Tracker: Spieth, Watson lead Masters
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Bubba Watson began Saturday's third round of the Masters with a three-shot lead – but is caught on "moving day" at Augusta National by Thomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt as the Dane and the Swede make the turn.
Watson goes on to reclaim the lead after the turn, but Jordan Spieth emerges from a crowd of several pursuers to take a share of the lead – and the third round ends with the 2012 champion and the Masters rookie from Texas.
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Update No. 41: 6:54 p.m. EDT
Co-leader Bubba Watson misses well left of the 18th green, needing an up and down to end the day with a share of the lead. His pitch is on the right line, barely missing the cup, but runs 4 feet past. He sinks that one.
Watson will enter Sunday's final round tied for the lead with Masters rookie Jordan Spieth.
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Update No. 40: 6:37 p.m. EDT
At the 17th, co-leader Bubba Watson finds the fairway and the green – but leaves a long birdie putt more than 5 feet short. His par putt rolls true, though, and he dodges a bullet to remain 5 under and tied with Jordan Spieth.
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Update No. 39: 6:31 p.m. EDT
Bubba Watson hits his tee shot long at the par-3 16th, then cannot get up and down as he records his fifth bogey of the day and slips to 5 under, tied with Masters rookie Jordan Spieth for the lead.
Spieth pars the 18th thanks to a long lag putt that he leaves about a foot below the hole, wrapping up a 70. Spieth spoke a day earlier about the advice that he got from a two-time Masters winner and fellow Texan in Ben Crenshaw. It seems to be working, with three rounds under par.
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Update No. 38: 6:17 p.m. EDT
At the par-5 15th, leader Bubba Watson overshoots the green in two and faces a long pitch back that longtime Masters patrons are familiar with. He lands it short and the ball stops on the edge of the green. His downhill birdie try trails off short of the hole and he taps in for par, still 1 over for the day and atop the leaderboard at 6 under.
On the 17th, Jordan Spieth finds the left side of the green and leaves his birdie putt to the right-side pin short. He'll head to the last still 5 under and one off the lead.
Jonas Blixt pulls even with Spieth, moving back to 5 under with back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th.
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Update No. 37: 6:01 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson's fourth straight par comes courtesy of a delicate par putt at the 14th as he remains 6 under.
Jordan Spieth birdies at the 14th and 15th, pulling within a shot of Watson. He's 2 under for the round. At the 16th, Spieth finds the green but faces a long birdie putt through the shadows; he's got the line but comes up a foot short or so and settles for par.
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Update No. 36: 5:49 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson reaches the par-5 13th in two, but three putts for another missed opportunity. His iron play is coming into form, but his putting is still off. He's 1 over for the day with five to play, two shots ahead of Thomas Bjorn, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth.
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Update No. 35: 5:41 p.m. EDT
Thomas Bjorn goes for the green in two at the par-5 13th, but finds the creek; his fourth shot is pin high but left, leaving him a downhill par try that doesn't fall. He drops two back of leader Bubba Watson, who's waiting in the fairway, T-2 at 4 under.
Also tied for second are Matt Kuchar, who bogeys the 18th for a 68, and Jordan Spieth, who birdies the 14th.
In the same group as Bjorn, Jonas Blixt also hits it in the water for his second bogey of the back nine, dropping to T-5 at 3 under.
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Update No. 34: 5:29 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson hits it right over the flag at the par-3 12th and holds the green; he'll have a look at birdie here. It's a downhill putt toward the creek, though, and his read is good but it stops short; he settles for par to remain 6 under and a shot ahead of Matt Kuchar and Thomas Bjorn. John Senden, by the way, who started the day alone in second at 4 under, is 3 over for his round today.
Lee Westwood pars the 18th for a 2-under 70 that has him 2 under for the week as well, heading in T-9 with Fred Couples.
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Update No. 33: 5:23 p.m. EDT
Back in the lead, Bubba Watson pars the 11th to remain 6 under – a shot ahead of Thomas Bjorn, who pars the 12th, and Matt Kuchar, who pars the 16th.
Fred Couples birdies back-to-back holes at the 13th and 14th, climbing to T-9 at 2 under.
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Update No. 32: 5:12 p.m. EDT
Bubba Watson's first birdie today comes at the 10th as he moves back to 6 under and reclaims the lead outright. Jonas Blixt hits into the water at the 11th and makes bogey – nearly holing out from a drop area for par – to drop two back. Thomas pars the hole to remain 5 under.
Matt Kuchar is also one back at 5 under, T-2 a shot back of Watson, with three straight birdies.
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Update No. 32: 4:54 p.m. EDT
Co-leader Bubba Watson's approaches today have largely been a mix of shots that either roll long or check up short; the latter strikes again at the ninth as he'll face a sizeable birdie putt. He misses that high and left, but taps in for par to remain tied for the lead with Thomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt at 5 under.
Jordan Spieth remains a shot back after his approach shot at the 10th rolls back off the front edge and down the slope, but he gets up and down to save par.
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Update No. 31: 4:43 p.m. EDT
As they make the turn, Thomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt birdie the ninth hole to create a three-way tie for the lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under. They're a shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, two ahead of six players T-5 at 3 under.
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Update No. 30: 4:38 p.m. EDT
Another long approach shot for Bubba Watson, this time as his second shot rolls off the back of the green at the par-5 No. 8 known as Yellow Jasmine. Once again he can't get up and down, but that's par and his lead remains one.
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Update No. 29: 4:23 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson takes iron off the tee at the seventh, but wastes the effort with a long approach shot over the back of the green and its pin at the front. Long bunker shot here, which he hits strong as it rolls just off the front edge. He putts but it doesn't fall, and Watson is 2 over today – still the leader, but now by a lone shot over Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth.
Adam Scott gets his first birdie of the day at the eighth hole, getting back to even par for the week.
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Update No. 28: 4:10 p.m. EDT
Bogey at the sixth drops leader Bubba Watson to 1 over for his round, 6 under for the week – two ahead of Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth.
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Update No. 27: 3:59 p.m. EDT
Jonas Blixt birdies the fifth and follows with a par to move to second alone at 4 under, three back of leader Bubba Watson – who pars the fifth to remain 7 under.
Jordan Spieth birdies the sixth to also get to T-2 at 4 under – and Thomas Bjorn does the same. That leaves six players T-5 at 3 under. Behind them, reigning U.S. Open champion Justin Rose eagles the 13th and birdies the 15th to push his round to 4 under and climb to solo 11th at 2 under.
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Update No. 26: 3:45 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson comes up short at the fourth hole, then runs his chip nearly 10 feet past. He misses that one and taps in for his second bogey of the day, back to even par today and 7 under for the week – four clear of the field.
Rickie Fowler hits his approach close at the 18th, but misses high and settles for par with a 67 that lifts him to 3 under and T-2 as he heads in.
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Update No. 25: 3:34 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson drives it close at the par-4 third hole, but his pitch onto the green checks a bit and the ball stops probably 15-20 feet short. His birdie putt runs past high and right, a little more than a foot, and he taps in for par to remain 8 under – now leading by five shots as John Senden bogeys the third to drop back to T-2 at 3 under.
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Adam Scott, who already bogeyed to start his day, double-bogeys the fourth hole to slip to 3 over for the round and T-13 at even par.
Jim Furyk starts bogey-birdie-birdie, then settles in with three pars to rise to T-2 at 3 under along with four others, five back of leader Bubba Watson.
Jordan Spieth bogeys the par-3 fourth hole to drop back to T-2 and 3 under as well.
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Update No. 24: 3:21 p.m. EDT
Rickie Fowler birdies again at the par-3 16th, getting his round to 5 under and rising to T-4 at 3 under, five shots back of leader Bubba Watson.
Brandt Snedeker has followed birdies at the first and third with a triple bogey at the fourth and bogeys at the sixth and ninth to make the turn in 4 over, sliding to T-31 at 4 over for the week.
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Update No. 23: 3:15 p.m. EDT
Bogey? No problem, says Bubba Watson, who stiffs his approach at the second hole to reach the par-5 in two and makes his eagle putt to move to 8 under, stretching his lead to four shots over John Senden, who birdies the second, and Jordan Spieth, who birdies the third to move to 4 under.
Rickie Fowler reaches the par-5 15th in two and two-putts for birdie to move to 4 under with three holes left in his round, T-8 at 2 under.
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Update No. 22: 3:03 p.m. EDT
Leader Bubba Watson starts the day by bogeying the first hole, slipping to 6 under for the week. John Senden does the same, Watson's lead remaining three ahead of a T-2 group of Senden, Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Jim Furyk, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
Gary Woodland misses a par putt at the 18th to settle for a round of 3-under 69 – after equaling a front-nine record of 30. He rises to T-15 at even par as he heads in.
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Update No. 21: 2:50 p.m. EDT
Ending with two pars, Miguel Angel Jimenez wraps up a 6-under 66 that moves him up to T-3 at 3 under. It's the low number of the day so far, with Gary Woodland playing the 18th at 4 under.
Ian Poulter drops to 3 under for his day with a bogey at the 11th, and after a par at the 12th is T-13 at 1 under. Same for Rickie Fowler after he birdies the 13th.
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Update No. 20: 2:31 p.m. EDT
Miguel Angel Jimenez birdies the par-3 16th to move to 6 under for his round, rising to T-3 at 4 under alongside Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth.
Jason Day ends his round with a bogey for a 70, heading in T-26 at 2 over.
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Update No. 19: 2:17 p.m. EDT
Matt Kuchar starts off hot with back-to-back birdies (we've said that a few times today) at Nos. 2-3 to climb to T-7 at 2 under. A product of nearby Georgia Tech, Kuchar is in his eighth Masters with his best finish third in 2012 when Bubba Watson – this week's leader, who tees off in about half an hour – won the green jacket.
Gary Woodland's third miscue in four holes comes via a bogey at the 14th that drops him back to T-13 at 1 under. He follows at the par-5 15th with a par; after making the turn in 6-under 30, he's 4 under for his day.
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Update No. 18: 2:02 p.m. EDT
A birdie at the par-5 13th gets Gary Woodland back on track and again T-7 at 2 under, his round at 5 under. Woodland reached the green in two and rolled his eagle try to about a foot.
Back-to-back birdies also get Miguel Angel Jimenez to T-7 at 2 under and 5 under for his round, the latest at the 14th. It's Jimenez' second pair of consecutive birdies in five holes, a bogey separating them.
Ian Poulter also cards his second set of back-to-back birdies today, moving to T-7 at 2 under after birdieing the ninth and 10th to get his round to 4 under.
Brandt Snedeker starts his day with a birdie and nets another one at the third, getting his round to 2 under in a hurry and climbing to T-7 at 2 under for the week.
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Update No. 17: 1:47 p.m. EDT
A birdie at the 13th has Miguel Angel Jimenez tied for the low number of the day so far at 4 under, T-10 at 1 under. Jimenez has birdied three of his last four holes, with a bogey at the 12th.
Jason Day moves to 3 under for his round with birdies at Nos. 9, 13 and 15; he's T-24 at 1 over.
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Update No. 16: 1:36 p.m. EDT
If you were thinking 59 watch for Gary Woodland, it's time to give up that ghost. After a bogey at No. 11, Woodland hits his tee shot into the water at the par-3 12th, Golden Bell. From the drop area, he comes up short of the green again, then chooses to putt and runs it a bit past on the high side. He taps in for a double bogey that has him T-10 at 1 under, still the best round going today at 4 under with six to play.
Rory McIlroy birdies back-to-back to end his round, and three of his last four, signing for a 71 that has him T-34 at 3 over as he heads to the clubhouse.
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Update No. 15: 1:24 p.m. EDT
Gary Woodland's first blemish of the day comes at No. 11, where he misses a par putt to slip back to T-3 at 3 under, still 6 under for his round and owner of the day's most eye-opening rise.
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Update No. 14: 1:09 p.m. EDT
Three straight birdies now for Gary Woodland at Nos. 8-10 as he moves toward Amen Corner. He's up to T-2 at 4 under alongside John Senden and is 7 under for his round. Woodland, in his third Masters, finished 24th in 2011. He won last year's Reno Tahoe Open, scored on the Stableford points system.
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Update No. 13: 12:57 p.m. EDT
Gary Woodland makes the turn in 30 – a birdie at No. 9 gets him to that 6-under score halfway through his "moving day," and gets him to T-3 alongside Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth before the other four even tee off.
Bubba Watson's caddie, Ted Scott, gets his first look at Augusta National on Saturday and says it looks firmer and tougher. Consider Scott as Watson's left-hand man as he carries the southpaw's bag, and he shared some insight Friday on his experiences during Watson's 68 to take the lead.
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Update No. 12: 12:42 p.m. EDT
Chalk up another stroke gained by Gary Woodland, whose third birdie of the day comes at No. 8 and lifts him to T-7 at 2 under. Woodland also has an eagle during his bogey-free round.
Rickie Fowler follows Bill Haas' lead, birdieing Nos. 2-3 to move to even par and T-16 – and Ian Poulter does the same. Fowler's in his fourth Masters, his best finish 27th in 2012, while Poulter is in his 10th Masters and his best finish also came in 2012, seventh. Haas, meanwhile, bogeys the fourth to give a shot back.
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Update No. 11: 12:29 p.m. EDT
First-round leader Bill Haas birdies back-to-back at Nos. 2-3 to climb to T-16 at even par. That's one way to bounce back from a second-round 78 in which he recorded six bogeys and a double bogey on the final 10 holes.
Rory McIlroy drops to 6 over with a bogey at No. 10. After a couple of pars, he hits his ball left of Rae's Creek off the 13th tee and must take a drop; he hits his third shot safely onto the front of the green, where the pin is on the back shelf, and could two-putt for par to avoid another slide – or sink a long birdie putt for his first gain since a birdie at No. 2. He hits a fantastic putt, just the right speed and barely missing the right edge, and he taps in for his third straight par.
Gary Woodland has the low round of the day going, 4 under after a par at No. 7. He's got two birdies and an eagle to climb into the top 10 in the early going.
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Update No. 10: 12:12 p.m. EDT
After three straight pars, Gary Woodland birdies the sixth hole to get to 4 under for his round, T-10 at 1 under and six back of leader Bubba Watson.
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Update No. 9: 12:01 p.m. EDT
Miguel Angel Jimenez birdies Nos. 3 and 5 to get to 2 under in a hurry, rising to T-22 at 1 over. Jimenez is playing his 15th Masters, his best finish eighth in 2008.
Jason Day has run off five straight pars since his bogey-birdie start, remaining 4 over at T-41. It's a far cry from last year, when he started Saturday as the leader.
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Update No. 8: 11:49 a.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy, one of the favorites going into this week's tournament, pars No. 9 to make the turn at 1 over for the day and remain 5 over for the week. That's not the front nine McIlroy needed to get into contention here, with leader Bubba Watson at 7 under.
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Update No. 8: 11:42 a.m. EDT
Former Georgia Bulldogs player Chris Kirk birdies the second hole to climb to T-27 at 2 over.
Gary Woodland has hit for the cycle so far, following his birdie-eagle opening with a par at the third to remain T-15 at even par.
Rory McIlroy steadies himself a bit with a par at the par-5 eighth hole. He's 1 over for the day, T-46 at 5 over.
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Update No. 7: 11:25 a.m. EDT
Gary Woodland, who opened the week with a 2-over 70 before ballooning with a 77 yesterday, starts his day birdie-eagle to climb to T-15 at even par. Woodland finished 24th here in 2011.
Billy Horschel and Martin Kaymer open with bogeys to slip to 4 over, while Joost Luiten cards his third bogey of the day at No. 4 to slide to 7 over.
Rory McIlroy's second bogey of the day comes at No. 7 and drops him to 5 over. McIlroy has just one birdie in his last 20 holes.
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Update No. 6: 11:11 a.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy settles in with pars at Nos. 4-5 to remain 4 over, where he started the day.
Jose Maria Olazabal birdies No. 2 to lift the 1994 and 1999 champion to T-38 at 3 over.
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Update No. 5: 11:02 a.m. EDT
Jason Day manages the opposite of Rory McIlroy, birdieing No. 2 to erase his opening bogey and get back to 4 over.
Rickie Fowler tees off in about an hour – and spoke here about a potential secret weapon from which the leader might be benefitting. He's referring to Bubba Watson and a family addition that took place just before the lefty won the 2012 Masters.
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Update No. 4: 10:51 a.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy drops back to even par for the day with a bogey at No. 3, which has him at 4 over again and T-46. Joost Luiten bogeys the first hole to drop to T-50 at 5 over.
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Update No. 3: 10:44 a.m. EDT
Jason Day opens with bogey and drops to 5 over. The Australian had a chance to move to World No. 1 this week, but that's looking less and less likely.
Having started the week at 20-1, Bubba Watson's odds to win the Masters have changed dramatically among Vegas oddsmakers. His figure changed to 3-2 after his 68 that gave him a three-shot lead.
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Update No. 2: 10:37 a.m. EDT
Birdie at the second for Rory McIlroy, who climbs to T-37 and 3 over in a hurry. One down, several to go.
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Update No. 1: 10:26 a.m. EDT
Rory McIlroy starts Saturday's round with a par. He's playing alone with a marker, Augusta National club champion Jeff Knox. At 4 over and 11 shots back of leader Bubba Watson, he's got a lot of work to do if he's to make his Sunday round meaningful.
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