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REVIEW: The Masters – Round 3

11 April 2012

After the ups and downs of round 2 it was all change once again on Saturday at The Masters. With no one running away with it after the first 2 rounds it left the field wide open for a new leader to take the helm and that’s exactly what happened. After a mouth watering round of 65, Peter Hanson, at only his second Masters, took the top spot at the end of round 3, finishing 9 under.

After his outstanding play yesterday Fred Couples unfortunately couldn’t repeat his performance; he opened the day with bogeys on the first and second hole, followed with a double bogey on the fifth which left him work to do on the back nine. It started well with 2 birdies on the eleventh and twelfth but they were soon cancelled out with 2 further bogeys. He finished the day 3 over falling to tied 11th overall.

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia also had disappointing rounds. Paired together they both endured a troubling front nine, including two double bogeys for McIlroy. Garcia managed to recover a few shots on the back nine and there was a moment of comradery when both shared a hug on the 12th having both putted their first birdies. McIlroy finished with 77, starting round 3 tied for 29th with 1 shot over par. Garcia fairs slightly better after finishing his day tied 19th and 1 under.

Things got from bad to worse for Tiger Woods whose Master’s is almost certainly over. There were improvements compared to yesterday game but on a perfect day for golf he failed to display the magic to which we’ve all become accustomed. With a round of 72, 3 over, he found himself at tied 38th at the close of play.

The top 3 are tightly packed; Phil Mickleson had a tremendous round, getting the crowd right behind him. All the patrons were on their feet as Mickleson birdied the 18th, as he has done every round thus far, taking him to 8 under and straight into second. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen also had a great round, building on his first two rounds. With birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth he went into the back nine on a strong foot. He had a seamless back nine finding par on six of the nine holes and a couple of birdies saw him chasing down Mickleson. He approached the 18th with the possibility of joining Phil in second but it was not to be. After a frustrating double bogey he finished a very respectable third and has everything to play for on Sunday.

Come back tomorrow as we see what happens on the final day of action and who will be going home with that all important Green Jacket…