How it happened: Tigers fires 70, trails by 4

Tiger Woods during the third round of the 2013 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. –– What a finish this is shaping up to be at the 77th Masters.

Tiger Woods responded to being assessed a two-shot penalty prior to his third round for "playing from the wrong place" after a drop at No. 15 on Friday, shooting 2-under 70 on Saturday at Augusta National to enter the final round at 3 under. He's searching for a fifth green jacket.

Woods trails leaders Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion, by four shots. Snedeker and Cabrera each shot 69 to move to 7 under with one round remaining.

Three Australians find themselves in contention: Adam Scott at 6 under, and Jason Day and Marc Leishman at 5 under.

Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk are also within five shots of the lead. As are veterans Steve Stricker, Tim Clark and Bernhard Langer.

See how it all unfolded Saturday at Augusta!

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Update No. 33: 7:05 p.m. EDT

Jason Day three-putts for another bogey to wrap up a 1-over 73. He's 5 under heading into the final round. Also, Fred Couples went 5 over in his last five holes, shooting 5-over 77 to enter Sunday at even par.

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Update No. 32: 6:51 p.m. EDT

Jason Day leaves his birdie putt at No. 17 about 3 feet short before having his par putt lip out. Day makes bogey to fall back to 6 under.

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Update No. 31: 6:47 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera birdies No. 18 to move to 7 under and into a share of the lead. The 2009 Masters champion has now shot 71-69-69 through three rounds.

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Update No. 30: 6:38 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker is also finished with his round. Snedeker shot 3-under 69 today to move into a share of the lead with Jason Day at 7 under. Day is on No. 17 right now.

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Update No. 29: 6:36 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott wraps up a nice round with par at No. 18. Scott fired a 3-under 69, a round that included four birdies and just one bogey. He's at 6 under, currently a shot back of the lead.

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Update No. 28: 6:26 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera sticks his tee shot at the par-3 16th to within 5 feet and makes the birdie to move to 6 under. He's tied for third with Marc Leishman and Adam Scott, a shot behind leaders Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker.

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Update No. 27: 6:16 p.m. EDT

Chasing his first major victory, Adam Scott has moved to 6 under after a birdie at No. 17. Scott's tee shot found the second cut to the right of the fairway, but he would make a 20-footer for birdie to move within a shot of the lead.

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Update No. 26: 6:09 p.m. EDT

And make that a second straight birdie for Brandt Snedeker, who joins Jason Day in the lead at 7 under after a birdie at the par-3 16th. Snedeker stuck his tee shot to about 5 feet and made the birdie putt.

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Update No. 25: 6:07 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker is now in sole possession of second place after a birdie at the par-5 15th moved him to 6 under.

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18th hole: Par 4, 465 yards

Those last two par saves were huge for Tiger. He'll look to finish strong here after three-putting No. 18 on Friday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger misses left off the tee again and has to hit from near the trees. He loses his club on the follow through on his approach, which ends up short of the green. His chip is average as he leaves himself a challenging par save. He makes the 12-footer to salvage par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Marc Leishman bogeys No. 14 to drop back to 5 under. That means Jason Day now leads the field by two shots. Also, Adam Scott birdies No. 15 to move to 5 under, meaning three Australians are at T-2 or better.

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17th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

Two more holes left for Tiger, who could use at least one birdie to put himself in better position heading into Sunday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger drove it left into the pine trees. He can play it, but doesn't have a great line to the green. He muscles it out of the rough and finds the left greenside bunker. Not a bad shot considering where his first one ended up. Tiger's bunker shot is a good one, as he blasts out to within 5 feet and then makes the par save.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day two-putts for birdie at the par-5 13th to move to 7 under. He's the solo leader. Also, Brandt Snedeker birdied No. 15 earlier to move to 5 under. And what ever happened to Rory McIlroy? Well, he's in the clubhouse with a 7-over 79. He's 5 over and out of contention entering Sunday.

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16th hole: Par 3, 170 yards

Tiger turns in another birdie, and it's even bigger considering it came on No. 15, the hole that handed Tiger an 8 (after the two-shot penalty) on Friday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee shot is on a good line, but comes up just short, catching the front greenside bunker. He gets up-and-down to save par, making a 6-footer for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Matt Kuchar will enter the final round at 4 under after a 3-under 69 today. Rickie Fowler also is in the clubhouse. Fowler shot 2-under 70 to enter Sunday at 2 under.

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15th hole: Par 5, 530 yards

Tiger returns to No. 15, site of his controversial drop on Friday. Can't imagine he'll hit another flagstick this time, though.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger is in the middle of the fairway after his tee ball. His approach doesn't hit a flagstick this time, but rather lands about 12 feet in front of the cup. Tiger loves that one, fist pumping down the fairway. He misses the eagle, but makes the birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (3 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Angel Cabrera can't get up-and-down for par from the bunker at No. 12, and he drops back to 6 under and into a tie for the lead with Jason Day.

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14th hole: Par 4, 440 yards

Back-to-back birdies for Tiger Woods, who still hasn't made up for the two penalty shots he received following his second round. He's 1 over at No. 14 through two rounds, with a bogey at the hole on Thursday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger gives himself another good look at birdie, but misses the 20-footer and settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Marc Leishman drops from 6 under to 5 under after finding the water at No. 11. He made about a 30-footer to save bogey, though.

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13th hole: Par 5, 510 yards

After some poor putts, Tiger delivers a good one en route to birdie at No. 12. Now he has another par-5, although he failed to take advantage on the two par-5s on the front nine today.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger drives it right into the pine straw, but he's still able to go for the green in two with an iron. He hits it too long, though, and it lands in the back bunker. He's able to hit out to about 8 feet or so. He makes the birdie putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion, birdies No. 10 to move to 7 under and into the outright lead. Also, Jason Dufner doubles No. 11 to fall back to 2 under. He was 5 under just three holes ago.

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12th hole: Par 3, 155 yards

Tiger has missed some short putts today, which has kept him from putting anything together.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee ball finds the green about 15 feet away. He drains the birdie putt. That was a big one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Steve Stricker birdied No. 15, his third birdie in four holes, to move to 4 under for the tournament. He's 3 under through 16 holes today.

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11th hole: Par 4, 505 yards

Tiger was lucky to get out of No. 10 with par after a poor birdie roll. Rory McIlroy just triple-bogeyed this hole a few moments ago, but Tiger has made par on No. 11 in each of the previous two rounds.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the fairway. He then asks his approach to turn over, but he sends it a little long and the ball ends up just off the back of the green. He doesn't have much green to work with, either. He chips to about 5 feet, but can't save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over (Even for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Angel Cabrera are all tied for the lead at 6 under.

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10th hole: Par 4, 495 yards

Not getting that birdie at No. 8 is even bigger now after that last bogey. He's made par at No. 10 in each of the first two rounds, but a birdie today would be huge.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger misses just left of the fairway off the tee and then gives himself a long birdie putt with his approach. He leaves his putt well short. He'll have about 5 feet left for par. He makes it to avoid a second straight bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Jason Dufner birdies the par-5 eighth to move to 5 under.

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9th hole: Par 4, 460 yards

If Tiger makes that last birdie putt 100 times, he probably makes it 99 times. But the cruel lip-out leaves Tiger still four shots back of the lead.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger drives it right into the pine straw. He then has to cut it around a tree and nearly finds the green. His ball rolls back down the front edge of the green. He then flops it up again, spinning it a little too much back toward the hole. He'll have 10 feet or so to save par. He misses just right and settles for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Angel Cabrera birdies No. 6 to move to 5 under. He's tied with Fred Couples for second, one shot behind Jason Day, who just made a big par putt at No. 5. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy triple-bogeys the par-4 11th to drop to 1 over for the tournament.

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8th hole: Par 5, 570 yards

He needed that birdie and Tiger got it. He now has the par-5 eighth up next. He birdied the hole in each of the first two rounds.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the fairway, but can't find the green in two shots. His second had the distance, but missed right. He'll have a difficult chip for his third to try and set up an easy birdie. Tiger chooses to open the club face and hit a flop, which he does beautifully, stopping it within a few feet of the cup. But what looks like an easy birdie fails to go in as the ball does a 360-degree lip-out. Tiger bends over in disappointment. That par hurts.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Adam Scott and Jason Dufner have both moved to 4 under for the tournament. Both are 1 under through five holes today, as well. Also, Rory McIlroy bogeys No. 9 to drop back to 1 under.

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7th hole: Par 4, 450 yards

With the way Tiger started at No. 1, it's hard to believe he's still even on the day. He birdied No. 7 on Friday, though.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger misses the fairway just left, but his approach nearly finds the hole, rolling about 8 feet past. He'll have a good look at birdie here. And he gets it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy remains at 2 under for the tournament. He's even par through eight holes today.

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6th hole: Par 3, 180 yards

A lot of players have gotten off to fast starts today, so there are some birdies out there. Tiger just hasn't managed to find any since his opening hole.

Hole wrap-up: Tigers finds the putting surface off the tee, and then two-putts for another par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: The leader, Jason Day, and Fred Couples each par their first hole of the round. Also, Marc Leishman birdies No. 2 to join Day at 6 under.

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5th hole: Par 4, 455 yards

That last bogey was Tiger's first bogey at a par-3 this tournament. He'll try to get that shot back here at No. 5, a hole he birdied on Friday.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger now misses his first fairway of the round. He then can't find the green, but gets up-and-down to save par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Tim Clark bogeys No. 18 to close out 5-under 67. He'll enter Sunday at 3 under for the tournament.

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4th hole: Par 3, 240 yards

Tiger has been solid through three holes today, not missing a green or a fairway.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger misses his first green of the round, sending his tee shot long, and the result is a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even (1 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson finishes off a 5-over 77 and will enter the final round at 8 over. Also, Tim Clark birdies the par-3 16th to move to 6 under on the day, 4 under for the tournament.

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3rd hole: Par 4, 350 yards

That's the third par in three days at the par-5 second hole for Tiger Woods. He's also made par at No. 3 in each of the past two rounds.

Hole wrap-up: Another par for Tiger, who finds his third fairway and third green of the round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson started his day with two birdies in his first three holes. But two straight bogeys (at Nos. 4-5) have dropped Johnson back to 1 under for the tournament. He's even through six holes on the round today.

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2nd hole: Par 5, 575 yards

That was the start Tiger needed as he gets one of those two penalty shots back with birdie at the opening hole. He has a chance to get the other back here at the first par-5 of the day.

Hole wrap-up: Tiger misses the fairway and has to lay up. He finds the green with his third shot, but two-putts for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Rory McIlroy birdies the par-4 third hole to move to 3 under. And how about Nick Watney? He's 5 under through 17 holes today to move to 2 under for the tournament. Remember, he shot 78 to open the tournament.

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1st hole: Par 4, 445 yards

What a morning for Tiger Woods, who was informed earlier today that he has been given two-shot penalty for "playing from the wrong place" following his drop at No. 15 on Friday. But the good news for Tiger is he wasn't disqualified and is about to tee off. He's playing with Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. He has on a white hat, blue shirt, grey slacks, white belt and white shoes.

Hole wrap-up: And how about that for a start? Tiger finds the fairway, green and then the bottom of the cup on his first putt of the round for a birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (2 under for the tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Tianlang Guan is finished with a 5-over 77. That's his highest score so far this tournament. He'll enter Sunday at 9 over.

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Update No. 24: 1:30 p.m. EDT

After shooting 75 on Friday, Matt Kuchar has worked his way back to 3 under with a strong start today. He's 2 under through three holes.

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Update No. 23: 1:26 p.m. EDT

Tim Clark just drained a 40-footer from the fringe to save par at the par-4 11th. He's still 3 under, just three back of the lead, and everything seems to be going in on the greens for Clark today.

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Update No. 22: 1:23 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan gets up-and-down from a greenside bunker to make par at the par-3 16th and remain at 8 over.

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Update No. 21: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson double bogeys a second straight hole, missing a bogey putt from about 15 feet at the par-3 12th to drop back to 8 over. Also at 8 over is amateur Tianlang Guan, who is 4 over through eight holes today.

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Update No. 20: 12:57 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson doubles the par-4 11th to fall back to 6 over for the tournament. After the first round, Mickelson said he needed to start attacking the course. But instead it's been the other way around.

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Update No. 19: 12:55 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson closes with bogey at No. 18 for the second straight day to wrap up a 2-under 70. The defending champion will enter Sunday at 2 over.

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Update No. 18: 12:37 p.m. EDT

Tiger Woods is on the practice green right now. He's schedule to tee off at 1:45 p.m. EDT. Remember he's 1 under after a two-shot penalty given to him this morning for "playing from the wrong place" after a drop at No. 15 on Friday. Click here for the story.

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Update No. 17: 12:30 p.m. EDT

Amateur Tianlang Guan bogeys No. 11 to fall back to 7 over. He's last right now of the players that made the cut.

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Update No. 16: 12:28 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson has gotten back to 1 over after birdies at Nos. 15-16. Watson is 3 under on his round with two holes left. He birdied his first three holes today.

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Update No. 15: 12:25 p.m. EDT

Make it four straight birdies for Tim Clark, who is 5 under through seven holes today, 3 under overall.

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Update No. 14: 12:15 p.m. EDT

Here's some more Masters history. Zach Johnson won the 2007 Masters by taking 289 shots, the highest total in tournament history. Sam Snead (1954) and Jack Burke (1956) also won with 289 totals.

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Update No. 13: 12:13 p.m. EDT

Tim Clark has three straight birdies and four in his first six holes, vaulting him up the leaderboard. He's 2 under overall now after his latest birdie at the par-3 sixth.

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Update No. 12: 12:05 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan bogeys the par-4 ninth to drop to 6 over. He's the only amateur to make the cut this year, so he's already got low amateur honors locked up.

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Update No. 11: 11:55 a.m. EDT

It's been an up-and-down round so far for Phil Mickelson. After a bogey at No. 5, Lefty birdied the par-3 sixth. But then he gives it right back with a bogey at the par-4 seventh. He's 4 over at the moment.

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Update No. 10: 11:37 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson's round gets its first blemish after Watson double-bogeys the par-4 11th. He had made four birdies before finding trouble on the first hole of Amen Corner. Watson is now 2 over for the tournament.

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Update No. 9: 11:34 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson drops back to 4 over with a bogey at the par-4 fifth hole. Lefty is 6 over in his last 15 holes.

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Update No. 8: 11:32 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan pars his third straight hole, most recently the par-4 seventh, to remain at 5 over. Guan has bogeyed No. 7 in each of the first two rounds.

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Update No. 7: 11:22 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson birdies No. 10 to move back to even par for the tournament. Watson has four birdies through 10 holes today.

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Update No. 6: 11:01 a.m. EDT

Here's a little bit of Masters history for you. After Nick Faldo won the 1990 Masters in a playoff – the second straight year he won a green jacket via a playoff – 12 years passed before another Masters playoff. Then in 2003, Mike Weir captured his first Masters in a playoff, and since then we’ve had three playoffs in nine years, including last year’s dramatic playoff victory by Bubba Watson. There have been 16 playoffs in Masters history.

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Update No. 5: 10:58 a.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson bogeyed No. 1 for the first time this tournament, but a birdie at No. 2 gets him back to even for the day. He's still 3 over for the tournament after Friday's disappointing 76.

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Update No. 4: 10:55 a.m. EDT

After a bogey at the par-3 fourth, Tianlang Guan falls back to 5 over.. He also bogeyed the fourth hole on Friday after making par there on Thursday.

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Update No. 4: 10:22 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan opens his third round with pars at Nos. 1-2. Guan is playing with Thorbjorn Olesen, who is 2 under through two holes.

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Update No. 3: 10:13 a.m. EDT

Bubba Watson has birdied each of his first three holes to move to 1 over. He teed off by himself in the first "group" of the day.

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Update No. 2: 10:07 a.m. EDT

It looks like Tiger Woods will be given a two-shot penalty following the situation involving his drop at No. 15 on Friday. Click here for the story.

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Update No. 1: 8:45 a.m. EDT

It should be another exciting day at Augusta National. Here are the hole locations for the third round Friday at the Masters (see graphic to the right).

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Hole locations for third round of Masters at Augusta National.

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Friday coverage

Augusta National's 15th transforms overnight to bite the field

All those crystal-makers who were forced to work overtime to produce those beautiful goblets that were needed after Thursday’s record-breaking day of eagles at Firethorn, Augusta National’s vaunted par-5 15th? They got to take a breather Friday.

Masters tee times: Third round at Augusta National

Tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round of the Masters at Augusta National.

Jason Day overcomes water ball on No. 12 to take Masters lead

A nice bogey-save after a water ball on No. 12, followed by birdies on Nos. 13 and 16 propelled Jason Day to a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead at the Masters.

Martin: Tiger Woods finishes at 3 under after flagstick incident

Tiger Woods was tied for the lead when the course that’s been the site of so much success turned on him. Woods finished at 3-under 141, three shots behind 36-hole leader Jason Day, who shot 68 on Friday.

In recognition of high scores and slow play

After 36-holes at Augusta National, and Jim Achenbach is back to hand out more awards.

It pays to be an experienced vet at Augusta National this year

On a trying day when the winds kicked up, a little experience came in quite handy. Look at some of the names on the board: Fred Couples, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk. And some Tiger guy.

Tough 36 holes for amateurs at Masters, Cal's Weaver included

For Cal junior Michael Weaver and the rest of the amateur players at the Masters, it was a tough 36 holes as only 14-year-old Tianlang Guan made the cut at Augusta.

Defending champ Bubba Watson squeezes inside the cut line

Bubba Watson three-putted three times plus another from the fringe Thursday and Friday at the Masters. He says Augusta's famed greens are slower this year, and that his miscues are costly.

Rude: Masters revs up old champ Fred Couples' cool factor

Fred Couples not only is defying age at the Masters, he is trampling upon his own words of late March when he grumbled about his form and maintained he had no chance at Augusta.

Baldry: Guan shows resolve, chasing cut line after penalty

Tianlang Guan rebounded from a slow-play penalty to save par on the 18th hole and, ultimately, make the cut on the number. It was an incredible display of focus for any player, let alone a 14-year-old representing a country of more than 1.3 billion.

Sandy Lyle finds his way to weekend play in a major again

Scotsman Sandy Lyle made his first Masters cut since finishing T-20 in 2009; he is off the pace of leader Jason Day by seven shots at Augusta.

Australia's Marc Leishman finds pressure among Masters leaders

Marc Leishman knows that the stakes are high at the Masters, but the Australian refuses to put Tiger Woods or any of the other stars on the leaderboard on a pedestal.

• Jack Nicklaus uses namesake driver in Masters' ceremonial start

Jack Nicklaus' club of choice as an honorary starter at the Masters? A 45-inch, 9-degree Nicklaus ML4 driver with a stiff shaft. The club had a customized Secret Grip from Boccieri Golf.

Luke Donald's Masters arsenal includes MP-H4 3-iron

Luke Donald is carrying an MP-H4 3-iron at Augusta. The 2-iron through 7-iron of this new Mizuno forged set are hollow, with the two-piece head joined together by plasma welding.

Dustin Johnson finds unusual struggles on Augusta's back nine

The Masters is the only major where Dustin Johnson has never collected a top-10 finish, although his long, right-to-left tee shots usually allow him to take advantage of the par-5s.

Angel Cabrera succeeds at Masters, yet finds Augusta is 'never easy'

At 4 under after the second round of the Masters, Angel Cabrera birdies five holes on the back nine Friday.

Bernhard Langer another surging senior to make Masters cut

Bernhard Langer had missed the cut in the previous six appearances at Augusta National, and did not play in 2011. "I have a different attitude this year: I'm trying to win, trying to be on the leaderboard."

At Augusta, Ping showcases adjustable putters

Ping staff players, including Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan, used adjustable Scottsdale TR putters, featuring grooves designed to enhance distance control on off-center hits.

How it happened: Tiger shoots 71; Jason Day leads by one

Aussie Jason Day shot a second-round 4-under 68 for a two-day total of 6 under. Day is leading by one over Fred Couples and countryman Marc Leishman. See how the day unfolded with our Tracker.

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Thursday coverage

Masters odds: After Round 1, Tiger still favorite

Tiger Woods is still the favorite, but not by as much as when Thursday’s first round started moving from 3/1 to 7/2 after a 2-under, 70, four shots off the lead of Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia at the 77th Masters.

Sergio Garcia drives late push to finish line, joins Masters lead

After making a brilliant up-and-down at the par-4 17th to help cement a bogey-free 66 and get into a share of the Masters lead, Sergio Garcia smiled. And, yes, he remembered that it wasn’t this way a year ago at Augusta National.

After Round 1 of the Masters, the envelope, please. . .

Take a look at some awards after the first day of play at the 2013 Masters at Augusta National brought to you by Jim Achenbach.

Boy wonder Tianlang Guan wows his elders with 1-over 73

The biggest story of the day out of Augusta wasn’t on the leaderboard. The story that will have fans and pros alike talking long after the Georgia pines have cast their tall shadows across this magical property is that of 14-year-old Tianlang Guan.

Playing together, Couples and Johnson light up Augusta

Dustin Johnson is starting to learn how to play Augusta National Golf Club, a course that only reveals its secrets slowly and subtly. Fred Couples figured this place out long ago.

Field posts 10 eagles at Augusta's 15th hole

Firethorn -- the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National -- is not exactly a pitch-and-putt, but it is playing as easy as you could ask for in the first round of the 77th Masters.

Mickelson recovers for first-round 71 at Masters

Phil Mickelson’s 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Masters was a tale of two nines. He was, by his own assessment, Captain Hack on the front nine and the Comeback Kid on the back nine.

Rory McIlroy opens Masters at par after 4 bogeys on back nine

Rory McIlroy stepped onto the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club this week and proclaimed that the “real” golf season had started – unfortunately, his Opening Day at the Masters was something of a wash.

Trevor Immelman chases Masters championship form of '08

Trevor Immelman's Masters victory at age 28 was expected to propel the South African to the next level. But it simply hasn’t happened.

Rude: Tiger Woods keeps head down in Masters' first round

This was your Masters favorite, Tiger Woods, a winner of 14 major championships, but his body language on several holes would have fooled you, his head slung low.

Sandy Lyle draws Masters attention with giant Black Swan

Former Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle turned heads Thursday using a Black Swan putter, which features one of the largest putter heads in golf.

Rickie Fowler's wild-ride Masters first round ends at 68

How about this scorecard for Rickie Fowler over his first 15 holes? He has two double-bogeys, at Nos. 1 and 10, an eagle at the par-5 15th and five birdies.

No. 1 with a bang: Augusta's 'Tea Olive,' Masters opener

The first hole at Augusta National is a challenge not to be taken lightly; yet the glory of Tea Olive is consistent with the rest of Augusta’s holes: If you get it into the fairway, you just feel you can take a shot at certain Masters hole locations.

Australia's Marc Leishman catches hold of early Masters lead

An Australian is atop the leaderboard at Augusta National, facing questions of when someone will bring a green jacket down under. It is Marc Leishman, who earned his spot here with his first PGA Tour victory, at last year’s Travelers Championship.

Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood overcome double-bogeys, card 70s

Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood were on the short list of expected contenders at this year’s Masters, as was Justin Rose, who also opened with 70 at Augusta National on Thursday.

• David Lynn finds lead for a while during Masters first round

David Lynn, a 39-year-old veteran of the European Tour and rookie on the PGA Tour this season, said it had taken “a golfing lifetime” to reach Augusta after leading for a while during the first round of the Masters.

Big Three salute the game with ceremonial drives

Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus just "dinked" drives on the 1st tee to kick-off the Masters. But their ceremonial role allowed them to salute the game – and gave fans a chance to honor the Big Three.

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Wednesday coverage

Tiger's to lose? Is McIlroy back? Our staff debates 5 key questions

Is this Tiger's tournament to lose? Has Rory McIlroy found his game? Who is most likely to break through this week at the Masters? Our staff debates 5 key questions on the eve of the first round.

5 Things: Payne introduces new cut line, avoids anchoring question

From female membership at Augusta National to new Masters qualifying criteria and an adjusted cut line, here are 5 Things discussed by chairman Billy Payne on Wednesday.

McIlroy grants Weaver's wish to play practice round

Michael Weaver’s dad encouraged him to be assertive this week when it came to introducing himself to people. How did Weaver respond? He asked Rory McIlroy on the range if he could join him for a nine-hole practice round.

Martin Laird chooses rest instead of Masters Par-3 Contest

Martin Laird, whose third Masters will be his fifth-straight week of competition, opted not to play in Wednesday's Par-3 Contest, choosing to rest for Thursday's first round.

Observations from Wednesday's practice-round pairings

Sean Martin enjoys looking at the practice-round pairings. They give you an insight into which players enjoy each other's company, which ones want to mentor their younger competitors and who likes to go it solo.

Bubba Watson picks up an ace in Masters practice round

Bubba Watson continues to make headlines at Augusta National, this time for a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole during a Masters practice round on Wednesday.

Tiger, Donald highlight intriguing first-round groupings at Masters

Tiger Woods' quest for a fifth green jacket will begin at 10:45 a.m. Thursday. That's when he'll tee off with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy. Defending Masters champion Bubba Watson will tee off 11 minutes earlier. Check out the groupings.

Masters 2013: Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley lead staff picks

Will Tiger Woods finally pick up another green jacket? Will Keegan Bradley win his second major title? Our staff of experts offers up their 2013 Masters predictions.

Masters 2013: Which hole at Augusta National is hardest?

Here’s how the holes at famed Augusta National Golf Club stand up from the (relatively) easiest to the hardest.

As Tiger seeks first Masters title since '05, we look back on 18 years

Tiger Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil. Here’s how Woods has fared in each of his 18 appearances at Augusta National.

Bubba takes to Twitter to reveal Champions dinner

Well, we finally learned what Bubba Watson served at the Champions Dinner, using Twitter to let the world know what was on the menu.

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Masters blog

Want the latest news from the course? Small features to quench your Masters thirst? Keep track here with our Masters blog, filled with news and notes from our crew at Augusta National.

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The Toy Box blog

Check out the latest Masters-related equipment news with our The Toy Box blog, where we tackle everything from new equipment, to apparel to cool trends.

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Tuesday coverage

Wozniacki will caddie for McIlroy in Par-3 Contest

Rory McIlroy's girlfriend, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, will carry the handful of clubs necessary to navigate Augusta National's par-3 course.

Jack Nicklaus says 2013 Masters is critical for Tiger Woods

While Jack Nicklaus still believes Tiger Woods will break his record of 18 majors, Nicklaus concedes Woods' great spring could be for naught in predicting major success if he doesn’t win his fifth title this week.

Ian Poulter: Emotions of Masters close to Ryder Cup's

European Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter, 37, is confident he will be feel similar good vibes at crunch time during the Masters.

Phil Mickelson worries about taking extra week off before Masters

Phil Mickelson plays the Shell Houston Open, which is traditionally held the week before the Masters, but the Valero Texas Open was inserted between the two events this year.

Klein: Debunking the myth of a Tiger-proofed Augusta National

As a student of the pro game our Bradley S. Klein knows most of the guys on Tour are so good and of such quality in shot-making and scoring that they can win just about anywhere, hence the myth of Tiger-proofing Augusta National.

Brandt Snedeker '100 percent healthy' entering Masters

Brandt Snedeker's health has been a big topic leading up to the Masters. But Snedeker made one thing clear Tuesday at Augusta: he's 100 percent healthy.

Rude: Tiger Woods balances confidence, contentment at Masters

Tiger Woods clearly is more equipped to win the Masters than at any point since 2005, when he won his fourth and most recent green jacket – and says there's balance to be seen in his life.

Amateur Fox gets a look at Lefty's 'black book'

Steven Fox got a peek at Phil Mickelson’s little black book for Augusta and called it phenomenal. For an amateur who has seen the place a dozen times, having a three-time champion share his short-game secrets is sacred stuff.

Mickelson will put Phrankenwood in play at Augusta

Phil Mickelson’s supercharged Masters 2-wood is really a driver disguised as a fairway wood, Mickelson divulged Tuesday during a press conference.

Amateur Vogel plays with 'idol' Tiger Woods

How does a player – especially an amateur making his Masters debut - arrange a practice round with Tiger Woods at Augusta National? Just ask. It worked for T.J. Vogel, the U.S. Amateur Public Links champion.

Rude: Masters champ Bubba Watson still has Augusta hooked

Never mind the green jacket in which he wrapped up adopted son Caleb last year – Bubba Watson wouldn't say no to a plaque at the spot of his famous hooked wedge during last year's playoff.

PHOTOS: A look at TaylorMade Masters logos through the years

To commemorate the season's first major championship, TaylorMade began designing a unique, Masters-themed logo in 2003 and putting it on golf bags, hats, club headcovers and other memorabilia that are given to staff players.

Minor changes to No. 14 could provide excitement

This year's changes to Augusta National were limited to the 14th hole, the only one on the course without a bunker. The oft-overlooked par 4 is sandwiched between the back nine's two dramatic par 5s.

Justin Rose looks to put it all together at Augusta

Justin Rose hasn't missed a cut in seven starts at the Masters. Yet he's never won a green jacket, either, which is why the 32-year-old is looking to finally put everything together this year at Augusta National.

A big hitter and big scorer, McIlroy impresses as a big thinker

People talk about Rory McIlroy’s big swing. They talk about his length off the tee. They talk about the height of his shots. They talk about his fearlessness. But nobody talks about his intelligence. And they should.

Luke Donald glad to study Augusta National

World No. 4 Luke Donald says he's focusing on – what else at Augusta – his work with the putter. Preparation beside the green also has been a priority.

Notebook: Tiger Woods' skip shot, Rich Beem's Par-3 invite, more

“Listen, I love golf,” 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem said of accepting his Par-3 Contest invite, “and the Masters is special.” Plus: Tiger Woods' skip shot at Augusta, and more.

Adam Scott's performance in majors has improved dramatically

Adam Scott once struggled in majors, but has two major top-10s in each of the past two seasons, including a second-place finish at the 2011 Masters.

Masters blog: 5 thoughts on Jack Nicklaus, amateurs at Augusta, more

It’s becoming an annual affair, these international players having lunch to pick Jack Nicklaus’ brain before the Masters. Charl Schwartzel in 2011, Rory McIlroy last year, Nicolas Colsaerts this year.

Keep an eye on these guys: 10 sleepers to watch at the Masters

It’s easy to identify the favorite for this year’s Masters. We like to go deep here at Golfweek.com, though. Therefore we give you this list of 10 “sleepers” to consider.

Masters 2013: Bubba Watson is ultimate mystery man

Bubba Watson can charm and confound. He wields a pink driver yet often shies from attention. He runs hot and cold. One year after his signature victory at Augusta, he returns as a misunderstood champion.

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Monday coverage

Amateur hour: Two Tour players speak out against Masters amateurs

On Monday, PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan took to Twitter to express their position on whether amateurs should get to play in the Masters. Let's just say they aren't too happy.

5 Things: Russell Henley feels nerves Monday at Augusta National

Take the electricity of the Masters and add a homecoming to his college state, and you can understand why Russell Henley is feeling nerves already – while Matt Kuchar treats the week in special ways as well.

Masters odds: Tiger the clear favorite at Augusta National

On the eve of the Masters, Tiger Woods finds himself in his usual spot as the favorite going into the first major of 2013.

Masters 2013: Tianlang Guan, 14, gets advice from veterans

Fourteen-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan got quite the on-course education Monday, playing with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. He also has practice scheduled with Tom Watson and a Par-3 tee time with Nick Faldo.

Masters foundation, USGA, PGA team for youth competition

The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, a free, national skills competition for junior golfers, will begin at courses in 19 states and Washington, D.C. – and end at Augusta National Golf Club on the Sunday before the 2014 Masters.

Peterson and "Pete's Army" making the trip to Augusta National

It was at Augusta in 1958 that Arnie's Army was born. It's now 2013 and "Pete's Army" is being formed. The regular on the Web.com Tour, John Peterson, who qualified by tying for fourth at the 2012 U.S. Open had tee shirts designed for the week.

Masters blog: Laird's victory a good 'omen'

Our editor Jeff Babineau and Senior Writer Jeff Rude are gamblers at heart and always look for an 'omen' at the outset of any major. Rocky Hambric provided some food for thought on Monday in Augusta.

Clarke withdraws from Masters with hamstring injury

The Masters field, already the slimmest of the major championships, was reduced by one Monday when former Open Champion Darren Clarke withdrew.

Masters 2013: Mickelson's secret club revealed?

Phil Mickelson teased that he would put a "special club" in play this week at the Masters. Could it be this new Callaway X Hot Phrankenwood?

Masters 2013: Bubba won’t part with his Ping S59s

Since 2004, when he parted ways with his Ping i3+ irons, Masters champion Bubba Watson has depended on Ping S59 irons to hit his impressive curve shots.

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Weekend coverage

Masters 2013: Large European contingent owes thanks to Seve

Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.

Rice, Mickelson play together on members day at Augusta

It was members day at Augusta National on Sunday, with the likes of Condoleezza Rice teeing it up with Phil Mickelson, while Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and a handful of others began their preparations for the year's first major.

Masters 2013: A look at OWGR trends at Augusta

The Official World Golf Ranking was unveiled in advance of the 1986 Masters, which Jack Nicklaus won dramatically at the age of 46. Here's a look at some trends the OWGR shows.

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Player profiles

For profiles of all first-timers, including Nicolas Colsaerts, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, as well as all amateurs, including Tianlang Guan, Michael Weaver and Steven Fox, click here to get individual breakdowns of how they arrived at Augusta National.

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