Masters Tracker: Round 3 from Augusta

Peter Hanson acknowledges the crowd during the third round of the Masters.

Peter Hanson acknowledges the crowd during the third round of the Masters.

The Masters leaderboard heading into the final round at Augusta National remains tight.

Peter Hanson's third-round 65 left him with the solo lead at 9 under, and Phil Mickelson is right behind at 8 under after a 66.

Relive the highlights and lowlights (ahem, Tiger Woods' 72) from Round 3:

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Tournament update: 6:47 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar, who at one point Saturday shared the lead, finishes with a birdie at No. 18 for 2-under 70. He's at 5 under, four behind lead Peter Hanson.

Another bogey for Couples at No. 16.

Bubba Watson (70) is at 6 under for the tournament with a birdie at No. 18.

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Tournament update: 6:30 p.m. EDT

Final groups are finishing their rounds. Lee Westwood birdies No. 15 to get back to where he started the day, 4 under.

Fred Couples had gotten back to 4 under after a rocky start, but puts his approach in the water at No. 15. He hits his second shot out of the drop area and makes bogey.

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Tournament update: 6:09 p.m. EDT

Hanson taps in for birdie at No. 18 to cap off a 7-under 65. That's the lowest round of the week by two shots, and moves him to 9 under for the tournament.

Mickelson follows him through the finishing hole, drawing huge applause when he birdies it for the third consecutive time. That's a 30 on the back nine, and a third-round 6-under 66. Mickelson is one shot behind Hanson at 8 under.

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Tournament update: 5:53 p.m. EDT

Mickelson makes a somewhat disappointing par at the 17th after leaving an uphill putt for birdie a few inches short.

Elsewhere on the course: Hanson makes the first birdie of the day at No. 17, that puts him at 8 under and back in the solo lead.

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Tournament update: 5:41 p.m. EDT

Mickelson hits his tee shot at the par-3 16th a little long. He's sitting on the collar right of the green, with a downhill lie.

A two-putt par, with authority.

Elsewhere on the course: Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 for Fred Couples. Playing competitor Jason Dufner birdies No. 12 also. They're both now at 4 under.

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Tournament update: 5:31 p.m. EDT

There's Mickelson's trademark touch. He hits a risky high flop to inside 10 feet at No. 15, waits for the nearby 16th green to clear, then knocks in the birdie. Now it's Mickelson and Hanson leading.

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Tournament update: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Hanson with a birdie at No. 15 to get to 7 under alone. Kuchar falls back to 5 under.

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia with birdies at No. 12. That requires them to "hug it out" on the green.

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Tournament update: 5:15 p.m. EDT

A par at No. 14 for Mickelson to remain at 6 under and tied for the lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Now it's a four-way tie for the lead. Peter Hanson joins the crew at 6 under. Oosthuizen hangs one on the lip for birdie at No. 11. He remains at 6 under, too.

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Tournament update: 4:59 p.m. EDT

Mickelson is performing his usual Masters magic. After those birdies at Nos. 10 and 12, an eagle at No. 13 gives him a share of the lead with Kuchar and Oosthuizen. Anyone remember 2010? That was the year Mickelson made back-to-back eagles at Nos. 13 and 14, then an eagle at No. 15. Wouldn't a repeat of that be something...

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Tournament update: 4:52 p.m. EDT

Oosthuizen just made the turn with a 2-under 34. Kuchar approaching Amen Corner.

Elsewhere on the course: Big ouch at No. 9 for Westwood. A missed one-foot putt pushes him another shot down the leaderboard. Now at 3 under and three shots back, he's quickly becoming a non-factor.

Keep an eye on Phil Mickelson, too. He's 2 under through the first three holes on the back nine.

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Tournament update: 4:39 p.m. EDT

Louis Oosthuizen now tied with Matt Kuchar at 6 under.

Something to note: Lee Westwood, World No. 3, and Hunter Mahan, No. 4, are among the best-ranked players still without a major title.

Something else to note: A shifting leaderboard has shades of the 2011 Masters. Last year, nine players held the lead on Sunday.

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Tournament update: 4:25 p.m. EDT

And a new solo leader (6 under) at Augusta after Matt Kuchar makes birdie at No. 9.

Where did Louis Oosthuizen come from? He birdied Nos. 6 and 7 to get to 5 under.

Where did Lee Westwood go? He's down to 4 under with a bogey at No. 7.

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Tournament update: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Lee Westwood with a tough downhill putt for par at No. 7 that he just missed. His first bogey of the day moves him to 4 under. Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson and Louis Oosthuizen now lead.

Elsewhere on the course: Top choke stories on the day include Rory McIlroy has dropped three shots today, Sergio Garica has dropped four and so has Fred Couples

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Tournament update: 4:05 p.m. EDT

Hunter Mahan is gaining some ground on the back nine. Birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 15 means he has joined the crowd at 4 under. That group now is just one shot behind the two leaders.

As for that third leader, Jason Dufner, he just bogeyed the sixth.

Keep an eye on Lee Westwood, who just hit an errant tee shot at No. 7.

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Tournament update: 3:55 p.m. EDT

Fred Couples and Jason Dufner are playing together in the final pairing. With a bogey at No. 4, Dufner loses the solo lead and now is at 5 under with Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar.

A rogue approach shot from Couples at No. 5 left him way right of the green, and he left his pitch short of the putting surface. That leads to a double bogey, Couples' fourth shot lost on the day.

Bogey for Justin Rose at No. 15.

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Tournament update: 3:44 p.m. EDT

Some bad luck at No. 15 for Justin Rose proves how much Augusta National has dried out. Rose's approach at the 15th barely comes to a rest, then rolls off a slope into the water.

Birdie for Bubba Watson at No. 6. He's now at 3 under.

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Tournament update: 3:33 p.m. EDT

Sean O'Hair finished the front nine with three consecutive birdies to get to 4 under for the tournament.

Henrik Stenson, who has birdied Nos. 7 and 8, also is at 4 under. That makes five players on that number, which is two shots short of leader Jason Dufner.

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Tournament update: 3:18 p.m. EDT

Jason Dufner has taken the solo lead, making birdie at No. 2 to get to 6 under, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood.

Sean O'Hair is making a run, picking up birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to get to 3 under and in a tie for fifth.

Meanwhile, Fred Couples is lagging behind. He started his round bogey-bogey to fall back to 3 under.

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Tournament update: 3:08 p.m. EDT

We have a new co-leader and plenty of movement at the top of the leaderboard.

Lee Westwood birdied the par-5 second hole to move into a tie with Jason Dufner for the lead at 5 under, coming moments after Fred Couples picked up bogey at No. 1 to fall to 4 under. Matt Kuchar joins Couples and Louis Oosthuizen at 4 under after a birdie at No. 4.

Rory McIlroy's start has been less than ideal, picking up double bogey at No. 1 and then parring No. 2.

Sang-Moon Bae is 3 under thru 16 holes to move to 1 under.

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Tournament update: 2:50 p.m. EDT

Now on the par-4 18th, Tiger Woods seems to have found his swing off the tee, pummeling another drive up the left side of the fairway to set up his approach shot to the back hole location.

Tiger plays a very smooth approach shot to under the pin. He two-putts for nine straight pars on the back nine. He cards an even-par 72 and remains at 3 over for the tournament.

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson is even thru 4 holes and continues to stick around at 2 under for the tournament. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy picks up double bogey at No. 1 to fall back to 2 under. Brandt Snedeker has moved to 5 under on this round and has moved to 2 under for the tournament. Sergio Garcia bogeys No. 1 to fall to 3 under.

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Tournament update: 2:39 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods has a bogey and par at the par-4 17th in the first two days.

Tiger finds another fairway and hits a nice approach shot into the green, sticking pin-high and setting up a solid birdie try. He comes up about four inches short on the birdie try and picks up his eighth par on the back nine.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 2:25 p.m. EDT

A day after a bogey that was highlighted by Tiger Woods kicking his club in disgust, Tiger finds the same bunker he did on Friday, this time just stomping his foot in disgust.

Tiger plays a beautiful bunker shot to about three feet and saves par.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Amateur Hideki Matsuyama is 2 under thru 10 holes to get to 1 under for the tournament. Justin Rose makes the turn at 3 under on the day and 3 under for the tournament.

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Tournament update: 2:18 p.m. EDT

This is Tiger Woods' last real chance to score, with the par-5 15th offering an eagle opportunity with a good drive.

He takes care of the good drive, hammering down the left side of the fairway to set up an approach shot over the water. He can't attack the pin from his spot in the fairway and has to take it right and lands in a greenside bunker.

Tiger's bunker shot runs all the way down the green, but leaves himself a lengthy birdie attempt. He gives it a good run, but misses just to the left and it runs past by three feet. He makes the comebacker for par.

He has one birdie on 12 par 5s over the first three days of this tournament.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: England's Ian Poulter is 2 under thru 7 holes and is now 2 under for the tournament, three off the lead. Francesco Molinari has also moved to 2 under with two birdies through 8 holes. Aaron Baddeley moved to 3 under behind a birdie at No. 2.

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Tournament update: 2:01 p.m. EDT

At this point, Tiger Woods is not putting any pressure on the leaderboard and simply seems to be trying to get around the course without any further damage.

Playing the par-4 14th hole, Tiger goes a bit left again and will have an awkward angle to the green out of the rough. But he plays a nice shot to the back of the green and sets up a bending birdie putt. Tiger hammers the putt and it lips out on the right, but taps in for another par.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

• Elsewhere on the course: Aussie star Adam Scott has moved to 1 under for the tournament after birdies at Nos. 6 and 8. Nick Watney has moved to 3 under with a birdie at No. 2, while Justin Rose birdies No. 8 to also move to 3 under.

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Tournament update: 1:45 p.m. EDT

A day after getting lucky at the par-5 13th with a tee ball that kicked off the tree, Tiger Woods doesn't get as lucky on Saturday. His ball hooks wildly to the left off the tee and flirts with Rae's Creek.

Tiger has to simply lay-up out of an awkward stance next to the creek and puts it in the middle of the fairway. His third shot lands in the middle of the green, but leaves himself a long birdie attempt to the back right pin location.

Tiger's birdie attempt has the right pace, but misses to the left and taps in for a par. He has parred the 13th all three days although it is playing as the second-easiest hole on the course.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: America's top-ranked player Hunter Mahan has moved to 2 under for the tournament with birdies at Nos. 2 and 5. Meanwhile, Jim Furyk has also moved to 2 under with a birdies at Nos. 2 and 3. The only player to card an under-par round thus far is Angel Cabrera, who fired a 1-under 71 to get to 4 over. Keegan Bradley is 1 under thru 16 holes, while playing competitor Luke Donald is 2 over for the day and 6 over for the tournament.

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Tournament update: 1:30 p.m. EDT

Now at the most dangerous hole on the course - the par-3 12th hole - Tiger Woods needs to get through this one before getting to a scoring hole in the par-5 13th.

Tiger hits a nice tee ball to pin-high and sets up a lengthy birdie try. He finds the right line on the putt, but comes up short and settles for a two-putt par.

He gets through the tough Nos. 10-12 at even.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 1:20 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods needs to continue to hit fairways on the back nine if he hopes to make a run at red numbers for the tournament.

He hits his second straight fairway, this one at the long par-4 11th. But, for the second straight day, his approach bails out to the right to set up a tricky pitch to the front pin location. And he plays it masterfully, hitting to about eight inches and he saves par.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 1:07 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods has a birdie and par at the par-4 10th hole. It is Tiger's only birdie on the back nine all week.

Tiger gets the back nine started on the right foot Saturday, putting his tee ball in the fairway at the tough par-4 10th hole. With the pin tucked on the right side, Tiger attacks it and sets up a solid birdie attempt. Tiger's birdie putt doesn't have enough juice and he settles for a two=putt par.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 12:54 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 9 would give Tiger his best front nine of the week, currently sitting at 1 under for the day.

Tiger lipped out hard here on Friday, causing him to make the turn over par.

And he bogeys again to make the turn at even-par 36 and will need to muster something incredibly special on the back nine to get himself back into this tournament.

Saturday's round is feeling eerily similar to Tiger's round on Friday, with two birdies erased by sloppy bogeys.

Charl Schwartzel isn't making a move either, making the turn at 2-over 38 and is now 5 over.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Korean Sang-Moon Bae birdied the par-3 6th hole to move to 3 under on the day and 1 under for the tournament. Scott Stallings has moved into red numbers thru eight holes and is now 2 over for the tournament, tied for 37th.

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Tournament update: 12:35 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods heads to the par-5 8th hole, the only par 5 he has birdied this week. He has 28 birdies and 28 pars on the hole for his career, with three eagles as well.

He adds to his par total, failing to take advantage of another par 5, but does stay in red numbers for the day.

Tiger on the day: 1 under (2 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 12:18 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods will need to rebound quickly after a dropped shot on No. 6. Tiger is 4 under on the par-4 7th in 68 career rounds, although he is 1 over this year.

Tiger picks up a nice par at the 7th hole to stay in red figures for the day.

Tiger on the day: 1 under (2 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 12:03 p.m. EDT

The par-3 6th hole is where Tiger Woods' round really stalled on Friday, hitting a tee ball that had eyes for the flag, but flew right over it and off the back of the green, leaving him an impossible chip. His attitude seemed to switch after that shot and he never looked comfortable with iron in hand for the remainder of the round.

And the sixth comes back to bite him again, picking up bogey to fall back to 1 under on the day.

Tiger on the day: 1 under (2 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: World No. 1 Luke Donald (2 under) and Keegan Bradley (1 under) are the first players to make the turn in red numbers, with both picking up par at the 9th hole.

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Tournament update: 11:52 a.m. EDT

Tiger Woods seems to have his putter going early with one-putts at Nos. 3 and 4. Now he moves to the par-4 5th hole, where he has two pars for the tournament.

Make that 3-for-3, as Tiger picks up a par on Saturday and moves on to the par-3 6th hole.

Tiger on the day: 2 under (1 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Former World No. 1 Martin Kaymer made an early move as well, picking up birdie at Nos. 2 and 3 to move to 1 over, but then gave one back with a bogey at No. 4. Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell both birdie No. 2 to move to 2 over. Luke Donald birdies the par-5 8th hole to move to 2 over, while Steve Stricker and Rickie Fowler do the same to get to 3 over.

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Tournament update: 11:35 a.m. EDT

Tiger Woods faces his first par-3 test of the day, moving to the 4th hole. He has a par and bogey on the hole for the first two days and is 15 over on the hole for his career.

Tiger exorcises his par-3 demons on this hole Friday, picking up a birdie and moving up to T-31.

Tiger on the day: 2 under (1 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Outside of Tiger, only two other players have stayed in red figures - Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley, who are both 1 under thru 7 holes. Both Steve Stricker and Rickie Fowler picked up bogey at the par-4 7th hole to move back to even for the day.

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Tournament update: 11:26 a.m. EDT

After two pars to open the day, Tiger Woods moves on to the par-4 3rd, a hole that he has birdied both days this week.

Tiger has only five birdies through 38 holes, and four of those birdies are on par 4s. That is historically unusual for Tiger, who was 26 over on them coming into the week.

And he does it again, picking up birdie at the 3rd hole for the third straight day and moves into red figures for the day.

Tiger on the day: 1 under (2 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 11:15 a.m. EDT

The par-5 2nd will be an indicator if Tiger Woods has his game in shape to make a significant run, as he'll need to take advantage of the par 5s to shoot a low score.

Tiger is only 1 under on the par 5s for the week (a birdie at No. 8 on Thursday).

In 68 rounds, Tiger is 27 under on the second hole, but cannot add to that number, picking up another par. Meanwhile, Schwartzel bogeys the second hole to fall back to 4 over.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: A bogey at No. 5 drops Luke Donald back to 3 over (1 under on his round). Of the 21 players on the course, only four are currently in red figures (Donald, Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker and Rickie Fowler).

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Tournament update: 10:58 a.m. EDT

Tiger Woods and Charl Schwartzel have teed off in the third round of the Masters.

Both are coming off identical 72-75 starts to the week, with Schwartzel limping home on Friday with a 3-over 39 on the back. After starting with two birdies in the first three holes, Tiger was 5 over for the remainder of his round - including three bogeys on par 3s.

The par-4 1st hole has yet to yield a birdie on Saturday, but only 17 players have taken to the course.

A day after picking up birdie at No. 1, Tiger picks up a par to stay at 3 over. Schwartzel does the same.

Tiger on the day: Even (3 over for tournament)

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Tournament update: 10:35 a.m. EDT

Luke Donald is working his way back toward even par after an eagle-2 at the par-4 3rd hole, holing out from the fairway to move to 2 over for the tournament. Playing competitor Keegan Bradley has also picked up a shot with a birdie at the par-5 2nd hole to get to 3 over.

Meanwhile, back on No. 2, both Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker pick up birdie to get to 3 over as well.

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Tournament update: 10:28 a.m. EDT

In a pairing that will pit two players at the opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker have both picked up pars at No. 1.

Stricker has had a mixed bag at the Masters, finishing in the top 11 twice in the past three years, as well as a T-10 in 2001, but has also missed five cuts in 11 appearances.

Fowler has only one appearance at the Masters, a T-38 in 2011. He has failed to break par in his last four rounds at Augusta, including a 74-74 start this week.

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Tournament update: 10:18 a.m. EDT

After a pair of pars at No. 1, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald will both have lots of work to do to attempt to get back in this tournament.

Bradley is playing only his second major, having won his first one at the PGA Championship in August 2011. He made an appearance on the leaderboard for a short time yesterday, but then back-to-back bogeys to end his front nine and then four more on the back did him in.

Meanwhile, Donald had to birdie both par 5s just to get inside of the cut line. The World No. 1 finished T-4 at the 2011 Masters.

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Tournament update: 10:02 a.m. EDT

Four groups are on the course and the Keegan Bradley-Luke Donald pairing just took to the first tee at Augusta National.

While early, there is only one red number on the board after Patrick Cantlay birdied No. 2. The pin placements are tough on the weekend and many of those that haven't played at Augusta before will have a hard time finding birdies.

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Tournament update: 9:27 a.m. EDT

Here is a look at the statistical leaders through two rounds:

Driving distance: Ross Fisher is tops at 289.75, with Keegan Bradley second at 289.50 and Bo Van Pelt third at 289.00.

Fairways hit: To no surprise, Zach Johnson is leading the field at 26 out of 28, while Francesco Molinari, Stewart Cink and Webb Simpson are T-2 at 25 out of 28. Tiger Woods is last of those who made the cut at 14 of 28.

Greens in regulation: Lee Westwood and Stewart Cink are tied at 30 of 36, while Matt Kuchar is third at 29 of 36. Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald are in a tie for 50th with only 19 of 36.

Putts: Phil Mickelson has the fewest at 51, while Sergio Garcia has taken only 52. Ian Poulter and amateur Kelly Kraft are T-3 with 53.

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Tournament update: 9 a.m. EDT

Some news and notes before play gets underway at 9:15 a.m.:

Martin Kaymer made the cut for the first time in five tries, firing 72-75 and is playing with Scott Stallings.

• Three amateurs will be playing on Saturday for the first time since 2003, and one of them is within six shots of the lead: Hideki Matsuyama, who is 1 over. Kelly Kraft (5 over) will be the first off the tee, and Patrick Cantlay (5 over) is playing with Thomas Bjorn.

• Of the 30 players at even par or better, 14 are Americans, 3 are from England, 3 are from Sweden, 2 are from Australia, 2 are from Ireland, 2 are from Spain and 1 each from Fiji, Italy, Korea and Scotland.

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Tournament update: 8:07 a.m. EDT

The temperatures at Augusta National are still quite cool, lingering in the low 40s as the patrons take to the golf course.

There is a slight chance - 10 percent - of some showers through about 10 a.m. After that, the forecast calls for temperatures to rise into the low 70s with almost no wind.

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