MASTERS COMMENTARY – ROUND THREE
Our man David John gives you detailed rundown of how round three unfolded at Augusta National on Saturday.
0041: The final action of the day sees Wetterich miss for par on 18 and that means a round of 83. He is now +9 for the championship having started at -2 and sums up what a tough day the players have been through at Augusta National.
0040: Clark’s birdie putt finishes 18 inches short and he tidies up for par. That is a round of 80 and he is +6 – not out of things by nay means.
0040: Wetterich still has eight feet left for par on the final green.
0037: Appleby will lead going into the final day and he will be in a mouthwatering final twoball with Woods on Sunday.
0036: Clark finds the green at the back and is around 15 feet from the pin while Wetterich can’t quite make the top level where the pin is and the ball topples down to the front of the putting surface.
0036: The final group are back down the 18th fairway where Clark and Wetterich get ready to play.
0033: Kelly makes a great attempt for par but it is just wide and he will tap in for a bogey and a round of 78 to leave him +6 for the championship. Taylor also bogeys the last and he is +4 overall after a round of 77.
0031: Taylor chips up from the back of 18 but still has around 10 feet left for par. Kelly decides to putt from over the back of the green but he has misjudged it badly and it rolls right to the front of the putting surface.
0025: Taylor comes in from 199 yards with his second on the 18th but it takes a hard bounce pin high and shoots through the back. Kelly follows his playing partner through the back as well.
0024: Tim Clark is still hanging in there just about but misses a par putt on 17 from three feet and slides to +6.
0021: Johnson’s birdie putt on 18 slides agonisingly wide but he taps in for a 76 and is well placed for the final day on +4. Singh misses his put for par so that leaves him at +7.
0019: Singh’s chip from behind the 18th is a cracker and he has three feet left for a par and a 78 to sit on +6 for the championship.
0017: Singh will get a free drop from behind the last as has a sprinkler in the way. Back down the hole, Taylor finds the fairway nicely from the tee.
0016: Taylor misses for par on 17 and is back to three over and one behind sole leader Appleby. Kelly can’t convert his birdie chance on the 17th so heads down the last at +5.
0012: Singh hits approach to the 18th and it pitches by the flag but bounds straight over the back of the green.
0012: Joint-leader Taylor plays out of the bunker on 17 but will have a par putt from eight feet to stay level with Appleby. Excellent second by Johnson to the 18th and will have a good chance for a birdie.
0007: Solid putt by Rose for par and he finishes with a 75. He is just one off the lead as things stand.
0006: Rose misses for birdie on the 18th and has around two feet left for a par. David Howell makes a birdie on the last but that is only good enough for an 82.
0002: Taylor misses his short par putt on the 16th and now drops to +2 and into a share of the lead with Appleby, who is sat in the clubhouse.
0001: Taylor’s birdie try on 16 comes up around four feet short while Rose finds the target in two on the 18th.
2354: Harrington’s second on 18 comes up short of the green. He gets up and down for a four and is right in the hunt on +4.
2351: Rose’s putt for a par on 17 trickles wide to the right and another shot goes to drop him back to +3 for the championship and two behind Taylor at this stage. Singh bogeys the 16th and is now +6.
2350: Appleby’s putt for a three on 18 comes up a fraction shy so he settles for a par and a round of 73 and a +2 total. His wobble on 17 has thrown the event wide open. Dredge finishes with a five for a 76 and is +5.
2348: Taylor is the new leader of the Masters on +1 after he confidently rolls in his birdie putt on the 15th.
2345: Taylor hits the 15th green with his third but Kelly becomes the latest victim to spin his ball back off the front of the green and into the drink.
2343: Appleby has the chance to make amends down the last as his second comes to rest around 10 feet from the cup. Rose hooks his tee-shot on 17 into the left rough but hits a superb second and is unlucky to see it run through the back of the green.
2341: Padraig Harrington has been quietly going about his business and a birdie putt from six feet on 17 moves him to +4 and within two of the lead.
2339: Singh keeps himself right in the championship on five over after getting up and down for a par despite dunking his ball in the water short of the green. Zach Johsnon gets to within one of the lead thanks to a birdie on 15.
2337: Ogilvy had a real round going but he folded totally after that nine on 15 and finished with an 81. Rose drops into a share of the lead on +2 with Appleby and Vaughn Taylor after a dropped shot on the 16th.
2334: Appleby finally cracks on the 17th and he makes treble bogey after a three putt. He is back to +2 for the championship and England’s Justin Rose all of a sudden has the lead.
2331: Kelly’s monster putt for par on the 14th scorches past the hole and his bogey attempt then slides past. He drops from +2 to +4. Vijay goes for the green on 15 with his second and he finds the water.
2327: Appleby’s third on the 17th comes up shy of the green in a bunker and he looks odds-on to drop a shot. Rose birdies the 15th and is within two of the leader – that could soon be just one.
2325: Appleby finds a fairway bunker on the 17th and his attempted recovery goes astray. He will be definitely be struggling to make a par and keep his handy advantage.
2314: Appleby continues to be the man to cope best as the round edges towards it’s closing stages he safely makes a par on the 16th to be three clear of the chasing pack. Dredge drops a shot on the same hole to go back to +4 in total.
2313: Officials have corrected Donald’s card and he actually took six on the last so signs for a 75 and now sits on +6.
2305: Donald races his birdie putt on the 18th about six feet past the hole. His par attempt dribbles by on the left and he has to settle for a bogey which leaves him with a 74 and on +5 with a round to go.
2303: Appleby misses on 15 for his birdie but makes a safe par and stays at -1 and a couple clear of Rose.
2300: Donald will have a lengthy birdie putt from the lower level of the 18th green in a bid to get back to where he started the day on +3.
2258: Appleby hits a fine third to the 15th green and spins it back to within 12 feet. Casey makes a bogey on the 18th for a round of 77 and is now +8 for the
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