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Masters Live Blog, Day Three: Live Coverage, Updates, and Leaderboard Reaction

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IApril 10, 2010

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 10:  Lee Westwood of England plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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6:57pm EDT - The third round of the Masters is complete and we can look forward to an incredible final round tomorrow, if it's anything like what we saw on Saturday.

Lee Westwood (-12) and Phil Mickelson (-11) will pull up the rear and will be Sunday's final group. Tiger Woods (-8) and KJ Choi (-8) will be grouped together once more. Fred Couples (-7) and Hunter Mahan (-6) will be in front of Woods and Choi. Ricky Barnes (-6) and Ian Poulter (-6) will be just in front of Couples and Mahan.

Get ready because this is going to be a wild ride to the finish. Who wants it more and who is going to grab control of this tournament and not let it go. Whoever gets the momentum first and is able to hold on to it will be the 2010 Masters champion.

We'll see everybody right back here tomorrow for Sunday's final round at Augusta National.

6:55pm EDT - Westwood saves par and will have the lead to himself when the golfers arrive for the final round on Sunday. He finishes the day with a four-under 68 and is 12-under par for the tournament.

6:53pm EDT - Westwood had a nice chip to within six feet. That will give him a chance for par and keep his one shot lead heading in to Sunday's final round.

6:50pm EDT - Not a great shot from Westwood out of the fairway bunker and is still short of the green. He's going to have a tough up and down if he's going to save par. A bogey on the 18th would put him back in to a tie with Phil Mickelson at 11-under for the tournament.

Even more than that, it brings Tiger and KJ Choi to within three shots of the lead.

6:47pm EDT - Tiger just mentioned he three-putted three times during his round today. He can't afford that on Sunday.

6:43pm EDT - Lee Westwood's tee shot on 18 lands in the fairway bunker setting up what could be a difficult second shot.

6:41pm EDT - A birdie from Tiger Woods moves him to eight-under for the tournament and will match him with KJ Choi once again for Sunday's final round.

Interesting fact. Woods and Choi have matched each other's scores in each of the first three rounds.

6:38pm EDT - What a final round this sets up to be tomorrow. Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, KJ Choi, Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Hunter Mahan, Ricky Barnes, and Ian Poulter could all bring the green jacket home during Sunday's final round.

All of these guys have a great shot if they play well. The lead will be four shots for Lee Westwood if he can finish the final two rounds without a bogey though a birdie would certainly help put a little bit more distance between himself and the rest of the field.

6:36pm EDT - Great approach shot from Tiger Woods on the 18th to within four feet. He should easily put that one in for birdie to put him back to eight-under par and finish the day at two-under 70.

6:33pm EDT - I know I haven't updated this but we actually had a tie for the "I'm having a hard day" award between Chad Campbell and Nathan Green, both finished at eight-over par today.

But, since there needs to be a winner, it goes to Nathan Green who landed three double-bogeys today.

6:29pm EDT - Tiger with a pretty shot off the tee at the 18th to join KJ Choi who is also on the fairway at 18. Get used to seeing these two as they will more than likely be together again tomorrow.

If Tiger wants to win this thing, he must get off to a fast start and seperate himself from the likes of Westwood, Mickelson, Couples, and Choi and hope he gets help from any of those four players with a bogey here and a bogey there.

6:27pm EDT - Tiger misses yet another makeable putt for par at 17 and falls back to seven-under par for the tournament.

6:26pm EDT - A par for Lee Westwood at the par three 16th keeps him one shot up on Phil Mickelson who is already in the clubhouse. Westwood now has to deal with a tough 17th hole coming up.

6:23pm EDT - One thing that continues to impress me is how well Fred Couples plays and how he can come up with a big round when he needs one. After a disappointing 75 on Friday, Couples finishes seven shots better today at 68. This is why he's a fan favorite.

6:19pm EDT - Phil finishes with a par at 18 and ends his day with a five-under 67, just one shot back of the lead. He's in perfect position to make a run at his third green jacket on Sunday's final round.

6:17pm EDT - Tiger with a terrible tee shot at 17 and will be lucky to save par on this one.

Mickelson walks up the 18th to a large applause from the gallery and a well deserved one at that.

6:14pm EDT - Fred Couples finishes his third round at Augusta with a four-under 68 and is seven-under for the tournament. He's just five back of the current leader, Lee Westwood (-12) and if Couples can win tomorrow, he'll become the oldest Masters champion in the tournament's history.

6:10pm EDT - Tiger pars the par three 16th to stay at eight-under for the tournament as he heads to what has been the toughest hole on the golf course today, the par four 17th. Woods has two pars at this hole over the last two days and he'll need no worse than that if he's going to stay within reach of Mickelson and Westwood.

6:07pm EDT - Phil Mickelson bogeys the tough 17th hole and falls back to a tie with Lee Westwood at 11-under par. Lee, you better be thanking your lucky stars that Phil just gave you some help.

Though as I say that, Westwood landed his second shot on the par five 15th on the green to within 25-30 feet. He'll have that left for eagle and, at worst, be in for birdie to take the lead back from Phil Mickelson.

6:04pm EDT - Just heard one of the CBS guys call Tiger "KJ Choi" while Tiger was on the tee at the par three 16th.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Woods and Choi don't exactly look like.

6:02pm EDT - I have to give a lot of credit to Ricky Barnes who has played extremely well today. I usually wouldn't say that one-under par for the day is a great round but for a virtual no-name to play this well I think is impressive. He's at seven-under for the tournament heading to 17.

5:59pm EDT - A par at 14 for Lee Westwood (-11) keeps him one shot back of Phil Mickelson (-12).

A nice birdie putt from Tiger Woods moves him to eight-under for the tournament and two-under par for the day. He's just four shots back of Phil Mickelson who's at 12-under par at 17.

5:58pm EDT - For those of you wondering where Tom Watson finished, he had a pretty good day. He finished at even-par for the day and is three-under for the tournament, tied for 11th at this point.

5:54pm EDT - Tiger Woods misses the green on 15 and will have some work left to do if he's going to save par and stay at seven-under. He can't afford to lose any more strokes today.

5:51pm EDT - Interesting fact. The 17th hole at Augusta has not given up a birdie yet today.

5:48pm EDT - One of the CBS analysts said it right about Lee Westwood. "He's like a prize fighter that's on the ropes." Westwood missed a birdie putt on 13 badly. He is just rattled right now with Mickelson picking up five shots in three holes.

5:46pm EDT - Ian Poulter has to wonder what happened to him today. After starting the round at eight-under par he's two-over par for the day and is six-under for the tournament. Just not the same guy that finished yesterday's round.

5:45pm EDT - The momentum is starting to come back to Tiger's game, another birdie at 15 moves him to seven-under par for the tournament, just five shots back of Phil Mickelson. 

5:41pm EDT - Tiger with a great approach shot at 14 to put him within three feet for birdie. That will move Tiger to seven-under for the tournament and finally move him to under par for the first time since the sixth hole.

5:39pm EDT - Phil Mickelson darn near holed out yet another shot on 15, landing it within two feet of the hole. This guy is red hot and has all the momentum in the world in his favor.

He'll tap that in for birdie and be alone in the lead at 12-under par going to 16.

5:37pm EDT - How about Ricky Barnes with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 moves him to six-under par for the tournament.

Anthony Kim with a birdie on 14 also moves him to six-under for the tournament.

5:33pm EDT - A birdie putt from KJ Choi on 13 moves him to seven-under for the tournament and then a roar from the 15th hole as Fred Couples chips in for eagle to move into sole posession of third place at eight-under par.

If there's two guys to root for right now it has to be Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson. Both guys having incredible days with three eagles between the two.

5:32pm EDT - Tiger actually made a birdie putt, how about that. He moves to even par on the day and six-under for the tournament. He's five shots back of co-leaders Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson.

5:31pm EDT - Westwood will make bogey on 12 and fall back to 11-under par and will be tied atop the leaderboard with a very hot Phil Mickelson.

It's all about momentum and it's definitely shifted at this point.

5:29pm EDT - Lee Westwood has to be feeling the pressure and it's showing. His bunker shot on 12 didn't bit and ended up on the other side of the green. He'll be left with a lengthy par putt. Miss that and he'll fall in to a tie with Phil Mickelson for the lead.

5:25pm EDT - Ian Poulter has just not looked like the same guy that fired back-to-back four-under 68s on Thursday and Friday. He just missed a par putt on 11 to fall back to seven-under for the tournament.

5:23pm EDT - Fred Couples having a nice day, he's at three-under par on the day and six-under for the tournament. He's at least within range of making a move on Sunday if the leaders don't get further and further away from him.

On Phil Mickelson, this is the kind of move a lot of people expected he would make and he's making it at the right time. He stayed within range after yesterday's round of one-under 71 and is making one heck of a move today.

5:21pm EDT - From 135 yards, Phil Mickelson holes out his second straight eagle. He is on an absolute roll right now. Hey Westwood, don't look now but Phil is right on your tail.

5:16pm EDT - Beautiful birdie putt from KJ Choi on 12 moves him to six-under par for the tournament. Just prior to that, Tiger almost missed another par putt, just sneaking it around the right edge of the cup.

5:11pm EDT - Phil Mickelson moves to nine-under par for the tournament after an eagle putt on 13.

During that roar, Tiger was teeing off at the 12th and hit his well short and ended up in the greenside bunker. There is no fire in Tiger's eyes right now. None of the fire and tenacity we're used to seeing on a weekend round from Woods.

5:10pm EDT - Good shot from KJ Choi on the par three 12th hole.

5:08pm EDT - Tiger's putting this week has been next to attrocious this week. He's been missing putts that he normally doesn't miss. If you watch some of the highlights over the next three days, you'll notice that he's not missing them by that much but missing them nonetheless.

Will this be Tiger's downfall and keep him from making any run at all?

5:02pm EDT - Lee Westwood (-12) adds yet another birdie and extends his lead to four shots over Ian Poulter (-8). Hunter Mahan finally making a run, he's at four-under par for the day and six-under for the tournament. Fred Couples holding at two-under through 12.

Anthony Kim, Tiger Woods, and KJ Choi currently at five-under for the tournament through 10 and 12 holes respectively.

5pm EDT - Just saw Kenny Perry hole out from the bunker for his second eagle in three holes. Atta boy Kenny!

4:16pm EDT - Fred Couples is holding strong through the front nine and two-under par. The other veteran, Tom Watson, is one under-par for the day and four-under par for the tournament.

4:14pm EDT - Ian Poulter has begun to faulter, falling back to two-over par for the day and six-under par for the tournament.

I figured Poulter would carry that momentum over to today's third round but that just hasn't happened.

4:11pm EDT - Lee Westwood is back to double-digits under par, two shots in front of Phil Mickelson who is eight-under par.

Tiger Woods is not having the day he wanted with three bogeys and two birdies and one-over par for the day, back to five-under for the tournament.

3:14pm EDT - Fred Couples staying strong through five holes at two-under par for the day. He started the day the exact same way he started the previous two, with birdies at one and two.

Where he struggled yesterday was over the final five holes with bogeys and four of those last five. Fix that and he'll be staying right with the likes of Westwood, Mickelson, Poulson, and the rest.

3:11pm EDT - Anthony Kim, after a bogey at one, birdies two and lands a par at three is at even par for the day and six-under for the tournament. He's just three shots back of Lee Westwood who's at nine-under par.

If Kim keeps hanging around, he can be just as dangerous as Tiger Woods. He'll be one to watch over the next day and a half.

3:08pm EDT - Interesting question to those following along on the blog as well as watching some of the coverage on tv. If you're rooting for Tiger Woods to win this tournament, are you rooting for Tiger the person or Tiger the golfer?

3:06pm EDT - Lee Westwood birdies one and is back up on top of the leaderboard after a birdie at one, moving him to nine-under par. You didn't think Mickelson's lead would hold did you?

3pm EDT - Jerry Kelly just keeps rolling along with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 and is currently at five-under par for the day.

Another five-under par day is coming from Steve Marino who has a bogey free round going through 10 holes.

2:56pm EDT - Phil Mickelson finds himself at the top of the leaderboard back-to-back birdies on two and three. He's tied at eight-under par for the tournament with Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.

2:51pm EDT - Tiger Woods is on the course and birdied the first hole for the first time this week. He's off to a good start to make his move.

Phil Mickelson is also one-under for the day after a birdie at two.

2:45pm EDT - After a five-under par front nine, Heath Slocum has hit a bump in the road with bogeys at 10 and 12 to fall back to three-under par for the day.

2:43pm EDT - Jerry Kelly is having quite a day and doing it very quietly. Kelly birdied three of his last four holes and is four-under par for the day, two-under for the tournament. Yes I know he's not a big name, but he's having a good day. Keep up with me folks.

2:41pm EDT - Anthony Kim gets off to a tough start with a bogey at the very first hole. Not the way he wanted to get his day started. It's still early and Kim has too much ability to let that ruin his day.

2:39pm EDT - Tom Watson also on the course and, after a birdie at three, is back on track after a tough day yesterday. 

2:35pm EDT - Phil Mickelson is just underway and is even par after one hole.

2:32pm EDT - Fred Couples adds another birdie at two and moves to five-under par for the tournament. Keep it up Freddy, you're doing great.

2:25pm EDT - Steve Marino is making his move on the front nine with three birdies in his last four holes and is currently four-under par for his round.

2:22pm EDT - Fred Couples is on the course and started off on the right foot with a birdie at one to move to four-under for the tournament.

2:21pm EDT - Chad Campbell will be playing just for fun tomorrow as he wraps up a six-over par day with two holes to go.

2:18pm EDT - I'm sitting here wondering what is going on with Retief Goosen. I really thought he'd be in contention come Saturday but even his round today is putting him further and further out of the race.

He started his round with a triple-bogey on the very first hole and has added three more bogeys before a birdie at eight.

2:14pm EDT - Ernie Els double-bogeyed six but landed a birdie at eight to get at least one of those strokes back.

2:10pm EDT - Steve Marino is having another nice day with birdies at two, five and six.

An update on the "I'm having a hard day" award still sits in the hands of Nathan Green who is seven-over par for his round today. He's not going to win the overall hard day award unless he is going to try and match Sandy Lyle's round yesterday.

2:03pm EDT - Heath Slocum continues to make a charge up the leaderboard. He's currently at five-under for the day and four-under for the tournament through eight holes.

1:43pm EDT - Nick Watney with back-to-back birdies on one and two and is two-under for the tournament. The Fresno State alum had a tough day yesterday finishing at four-over par.

1:40pm EDT - Heath Slocum having a good day so far on Saturday. He has four birdies in seven holes and after starting one-over par he's now at three-under par for the tournament.

1:10pm EDT - Alright boys and girls, gonna go out and grab me some lunch.

12:53pm EDT - Ernie Els is on the course and is even through two, Scott Verplank went bogey, double-bogey on five and six.

Angel Cabrera, after bogeys at four and seven, birdied eight and nine and is back to even par for the day after 10 holes.

Update on the "I'm having a hard day" award. Chad Campbell bogeyed seven and double-bogeyed eight. He's currently four-over par for the day.

12:46pm EDT - Heath Slocum follows Moore's footsteps and birdies two and three and is also one-under for the tournament.

Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia are less than 10 minutes from starting their day.

12:44pm EDT - Ryan Moore has back-to-back birdies to start his day putting him one-under par for the tournament.

12:32pm EDT - Back-to-back birdies for Scott Verplank on four and five and he's two-under par for the day, even par for the tournament.

12:25pm EDT - Nathan Green was even par on the day before a double-bogey at five and a bogey at six and he's three-over for the day.

Lucas Glover has two bogeys in the last three holes and is three-over for the day.

12:23pm EDT - Retief Goosen is off to a really bad start. A triple-bogey on the very first hole. Way to get off on the right foot there Goose.

12:21pm EDT - Robert Allenby with a birdie at eight and he's starting to get back in the groove. He's back to one-under for the day.

12:19pm EDT - Because I just saw this, apparently Steve Stricker gives new meaning to "real guys wear pink." Nice shirt Steve.

12:13pm EDT - Guys having a good day so far, and good is a relative term, but Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly, Scott Verplank, Matteo Manassero, and Jason Dufner are all at one-under par for the day though none of them are under-par for the tournament. So, like I said, good is a relative term.

12:11pm EDT - Congratulations to Robert Allenby for getting right back to where he started the day. Three birdies and then a double-bogey at six and a bogey at seven lands him right back at three-over par for the tournament.

12:08pm EDT - My first "I'm having a hard day" award right now is in the hands of Nathan Green. While he's not doing any worse than Angel Cabrera and Lucas Glover, he's the only one with a double-bogey so that's where it's leaning at this point.

12:04pm EDT - I'm wondering when Angel Cabrera is going to get his game together. All pars and a bogey at four and then again at seven puts him two-over for the day and five-over for the tournament. May as well write the defending champion off at this point.

11:54am EDT - Robert Allenby had started out well with three birdies in his first four holes, then negated all that with a double-bogey at six. He's one-under for the day and two-over for the tournament.

It's day three of the Masters, the cut has been made, and the real fun is about to begin.

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter made their move on day two, jumping to the top of the leaderboard, but lurking just behind them are guys like Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim, and Tiger Woods.

There are a few groups already out on the course, so the third round of the Masters is under way.

If you stopped in yesterday, you know I had a few questions to start you out with on yesterday's round, so here are four more for you to answer as the third kicks off.

1. Who are you watching today?

2. Is this the most star-studded top of the leaderboard in recent memory?

3. Did Westwood and Poulter peak too early?

4. Will Woods make his move today and, if so, will it be enough to tee off on Sunday as the leader?

There are your four questions to kick off your day. I hope you hang around with us through the coverage, as I'll be updating as much as I can throughout the day. Leave your comments on what you're seeing throughout the day and your thoughts on the third-round action.

Also, for those of you who have been there the last two days, you know about the "I'm having a hard day" award. Michael Campbell went home with it on Thursday, and Sandy Lyle was the runaway winner on Friday. Who will it go to today?

Also, are there some other obscure, maybe funny, awards that you want included today and tomorrow? Or are there some more legit awards like "shot of the day" or "best performer"—stuff like that?

So, with all that being said, let's get it started. Enjoy the third round!

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