woods skims the hole with his birdie attempt at 14... and misses the rebound! Three putts from about four feet, you may never witness that again. -14 Mickelson -12 Kim, Westwood -10 Choi -9 Couples -8 Watney, Mahan, Woods

2247: Westwood with a very respectable third into the heart of the 13th green, but his heart will sink when he see that Mickelson's approach was closer than I thought, a mere four feet from the pin. Woods with a doozy at 14, he'll have a 10-footer to move to -10...

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2243: Lee's up to his neck in it on 13 - he's got a swing, but he's got a couple of trees to negotiate... through it goes, safely on the fairway. Mickelson, not far from where Westwood is, but he's right behind a ruddy great tree... shot of the week, has to be, he's killed it eight feet from the pin. The shot that won the Masters? Could be... Poults rolls in a birdie putt at 15 for six under...

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2239: Tiger for birdie at 13... left edge, but it disappears and he's -9. Watson's birdie putt is inches shy at 18 - final-round 73, one under for the week. Here's Choi for par at 13 - misread, back to -11, massive blow when they're all making birdies and eagles around you.

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2236: Kim goes to 12 under with a 15-footer at the par-three 16th - birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie. Us Europeans know what this kid can be like when he gets his dander up, he was mustard at the 2008 Ryder Cup. Choi in trouble at 13, he'll be lucky to make par. Couples, having hit the skids with a double at 12, regains control and turns on the thrusters - birdies at 13 and 14, he's back to nine under. Westwood and Mickelson both duff their tee shots at 13... "Oh, Lee," sighs Westwood, and millions of Englishmen echo...

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2231: Kim at the par-three 16th -another few yards and it might have been perfect, as it is it's pretty good. Fine effort from Westy at 12, but it's a fraction low. Here's Tom Watson bounding down the 18th, they love him here. He's -1 so far, it's been another one of those weeks. Mickelson snatches the outright lead! Birdie at 12 courtesy of a curled effort from 10 feet, he's now 13 under, one ahead of Choi, two ahead of Kim and Westwood. Another one gone for Poults, he's back to -5. -13 Mickelson -12 Choi -11 Kim, Westwood -8 Watney, Couples, Mahan, Woods

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2228: Tiger is irate with another tee shot, and lets out a protracted blasphemy. "He's not gonna help you, pal," says Torrance. Mahan, eagle at 13, back to -8. Couples, birdie at 13, back to -8. Mickelson drops his tee shot dead, like a sack of spuds, 10 feet from the cup at 12. Westwood more conservative, but safely on...

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2223: Woods stays eight under with a good four at the tricky 12th. Mickelson also makes par at 11, it's still him and Choi, who's rolled in for par at 12, in the lead. A roar rolls in from the 15th... that's Kim with an eagle, that's how he rolls, he's one off the lead... -12 Choi, Mickelson -11 Kim, Westwood -8 Watney, Couples, Mahan, Woods

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2220: Birdie for Poulter of England at 13, back to -6. Woods is having terrible trouble with his swing off the tee, it's like he's driving with a rattlesnake, no idea how he's still in the hunt. Woods with his second from the back bunker at 12, and he'll have a 20 foot putt coming back up the hill for par. Mickelson for the outright lead at 11, but he's a little shy from distance. Kim is throwing some serious haymakers down this back nine - not too far off an albatross at 15, he's got a makeable putt for eagle and -11 overall. Westwood shy at 11, but he'll tap in for par.

2215: Woods for par at 11... right edge... doesn't turn, shot gone, back to -8... -12 Mickelson, Choi -11 Westwood -9 Kim -8 Watney, Woods-7Couples

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2211: Tiger has another swish from behind the trees... could be shot of the week, he's stopped it dead not more than 10 feet from the cup. He could make par at 11. Mickelson's come down with the hooks - not a great time to contract such a debilitating illness - and found the woods off the tee at 11. It's a double bogey for Couples at 12, he's back to -7, surely his chance gone. Duck up ahead - Kim's getting trigger happy, birdies at 13 and 14, he's nine under. Watney in with a 65, he's eight under and currently tied fifth.

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2205: You get the feeling it's all going to go off round Amen Corner - right on cue, Kim moves to eight under with birdie at 13. Couples could be toast I'm afraid - would you believe it, tee shot at 12, but unlike in '92, this time his ball rolls back into the drink. Not sure what Tiger's going to do here - playing out of pine needles, with a grid of trees in front of him. Your average golfer would have more chance trying to thread a camel through the eye of a needle than threading his ball through that... even Tiger can't do it, the "clonk" of ball on wood tells the story... Choi is looking extremely focused, though, he's found the green in two...

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2202: Mickelson's in a whole world of pain at 10 - slap-bang behind a chunky tree, but he's got a swing and he finds the fairway with his second. Westwood safely on in two. "In the hole!" shouts a patron, as Couples' approach farts off towards the right of the 11th green like a deflating balloon. Woods at 11 - again he's not happy, and this time he's got every right not to be, he's found cabbage out right. Defending champ Cabrera is in with a 71 for one under overall. He's still got duties to perform, remember. Sparkling little up and down from Leftie, par saved at 10. Couples back to nine under, bogey at 11. Westwood to tie the lead... muted response, he misjudged the pace, but he rolls in a four-footer for par.

2152: Mickelson has gone par-par-bogey at 10 this week, and that rather polite "oh no" after his tee shot tells you all you need to know - jungle time. Westwood gets a soft landing, but he's safely down the middle. Woods looks like he's in all the way with his birdie putt at 10, but it dips at the last second and he has to settle for par. Choi's squeezed his in, though, the Korean's 12 under... -12 Mickelson, Choi -11 Westwood -10 Couples -9 Woods -8 Watney

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2148: Mickelson, par putt from six feet... arrow-like, he's dodged a bullet - and by God they're flying, Watney's spurs are jingle-jangling behind him. Shot gone for Westwood, nervy little par putt there, Mickelson has the outright lead. -12 Mickelson -11 Choi, Westwood -10 Couples -9 Woods -8 Watney

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2145: Watney putting together a card he might want to laminate - -6 for his round through 16, -7 for the tournament. Make that -8, he's just birdied the 17th. Mickelson with a little pitch and run at 9, which one of his four wedges was that with, I wonder? Couples had his trials at 10, but that's a smart clutch putt to stay two off the lead.

2141: Yang makes a pair of birdies at 10 and 11, he's back to -5. Westwood's approach, with an eight iron, looks like it might dip down towards the cup, but his ball grows crampons and sticks. Every shot Woods hits he has a moan about, but if I ever hit a drive like he just hit, I'd rip my shirt off, dance down the fairway and probably never pick up a golf club again.

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2137: Poulter let a shot go at 8, he's six under. Choi and Woods with more than solid approaches at 9, they'll both have makeable birdie putts. Ben Crane in with a 68, he finishes level. Poulter shaves the hole with his par putt at 10, back to -5 for the Englishman. A monstrous cheer blows in from somewhere - it's not for Choi, his birdie putt misses just left and he stays -11, one off the lead pair. Guess who it's for? When the fat lady's singing, Tiger will still be swinging - birdie, back to -9, three off the lead... he's looking jaunty, bounding to the 10th tee like Jell-O on springs...

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2130: Westwood misses with his birdie putt at 8, but no damage done, he stays 12 under. Couples gives it some tap down the 10th fairway, before Mickelson drains his six-footer at 8 to sidle up next to Westwood once again. Stay firm Westy, stay firm.

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2127: Westwood, third shot at 8 - not bad at all, he'll have a 15-footer for birdie. Gigantic tee shot from Tiger at 9, he's put so much manners on that ball, by the end of this round it'll be speaking like the Queen. Mickelson parachutes in at 8, he'll have a shortish one for birdie, Boom Boom makes birdie at 9, he's out in 33 and two off the lead. -12 Westwood -11 Choi, Mickelson -10 Couples -8 Woods -7 Watney, Kim

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2123: Woods sends his chip from just off the green about 15 feet by at 8. Westwood slaps his ball out of the fairway bunker at 8 to just short of the green. If only Freddie had holed some of these putts - another sensational approach at the 9th, he'll have a six-footer for birdie. Woods buries a clutch birdie putt at the par-five 8th to move to within four of the lead. Choi, pin high, drains an eight-footer to move to -11 and tied for second. Be careful dipping your toe in, it's starting really starting to simmer...

2118: Mickelson screams his tee shot down the middle at 8, Westwood pushes his right into the sand. Woods from the cabbage at 8, and he very nearly gets it to roll down the ridge onto the green, but it stamps its feet and stays there. Mickelson hasn't referred to his ball as "honey" once today - do you think they've had a row?

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2116: What a bunker escape from Westwood at 7 - gossamer touch, perfect weight, and it curls inches wide. Tap-in for par. Couples has left a lot of shots out there - very makeable birdie putt at 8, but he squeezes it by to stay -9. Mickelson and Westwood both in for par at 7, that was sensational from Lee Boy. Eagle for Australia's Adam Scott at 15, he's in credit. Jimenez is in with a low round of 66 - six under for the day, -3 overall, tied for 12th, he'll be invited back next year. Go and have a couple of bottles of Rioja.

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2108: Watney back to five under after birdie at 13. Couples manhandles his tee shot down the 8th, not bad for a 50-year-old (sorry, Fred, I made you 51 a few entries back). News of USPGA champion Yang - he's two over for the round at the turn... shot gone for Poulter at 8 after a clumsy chip on, he's back to -6...

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2102: Don't write Anthony Kim off just yet - the young fist-pumper likes taking risks, and he's just birdied 7 and 8 to move to -7. Verplank was purring like a Roll Royce Phantom until he hit the 17th, where he suddenly turned into a clown's car with square wheels and a comedy horn - double-bogey six before finishing with a bogey five. In with 68 though, -1 overall. Oh, hello! Someone's given Tiger a nudge! Eagle at the par-four 7th, arms aloft, that'll put a spring in his step. Par for Westwood and Mickelson at 6... KJ nuzzles his birdie putt up to the hole at 7, and taps in for par. -12 Westwood -11 Mickelson -10 Choi -9 Couples -7 Kim, Barnes, Woods

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2054: Par for Woods at 6, but his playing partner is rocking - Choi, with that fat grip of his, must be like putting with a leg of lamb, curls in a 20-footer to move to -10. That green's like a slab of Brylcreemed marble, that was slippery. Another ace at 16, this time it's young Ryan Moore - he's two under overall. Couples is having a lot of near misses - birdie putt from range for the 51-year-old, but it's scared of the hole.

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2049: "Why are you calling Ian Poulter 'the Swindon man'? He's from Hitchin in Hertfordshire," texts John from Cambridge. I have no idea, John, I was getting him mixed up with someone else. Woods looks horribly out of sorts - not a bad tee shot at the 6th, but he's angry with everything at the moment. Mickelson with a peach of a saver from eight feet at 5, but Westwood learns from his playing partner's line and he's in for a birdie - Worksop's finest back in the outright lead.

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2045: Poulter was all over the pin with his second at 7, but he just misses with a 15-foot birdie attempt. Mickelson flies over the back with his second at 5, but that's a doozy from Westwood, right into the guts of the green. Jimenez made that short putt at the 16th, he's up to joint 12th on three under.

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2042: Mickelson rattles his drive straight down the middle at 5 before Westwood whip-cracks his effort away. Jimenez is rocket-fuelled at the moment - magnificent tee shot at the 16th, he's got a tap-in to be -3. Couples has somehow left his birdie effort short coming down the hill at the 6th, the 1992 champ stays -9. Another shot gone for Woods at 5, he's gone off like a plate of prawns in the midday sun (Trademark Ken Brown). Els birdies the last for a 68 and -1 overall. Heavily tipped coming into this event, never really got going.

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2037: Westwood leaves his par putt too high at 4, that's a shot gone and he drops back into a tie for the lead with Mickelson on 11 under. Woods looks like a very expensive sports car stubbornly refusing to start at the moment - trap off the tee at 5, not a great third either. -11 Westwood,Mickelson -9 Couples, Choi -7 Poulter -6 Kim, Barnes, Woods

2035: Westwood opts to putt from well off the green at 4 and his ball only just bobbles a few feet on. Likely to be a shot gone. Mickelson rolls his birdie effort to with four or five feet, Couples pars the 5th to stay nine under before finding the heart of the green with his tee shot at 6. Boom Boom's going nowhere...

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2031: Poulter leaves his birdie effort from long range short at 7, but he should knock that in for par. Mickelson finds the dance floor at 4, don't think Westwood did though. Jimenez with eagle at 15! Tremendous little pitch from the Spaniard, he's five under for the day, -2 overall. Manassero, the 16-year-old from Italy, is in with a 72 and +4 overall. Silver Cup for him, he was the only amateur of six to make the weekend.

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2025: Old KJ doesn't mind, does he? Four rounds with Tiger and he's lapping it up - the South Korean bends in a 15-footer to save par at 4 and stay -9. Tiger leaves his par putt from eight feet a couple of inches low, shot gone, back to six under par. I've been told by someone via text to mention Ken Brown's appreciation society on Facebook: "I feel we need to take a moment to appreciate the legend's work," says Scott in Leeds.

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2023: Westwood leaves his birdie putt at 3 just low, Mickelson's is a shade too high. It's as you were. Woods too bold with his second, a pitch, at the par-three 4th, Couples finds the guts of the green at 5. Shot gone for Mahan at 4... -12 Westwood -11 Mickelson -9 Couples, Choi -7 Poulter, Woods

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2020: Westy and Mickelson just off the front with their second shots at 3. Verplank has a four-footer to move to eight under for the day, but he squeezes it just wide. Very dramatic insert music from our American friends over at CBS, you'd think Westwood and Mickelson were about to invade North Korea. Garcia in with a six-over 78, not a happy camper.

2016: Mickelson's ball flirts with jungle off the tee at 3, but he's got away with it. Westwood rattles his straight down the middle. Ernie Els having a good final round - there's plenty of low-hanging fruit, as dear old Ken Brown might say, on this back nine - birdies at 12, 13 and 15, back to level par.

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2013: Mickelson's eight-foot birdie putt hits a pod or seed or something from a tree and veers off line, the golfing equivalent of that beachball in the Sunderland-Liverpool game earlier this season. Just a par for him, he stays -11. Birdie for Westwood though, he's regained the outright lead. Shot gone for KJ... NO! Great putt from just off the green, bending right to left, he stays -9. Woods in for a ballsy par at 3, he remains -7. Ben Crame of the US has birdied 13 to 16 to move to -1.

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2009: Mickelson found the white stuff with his second at 2, but that's a neat escape, although his ball doesn't grip quite as much as he would have liked. Poulter taps in for par at the 4th, he stays -7. Verplank is now seven under for his round - he follows eagle at 13 with birdie at 14 to move to -4. Fellow American Hunter Mahan birdies 3 to move to seven under. It's all happening...

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2005: Tickled birdie putt from Choi at 2, he's now within two of the leaders. Poulter dribbles his birdie putt up towards the hole at 4 - par to follow his birdie at 3, the Swindon man -7. Westwood safely on in two at the 2nd. Lordy oh Reilly, Couples has just turned the herbaceous Augusta patrons into a fist-pumping mass of humanity - birdie at 3 courtesy of a putt from the apron, Boom Boom's -9...

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2000: Mickelson pulls out the big stick at 2 and drills one down the middle - carried the trap 318 yards down the fairway, that's chest-beating big. Westwood perfect too... Nicholas Watney makes birdies at 6, 7 and 8, he's -5. Not a great start from Woods - he leaves one in the bunker at 2... he'll make par though, his next effort finishes a few inches from the hole.

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1958: Westwood with that UPS badge in his fiery red shirt - open goal for the ad-men should he deliver... eagle for Verplank at the par-five 13th, back up to -3, he's six under for his round. Poulter at the dangerous 4th, and he just carries the bunker guarding the front.

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1955: Many thanks Harry. Couples with an eagle putt from little more than six feet... to shy, only a birdie, but he's up to -8. Westwood escapes with a bogey at the 1st, but he's back to -11. Mickelson for the outright lead from 12 feet... doesn't make it, Westwood and he joint leaders.

By Ben Dirs

1950: For all you Woods backers out there, including Dirsy, it's a bad start as the T-man missed his putt for par. A bogey isn't too bad after that tee shot though. Top shot from Poults on the third to within two feet and that's a great birdie chance. And he's nailed it to move to seven under. Oh, and speaking of Dirsy, he's back after a rapid dinner break. Strap yourself in....

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1946: And to make matters worse, Mickelson strides up to the first tee, pulls out a three wood and spanks one straight down the middle. That's the first time he hasn't used a driver on that tee this week. Bad start for our Westy.

1943: Oh dear. He's hooked it straight into the trees on the left. Not as bad as Tiger, but it could end up as a shocker. I'll wait to see where he ended up exactly.

1941: Westwood on the first tee - fingers crossed.

1940: Great replay of the Woods tee shot and his face is picture. It's one of those where he drops the club after the swing and looks away. And yes, he did end up on the eighth fairway. A decent recovery though back over the trees and he's onto the fringes of the first green. 'Great shot' is heard more than once.

1937: Brilliant recovery from Couples from the back of the green and he makes par on the first. Nice work. One of the boys in the office has got £10 on him to win at 100-1. I imagine he's got a sweat on at the moment.

1934: Woods steps up to the first tee. The script's written for him to go on and win isn't it? Oh, he'll have a harder job now as a truly woeful shot by his standards goes way left. Cripes, that was dreadful. Looks like it might have gone though the trees and out to the eighth fairway. Stop chuckling you lot...

1930: Superb shot from Anthony Kim on the second hole. An iron shot pops onto the green and rolls back to within about a foot. Tidy stuff from the American but I still wish he hadn't been so annoying at the Ryder Cup though. And here's Freddy Couples on the first....but he puts it through the green and out the back. Not a great start from the 92 champ.

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Dave in Manchester via text on 81111: "Here is a question for you, just watching Sir Nick in his green jacket. Are the previous winners allowed to tailor their jackets if they put on a few pounds over the years or not? For example, is Arnie still wearing his original 50 year old jacket?"

1926: Nice little dink from Poulter to within 10 feet on the first hole, and he knocks it in for par. A solid start from the Englishman....but surely he's too far back to go and win the thing?

1923: Ah, the daily handover for dinner. Well, first thing to mention is that live coverage is now up and running on BBC2 and on this website for UK users only.

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1918: The last group will be out in 20 minutes, I'm going to hand you over to Harry Reekie for half an hour or so, maybe a bit longer... Oh my days, Adam Scott with eagle at 7! He finds the back of the green and his ball, like water drawn to a plughole, curls towards the cup before disappearing. Lovely stuff...

BBC Sport
Ian Poulter on BBC Two: "I've still got a chance to win - we've seen some low rounds on Sunday at Augusta. I think there's probably six very tough pin positions, six fair ones and six you can get at. Providing you drive it in play you should get some birdie putts. We've all seen drama around this golf course, we saw it yesterday with Mickelson - that changed the leaderboard pretty quickly. I need to get out the gates pretty quickly and see what we can do."

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Anon via text on 81111: "Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh. Stupid French hotel TV doesn't have the golf on any channel. Plenty of very bright Eurotypes sitting around talking, but not a magnolia to be seen. Oh well, I guess it's laptop and blackberry with Dirsy et al. Come on Lee."

1912:kwinias (see below), no, I can't, this is the BBC, I'm not allowed to. Immelman with a birdie at the 2nd, he's -3 now. Vegas resident Ryan Moore, whose best finish at the Masters was tied 13th in 2005, gets a shot back at 8, he's +1. Apparently Poults has just teed off, although I didn't see it. Dropped shots from Villegas at 4 and 5, back to +3 for the Colombian.

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kwinias on 606: "Why do you always embed such negative stuff in your golf live texts, especially against Europeans? You wouldn't do that in rugby would you? Or cricket?? Ooh, here's Andrew Strauss. Bet he gets out for a duck. Ricky Ponting is great. Come on, big up the Europeans for a change. You can do it. Can't you?"

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1903: So on the evidence so far, it's looking like that gruesome 12th hole could be where it's won and lost this evening. It looks so innocuous on the box, but there are gremlins everywhere - it's playing 4.4 , the hardest hole on the course. Nick Watney, two-time PGA Tour winner, climbs to -3 with birdie at 3. An ace! Nathan Green of Australia, bottom of the heap on +14 overall, only needs one shot on 16. Good on him, Green in with a 75.

1858: If you're a stoodent and sitting about wondering what to do with yourselves, why not play the classic old 'Preciate it' drinking game? Every time an American (or non-American, for the non-traditionalists) says "'Preciate it" in a post-round interview, you neck whatever you happen to have in your hand. Deary me, Garcia looks like he's got the bona fide yips to me - his long, swinging putt at 13 races past the hole and very nearly drops into Rae's Creek again, for the second hole running...

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1853: Immelman, champion in 2008, pars the 1st to stay -2. Jimenez is burning up the front nine - and I don't mean he's carelessly discarded a cigar - birdies at 2, 3 and 8, he's level par. A sweet pitch at the 3rd set up that birdie putt. Schwartzel birdies 6 and 7 to get back to level. No birdies on the par-three 12th so far, everyone's getting their pants pulled down there... right on cue, Ben Crane dumps his tee shot in Rae's Creek...

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1846: Johnson and Garcia play the 12th in five over - double for Zach, triple for Garcia, and he had a putt for birdie. Those two long putts from Garcia looked very yippy. Nick Watney birdies 2 to move to -2. Denmark's Kjeldsen drops shots at 3 and 4 and is back over par.

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1843: Kenny Perry with a birdie at 3, the American, playing in his 10th Masters, is -2. Manassero drops one at 9, he's out in 37. Zach Johnson is having a nightmare at the 12th - in the drink off the tee, he's very nearly wet again with his third, but his ball has strong forearms and clings on to the bank. Touch of a blacksmith from Garcia, that's incredible - back of the 12th, he's putted right across and into the hazard. He drops, but he'll be lucky to escape with a double from there.

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1838: Garcia picked up birdies at 8 and 9, but dropped on at 10 - the 30-year-old Spaniard is now +6. Scott Verplank moves to one under with birdies at 5, 7 and 8. Absolutely dreamy approach at the 7th, to within a few feet. That's not too clever from Zach Johnson at 12 - nine iron from 156 yards, and it's wet.

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Greeny on 606: "I hope I'm wrong but if Mickelson gets a good start I can see Westwood being intimidated and his game falling apart. We've seen a similar sort of thing happening in other last-ball pairings."

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1830: Well, thanks for mentioning Woods' odds, that's probably another 20 quid disappeared into the ether... El Pato is out on course, and he's bogeyed the 1st. He'll be acting out the role of the tailor this evening rather than a man on the look-out for a holiday camp blazer. According to the BBC weather, it's going to be sunny today in Augusta with little wind, so we're green lit to low-scoring all the way... that said, none of the boys on course are doing much damage yet. Charl Schwartzel of South Africa bogeys 4 and is now +2.

1823: Here's a stat for you - Westwood is +38 for the back nine at Augusta over the course of his career, Mickelson -37. Apropos nothing in particular, just thought you might like to know. Kenny Perry, who was in that play-off last year and scooped an award for 'taking defeat so well' (a gong that will never adorn the top of Sir Alex Ferguson's Bang & Olufsen), is on course - par at 1, -1 overall. Perry holed a tremendous bunker shot yesterday - Ken Brown knows a thing or two about bunker shots, he's even done a video on it.

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1815: Driving's for show... of the players making the cut, Anthony Kim is last in terms of fairways hit (24 out of 42 in the first three rounds). Poulter (26), Mickelson (27), Westwood and Woods (both 28) are all in the bottom 10 in terms of driving accuracy. Heath Slocum (37/42) heads the driving accuracy stats, while teenager Matteo Manassero is second, having hit 41 of 47 fairways (including all five today)... Manassero has parred the first eight holes today, not often you see that. Ryan Moore, golf's 'Prince of Style', bogeys the devilish 4th to drop back to +3.

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Roberto_Rausa on 606: "I can't believe it took until this morning for Tiger to drop to 5-1, and even then it's worth a flutter. Only four strokes back and he's the underdog? Would restore my faith in the man if he shot a monster front nine and set up a great finale. My money is on a Mickelson v Woods play-off."

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Charlie with his fingers crossed via text on 81111: "Go Johnny go go go go - less complicated than bridge, with more rules than golf. Westwood by one from Woods."

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1805: Nathan Green of Australia is currently propping up the field - four bogeys, one double, one triple, and he's +4 through 13 - he also made eagle at 13. Birdie for Kjeldsen birdies 2 and is one under, Verplank birdies 5 and is +1.

1800: Westwood and Mickelson go out at 1940 BST, but I've got a funny feeling one of those class acts behind them - and there are many, this leaderboard has a classy look about it - is going to make one hell of a charge. And perhaps Lee or Phil might do a Charles Kunkle? Kunkle carded a 95 in 1956, which is the official record, although Billy Casper carded 106 in 2005, although the 73-year-old didn't turn his card in, which means Kunkle still holds the official record.

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1752: Jimenez has got a trot on! Birdies at 2 and 3, back to +1. Ben Crane moving through the field, birdies at 6 and 7 and he's +2. Ernest Earls bogeys the 5th, back to +3 for the three-time major winner, no Green Jacket for him.

1748: Amen Corner coverage is go Johnny go go go go on the red button (or if you manually refresh, it will appear at the top of this page). They're just recapping on the third round, which is well worth a look. The impossibly handsome Camilo Villegas, who has a touch of the young Che Guevara about him (although I doubt he shares his political beliefs - it's difficult to when you've got your own clothing range), birdies 1 to get back to level. Kjeldsen of Denmark is out on course, he's parred the 1st to stay level.

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Woody, Newport, via text on 81111: "Went into the bookies this morning to pick up a small National win and noticed Tiger was 9/2. 9/2! For Tiger from the penultimate group!! Surely the bet of the century, I've gone in big!"

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Josh on M6 via text on 81111: "It was Zach Johnson in 2007. He was not only the only person to win outside the final group but he was also the first person outside the top 50 in the world to win it and his score, 289, was the equal-highest ever winning score (+1). He was joint 4th after the third round."

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1740: That par-three 4th is proving every bit as difficult today as it has done for the last three - double bogey for Weir, he's six over. Stricker, the current world number two, makes three bogeys between 3 and 6 and is also six over, but Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain has birdied the 2nd and is +2.

1737: As they say, driving's for show, and putting is for dough - unheralded American Bill Haas leads the putting stats with 1.54 putts per hole on average. He's followed by the old fellas, Watson and Couples, while Westwood, Mickelson and Woods are all up there. More telling is at the other end, where Chad Campbell, Robert Allenby, Garcia, Steve Stricker and Weir all feature, and they're propping up the leaderboard as well.

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1726: Another shot gone for Karlsson, there'll be no Scandinavian winner this year. Talking of Zach Johnson, here he is, parring the first six holes to stay four over. Scott Verplank, who joined the PGA Tour in 1985 and has played in 14 Masters, picks up a shot at the par-five 2nd and is +2 overall.

1723: According to somebody on 606, which is the cyber equivalent of 'some bloke down the pub', it was Zach Johnson in 2007 (who apparently was in the third last group) who was the only man in the last 19 years to win from without the final group. Here's a stat for you: Garcia, who is currently +3 for his round and +7 overall, ranks third in birdies over the first three rounds - Westwood and Goosen the only men who have made more.

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Will via text on 81111: "I can't help but feel Woods missed too many putts yesterday that he won't hole those crucial ones today. The course owes him some birdies. Tiger, Phil and an Englishman going toe to toe to toe. This could be exciting..."

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1717: Robert Karlsson opened with two birdies, he's just bogeyed 4 and 5 to drop back to +4. Not sure what they've done with the 5th today, everyone seems to be tripping up there. Bogey for 2003 winner Mike Weir of Canada at the par-five 2nd and he's also +4.

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Sayers via text on 81111: "Given that Woods and Choi have been posting some solid scores all week, and are playing together for the fourth time, perhaps some of that will rub off and a mid-60s round could be posted by either of them? Steady rounds from both Mickelson and Westwood, won't be expecting repeats of yesterday from those two. Woods for the win then?!"

1712: I've got to be honest, I don't know who that man was who won the Masters from outside the final group - any ideas? I'm unable to get to the BBC library. First person to tell me the right answer wins a Taylor Made R9 'draw' driver (not really, but if anyone can tell me how to use it, I'd be most grateful...)

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1708: Young Rob Hodgetts is tweeting from Augusta National: "Just a reminder - the winner has come from the final group in 18 of the last 19 Masters. So don't put the mortgage on Ricky Barnes just yet." Don't put any money on Sergio Garcia either, he's now +7 after another dropped shot at 4.

1704: Young Manassero of Italy has parred the first two holes and remains +4. Ernie on the charge! Well, he's got a trot on at least, birdie at 1. And his fellow South African Retief Goosen is one under through five, four over for the tournament.

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Greeny on 606: "My money was on Hunter Mahan at the start. I'm just hoping for a decent round for a top five finish for him (and my pocket). I can't see Mickelson NOT winning it now."

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1658: All right? That wasn't bad last night, was it? Some of the most gobsmacking golf I've ever seen, it all went Ryder Cup for an hour or so. Thanks Fletch for holding the fort... right, what to tell you - coverage kicks off on the red button at 1745 BST, on BBC Two at 1855 BST, in the meantime you'll have to put with me and the leaderboard. Oh dear, Garcia's just double bogeyed the 3rd and is now six over.

By Paul Fletcher

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1645: A birdie for Sergio Garcia at the second and Ben Dirs is in the building to take you through the remainder of the tournament. Safe hands. Thanks for reading.

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lee fett on 606: "I can't see Mickelson having another round like he did on Saturday. I don't see his score changing much at all today. Probably the same for Westwood so it could be interesting if Choi or Woods can get on a good little run. See how much the two leaders will feel the pressure then. I think Westwood will do it though. He's got the game to do it and it's about time he showed he's got the mentality to as well."

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Anonymous via text on 81111: "Poulter will put in a heroic round of 8 under to tie with Westy for an all-English play-off."

1635: Robert Karlsson is in the same group as Retief Goosen and is also birdie, birdie after two. Perhaps Nathan Green should crowbar his way into that group.

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Anonymous via text on 81111: "Westwood, Mickleson and Woods play-off after a Tiger charge on the back nine. Don't think Westwood will be making much improvement on his score today, but will remain steady."

1631: Retief Goosen is through two holes and is birdie, birdie for his round so far. Solid

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1628: Not been a great weekend for Sergio Garcia, who shot 76 on Saturday and has kicked off with a bogey on Sunday.

1624: From bad to worse for Nathan Green, who is now bogey, bogey and double bogey. He is now +4 for the round and +15 for the tournament. He is right on track for the highest score from the men who made the weekend.

1625: And then there is Ian Poulter, still talking about winning....

1621: Mind you, I would not say that Phil Mickeslon was giving off the vibes of a man who didn't really fancy his chances.

1618: I know a few people who suggested Lee Westwood would tighten up quite severely over the weekend - didn't look like it to me on Saturday and the man himself looks and sounds pretty relaxed.

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John Cussen on 606: "Couples. Hmmm. Don't think his putting stroke will be up to it. If Tiger keeps the ball in the fairway, then he is a good outside bet."

1614: A few other tee off times that should be of interest - Ricky Barnes and Ian Poulter start at 1910, Fred Couples and Hunter Mahan 10 minutes later and Tiger Woods and KJ Choi at 1930.

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Ged in Nigeria via text on 81111: "Choi has been playing out of his skin, keep a wary eye on the little Korean for a late run!!"

1608: Bogey, bogey for Nathan 'not often on the' Green.

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Anonymous via text on 81111: "Freddy Couples to make a late charge and secure my status as a gambling genius after a cheeky profit at the national. BOOM BOOM!"


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Rob via text on 81111: "I know it's in the US but looking at the players remaining there are 26 Americans and only eight Europeans in the last 48. Surely not a good sign for the Ryder Cup?"

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Duval for the win on 606: "I was given a free bet with my Grand National bet on Don't Push it and I put that on Lee Westwood! Hoping for the double to complete a profitable weekend!"

1556: Solid start for Chad Campbell at the 1st, with a par. Bogey for Nathan Green.

1552: Time to hit you with some coverage details. Streaming of Amen Corner and holes 15 and 16 starts at 1815 BST, and TV coverage begins at 1900 BST on BBC Two.

1550: In case you didn't see much of the action on Saturday, as Lee Westwood held his nerve and Ian Poulter didn't, check out Rob Hodgetts' take on events.

1546: Could be a cracking weekend for Lee Westwood, what with his beloved Nottingham Forest securing a play-off spot on Saturday. Not that I suppose the exploits of Billy Davies's team are uppermost in his thoughts at the moment. In fact, I wonder what Westwood is doing right now?

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BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter on Twitter: "Off to the course. Predictions? Heart says Westwood, head says Mickelson. Left elbow says Jason Dufner."

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fielder on 606: "I've got a feeling that lefty (Mickelson) will take the spoils. He's been in this position so often, with 12 top tens in his last 14 masters. Westwood will be feeling the nerves much more and unfortunately, I believe he will come up just short. Cant wait for it though!"

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BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter (a short time ago): "Glorious Georgia morning. If he hangs on, Westwood will win his first Masters in one fewer attempt than it took Mickelson (11 against 12)."

1536: The action starts today at 1540, with Chad Campbell and Nathan Green teeing off in the first group of the final round.

1533: Just to recap, Lee Westwood is on -12, one shot clear of Phil Mickelson, who shot an impressive 67 on Saturday. KJ Choi and, ominously, Tiger Woods, are four back on -8. Fred Couples is on -7, while after a disappointing Saturday, Ian Poulter is one of several names on -6. Who is your money on?

1530: Will he, won't he? No, not whether Ian Poulter will be looking pretty in pink but whether Worksop lad Lee Westwood will hold off the charge from Phil Mickelson and others to claim his first major. I asked around the office before for notable sporting exploits of a Worksop-related nature and was given an FA Cup run that ended with defeat at Bournemouth. There must be more than that?




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