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Golf: Watson leads, Woodland wows at Masters

Gary Woodland showed the rest of the field how three-stroke leader Bubba Watson could be reeled in as Masters third-round action got underway Saturday at a baking-hot Augusta National. In a blistering display of shotmaking, Woodland matched the Masters record of 30 for the front nine, generally regarded as being the harder of the two nine-hole stretches. And when he birdied the 10th to move from three over at the start of the day to four under, he was tied for second, three shy of Watson, who was still 90 minutes away from teeing off in pursuit of his second green jacket.

Golf: Magic marker beats McIlroy over 18 at Masters

Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy's luckless week at the Masters continued Saturday when he was beaten over 18 holes at Augusta National by Jeff Knox, the non-competing marker playing alongside him. Two-time major champion McIlroy, the last of 51 players to make the cut, was the first man out in the third round and was assigned Knox, a veteran of such situations, as a playing partner to keep score and aid the pace of play.

Golf: Jimenez seeks Masters win for the ages and aged

Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the best round in Masters history by an over-50 player Saturday and put himself in position to become the oldest major winner in golf history. The 50-year-old Spaniard, known for his ponytail and penchant for smoking cigars even while practicing for his round, fired a six-under par 66 -- the best round of the week at Augusta National -- to stand on three-under 213 after 54 holes.

Golf: Record-tying Woodland sizzles, fizzles at Masters

Gary Woodland matched the low front-nine in Augusta National history with a six-under par 30 Saturday, but formidable Amen Corner dimmed his hopes of winning the 78th Masters. The 29-year-old American leaped from 10 strokes off the pace at three-over when the day began into contention with an epic front side and began the back nine with a birdie to pull level for second at four-under. "I was trying to birdie every hole. I was trying to ride the momentum coming in," Woodland said.

Golf: Bubba hangs on as Kuchar, Europeans rise at Masters

Bubba Watson began the back nine with a birdie to cling to a one-stroke lead in Saturday's third round of the Masters as Matt Kuchar joined the group chasing him. Watson, the 2012 Masters winner, made four bogeys in his first seven holes Saturday, more than offsetting his eagle at the par-5 second at Augusta National. But his birdie at 10 put Watson on six under with Kuchar, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Sweden's Jonas Blixt on five under and American Jim Furyk on four under.

Golf: Eagle lifts Watson at Masters

Bubba Watson eagled the par-five second hole as he battled to hold onto an overnight three-stroke lead Saturday as the third round of the Masters unfolded at a baking-hot Augusta National. It was the first time he had eagled the hole in 22 starts at Augusta National. The 35-year-old champion from two years ago blasted clear of the field on Friday with a five-in-a-row, back nine birdie blast that briefly raised the roof on what was otherwise a relatively sedate day.

Westwood and Rose scrap way into Masters title mix

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Lee Westwood, helped by his best round of the week, and Justin Rose, who holed out with a wedge for an eagle two at the third hole, scrapped their way into contention at the Masters on Saturday. The 40-year-old Westwood, one of the finest players never to have won a major championship, followed opening efforts of 73 and 71 by shooting a 70 to tuck in three strokes behind joint leaders Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth on 214, two under.

Golf: Watson out in front as Masters heats up

Bubba Watson was the man to catch on Saturday for the 50 other golfers who made it through to Masters weekend at Augusta National. The 35-year-old champion from two years ago blasted clear of the field on Friday with a five-in-a-row, back nine birdie blast that briefly raised the roof on what was otherwise a relatively sedate day. By the time the dust had settled, Watson was leading by three at seven-under-par 137 after rounds of 69 and 68, making him the only man in the field capable of creating Masters history by firing four rounds in the 60s.

Six, six, six proves devilishly frustrating for McIlroy

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Three sixes proved devilishly irritating for Rory McIlroy in the second round as the world number nine survived the halfway cut at the Masters on Friday by the skin of his teeth. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman had sixes at the second, 10th and 13th holes and needed to roll in a par-saving six-foot putt at the last for a five-over 77 and a four-under total of 148, qualifying for the weekend by one solitary stroke.

Mickelson heads long list of big names to miss Masters cut

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Triple champion Phil Mickelson led a host of big names to miss the cut at the Masters on Friday as the American failed to advance to the third round at Augusta National for the first time in 17 years. Former winners Charl Schwartzel (2011), Zach Johnson (2007), Angel Cabrera (2009) and Trevor Immelman (2008) also failed to qualify for the final two rounds.
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