Masters Saturday Live Blog

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Categories: PGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe MastersTiger Woods

7:15PM ET

Play has completed.  Fred Couples and Jason Dufner limped home in the last group.  They both shot +3 on the day and now sit seven shots behind the leader.

Bubba Watson made birdie on the final hole to move into solo 4th and a spot in the 2nd to last group with Louis Oosthuizen.

I’ll be posting the final Saturday leaderboard shortly and tomorrow’s pairings.

6:15PM ET

Phil Mickelson’s 3-wood came up short right on the 18th fairway and he had to hit a 30 yard hook to get the ball on the green.  That’s just what he did, an incredible shot.  Then he made his birdie putt to finish one back of Hanson and almost assured himself of being in the final group tomorrow.  Phil has made birdie on the 18th three days in a row.  I wonder if that is a record.

Groups still on the course include Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner and Fred Couples.

6:00PM ET

Peter Hanson just knocked his approach on 18 to one foot.  He’ll tap it in for an amazing 65.  He could seriously do no wrong today.  He’s opened up a two shot lead at -9.

Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson are tied for 2nd (-7) currently on the 17th green and 18th fairway respectively.

5:25PM ET

Peter Hanson just took the solo lead (-7) with a birdie on the 15th hole.  Phil Mickelson is behind him in the fairway.

Matt Kuchar just 3-putted the 13th for a bogey to drop to -5.

Lee Westwood hit a fantastic approach to 11 and made birdie to get back to -4.

Louis Oosthuizen is solid at -6 through 11.

4:30PM ET

Big WOW. Phil Mickelson just eagled the 13th hole.  Add that to a birdie on 10 and a birdie on 12 and he’s tied for the lead at -6 with Louis Ooosthuizen and Matt Kuchar.

Lee Westwood just 3-putted #9 a few minutes ago, including missing a 1-foot putt.  He now is one shot worse than the -4 he started with.

Padraig Harrington birdied five of the last six holes to shoot a 68 and end -4, tied with Mahan.

This is getting crazy.

4:30PM ET

We have a new solo leader, Matt Kuchar at -6 after making birdie on the tough 9th hole.

Meanwhile Rory McIlory is melting down. Rory has gone from -4 to +2 in eight holes.  Just watched him 3-putt from about eight feet.

Lee Westwood made bogey on #7 to drop to -4, two shots back.

The leaderboard is so crazy right now it is nearly impossible to blog anything that makes sense.

4:00PM ET

Matt Kuchar is now tied for the lead in the Masters at -5 after making birdie on #7.  He’s tied with Jason Dufner and Lee Westwood.

Westwood tied the lead with a birdie on #2.

Rory McIlory is leaking oil. He has dropped three shots now, after doubling #1 and bogeying #5.

Unfortunately, Fred Couples is +4 for his first five holes.  He’s dropping fast down the leaderboard.

Hunter Mahan is -4 on the day through 14.

3:00PM ET

Tiger Woods has finished his 3rd round.  Woods shot even par for the 3rd, staying at +3.  Eight shots off the lead and the leaders haven’t teed off yet. Pretty much hopeless for TW.

Rory McIlory is on the course now and astonishingly has double bogeyed the 1st hole for the 2nd time in three days.  McIlory falls back into a logjam of players at -2.

Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood have finished the first hole, both with pars.  The 2nd to last group players are still at -4.

Justin Rose is at -3 through 12, two shots off the lead.  Others at -3 right now are Bubba Watson, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sergio Garcia (just bogeyed #1).

Brandt Snedeker has the round of the day going right now.  He is -5 through 16 holes.  Now at -2 for the Masters.

2:10PM ET

It is moving day. Some players are moving and some like Tiger Woods are not.  Tiger is now on the 15th tee and is still at +3, the same number he started with this morning.

Players who ARE moving include Francesco Molinari who started the day at even par and is now -2 through eight holes.

Jim Furyk started the day at =1 and has it to -2 through five holes.

Nick Watney has birdied the 2nd hole and goes from -2 to -3.

The biggest mover so far is Justin rose.  Rose started the day at even par for the tournament and has it to -3 after three consecutive birdies on holes 6-7-8.

Phil Mickelson is on the course now.  He has just finished the first hole and is at -2.

Charl Schwartzel is moving, but in the wrong direction.  He started the day at +3, but is now +6 through 14 holes.  Charl is playing with Tiger today.

12:30PM ET

Tiger Woods got off to a hot start this morning.  Coming into the round at +3 for the tournament, birdies at #3 and #4 brought him to +1.  But he made a bogey on the par-3 6th and is currently at +2 through seven holes.

Graeme McDowell has made up one shot through the 6th hole, going from +3 to… check that. He just made bogey on the 7th.  Back to +3.

Brandt Snedeker is making a move on moving day. Birdies at #2 and #3 have brought him from +3 to +1 through seven holes.

Sang Moon-Bae made an eagle on #2 and has moved from +2 to even par through five holes.

Players moving the wrong direction are Bjorn, Karlsson, Verplank and especially Castano (started at +5 and now +10)


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