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2011 Masters day three as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac

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0023: Right troops. Time to call it a night. How good was that? I'm starting to feel nervous for Rory already. Tell you what, if he plays as steadily as that tomorrow, it is going to take something extraordinary to overtake him. Thanks for your company and your messages. Try to get some sleep. Pranav Soneji is again kicking things off tomorrow afternoon and I'll be back to bring it home. Can't wait. See you.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-12 McIlroy
-8 Cabrera, Schwartzel, Choi, Day
-7 Scott, Donald
-6 Van Pelt

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Former US Ryder Cup skipper Paul Azinger on Twitter: "I've yet to see Rory really miss a shot this week. Playing great golf. 4 shot lead means it's all on him tonight and tmro. Can he handle it?"

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "If McIlroy shoots level par tomorrow then somebody has to go very low to beat him."

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "McIlroy will be overjoyed with his performance but he has even more pressure on him tomorrow because it's now his to lose. He now knows it's in his own hands. McIlroy needs to do the same thing he's done for the first three days - he took what the course gave him. He's been so smart so far."

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James from Froyle via text: "Put a fiver on McIlroy before start of tournament at 33-1. He's had another cracking day today and I really hope he continues to show his class tomorrow."

Rory McIlroy (-12): "It feels good. It's a great position to be in. I stayed patient and I'm happy with the way I stuck to my game plan. I felt comfortable with my game and the way I've prepared and all of a sudden I'm comfortable on this golf course and with a combination like that you're going to post good numbers."

Wayne Grady
BBC golf pundit Wayne Grady: "I thought it was great, I didn't want to see [Rory] get frustrated in the middle of round when nothing was happening for him. I can't fault him, he's been a class act all week. His shot to the 17th is the shot of the week."

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carlhillier on Twitter: "In a shuttle bus from DFW to my hotel, sales conference starts tomorrow, will try to catch Rory closing out the final day!"

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IOWSaint on Twitter: "Viewing the third round of the Masters on my phone heading back to the Isle of Wight. Go on Rory."

Tiger Woods (-5): "I hit so many putts that looked like they were going in and there were three putts as well. I'm going to have to put together a good front nine [on Sunday] and see what happens. I hit the ball well all day I just made nothing."

0003: McIlroy coming up the last now and he gets a wonderful reception from the patrons around the green. Totally deserved. His birdie putt comes up short and a par is good enough. That's a third-round 70. As BBC telly golf commentator Andrew Cotter says: "Rory has answered a lot of questions today." Day also ends with a four and he's in the group on eight under.

Masters Macca: Geoff Ogilvy blotted his otherwise clean copybook on the back nine at the last with a bogey that sees his finish on -5. A 73 to follow his pair of 69s.

2357: Woods is again struggling on the greens. His chip from the front of the last green is not good and he three putts... again. It's been a disappointing day and that third-round 74, which leaves him on five under, surely ends his chances of a fifth Green Jacket. Doesn't it? Playing partner Choi ends with five straight pars and he's eight under overall.

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andylane16 on Twitter: "My pregnant wife was soundly asleep but is now awake and grumpy after I jumped off the sofa shouting 'YES!' for Rory's birdie!"

Charl Schwartzel (-8): "It was a good day. The course played firm and there was just enough wind to confuse and keep us on our toes. It was a tough day but I managed to hole a few putts to get me up to eight under. When I had birdie opportunities I managed to convert them. This round put me right into position. If I play the way I have and give myself chances, it will be an exciting finish."

2350: What a time to claim a birdie. McIlroy's putt from the back of the 17th looks for all the world as if it is too far right but it breaks back and rolls in from 30ft. The crowd go bananas. Do we dare to dream? He leads by four. No, that isn't a typo. He leads by four. Tell you what, this has been a very, very mature round from the 21-year-old.

2350: McILROY BIRDIE

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Steve, Walton-on-Thames, via text: "Re: Alex in Southport. Why 'As much as I hate to say it'? Resisting great players at the top of the leaderboard for two days at such a young age, while not throwing clubs/cussing/being grumpy if it doesn't go exactly to plan, what's not to like?? Great player to be proud of."

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-11 McIlroy
-8 Cabrera, Schwartzel, Choi, Day
-7 Scott, Donald
-6 Van Pelt, Woods

2344: McIlroy goes left at the 17th but from the rough stuff in the trees his high-draw recovery is good, it's on the green and above the pin. Woods manages to par 17 from the bunker with a 10 foot clutch putt.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf commentator John Murray: "The body language of Jason Day has a hint of resignation about it now."

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 live correspondent Iain Carter: "McIlroy is staying at the top of the leaderboard through regulation, through not making any mistakes and that is the hallmark of a great player."

Masters Macca: Lee Westwood completes his par at the last and he cards a disappointing 74 to lie on -3. His playing partner Charl Schwartzel enjoyed a better day with a 68 to finish -8 and share the clubhouse lead with Angel Cabrera.

Alex in Southport via text: "I can't see anyone scoring low enough to beat McIlroy. He will shoot a couple under again tomorrow. As much as I hate to say it."

2332: Woods in the nasty stuff at 17. He's having to crouch down to play his ball which is in the pine straw underneath a tree. He awkwardly batters it out but the ball nestles in the bunker at the front of the green. Day has played some scrappy golf over the back nine and he's struggling again on the 16th green. That's a bogey four, he's on eight under and with McIlroy claiming another steady par, the Northern Irishman leads by three.

Luke Donald (-7): "Very happy the way I played today, three under through front nine. Anything in the 60s at Augusta is good and I'm in a good place for tomorrow. [On his approach to 13 where he almost lobbed his ball into Rae's Creek:] "I laid up where I wanted for a simple chip and run and I just duffed it. It's one of those shots I'm going to try and forget about. I've worked hard. Got on a nice in run on back nine of first round and that was key to getting back in the tournament. But you have to stay patient as there are little runs to be had."

Luke Donald
Do not adject your contrast levels
2323: Deary me that's a horrible stance for Day at 15. He has to keep his balance otherwise he'll be in the water. He chips the ball up but there's a bit of work left for him to do from the back of the green... but what do I know. He drains the tricky 10 footer and that's a birdie. McIlroy's lead is still two, though, as he sinks a tiddler for a four. He moves to 11 under, Day on his own on -9. Meanwhile, Luke Donald's outfit has even prompted sartorial pioneer Ian Poulter to pass comment. Poulter has tweeted: "Mr @Luke_Donald with a very colourful outfit on today. Interesting combination I have to say."

Masters Macca: Luke Donald's round is over and he's made his way to join Hazel on the sofa to be quizzed about his clothing choices. Dress sense aside he's had a fine day, just one dropped shot in a 69 that puts him on -7 and he's knocking on the door for sure.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "Even when Tiger was hitting it all over the place he never used to miss those sorts of putts. You can't afford to miss them when you are chasing."

Ian Poulter (-2): "Disappointed really. I really do feel like I've played some of the best golf I've played in many years but this golf course is difficult once you get on the greens. You need to have the line and pace absolutely spot on and if you don't, you are going to miss opportunities and I have certainly done that over the past few days. I feel I have left shots out there and two under par now is eight off the lead and I feel I've left more than that out there. It's a shame. I can go low tomorrow and even if I go low tomorrow it is not going to be enough so I'm a bit disappointed. I'm frustrated. I can only go out tomorrow now and try and move up the leaderboard as much as I can. I think the greens are a little softer than in previous years and a couple of the pin locations that we have seen in previous years haven't been used so I feel they have left it that way and I think I prefer it that way. I think it is more enjoyable that way if you are taking your fair share of chances."

2317: Day gets a stroke of luck at 15. His ball looks as if it is in the water but it stays dry, it's on the upward slope. McIlroy finds the green with his second and he'll be looking for a birdie from there.

Masters Macca: The Aussies may be a bit rubbish at cricket these days but their golfers are certainly doing okay over Georgia way. Adam Scott and Jason Day are well placed on the leaderboard and Geoff Ogilvy has picked up three on the back nine to get back to -6.

2314: Woods with his eagle putt. Some lemon, somewhat predictably, shouts "Get in the hole." To which Peter Alliss simply says: "Shut up." Love that man. The eagle putt misses... as does the birdie. Par for Woods. That approach deserved better. Opportunity gone.

Masters Macca: Fred Couples is still swinging away in his smooth-as-silk manner. Birdies at 15 and 16 have helped his cause as he gets himself back to -5. YE Yang has popped in an eagle at 15 to join the Fredster on five under. Alvaro Quiros has gone the other way as a double at 14 has seen him slip to -3.

georgegabriel on Twitter: "Incredible guts from Woods on the 15th. I love watching this man play the game."
Don't we all, don't we all.

2306: Choi lays up at the 15th and here's Woods from behind the trees... that is going to need a big, big hook to get round... and by heavens he has done it. The ball rolls on the green and he's now got an eagle putt. Brilliant. If that shot doesn't send a shiver down your spine then I'm afraid you are beyond help.

Twitter
mycrippledeagle on Twitter: "Tiger's neck and shoulders looked horribly tight on that last tee shot. He's feeling the pressure."

Bo Van Pelt (-6): "I'm happy. I would have liked to have finished the last two holes better but if you'd have told me I was going to shoot a four-under-par 68 I'd have taken it at the start of the day. I played pretty steady on the front nine and then drove well on back nine which set up rest of the golf course for me. A lot depends on how they set up the course for tomorrow but I'm just going to try and shoot as low as I can."

Masters Macca: Lee Westwood's wait for a first major may have to wait another day. And I don't mean tomorrow. He's dropped to -3 with a bogey at 17. Not out of it yet, but at seven shots back he'll need something magically special on Sunday.

2300: Woods is at the 15th tee but his drive is not good. It's left and his approach will be hampered by trees in front of him. He's not very happy but don't worry, someone in the crowd tells him: "You're still the man." Which I'm sure will make him feel a lot better.

Pete_Farries on Twitter: "Woods showing the inconsistency that's plagued him for ages. Bubba's 'Greens in regulation' is too good to ignore after today."

Masters Macca: Great persistence by Ross Fisher as he grabs a birdie at the 17th to get back to -5. Angel Cabrera can enjoy a nice glass of malbec after matching the best round of the day set by Adam Scott and Bubba Watson of 67. The winner of two years ago is our new clubhouse leader on -8.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "My feeling was that if McIlroy broke par today it would be a good result and I'll stick with that. The leaderboard is contracting and you don't want to give anything away - it's still a bad day to shoot over par."

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-8 Day, Cabrera, Schwartzel, Choi
-7 Scott, Donald
-6 Van Pelt, Woods

2250: Two shot swing at the top of the leaderboard. Day's first chip from the back does not make it to the green and it stays in the rough. His next takes him way past the hole, hard to do anything else really with the green falling away from him. He ends up with a bogey six, while McIlroy picks up a birdie four. The Northern Irishman leads the Masters by two.

Masters Macca: Paul Casey's miserable Moving Day is over as he finishes with a 76 that unofficially ends his hopes of a Green Jacket for another year. He's on +2 and only four players left are worse off than him.


Phil Mickelson (-2): "I'm not in the shape I wanted to be in. The way the course has been set up is for aggressive play and the pin placements are there for the taking and I've tried to be aggressive and light the candle but it hasn't happened. I'm surprised [the pins have not been in harder places] but it's our job as players to be ready to attack them, whether offensively or defensively. I've not seen how many back I'll be [for Sunday] but I know I will have to shot in the low 60s. I need to get off to a good start and see if I can get some momentum going and get a miraculous round."

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-9 McIlroy, Day
-8 Cabrera, Schwartzel, Choi
-7 Scott, Donald
-6 Van Pelt, Woods

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "Bubba Watson has got the game for Augusta and after a 67 today he'll be coming in with bags of confidence tomorrow."

Masters Macca: Spare a thought for Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard was roaring like a lion on the front nine with three birdies to get to -7, but probably ended it looking for a cat to kick as he blows six shots on the back nine to finish with a 75 and just one under.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf commentator John Murray: "Time is running out now for Lee Westwood, even with a round to go. He looks a very frustrated figure at -4."

Twitter
jackk75 on Twitter: "Need Ricky Barnes to save what could end up being a more expensive than I hoped sporting weekend. Bad day at Aintree."

Ball in rough
2239: Troubles for Day at 13. His second into the green is probably a club too much and he goes out the back of the green and into the rough. That is going to be a brutal chip back. McIlroy, meanwhile, finds the heart of the green with his second.

2234: Woods and Choi are at the 13th and the world number seven lets out a manic laugh after striking his tee shot. Hopes he's OK? Anyway, he ends up with a birdie and moves back to six under. Choi, from off the green, makes a four for third day running and he's seven under.

2233: Day and McIlroy are bumping along at the front but it has gone a little quiet, although at the 12th Day's birdie putt just goes wide. Schwartzel, the 26-year-old South African, is creeping up the leaderboard very nicely. He birdies the 15th, his sixth birdie of the day, and is now on eight under.

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Nick, South London via text: "Put a fiver on Westwood and Sergio a while ago. Think it might be time to stop betting on golf... "

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Matt, Norwich, via text: "Rickie Fowler's playing like Ricky Butcher. Bang goes my e/w bet!"

Masters Macca: Just to update you on a few players who were sniffing around the lead earlier but have dropped away a tad: Fred Couples is down to -3 playing the 15th, Jim Furyk is also at -3 after two bogeys as is YE Yang, who is playing the 13th. And Rickie Fowler, who looked like a genuine contender on his Masters debut when he got to -7 at the fifth, has been shedding shots left, right and centre and is now at just -1 with four to play.

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IanERobbins on Twitter: "Will Luke Donald rue that dropped shot on 13? A birdie there and he would be tied lead now. Many twists & turns to come."

Adam Scott (-7): "It was a good move today. Everything is in good shape, my swing came into rhythm and it was better than the first couple of days when I was just battling to make a score. The only disappointment is the bogey up the last. We are tired of hearing an Australian has never won here so maybe one of us can do it tomorrow."

2219: Choi has caught Tiger's putting disease. He lips out with his par putt from close range on 12 and that's two gone in two holes. He's seven under. Lots of musical montages with Masters golf from down the years on the telly. Very nice. Just wondering though, has there been a new law that every one has to be accompanied by an Adele song?

Masters Macca: Australian Geoff Ogilvy has grabbed back two of the shots that he lost on the front nine with successive birdies at 11 and 12. He's at -5 which is definitely still in contention.

Twitter
gav_mca on Twitter: "The Tiger charge has failed to materialize. Will struggle to see him hitting a 65 tomorrow."

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-9 McIlroy, Day
-8 Cabrera, Choi
-7 Scott, Donald, Schwartzel
-6 Van Pelt
-5 Bubba Watson, Barnes, Ogilvy, Woods

It's good news for an Englishman
It's bad news for an American
2208: More changes. Donald likes that 14th hole and for the third time this week he cards a birdie three. He's seven under overall. McIlroy drops a shot at the 10th and he's back with Day on nine under. Choi, meanwhile, bogeys the 11th for the third time this week and he's with Cabrera on eight under. Woods is in the pine straw for his second at 11 but he still manages to get the ball on the dancefloor. Superb recovery. However, the rest of the hole is poor as he three putts, the second of which is only from two feet, and he bogeys to slips back to five under.

Masters Macca: Phil Mickelson is in the clubhouse - or probably heading for the practice ground anyway. The fireworks he threatened in the early holes didn't materialise and he has to settle for a 71 for -3.

Iain Carter
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf correspondent Iain Carter: "I would put money on 12 under being the leading score at the end of the day."

2200: Cabrera, the 2009 champion, is very close with an eagle attempt at 15 and his birdie putt puts the big man on eight under. Nice touch from Spaniards Quiros, Garcia, Jimenez and Olazabal as they send their best wishes to Seve Ballesteros, who turns 54 today, on our BBC Two coverage. Happy birthday Seve.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-9 Choi, Day
-7 Cabrera Donald, Schwartzel, Scott
-6 Van Pelt, Woods

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Danny in Harrow via text: "My modest wager on Bubba is not looking quite as hopeless as 24 hours ago."

It's bad news for an Englishman
2149: Donald slips back after making a hash of the par-five 13th. He lays up but duffs his wedge into the upward bank of Rae's Creek which runs in front of the green. I could do that. He bumps his third up the green towards the pin but the ball does not stick and it rolls back all the way down to the front. Donald ends up with a bogey six and he's on six under.

2147: Great touch from Day at the par-four ninth. He manages to get down in two from the back of the green to save par. McIlroy records his fourth straight par at the same hole. Scott, who responded to that bogey at 16 with a birdie at 17, is in the sand at the last and that costs him. A bogey at 18 means he cards a 67. That could have been so much better. He's on six under. Charl Schwartzel, winner of the Joburg Open in January and one of the best putters on the European Tour, sinks a long one at the par-three 12th for birdie. He's on seven under.

gas_man11 on Twitter: "I bet Ian Poulter even raised an eyebrow when he saw Luke Donald this morning."
Even Vivienne Westwood would take a second look.

Bubba Watson (-5) after shooting a five-under-par 67: "If there was a lower score tomorrow that would be great. I putted a lot better today and if I shoot five under tomorrow that might give me a chance but these guys are playing well. I've just got to keep my head down and try to make birdies."

feltmonkey on Twitter: "Watching the tv coverage and my wife just asked if Luke Donald works in an ice cream parlour when he's not playing golf."

Masters Macca: Luke Donald is looking like England's best chance of a first Masters win since 1996. Paul Casey's not really fired at the tournament so far and he is three over for the day. Just as I start writing him off, Ross Fisher nearly nails his second shot at the long par-5 13th. He settles for an eagle after a nervy 6ft putt and he goes to -4.

Martin Laird (-4): "I drove the ball well and had a lot of looks at birdies but I'm happy with a 69. I'm feeling a little more comfortable on this golf course. Rory's playing great and will be tough to beat. It's a young leaderboard and that's good for the game of golf."

2125: Donald saves par at the 12th. That's a fine up and down. Playing partner Jim Furyk is within five inches of claiming an ace at the same hole and a birdie puts him on five under. Choi is putting very well today and he drains a 10 footer at the ninth to move within one shot of McIlroy.

Masters Macca: Sergio Garcia has blown up a bit round Amen Corner I'm afraid to say as he follows his double on 11 with a bogey at 12.

It's bad news for an Englishman
2131: Westwood is in the cabbage to the right of the 11th green. Nasty. He chips back but the long grass grabs the ball and takes all the pace out of it. He's got a hard putt for par... and he's missed it. He slips back to three under. Choi is now in third place on eight under with a birdie at the eighth.

Masters Macca: It's been another good day for Scotland's Martin Laird on his Masters debut as he collects a second straight 69 that included two birdies around Amen Corner. He'll go into tomorrow on -4. Justin Rose carded a 71 for -1, the same round as Ian Poulter registered for -2.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-9 Day
-7 Van Pelt, Scott, Donald, Choi
-6 Cabrera, Schwartzel, Woods

2124: McIlroy leads on his own again when Day bogeys the seventh, which isn't helped when his second shot is short of the green. He flops one over the bunkers but he can't make the par putt. Donald is in trouble at the 12th as his tee shot finds the greenside bunker. The sand prevented his ball from rolling into the water.

Masters Macca: Bo's on fire. Another birdie for Van Pelt at 16 and he's at -7. A fine return for the 35-year-old American who had not made the cut in a major since 2006.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live golf pundit Jay Townsend: "Day and McIlroy both look pretty comfortable so far but it's going to be a wild rollercoaster ride out there today."

Twitter
xIMikeeyyx on Twitter: "Just to keep people up to date. The Hoff is 2 under. Cheeky fiver on him to finish in top 20. Cmon Hoff!!"
I can't believe I forgot about him. Sorry to all the Hoff fans.

2118: Adam Scott is very, very tentative with his bunker shot at 16. Don't blame him really, if he got that wrong the ball would roll down towards the water. The ball sits on grass on the lip of the bunker. "That was a whisker away from being perfect," says BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss. Scott's second shot is much better, though, and that will be a bogey for him.

Ken Brown
BBC Sport's Ken Brown: "Jason Day has won the Bryon Nelson [in 2010] so he has the experience. He is a long hitter and is full of confidence. The key is that he has the ability to reach the par fives. But he is now in a rarefied atmosphere."

2114: You can never relax in this game. Adam Scott proves that by dumping his tee shot into the bunker at the top of the 16th green. That is going to be a horrid shot from there.

Twitter
Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Australia is the fifth most successful country in terms of Major victories (14) but have won only one in the last 15 years."

2109: Ripper. Adam Scott is having a storming day. He sinks a 13 footer on the 15th green and he's gone to eight under. He's six under for the day. Do not take your eyes off this for a second. It's changing by the minute.

Twitter
VoiceOfLulu on Twitter: "Luke Donald has been clothes shopping at British Gnome Stores again."
I would wager a golf course is the only place he could wear that outfit.

2104: McIlroy and Day are on the lower level of the green at the par-three sixth. Day puts plenty of grunt into that attempt and it flashes past the cup. McIlroy has a nasty six footer for par... and that's a great clutch putt. Day can't make it back and he drops a shot, we have joint leaders again. Garcia ends up doubling the 11th and his challenge is losing its momentum. He's four under.

2059: Garcia has bogeyed the 10th and he's in a spot of bother at the 11th too. He was in the trees and his par shot is a chip from the second cut in the little dip to the right of the green.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-11 Day
-10 McIlroy
-7 Scott, Donald, Schwartzel, Choi
-6 Garcia, Furyk, Woods

Masters Macca: Rickie Fowler was threatening to put something together after reaching -7 at the fifth but a bogey at six and then a double at seven has seen him drop back below the chasing pack.

2053: Oh that's close. McIlroy's attempt is just left and he's lost the lead for the first time this weekend. Day is on the lower level of that same fifth green but that is a monster putt and the 23-year-old Aussie leads on 11 under.

2049: McIlroy at the fifth tee and that's straight in a bunker. He gets out at the first attempt and his approach leaves him with a 20 footer for par. Donald rolls in a simple putt at the ninth to claim his second straight birdie. He's now seven under and is in a strong position. Despite that outfit.


2044: In all that excitement I forgot to mention that Tiger dropped at shot at the fourth to fall back to six under and at the next, he leaves a birdie putt right on the edge of the hole. No repeat of that chip shot at the 16th in 2005 which crawled into the cup.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-11 McIlroy
-10 Day
-7 Scott, Garcia, Choi
-6 Cabrera, Donald, Schwartzel, Woods

Ken Brown
BBC Sport's Ken Brown: "That's a great start for Rory and those two in the top group are looking very sound."

2038: And we've got another. McIlroy is back out on his own again after an exquisite tee shot at the par-three fourth gives him a birdie chance. The four-foot putt goes in and he's 11 under.

2032: There's a flurry of birdies out there. I'll try to catch up with them all. Donald, in an extraordinary outfit - bright pink top, Masters-coloured green trousers - birdies eight and he's on six under. Big-hitting Argentine Angel Cabrera joins him with a three at the ninth. Aussie Adam Scott eagles the par-five 13th for the second day running and he's now on seven under. Think that's it. Oh, and coverage has begun on BBC Two and in the console on the top of this page. Don't forget me here, though, will you?

2030: Hello again. Ready meal for one dominated. I'm refreshed and ready for the final few hours of this third day. You join me as Mickelson misses that long birdie putt at 12. Choi is in the bunker at the front of the fourth green but that is a great recovery and he's well on course for a par save. And we have joint leaders now. Day birdies the third and he's with McIlroy on 10 under.

2027: Mickelson hits the heart of the 12th green with his tee shot. Holes are running out for Lefty though if he is going to make Saturday his moving day. Speaking of moving, my time here is up. Here's Orlo to take you through to the end of round three.

Masters Macca: Phil Mickelson reaches Amen Corner but has a spot of bother at the 11th. A wayward drive was followed by a magical recovery and a chip shot that nearly dropped, but he missed a short one back for par and he slips to level for the day (-2 overall).

2024: Pictures from Augusta a little scarce at the moment, but a look at the leaderboard confirms that McIlroy made par at the second. His playing partner Jason Day, he of the eight-under-par 64 on Friday, posts his first birdie of the day to move to -9, one behind McIlroy.

2020: What the golfing gods give, the golfing gods taketh away. Choi back to -7 after a bogey on the par-four third. Woods however, is in for birdie and back to -7. The four-time Masters winner pushes his tee shot on the fourth though, on the upside, he has plenty of green to work with.

Masters Macca: The only amateur to make the cut, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama is in the clubhouse with a mighty fine 68 that takes him to -4 and makes him the early clubhouse leader.

2016: Rory hits his second into the greenside bunker on two which is not a great spot to be in - he's in the front left of the two that guard the front of the green and will have one treacherous downward slope to try and stop his shot on.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-8 Choi, Day
-7 Garcia, Fowler
-6 Snedeker, Woods

Masters Macca: Dropped shots for Lee Westwood and Ross Fisher take them to -4 at the 5th and 6th respectively. Ian Poulter just saw a makeable birdie chance slide by at 13th and he remains at -3. Successive pars for Matt Kuchar see him move to -5.

2010: Woods missed his seven-foot birdie putt on the second - a second successive effort that lips out and finishes an inch or two behind the hole, but his playing partner KJ Choi is in for four and he is up to -8. Our final pairing of McIlroy and Jason Day appear to be taking a stroll in the park as they amble down the second fairway, deep in conversation. An indication of how relaxed they both are, or a way of keeping nerves at bay?

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Greig in Scotland via text: "Fancy Schwartzel to win as he seems to have a great attitude and doesn't seem to dwell to much on missed chances."

2007: Australia's Adam Scott, one of those in the 'best golfer never to win a major' category, hits a beautiful curling putt from the front of the 11th green to cancel out the bogey on 10 and he is back to -5.

2004: Woods sends his second to the par-five second through the back of the green but hits a nice recovery chip and will have a birdie putt to move back to -7. Over at Amen Corner, Poulter misses a birdie putt on 13 and stays at -3

Masters Macca: Angel Cabrera, winner in 2009, is two under for the day and -5 overall after a birdie at the seventh. Fred Couples and YE Yang both pick up shots to get back to -5.

2000: Evening all - straight in with McIlroy missing his birdie putt on the first, but taps in for a solid par. Good start for the Northern Irishman - he's parred the first in all three rounds now - he's also birdied the second in his previous two rounds...

Masters Macca: Any chance of a Paul Casey charge after a birdie at six quickly evaporates with a double bogey at the next hole. He grabbed a shot back at the eighth but at -1 he needs to get motoring.

1954: Choi pars the first. It's the Korean and Garcia on seven under now. I'm quickly going to grab something to eat, don't want to miss out on dinner again, and the lovely Peter Scrivener will take over for the next 15 minutes or so. A little earlier, I said Woods missed a par birdie putt at the first. That's ridiculous, obviously. Refresh now and all will be OK again.

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Rich in Falmouth via text: "4000 words into a 12000 word dissertation whilst attempting to watch the Masters = v hard."

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1949: Tiger Woods has had a start he would rather forget. He misses a six-foot par putt at the first and he slips back to six under. Quiros and Ogilvy have done exactly the same and are both on five under. Leader McIlroy and Aussie Jason Day have now teed off. Just watched McIlroy's approach to the opening green. It's good enough but it will be tough to get a birdie from there.

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From Michael's sons on text: "We're hosting a Mickelson style champions dinner with plenty of meat! Spice levels unlikely to match that of the 3rd round. Go Mac!"

MattLPritch on Twitter: "Got money on Choi and Westy but would love to see Serge come close, nice to see him back."

Paulhitsheet on Twitter: "Expecting Tiger to go round in 65 today, that 12/1 on first day now looks like great value and by end of play hopefully a steal."

Masters Macca: The Molinari brothers have been a bit under the radar so far. Francesco missed the cut but Edoardo's putter has just found its range with three straight birdies that have taken him to -4. Bubba Watson, he of the monster driving, has also found his touch with successive birdies that has taken him to -4.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-8 Day
-7 Garcia, Choi, Woods, Snedeker
-6 Furyk, Schwartzel
-5 Scott, Fisher, Donald, Westwood, Fowler, Ogilvy, Quiros

Masters Macca: Of the 16 former champions who teed off on Thursday, five of them made the halfway cut. Tiger Woods is at the first, Couples is -4 after two, Cabrera is -4 after five, Mickelson is -3 after seven and Immelman is -1 after six.

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1935: "Fore please, Tiger Woods driving." Is the call from the starter at the first. I wonder what that phrase would sound like if Ivor Robson changed his script. Just a thought. Woods is dripping in sweat as he steps up to address his ball. It is a warm day in Georgia. That's a fine drive from the world number seven. Still doesn't sound right that, does it? His drive is straight and the ball looks to have settled in a pitch mark. Playing partner KJ Choi is also straight. Garcia birdies the fifth. Go on son. That's three birdies so far today and he's rolling on seven under.

Findyourvenue on Twitter: "I think that Mickelson and Westwood will make a charge today. Pressure of Tiger may get to Rory but hope not."

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plangley15 on Twitter: "On a stag do. Fed up of drinking all I want to so is watch #bbcmasters they better show it in these 'trendy' bars."

1928: Just seen a little clip of Garcia with his approach to the fifth. It's a beauty. That's a birdie chance. Big-hitting Bubba Watson is on the green at the par-five 13th in two. Not really a surprise is it? His second shot was apparently with a seven iron. Makes you sick.

From Elliot, Bristol, via text: "Lee Westwood for the win, got to be, should be world number one!"

Masters Macca: Just seven Americans in the top 20, but plenty of potential contenders amongst them. Jim Furyk cannot be discounted and he's birdied the second to go to -5. One of the British hopefuls, Ross Fisher, is also at -5 after a birdie at the third.

Ryan_Matthew89 on Twitter: "Watching the #BBCMasters until the early hours, #BBCf1 to be up for at 8am and more Masters tomorrow night. Any chance of some kip BBC?"
No. Who needs sleep anyway?

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1916: There's been a lot of chat about Luke Donald's outfit today. Our man in Augusta Rob Hodgetts says "azaleas with a hint of mouthwash" while BBC golf commentator Andrew Cotter says it is quite a colour scheme, "if he appears on your TV it may explode". I can't wait. Scotland's Martin Laird, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March, sinks a tricky 20 footer at 11 to return to two under. Snedeker is hot, hot, hot. He follows that eagle with a birdie three at the third. He's three off the lead now. And Adam Scott is also moving up, he's got a birdie at the eighth and he's five under. There's some birdies to be had here today it seems.

ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-8 Day
-7 Choi, Woods
-6 Garcia, Snedeker, Ogilvy, Quiros
-5 Yang, Barnes, Couples, Fowler, Westwood, Donald

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Anon via text: "Moving Day, has to be Tiger as even he thinks he's putting well, and big Phil, cos it's Saturday at Augusta."

Angus, Edinburgh, via text: "Hoping for great things from the big hitters today c'mon Quiros!! On the home front let's see Lee go one better than last year!!!"

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Former American Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger on Twitter: "It's hot today in Augusta, near 90. Ball will travel! 11 really hard pins only 4 easy pins.

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1904: And there's a little movement amongst the leaders. American Brandt Snedeker eagles the second to join Ogilvy and Quiros, who have not started yet, on six under. Hang on a minute, the trio becomes a quartet as Sergio Garcia birdies the third. It's good to see you back son.

Masters Macca: Would be nice to see one of the three remaining Spaniards doing something special on Seve's birthday. Sergio Garcia has certainly started well with a birdie at the second to go to -5. Luke Donald has birdied the first hole and joins Garcia on five under. And Ian Poulter is a -3 after a birdie at the long eighth. Some good scoring out there.

1859: It is worth flagging up that coverage of Amen Corner is available for you to have a gander at in the console at the top of this page and also on the Red Button. Rickie Fowler has just announced GO TIME on his Twitter feed. He goes off with Fred Couples at 1905 BST. Meanwhile, your friend and mine, Masters Macca, has some news about some Englishmen going well...

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mj2739 on Twitter: "What does it take to get a message on the BBC golf feed."
No idea.

1855: More on McIlroy. After his round yesterday he gave a superb reply to a question about whether he was worried seeing Woods climb the leaderboard. "I don't really care what anyone else does. I don't need to know," he said. So there we are.

Steve Toon via text: "Have the bbq on, taking ages to cook, by the time it's ready Woods will top the leaderboard."

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Bruce, Aberdeen via text: "Agree Woods was sensational yesterday but I don't think he will follow that round up today. Westwood will make a move today."

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nickmcmenemy on Twitter: "My life has stopped for four days just to watch #BBCMasters. This is the best week of the year. No doubt."

1848: Mickelson does not need that. Just as he seems to building a bit of momentum, he drops a shot at the par-three fourth. He's back to three under. Aussie Adam Scott has had a good start to the third day, he has birdied the second and the fifth and is on four under through five.

Tom, Chris and Nick in Marbella via text: "On a golf weekend in Spain, get our money back if Tiger wins. Come on Tiger... Do it for the lads!"

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Nick via text: "Quiros to win, RMac will fall apart and Tiger will come second. Couples to come third. "

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1838: Mickelson is certainly Phil-ing his boots at the minute. Sorry. He's on a mini-charge here. He has his first birdie of the week at the third and the gap between Lefty and McIlroy is now six. He is not out of this yet people. McIlroy is on the range now, going through his irons. Lots of questions about whether he can handle the pressure of leading the Masters. Certainly there's been no sign of nerves during the first two days.

1835: England's Ross Fisher is at the first tee box and smacks his drive down the fairway. There's a ripple of applause but I can't see where it went. Lovely shape to that swing and he held his finishing pose for a long time. That's one for the photo album.

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BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Faldo also telling me about pins today. 'Much tougher. That 10th is an absolute brute, tucked right at the back. Can't go straight for it'"

1825: Birdies, birdies everywhere at the minute. Mickelson needs something to happen today if he is to have any chance of retaining his Masters title. He's been scrambling around for par far too much over the first two days. Anyway, he birdies the second and is now on three under. Poulter is now at -2 with birdies at three and six, while Orlo's hot tip Matt Kuchar birdies six and seven to move up to two under. The comeback starts here. Just you wait.

crossy33 on Twitter: "I'm off out to some friends for dinner I hope they have the #BBC over there so I can watch the Masters."

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YE Yang on Twitter (-5): Lazy morning at the Masters, teeing off in pm helps me relax and allows me not to rush things. Hopefully that transpires to the course."

1819: Quick Big Phil update for you. He did par the first from wherever he placed his drive. We are only seeing the opening drives from the first at the minute so bear with me. Moving Day messages are what it is all about today. You know how this works, bang me over a note and I'll do my utmost to get it included. We've got a long night ahead of us so don't be shy. Use Twitter (via hashtag #BBCMasters ), you can message me direct @markorlovac or you can text me via 81111. Please do make sure you start your message with MASTERS as there are quite a few messages coming in today and I wouldn't want you to miss out.

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From Tom in Stoke via text: "Tiger to be tight with RMac today and win tomorrow comfortably. I fear Rory will be leagues above the other Europeans but still lacking Tiger's determination. Woods WILL get 19 majors!"

1812: Evening folks. Hope you've enjoyed the afternoon sunshine. Lovely ride into work today. Very busy down Putney High Street. More espadrilles than in Andrew Ridgeley's shoe rack. So here we are then Moving Day. Get the BBQ on, something cold and fizzy from the fridge, and let's get this party started.

By Pranav Soneji

1809: For your loving delectation, we now have live coverage from Amen Corner, so gorge people, gorge! My time in the chair is over, it's time to hand you over to the Finisher - Mark Orlovac. Happy Moving Day.

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Andrew, via text 81111: "I can't help but notice the lack of Hoff-based banter this afternoon. How's BBC's favourite 'obscure' American getting on?"
Steady as a middle-lane driver with three successive pars for level par, one under for the tournament.

1802: And the prize for the most fluctuating fortunes for round three so far goes to...Aaaaarrrooooon Baddaley! The Australian's initial optimism after sinking three birdies in his opening six holes has receded alarmingly after he drops three shots with three bogeys in four holes from the seventh, moving him back to one over.

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weeladybird1981 on Twitter: "Has anyone else noticed how quiet Twitter is when @IanJamesPoulter is on the course at Augusta?"

1758: Xavier texts in and is tipping Rickie Fowler for success because he's a "class young player who has all the skills" while Lukas is sniffing around KJ Choi - "hugely underrated" he says. Meanwhile Lee says "Easy Lover by Phil Collins". I can do a passable Phil Bailey falsetto for you Lee, but it's hardly award-winning. Somehow I think he may have got his BBC text numbers mixed up... Phil Mickelson steps up to the first alongside Gary Woodland - but the defending champion's opening tee shot is met with complete silence as it hurtles into the air. Don't think that's a great sign for Lefty.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "BBC coverage for tonight: LIVE from 2030 BST on BBC2. Amen Corner/16th on Red Button & online from 1845-2200 BST. LIVE on 5 live 2100 BST."

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1745: More cheer for the home fans as Ryan Palmer eagles the second to move two under. The same cannot be said for Korean Kim Kyung-Tae, who cards his third successive bogey at the seventh. His front-nine does makes not particularly pleasant reading at four over. Kim's playing partner is amateur Hideki Matsuyama and the teenager is having a right old jolly on the prestigious course. A birdie at the third means the Japanese is one-under for today and level par overall.


From Stewart A on Twitter: "My pick for a big charge today is Brandt Snedeker - tied for third in 2008 and seems to have a game that suits Augusta perfectly."
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1729: Bubba Watson, whose long, flowing locks would be more at home on the heads of Emo anti-heroes Bullet For My Valentine or Fall Out Boy (although the left-hander would probably baulk at the eyeliner, or "guyliner" as I recently learned), makes a sensational start with successive birdies on the second and third holes, taking his overall score to two-under overall.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Augusta: "BBC commentator Ken Brown has been on the course to see what has been going on overnight. He has been looking at the grass on the ninth fairway, it is now mown uphill so drives won't run as much. Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson hit monster drives there yesterday. On the ninth green Ken holed a huge putt from the back - it's all in a day's work. The gallery was very impressed. 'Geez, who is this guy?' says one onlooker. He also talked about three levels on the green. Today the pin is on the middle. 'Come up short and it might roll back, go long and it runs over. Must be pin-point accurate,' said Ken. The green slopes savagely back to front. 'How fast are they?' asks Ken. He kneels and blows on the ball. It starts to roll, gathers pace and flies past the pin."

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1717: Excellent start for Scotland's Martin Laird, sinking a round-opening birdie at the first, taking him to one-under overall and joint 20th while Aaron Baddeley continues his excellent form on the front nine, scorching his third birdie of the day at the sixth - only to squander his advantage at the seventh with a bogey on the par-four, 450-yard seventh. Ah.

Jamie, Surrey, via text 81111: "Got a good feeling about Karlsson today, sense a big move coming on for the big Swede!"

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Ken Brown - a long way from The Crucible
BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Remember Ken Brown booting a footy down the 13th for Ken on the course last year? The old rascal's been at it again...playing snooker on the 10th green. 'When the pressure's on it's tempting to have a peak. That's when you miscue. Head still when putting'."

1654: Baddeley holes his second birdie in three at the par four, 455-yard fifth, merrily scootling along to one under alongside American Nick Watney, who skims a shot off his total with a birdie at the par-five second.

1643: So far we have only seen one birdie this glorious morning in the Peach State, with Aaron Baddeley sinking a three at the par-four, 350-yard third. Ernie Els' magic touch has so far deserted him following a double-bogey five at the fourth. The South African is playing with a non-competitive marker, the golf's very own equivalent of the poor kid picked for footy in the playground. Ahhhhh.

BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Been out filming Ken on the Course. With Ken, obviously. Looked at 9th fairway/green & 10th. Mr Brown on top form. Live on BBC2 at 2030 BST."

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Jez, Newcastle, via text 81111: Sadly I did put a few pennies on Kaymer, felt I had to after he won me £500 quid with his USPGA win. Got each way money on Immelman and Furyk both at 100/1. So please can we have a bias towards those two rather than this endless Tiger talk. Much appreciated."

1626: If you were following Sam Lyon's early commentary on Thursday and Friday, you'll be more than aware that Charley Hoffman has become something of a cult phenomenon. You'll know he shares his birthday with the Green Card-touting Gerard Depardieu as well as discovering his favourite food is "round-table pizza" (probably). There are a large number of very frustrated middle-aged men shouting all sorts of "encouragement" for a random horse to run faster than it currently is doing in our office at this very moment...

1618:ROUND THREE LEADERBOARD:
-10 McIlroy
-8 Day
-7 Choi, Woods
-6 Ogilvy, Quiros
-5 Yang, Barnes, Couples, Fowler, Westwood
-4 Schwartzel, Donald, Furyk, Fisher, Snedeker, Garcia

1616: Our lone amateur, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, has just teed off alongside Korea's Kyung-Tae Kim. Other notable tee-off times to tell you about: Justin Rose (1625), Ian Poulter (1705), Phil Mickelson (1755), Paul Casey (1805), Sergio Garcia (1825), Luke Donald (1845), Lee Westwood (1855), Tiger Woods (1935) and Rory McIlory (1945).

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Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Six of this week's participants won their #Masters titles before current leader Rory McIlroy was born."

1606:The cut at one over has been particularly brutal, taking out world number one Martin Kaymer, three-time major champion Padraig Harrington, defending US Open champion Graeme McDowell, Americans Stewart Cink and Anthony Kim as well as two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen. The South African's opening eagle on Thursday seems like a lifetime ago following his nightmare 78 on Friday. Augusta has not been kind to Kaymer, who misses the cut for the fourth successive occasion in Georgia. Meanwhile, Overton kicks off his round with a bogey five at the par four, 445-yard opener while Baddeley sinks his putt for par.


1557: The "Big Easy" kicks off with a steady par on the first while Jeff Overton and Aaron Baddeley hit the course. No word as yet on any dastardly pin placements, but no doubt we'll find out more as the day progresses. Anyone had the agony of moving house recently? Found something you never thought you would ever see again? In particular a "wonky" putter or a tatty Jeffery Archer novel propping up a hidden cupboard? Share your discoveries with the rest of the Masters-reading world by tweeting the commentary via the hashtag #BBCMasters or text in via 81111 (UK).

1550: You could quite easily be forgiven for thinking Moving Day was in fact on Friday following debutant Jason Day's bottom jaw-dropping 64, taking him into uncharted territory at second on the leaderboard, while Tiger Woods' took a stroll down Memory Lane with a six-under 66, leaving him at joint third alongside KJ Choi on seven under. In fact, BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts neatly surmised so in his blog on Friday, dubbing Saturday as "Moving Day Part II". But one man who clearly had no intentions of shifting was Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman from Holywood's steady 69 consolidated his lead at the top of the leaderboard with a two-shot lead over playing partner Day. Meanwhile, two-time Masters champion Ernie Els cuts a lonely figure at the first tee as he kicks off the 49-man field at the start of round three.


1543: And what an auspicious day for Moving Day to fall upon - no, not the four-and-a-half mile horsey romp in the north-west of England at 1615 which some of you may have a vested interest in (my £2 dip into clearly fixed office sweep was 150-1 Piraya whose jockey "needed binoculars to see the winner" last year according to the Daily Mail), but the 54th birthday of two-time Masters champion Seve Ballesteros - also a wonderful opportunity to tout the glory of the Cantabrian's career achievements. Fortunately I didn't put any pennies on Martin Kaymer for an inaugural green jacket. Any post-National, post-cut disaster stories to tell from any of you lot would be gratefully appreciated, although I hope there aren't too many to tell...

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BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Hey y'all. Gonna be a hot one today. Dang hot. And I ain't just talking 'bout the big yella thing in the sky. Lot of guys ready to rumble."

1530: Pack up the Crowded House and Tanita Tikaram CDs, liberally toss the bubble wrap in between that bundle of used gig tickets and birthday cards you just can't throw away and finally cast aside those skinny-fit jeans you haven't been able to fit into since Phil Mickelson eased Tiger Woods into his fourth and last Masters green jacket back in 2005 - it's Moving Day.



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