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  1. Leader Jordan Spieth -16 (70)
  2. Rose -12 (67), Mickelson -11 (67)
  3. Hoffman -10 (71), Johnson -6 (73)
  4. McIlroy -6 (68), Woods -6 (68), Casey -5 (74)
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Live Reporting

By Aimee Lewis and Ben Dirs

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Night! See you all tomorrow, I believe it's Aimee Lewis kicking us off.

  2. Post update

    Hi, I'm still here. Should Spieth win tomorrow, he will win Texas a 13th Green Jacket. The last was Ben Crenshaw in 1995. I don't know who the others were. Sorry.

  3. No scoreboard watching for Spieth

    Masters leader Jordan Spieth, speaking to the BBC: "If you'd told me I was going to make seven birdies today, on Saturday, when it's meant to be harder, I'd have called you crazy. With a lead you want to limit the mistakes which I didn't do so well but I grinded it out.

    "I looked at the scoreboard very little today, not really until the end. I'll take the same attitude tomorrow. I'm not going to think about being in the lead. I've got two major champions behind me and it's not going to be easy but I'm in a position I'm happy with."

  4. Nothing to see here...

    Sergio Garcia told us he and Tiger Woods would get along when they were paired yesterday. Our reporter John Murray said they barely interacted on the fairways but Sergio feels no beef...

    Sergio Garcia
  5. Spieth won't blow up like me - McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy

    World number one Rory McIlroy, speaking after it was noted he was the same age (21) as Spieth when he blew a four-shot lead going into the final round in 2011: "He's already experienced it once. I think he'll have learned from that and will definitely do better than I did."

  6. Post update

    I don't think we'll be hanging about for too much longer. Praise be for Jordan Spieth's double-bogey at 17, and I mean that in the nicest possible way...

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    Robert Lusetich on Twitter
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    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Justin Rose, not taking anything away from what a great player he is, doesn't have the intimidation factor Phil Mickelson has. Psychologically, and dynamically, it's a little bit easier for Spieth to play with Rose than with Mickelson."

  9. Poulter the accurate man in field

    Ian Poulter took to Twitter (again) earlier to tell us he "left a few out there" despite shooting 67.

    The Englishman stands proudly at the top of the pile for finding greens in regulation today, hitting 17 from 18.

    Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia come in second - hitting 15 of 18.

  10. Long power players


    The strong man of the day is Jason Day.

    His whopping 334 yard drive cannot be beaten but on average, Dustin Johnson is still the long hitter of this Masters with big blows averaging 321.67 yards over three days.

  11. Five is the magic number

    Where can Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and their fellow Spieth-chasing buddies bring the lead down tomorrow? The par fives.

    Statistically, they are the four easiest holes on the course, all four of them are averaging less than five blows. Dustin Johnson eagled three of them on Friday and made birdie at the other.

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    Kerry Thomas: ‏Fabulous round, Justin Rose. Sleep well. We're all rooting for you.

    Tom Maher: I'm sure Rory could give Spieth some useful advice on keeping a four-shot Masters lead.

    Ouch. Rory McIlroy famously let a four-shot 54-hole Masters lead slip in 2011 before going on to win the US Open two months later for his first major.

  13. Post update

    Phil Mickelson, speaking to BBC Sport: "I had a lot of fun, this is the best scenario you can ask for as a professional golfer - you dream of playing late in the afternoon at Augusta and having an opportunity to win. If I can play a good front nine tomorrow, and that is my goal, I can hopefully be in contention on the back nine."

  14. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Jordan Spieth came through a stiff test with stunning colours. When he has been in a sticky spot he has managed to come out of it really well.

    "His mental strength is amazing. He takes one stroke at a time and takes the good and the bad. It is about being patient, not taking any risks and he does that."

  15. Post update

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose, speaking to BBC Sport: "The back nine was a lot of fun. The putt at seven really got things going. To finish like I did gives me a lot of momentum going into tomorrow.

    "Jordan is playing flawless golf right now. It is a big lead but Augusta has a habit of throwing things up on the back nine so the key is to stay in contention going on to the back nine."

  16. Third round leaderboard

    Spieth leads by four

    -16 Spieth (US)

    -12 Rose (Eng)

    -11 Mickelson (US)

    -10 Hoffman (US)

    -6 McIlroy (NI), Woods (US), Streelman (US), Na (US), D. Johnson (US)

    Selected others: -4 Poulter (Eng); -3 Garcia (Spa); -1 Scott (Aus), B. Watson (US)

  17. Putter Rose moves close

    Justin Rose has moved beautifully up the leaderboard today and his putting had much to do with the progression.

    He was dead-eye, averaging just 1.44 strokes on the green - including one three putt. In the entire field, only Hunter Mahan was as good, also taking 1.44 blows on the dance floor.

    Justin Rose
  18. Post update

    Thank the golfing gods for those two charges by Mickelson and Rose, but for them it might have been a procession for Spieth tomorrow - and not great viewing. Ian Poulter of England matched their five-under 67s, which was the lowest score of the day.

  19. Post update

    Jordan Spieth is conquering...

    Tiger Woods and Ray Floyd

    His new mark of -16 means Floyd's effort in 1976 and Woods' in 1997 are consigned to the 'former record' bin.

  20. Spieth leads by four

    ... Spieth starts it a touch left of the hole and it obeys his command, ducking right and in - in it goes for a round of 70, -16 and a four-shot lead over Justin Rose in second. Hoffman follows him in for birdie and a 71, he's six back.

  21. Post update

    ... that's a tremendous effort, brought the ball down on the fringe and scurried his ball to within nine or 10 feet...

  22. Post update

    Jordan Spieth

    Spieth has left himself a beast of a shot, over the collar of a bunker - he's going to have to go high and mighty and see if it sticks...

  23. Post update

    Charley Hoffman

    Spieth has blinked again - a big cry of 'FORE RIGHT!' and his ball flies head-high into the patrons. Wild. Hoffman parachutes in to within a few feet of the pin.

  24. Spieth or Rose for the title?

    20 of the last 24 Masters champions have come from the final pairing, so with Justin Rose edging to 12 under par with a birdie at the last and Jordan Spieth 16 under through 17, you'd bet on either the young American clinching a first major or Rose adding a second to his 2013 US Open victory.

  25. Post update

    Dustin misses with his par attempt, falls back to six under after a disappointing 73. That was some putt from Rose, slicker than cat sick across linoleum.

  26. Rose four behind Spieth

    Justin Rose

    Rose for birdie at the last, slippery... NAILED IT! What a putt that was, the Englishman is in with a 67, including five birdies in the last six holes, and is outright second and four off the lead.

  27. Post update

    Jordan Spieth

    That double from Spieth has made the weekend that much more interesting. All of a sudden, the aches in Mickelson's limbs will be miraculously easing - that's what hope feels like. Spieth safely away at 18, as is Hoffman.

  28. Spieth double-bogey at 17

    Jordan Spieth

    Spieth's par putt comes up well short, he's got a fair few feet left for bogey. Rose takes an age over his second shot at 18 and that's a fine result, although it's a snakey one coming down the hill. Another shot gone for Hoffman at 17, he drops back to -9, where he started the day. Spieth makes a double...

  29. For sale - Lion's items

    John Daly has spent the week selling his products on a table outside Augusta National.

    John Daly

    "The 1995 Open champion is standing with his fiancée, Anna, in the car park of a Hooters, the chain of raucous bars staffed by scantily clad waitresses," writes Oliver Holt in the Daily Mail.

    "Now he does not drink. His focus is more on the three trestle tables loaded with John Daly merchandise. He has not played the US Masters since 2006 but he has been coming to Augusta for more than a decade to make money selling his products. He still does a brisk trade.

    "His 45ft motor home is parked next to the stall. It's his pride and joy. Daly and Anna sleep in it during Masters week. Daly often sleeps in it when it is parked outside his homes in Clearwater, Florida, and Arkansas. It has Florida plates that read 'Lion 95'."

  30. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "He was thinking too much about that one. There was enough room to pitch that and that is where he shows his youthfulness, a slight agitation that comes too quickly."

  31. Post update

    Casey couldn't get much going to day and he's bogeyed the last for a 74 and -5 overall. Spieth has duffed his chip at 17, he'll be dropping a shot here. Glimmers of hope for the chasing pack...

  32. Mickelson cards 67, seven off the lead in joint second

    Phil Mickelson

    Rose makes par at 17, stays 11 under. Here's Spieth from behind a couple of trees - and with a very laid-back camera standing no more than 15 yards straight in front of him - and he manages to scoop it up there, 20 yards short of the green. Mickelson with eight feet left for birdie at 18... misses by a whisker, cards 67 for 11 under and seven off the current lead.

  33. Post update

    American golf writer Dave Shedloski on Twitter: Four players now at -10 or better. Most players to finish double digit under par since 1975 Masters was six in 2011.

  34. Post update

    That's rotten luck for Dustin on 17, his chip ricocheting off the stick and off the green in another direction. Mind you, it was going miles by. Rose's chip just comes up short, he should knock that in for par.

  35. Post update

    ... I think it's definitely safe to start saying Spieth is playing Tiger-esque, he's just pulled his tee shot at 17 into the trees...

  36. More Spieth praise...

    Billy Horschel, who missed the cut, tweets: "Pretty damn impressive what Jordan is doing. Had a front row seat the first 2 days."

  37. Spieth birdies 16, leads by seven

    Jordan Spieth

    Spieth has nailed another one at 16 to open up a seven-shot lead, this really is Tiger-esque now, I think it's safe to start saying it...

  38. Mickelson drops back

    Phil Mickelson

    Mickelson for par at 17 and he hasn't hit it, he drops back to -11 and six off the lead. Casey makes his par, he stays six under. Here's Rose into the 17th and his ball creeps off the front of the green and disappears out of sight, like a cat burglar retreating from a spotlit roof.

  39. Post update

    Charley Hoffman

    Tough day for Ernie, he's three over after 17 and two under for the week. Spieth at 16, and that's another doozy, stiffed it to within 10 feet. Hoffman nearly sticks his in, he should bounce straight back after that bogey at 15.

  40. Spieth leads by six

    Jordan Spieth

    Hoffman bogeys 15, drops back to -10. Spieth taps in for birdie, is 17 under again...

  41. Post update

    Dustin Johnson

    Dustin up the slope at 16 and that's pretty well paced, he's got a tap-in for par. Mickelson with 174 yards left at 17... he's left himself a horror of a putt and might even have to get a wedge out to cut off the corner.

  42. Post update

    Andrew Magee

    American PGA Tour winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The peloton has got some more fuel in their Gatorade and they're keeping the pressure on Spieth. One more birdie for Phil Mickelson and that would be a sublime day for him."

    Mickelson will fancy his chances if he can keep Spieth in reach with a birdie on one of the two closing par fours. He's done it before don't forget, coming from one behind Lee Westwood in 2010 to clinch his third Green Jacket in spectacular fashion by shooting a final-round, five-under 67.

  43. Post update

    Paul Azinger

    Former United States Ryder Cup captain and BBC expert

    Justin Rose

    "He caught it so nice, perfectly judged. He had his arms up before it went in and now he has Jordan Spieth in his sights."

  44. Rose splashes in, is -11

    Justin Rose

    Rose finds sand at 16. Dustin birdied 15 to get back to -8 but his tee shot at 16 falls away from the pin. Mickelson misses the fairway at 17 but he looks in reasonable shape. Streelman in with a third straight 70 for six under par. ROSE SPLASHES IN AT 16! Simply magnificent, four straight birdies for the 2013 US Open champion, he's 11 under.

  45. Rose blooming

    Justin Rose

    Rose makes a bird on 15, is -10 and six off the lead. Spieth shows just how big his cohones are - straight at the flag at 15, just about clambers over the water and he's got 25 feet for eagle. Hoffman, I believe, is swimming.

  46. Post update

    Paul Azinger

    Former United States Ryder Cup captain and BBC expert

    Phil Mickleson

    "That really ramps up the pressure on Spieth's second shot on the 15th. No reaction from Jordan when he hears the cheers. He has to know that was Mickelson."

  47. Mickelson birdies 16, four off the lead

    Phil Mickelson

    Casey at the par-three 16th, he's over with Phil in the hollow. Hoffman pings one down the left on 15, Spieth goes straight down the middle. What a putt that is from Dustin Johnson, cozying his ball to within a couple of feet at 15. And here's Phil on 16... DRAINED A BIGGUN! Lefty gets to -12, is outright second and four off the lead. That's some racket from the patrons - and Spieth will know that's no ordinary racket, that's a Mickelson racket.

  48. Spieth bogeys 14, is -16

    Jordan Spieth

    Par for Hoffman at 14, he's going nowhere. Mickelson on 16, 160 yards, nine iron, dribbles away into the hollow. Spieth blinks - tugs his par putt left, falls back to -16 and five clear of playing partner Hoffman. For the record, the 54-hole record at Augusta is -16, set by Tiger Woods in 1997.

  49. Latest leaderboard

    Spieth leads by five

    -16 Spieth (US) 14

    -11 Mickelson (US) 15, Hoffman (US) 14

    -9 Rose (Eng) 14

    -7 Streelman (US) 16, Casey (Eng) 15, D. Johnson (US) 14

    -6 McIlroy (NI), Woods (US)

    Selected others: -4 Poulter (Eng); -3 Garcia (Spa); -1 Scott (Aus), B. Watson (US)

  50. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    Tiger Woods

    "Still these two talk away, trying to find the mystical magic of how you hit a drive straight and keep your balance and be kind to your old granny..."

  51. Mickelson birdies 15, is -11

    Phil Mickelson

    Spieth at 14... 157 yards, into the heart, decent. Casey races his three-foot birdie putt about five feet past at 15 but saves par coming back to remain -7. Mickelson holes his two-foot birdie putt, is -11 and six off the lead.

  52. Post update

    Rose slams one down the 15th, he's in a rich vein off the tee. Dustin made eagle here yesterday but I don't think he'll be doing that today, he might have to lay up with his second after coming to rest down the left of the fairway behind some trees. Casey with a magnificent recovery at 15.

  53. Moving day? Not so for England's Danny Willett

    Danny Willett on Twitter
  54. Fat lady singing? Not quite yet...

    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That putt from Spieth never looked like it was going anywhere else. He has great speed with his putting. But there's one thing about Augusta National... the fat lady never gets warm early."

  55. Post update

    Jason Day in with a 71 for -4. Els for bogey at 15, from about eight feet... starts right, stays right, he drops to -4. Hoffman and Spieth safely away at 14, Casey's approach at 15 is so overcooked it's almost cremated.

  56. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    Jordan Spieth

    "The baby-faced killer. It is absolutely marvellous to see his composure, a little smile occasionally. He has had 20 birdies so far and a few more holes to go."

    Just the 20 birdies this week for Jordan Spieth, only five short of Phil Mickelson's record for four days.

  57. Spieth birdies 13, leads by six

    Justin Rose

    Spieth stalks his ball, takes aim and bends in his birdie putt on 13, moves to -17 and leads by six. The kid's doing alright, it's in danger of turning into a procession. Rose jabs in his birdie putt from just off the green at 14, moves to nine under.

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    Andy in Portsmouth: My daughter just asked, "Daddy, in golf, when it goes close, do you do a squat?" Fabulous. Just want a glass of wine and some peace but am now explaining the ENTIRE rules of golf.

  59. Post update

    Mickelson pounds another drive down the 15th, here's Day with a peachy chip up the 18th green. Els's fourth at 15 comes up short, good luck getting up and down from there. Tiger is back on the range already, no-one can say he isn't trying. Hoffman can only par 13, stays -11.

  60. Post update

    Ernie Els

    Els finds the drink on 15, here's Mickelson with a naughty par putt on 14, from about four feet... straight down the pipe, after much deliberation, he stays -10. Hoffman gives himself a chance of an eagle, here's Spieth with his third... looks like it's going to skip through but suddenly stops, like a startled deer.

  61. Ken on the course

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    Ken Brown

    "I have laid out the plan of the course here at the top of the 15th. The interesting thing about this golf course is that no two holes run consecutively in the same direction so if there is a breeze about you have to be careful, it is always switching and always changing.

    "Another interesting feature about this course is there are no fairway bunkers between the eighth, which has a fairway bunker, and the two on the 18th. There are only 44 bunkers on this course, but none on the majority of the back nine."

  62. Rose birdies 13, is -8

    England's Justin Rose makes birdie on 13 to get to eight under, Dustin also gets a shot back after that double at 12, he's seven under. Spieth cutting through the woods and back onto the 13th fairway, amazing how these pros never seem to hit a tree when they do that.

  63. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods, who shot a 68 and is six under for the tournament, speaking to BBC Sport: "It could have been a really special round today, I could have gone really low. I made a crazy birdie at 13, stupid bogey at 14, stuffed it at 17.

    "We saw what happened in 1996 [when Greg Norman blew a six shot lead on the final day], so anything can happen. On this course you can play well, but if you miss your spot by a foot then the next thing you know you have a 50-footer. It has been so hot and humid that the greens have not sped up."

  64. Post update

    Hideki Matsuyama

    Dustin has got a horror putt through the fringe at 13 but he does pretty well, leaving himself a five-footer for birdie. Japan's Matsuyama in with a 70, he's five under and tied for 11th.

  65. Can you stay there Jordan?

    Jordan Spieth
  66. Post update

    Mickelson takes no prisoners on tee at 14, smashing one down there. Spieth at 13... his arm shoots right, like an Italian traffic director, and he's found jungle. Rose with a cute chip at 13, but it races five feet by...

  67. The eagles have landed

    Golf Digest's Dan Jenkins on Twitter: The record for eagles in a Masters is 37, in 1991. There have been 30 of them so far this year - 12 of them at the 13th hole.

  68. Mickelson birdies 13, is -10

    Phil Mickelson

    Mickelson putting up the hill at 13, for eagle... trickles by, leaves himself four feet coming back. Makes it, he moves back to -10 and six off the lead. Casey of England makes par, stays seven under.

  69. Spieth leads by five

    Jordan Spieth

    Rose clatters one down the 13th, no dramas there. Hoffman with a great save at 12, he stays -11. Spieth follows him in, but his putt is for birdie - the kid leads by five again on -16.

  70. Post update

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "The flag is blowing in one direction on the 11th and then blowing in another direction on the 12th. It plays havoc with your mind."

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    Dazzler: "Three unbelievable rounds of golf from Tiger Woods! After such a long time out and not much tournament play! #KingIsBack

  72. Post update

    Mickelson's approach at 13 and he's into the guts in two. Perennial contender Jason Day of Australia is two under after 16 and -5 for the week. Hoffman with a fairly conservative bunker escape at 12, he's got a tricky one coming back for birdie.

  73. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor at Augusta

    "Was stood two yards from Tiger on 10th - was about to tee-off only to be interrupted at the very last moment by a coughing Garcia. Little love lost."

  74. Woods cards 68 for -6, D Johnson makes double

    Rose for birdie on 12... slides it by, stays seven under. That's a double-bogey for Dustin on 12, although he'll probably get them back again at the par-five 13th. Woods finishes with bogey for a round of 68 and six under for the week. All is not quite right with his game but he's still battling harder than anyone.


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    Alex Haworth: Nice to see that Rose is continuing the English golfing tradition of missing loads of putts when in contention.

    Andrew Priestley: One of Spieth / Mickelson is going to go birdie crazy on the back-9. Hoping it's Phil to close the gap, but I think it'll be Spieth.

  76. Hoffman birdies 11, trails Spieth by four

    Dustin Johnson

    Dustin Johnson is making a right old dog's dinner of the 12th - almost finds water off the tee, chips into a bunker, races it by with his escape. Hoffman makes a longun disappear on 11 to get to -11 and four off the lead. Spieth makes par.

  77. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Woods from the pine straw at 18. Cuts it round the corner and into sand, that's not an easy escape. Hoffman into 11... over on the right like Spieth, and just about everybody else. It's been a tough day for 58-year-old Mark O'Meara, champion in 1998 - he's six over through 14, and three over for the week.

  78. Post update

    Dustin Johnson

    Here's Dustin with his birdie putt at 11... "don't forget to hit it," says Ken Brown on commentary, and he does just that. Par, Johnson stays eight under. Mickelson walks away with a par at 12, stays nine under. Spieth aborts his swing at 11, steps back in and finds the green. Safe, but wise.

  79. Tigerlicious

    Ireland's Shane Lowry missed the cut but he is tuned in: "How good is it to see tiger back up there??? Reckon he will give it a run tomorrow," he tweets.

  80. Post update

    Jordan Spieth

    Mickelson from sand at 12 and it's magical, stiffed it to within a few feet. Spieth and Hoffman safely away at 11, Rose putting for birdie up ahead... starts low and stays low, he'll stay seven under and miles off the lead.

  81. Post update

    Hideki Matsuyama

    Casey on tee at 12. Twirls the club, seems to like it, safely on. Dustin with that scoopy swing of his, sweet approach at 11, birdie chance. Matsuyama for birdie on 16 - hits it way too hard, skips over the hole and races by. Woods with another iffy drive down 18, ends up in the pine straw. Matsuyama makes that clutch putt coming back, remains six under.

  82. Fordyce's holes of challenge

    Hole: 11 - White Dogwood

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    Next up for Spieth and Hoffman...

    What: 505-yard par four.

    Why: Monstrously long. Tee shot to be threaded through corridor of trees. Skinny fairway. Slim green fenced off by water.

    Hole 11 is currently the hardest on the course for the week. It's taking an average 4.43 blows.

  83. Mickelson bogey

    Tiger Woods

    Matsuyama gives himself another birdie chance at 16, here's Mickelson with an eight-foot saver on 11... misses, he drops back to nine under, leaving Hoffman outright second. Spieth makes that par at 10, stays five clear. Woods for birdie on 17... doesn't turn, he stays seven under.

  84. Post update


    Many thanks Aimee, this is Ben Dirs until stumps. I join you as Spieth executes a sweet bunker escape at 10, should save par. Hoffman from just off the green and he skips it over the cellophane bridge. Casey for birdie on 11... great effort, just breaks too soon, he stays -7.

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    Allan in Manchester: New champion on Sunday? I can see Lefty winning this easily!

    Andy in Armagh: Rory reached the turn in 32 shots, Tiger reached the turn in 32 shots, now Phil has reached the turn in, yes you guessed it, 32 shots. Fantastic to see these three golfing superstars trying to reel Jordan Spieth in. More birdies needed though.

    Toby, Bristol: If Augusta favours left-handers so much why don't more of these "world class talents" just play that way for the week? Look how easy Ronnie O'Sullivan makes it look...

    Might be onto something there, Toby. We'd expect amateurs in their droves to try out your theory first thing tomorrow morning.

  86. Don't look back in anger?

    Rory McIlroy

    What does Rory McIlroy think of Friday's front nine? Is his mind filled with ifs, buts and maybes? He's on six under par going into the final day, but it could have been so different had he not faltered in the first half of the second round.

  87. Woods on eagle drought

    Tiger Woods
  88. Birdie for Spieth

    Jordan Spieth

    And just when we thought Jordan Spieth was starting to feel uncomfortable standing in the line of Phil Mickelson's fire, he collects a birdie on the ninth to dampen the flames. The American back to 15 under overall and a four-shot lead becomes five.

  89. Nasty at the Masters between Garcia and Woods

    Andrew Magee

    American PGA Tour winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I believe at the ninth tee Sergio gave Tiger the glare when he was forced to stop on his practice swing. Things are nasty out here at the Masters."

  90. Birdie for Woods

    (Woods -5 today; -7 overall)

    As many would have predicted, Tiger Woods comes away from the 15th with a birdie. As does his playing partner Sergio Gargia, who is -4 for the tournament. Phil Mickelson with a six-foot putt for par and it doesn't look straightforward, but it is if you're one of the greats. Plop. In it goes. A blemish-free round for Lefty so far.

  91. Watson & McIlroy on the 18th

    (Watson +1 today; -1 overall)

    Rory McIlroy

    Oh my. Bubba Watson a pimple short from saving par on the par-four 18th but it wasn't to be. One thing is for sure, there'll be a new champion on Sunday. Rory McIlroy finishes on six under for the tournament. The Northern Irishman could regret those two bogeys on the 16th and 18th.

  92. Post update

    John Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Woods and Garcia were just walking down the 15th fairway about 30 yards apart. The interaction between the pair has amounted to the grand total of zero."

    No entente cordiale then between the two rivals.

  93. Latest scores

    (Rose -6)

    Charley Hoffman

    Justin Rose started quietly, but the Englishman has birdied the seventh and ninth and is finally showing an interest in joining a party we all thought he'd forgotten about. Tiger Woods, on the 15th, has been stirring it up from the get-go and he's got two putts for a birdie... feather-soft touch, gently it rolls, about two foot short, leaving the American with a birdie chance.


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    Jon Evans: Mickelson has to be my golfing hero, always hope he pulls off a magic round. To go with his magic short game.

    Steve Rose: If I enjoyed my job as much as Tiger Woods appears to enjoy his I'd quit!!

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  95. Hoffman joins Mickelson in second

    (-1 for today; -10 overall)

    Charley Hoffman

    We'd started to forget about Charley Hoffman but up he pops with a birdie on the eighth. The man from San Diego is still a big deal, joining Phil Mickelson in the hunt for Jordan Spieth.

  96. Birdie for Mickelson

    (Mickelson -4 today; -10 overall)

    Phil Mickelson steps away from the ball, carefully examines what's lined up before him. He prepares to shoot, but steps back to practice once more before moving in again. Tension building. This time Mickelson goes for it and down the hole it goes. A birdie on the ninth. Lefty just four shots behind. Oh my giddy aunt, let it be tomorrow already.

  97. Post update

    Iain Carter

    BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

    "Four shots and Mickelson's in Spieth's wing mirrors. Five or six shots and you feel like you're on the open road but four shots feels like there's a little cop car in the mirrors creeping up in the distance."

  98. Latest scores

    We're back on the 14th, keeping Tiger Woods company. A wee putt for bogey... teases the cup... but eventually gravity does its job and the four-time champion returns to six under for the tournament. Oh, Rory. McIlroy finds the sand on the 18th. Not the grand finale he would have been hoping for. Bubba Watson into the bunker, too.

  99. Latest leaderboard


    Who? Where? What? Exactly. Here's the leaderboard for you. Five shots between leader Jordan Spieth and second-placed Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman. It's bubbling nicely for what is supposed to be a procession.

  100. Birdie chance for Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson

    Tiger Woods watches his effort from the edge of the green gently roll further and further away from the pin. It'll be a bogey if he's lucky for the former world number one. Other golfers are available, of course. Beautiful approach from Phil Mickelson on the par-four ninth. Birdie chance for Lefty. Jordan, he's coming to get you.


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    Alan Potter: Spieth is doing his best to let the others catch up, Mickleson, Rory, Tiger even Els making moves.

    Russell Maynard: Great to see the Tiger fist pump again golf has missed him.

    Send us your views on the latest action. Who is your tip to catch Jordan Spieth? Tweet #bbcgolf.

  102. Post update

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods needs to hope there's a magic wand somewhere in his bag if he's to get himself back on track on the 14th. A couple of tree trunks are blocking his view... he gives it his best - whack - the ball flies through the air - but smashes his club on the floor in frustration. The ball rests on the edge of the green. Not a bad effort, but not the wizardry of old either.

  103. Spieth drops a shot

    (Spieth level today; -14 overall)


    The spectators dance on the woodchips, trying to avoid Tiger Woods' tee shot on the 14th. The former champion's long game not playing ball. But forget about Woods for a moment because Jordan Spieth has left himself with a gargantuan putt to save par and he's a smidgeon wide. Bogey for the leader, who falls back to 14 under for the tournament.

  104. Post update

    If you were Jordan Spieth who would you like to partner you on the final day? Phil Mickelson or Charley Hoffman? Thought so. Looking like Lefty will go last with the Texan as things stand, and that might make the 21-year-old a little hot under the collar, but let's not go counting chickens just yet.

  105. Woods body language best in years

    Jay Townsend

    Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I haven't seen this body language from Tiger Woods in many, many years, maybe five or six years. He's a believer."

  106. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    Tiger Woods

    "Those cheers for Tiger Woods will go whistling around the course. Jordan Spieth will think it is an eagle, maybe even a hole-in-one."

  107. Birdie for Woods

    (Woods -5 today; -7 overall)

    Tiger Woods

    Oh - my - word! The crowd are on their feet, whooping and hollering, and understandably so. After a disastrous tee shot, Tiger Woods comes away from the 13th with a birdie. Remarkable from the 14-time major winner. Rory McIlroy with a bogey on the 16th.

  108. Latest scores

    Rory McIlroy

    A yee-hawingly good tee shot from Jordan Spieth on the seventh. I'm pleased to report that Tiger Woods has found his ball and has given himself a fighting chance of a birdie on the 13th. Rory McIlroy has found the rough stuff, though it's all relative, on the edge of the green on the 16th. It's hotting up, but some like it hot.

  109. Spieth stretches his lead

    (Spieth -15, McIlroy -8)

    Jordan Spieth

    Kevin Streelman with a birdie on the eighth but, hang on, Jordan Spieth has just sunk one on the sixth. A second birdie of the day for the leader. "That was a brave one," says Ken Brown. Had he missed, he would have been left with a tricky putt for par. Rory McIlroy for birdie on the 15th. Oof things are getting tense. In it goes. McIlroy up to eight under.

  110. Latest leaderboard


    Let's give you the latest leaderboard before things start chopping and changing. You're welcome.

  111. Post update

    Peter Alliss

    BBC Sport commentator

    "It went left somewhere, whether he will find it I am not sure. I have never seen anything like it. He drop-kicked it."

  112. Post update

    Paul Azinger

    Former United States Ryder Cup captain and BBC expert

    "That was remarkable. I have never seen a professional do that, ever. He chunked it."

  113. Woods hooks one on the 13th

    Tiger Woods in trouble on the 13th. He screws his tee shot and immediately lets go of his driver. Shoulders are slumped, eyes are on the ground. He'll be searching a while for that ball. A strange shot, one which barely left the ground.

  114. Coverage, coverage everywhere

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Television coverage is already well under way but now you can also to listen to Mark Chapman and company on BBC Radio 5 live. Tune in on the radio and via the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page.

  115. Two forces making moves

    European Tour pro Pablo Larrazabal has gone big on Twitter, nailing his belief to the Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy mast.

    Pablo Larrazabal

    McIlroy seven under, Woods one worse off. They need to keep jumping through hoops to catch our leader.

  116. Latest scores

    Rory McIlroy on the 15th, a par-five which he has birdied on the previous two days. Applause from his followers as he finds the fairway. Jordan Spieth, five clear of second placed Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman, on course for a par on the fifth.

  117. Post update

    Oops! The spectators are ducking... Phil Mickelson with a catawampus tee shot on the seventh and he'll find his ball nestling somewhere among the trees. A par for Rory McIlroy on the 14th.

  118. Nightmare for Schwartzel

    (Schwartzel +1 today, -2 overall)

    Charl Schwartzel

    Jordan Spieth on the fifth... whacks it 263 yards, slightly to the left. Nothing to be concerned about. Elsewhere, the horrible par-four 10th has just claimed a bit of Charl Schwartzel's soul. He double bogeys and drops back to two under.

  119. Fordyce's holes of challenge

    Hole: 5 - Magnolia

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    And look what comes next for Spieth?

    What: 455-yard par four

    Why: Uphill, dog-leg left, with 315-yard carry required to clear bunkers. Tiny safe area to find on green.

  120. Spieth bogeys the fourth

    (Spieth level today; -14 overall)

    Jordan Spieth with a knee-knocking two-and-a-half putt for what would be a bogey on the par-three fourth. The patrons are silent, all eyes on the leader. Has he enough grit for guts? The Texan holds firm, sinks it, but drops a shot and returns to 14 under. On to the fifth hole he goes.

  121. Post update

    Phil Mickelson

    A ripple of applause on the the sixth and it can only be for one man - the pink-shirted blue eyed Phil Mickelson, everyone's favourite lefty, unless your name is Tom Watson. A crackerjack of a tee shot sees him on the green on the par three. But, hang on, Jordan Spieth IS ABOUT TO DROP A SHOT!!

  122. Birdie for McIlroy

    (McIlroy -5 today; -7 overall)

    Rory McIlroy has engineered a birdie chance on the 13th. A fabulous 189-yard approach shot onto the green, followed up by a well-timed mammoth putt along the dancefloor gives him an opportunity to tap in from three feet. The world number one makes it look easy and he's now up to fifth.

  123. Vote result

    McIlroy's your man

    Rory McIlroy

    We asked for your vote earlier on which player will surge up the leaderboard to pressure Jordan Spieth.

    The vote is now closed and you have spoken, Rory McIlroy is the man you see mounting a challenge, earning 23.3% of the votes.

    McIlory made the turn in 32, his lowest front nine score at the Masters. The man is on fire.

  124. Latest leaderboard

    Spieth leads by six

    -15 Spieth (US) 3

    -9 Mickelson (US) 4, Hoffman (US) 3

    -8 P Casey (Eng) 4

    -7 D Johnson (US) 4

    -6 McIlroy (NI) 12, Woods (US) 10, Streelman (US) 6, Rose (Eng) 4

    Selected others: -4 Poulter (Eng); -3 Garcia (Spa) 10, Scott (Aus) 8; -1 Fowler (US), B. Watson (US) 12

  125. Latest scores

    Silence on the 10th green as Tiger Woods prepares for a birdie chance. A gentle tap... right to left... but the ball comes to a stop just short of the hole. Nevermind. Let's see how Phil Mickelson is doing. A decent approach shot onto the green, but he undercooks his putt for birdie. We go again.

  126. Feet up Saturday

    Joey Barton tweets

    Joey Barton is tuned in and fills us all in on Twitter. We are on BBC Two right now and BBC Radio 5 live will be teeming with conversation live from Augusta from 21:00. You can also tune in on connected TV, mobile phone app and games consoles.

    Our Amen corner coverage on red button starts at 21:20 after the National Lottery.

  127. Another record-breaking day to come?

    Jordan Spieth

    Some context on just how well Jordan Spieth is performing. The 54-hole scoring record at the Masters is 15 under. Jordan Spieth, if you didn't know, is currently 15 under. Only five of 78 champions have had a score of -16 or better.

  128. Spieth misses birdie chance

    Jordan Spieth sinks onto his calves as he watches a birdie putt on the par-four third curl a pimple long of the cup. The 21-year-old is open mouthed. There's no need for him to tell us that was close, his body language says it all.

  129. Latest scores

    Ernie Els

    I've not mentioned Ernie Els, but I will. The Big Easy started his round with a bogey, but has just made amends with a birdie on the fourth. The South African back to five under for the tournament. And there's some splishing and splashing on the 11th as debutant Danny Willett, who was ticking along nicely at one under, goes into the drink.

  130. Fowler predicts Saturday carnage

    Rickie Fowler

    American Rickie Fowler, who double bogeyed the 18th to sit one under for the tournament, but at one point was four-under says: "I'd say five under or six is a pretty solid round out there today. Seven or eight isn't out of the question."

  131. Mickelson on the charge

    (Mickelson -3 today; -9 overall)

    Look over your shoulder, Jordan, there's a Lefty creeping up behind you and he has history on this course. A third successive birdie for Phil Mickelson sees him leap to -9 for the tournament. Mickelson through four and up to second.

  132. Johnson birdies second

    (Rose -6, Johnson -8, Woods -6)

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose on the third, a lengthy birdie chance for the Englishman - left to right - but a touch too much adrenaline on that putt and the ball rolls over the cup. Dustin Johnson with a birdie on the second. And, on the ninth, Tiger Woods is punching the air - down the hole his putt goes for par.

  133. Warning! Warning!

    Jordan Spieth take note, four of the last five Masters champions did not take a lead into the final round.

    Jordan Spieth

    But for fans of Spieth, take comfort in the fact your man is more than decent from the front. He wrapped up 2014 with a six-shot win at the Emirates Australian Open and a 10-stroke cruise to the Hero World Challenge.

  134. Spieth extends lead

    (Spieth -1 today; -15 overall)

    And so it begins. Jordan Spieth sinks a birdie on the second and the 21-year-old, with the composure of a multiple major winner, moves to 15 under, extending his lead to six shots.

  135. So close for clubhouse leader Poulter

    Ian Poulter

    England's Ian Poulter, after shooting a five-under 67 to sit four under par and take the clubhouse lead: "I didn't miss the greens like I did the first couple of days. I played exceptionally well and today was about not missing greens.

    "I thought I was going to go 18 greens in regulation which would have been a first but I missed at 18. 67 was nice but it could have been a couple lower. The greens aren't going to dry out too much more and some of the pins are accessible today."

  136. McIlroy misses birdie chance

    Rory McIlroy

    The patrons groan in unison as Rory McIlroy misjudges his putt on the 11th. A birdie chance gone, gone, gone, and the world number one settles for a par.

  137. Birdie, birdie for Mickelson

    (Mickelson -2 today; -8 overall)

    Tiger Woods

    Lefty's in the house! Phil Mickelson sneaks to eight under while the majority of us were focusing on Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Birdie, Birdie for the three-time champion - on the second and third -a simple tap-in and he walks away from the shortish par-four third with a bounce in his step.

  138. Casey on the move

    (Casey -8; McIlroy -6)

    Defending champion Bubba Watson, playing with Rory McIlroy, makes a start at Amen Corner, misses the green but avoids the hazard to the left of the 11th green. McIlroy a lot better, about 10ft from the pin, an effort which draws admiring oohs from the crowd. And a promising start for Paul Casey - a birdie on the third and the Englishman is eight under for the tournament.

  139. Hoffman's poor timing

    Charley Hoffman
  140. Hoffman broken down

    Charley Hoffman

    Who is Charley Hoffman? Jordan Spieth has hogged the headlines in these opening two days, but his playing partner for the weekend would have had plenty of plaudits on any other day.

    Hoffman's stats after 36 holes illustrate that he's a man who can tame Augusta. The three-time PGA Tour winner has been consistent this year, but has had a few lapses on Saturdays. Will this be another iffy third day? "Hopefully this Saturday is a little different," he said on Friday.

  141. Everyone needs a friend with binoculars

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta


    "Because radios, mobiles, phablets and faxes are banned at Augusta National, the patrons out on the course frequently have only the faintest grasp of how each player is getting on. There are old-fashioned manual scoreboards at key points, but as these only feature the top eight or so, wild speculation and Chinese whispers often engulf those watching. In the land of the blind, the man with the long-range binoculars is king."

  142. Birdie for Woods

    (Woods -4 today, -6 overall)

    Hello? Who are those cheers for? Tiger Woods conducting the patrons into a rousing chorus. Birdie for the former world number one and he's on six under for the tournament.

  143. Spieth birdie chance

    Jordan Spieth with a birdie chance on the first. "If he knocks this in it's all over," says a colleague to my left. We wait, we watch... The 21-year-old Texan's attempt curls to the left, though, and the rest can breathe easy for now. Rory McIlroy with a tricky putt for par on the 10th but in it goes. The Northern Irishman still on -6 overall.

  144. Latest leaderboard

    -14 Spieth (US) 19:55

    -9 Hoffman (US) 19:55

    -7 P Casey (Eng) 1, D Johnson (US) 1

    -6 McIlroy (NI) 9, Mickelson (US) 1, Rose (Eng) 1

    -5 Woods (US) 7, Streelman (US) 3

    Selected others: -4 Poulter (Eng), Scott (Aus) 4; -2 B. Watson (US) 9; -1 Fowler (US);

  145. Post update

    Bye, bye, Benjamin. Hello, Aimee here for a wee while and just as I type we have live moving pictures to accompany these words. Jordan Spieth nonchalantly on the dancefloor on the first... whoops ringing around the eighth as Tiger Woods finds the green. All nicely building towards a crescendo.

  146. Rose bogeys first

    England's Justin Rose bogeys the first, falls to six under. The leading pair have just teed off, Spieth and Hoffman, while Kevin Streelman has birdied the third to get to -5. It's time for more Aimee Lewis while I put the spikes up for a bit.

  147. Look at the ball? Heck no! Look at the hole if you're Master Spieth

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    "He does something very interesting on the short putts. He looks at the hole rather than the ball. I just don't know how he does it, he must have nerves of steel. This lad is something very special."

  148. Poulter grabs clubhouse lead

    American Cameron Tringale is our new clubhouse leader on -1 after a round of 69. Scratch that, Ian Poulter of England is in with a five-under 67 for four under overall.

  149. The final pair tee up

    Anchorman (left) JR Ewing

    Now, to focus on two players who have been kind of a big deal in Augusta over the last two days. Jordan Spieth and Charley Hoffman step onto the first tee. It's first versus second. Dallas versus San Diego. Erm, Anchorman v J. R. Ewing? In the words of our favourites 80s oil tycoon "winning is all that matters".

  150. Spieth's finesse key

    Paul Azinger

    Former United States Ryder Cup captain and BBC expert

    "Jordan Spieth has been brilliant from 40 yards this week but when you sleep on a lead, sometimes you lose a little bit of that finesse.

    "It's as if he opened up his brain to us in the press room and showed us how he thinks. He plays with an uncluttered mind and that's refreshing to watch.

    "The greens are receptive and it's like throwing darts out there. Spieth looks the best of the bunch but he's got some strong pursuers out there."

  151. Rose aware of over pushing

    Justin Rose

    Birdies on the eighth and 10th reignited Justin Rose's round on Friday and helped him recover from what he described as a tricky start. "You can't press it too hard on this course you have to let your birdies come and take your opportunities when they come," said the Englishman.

  152. McIlroy birdie

    Casey of England, too, parred the first to remain seven under. Here's Rory on the ninth, with a five-footer for birdie... straight down the pipe, he moves to -6 and into a tie for sixth.

  153. Post update

    Rory has a seven-footer for birdie on nine, Woods missed his birdie attempt back on seven, stays five under. Mickelson, meanwhile, has parred the first to stay six under and eight off the lead.

  154. Dustin's day?

    Dustin Johnson

    Johnson plays alongside Justin Rose and they are on the first tee box now.

  155. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    "For all the rules at Augusta National and draconian punishments for transgressing them, a patron can still let their hair down. With a large beer setting you back a mere £2.70, the concessions opening at the same time as the gates and the heat sucking any stray moisture from the body, by mid-afternoon there is a widespread sense of merriment around the course. Factor in the smoke from the many cigars being chewed and chomped and you have an atmosphere approaching that of a well-oiled Test match - Trent Bridge at tea-time, if not quite Headingley at stumps."

  156. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Ben Turner: Disagree with Jenni (19:23) It takes a round of 71-73 from Spieth for an exciting Sunday. At Augusta you never know what will happen.

    Eugene Nijssen: What a program start Stevie Wonder's "A place in the sun" and I think this year the place will be for Spieth.

  157. Post update

    It's a bogey at the first for Ernie Els, he's back to -4. Tiger has a 10-foot birdie putt on seven to get to six under...

  158. Rose ready to go

    Justin Rose tees off at 19:45 BST.

    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose has never finished higher than fifth at the Masters but fancies his chances of doing better this time, possibly even challenging for victory.

    Jordan Spieth leads by seven strokes, but Rose said on Saturday: "There's always that 65 out there with an opportunity to make up some ground for the chasing pack. It's a Major Championship and it's never easy playing with the lead."

  159. Post update

    Darren Clarke

    I'm hearing that Darren Clarke has just come within two inches of acing the 16th, the old, grey devil. Cabrera, champion in 2009, birdies two to get to four under. I should just tell you that third-round coverage has just kicked in on BBC Two.

  160. A rare Paul Casey tweet perhaps...?

    Paul Casey

    England's Paul Casey (seven under) has returned to form of late and has even won twice since his last tweet. Wonder if he will stay quiet this year if he summons up an almighty comeback to land his first major?

    Casey tees off at 19:35, 20 minutes before leader Jordan Spieth.

  161. McIlroy birdies eight, is -5

    Rory McIlroy

    Ernie Els has just gone off with Kevin Na, they will be followed onto the first by three-time winner Mickelson and Casey of England. McIlroy makes birdie on eight courtesy of a three-foot putt, the world number one moves to that burgeoning group on five under.

  162. Scott makes a move

    Henrik Stenson

    Another birdie for Scott at three, he joins that group on five under - it's a classy looking leaderboard. Stenson of Sweden in with a 70 for level overall and the joint clubhouse lead.

  163. BBC coverage


    Snacks bought? Drinks in? Good, then get settled in because full coverage of the third round of the Masters gets under way in five minutes on BBC Two and online.

  164. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    Jenni in Newtownards: Jordan Spieth needs to collapse if we are to see a contest for the Green Jacket on Sunday evening. He needs to start making bogeys, and a lot of them, but it's hard to see him making one, never mind the 5 or 6 the chasing pack require! If Spieth were to collapse and not win from this position at the halfway point, then we will be talking about this alongside Greg Norman's famous collapse in 1996. The fat lady is getting ready to sing!

    Nick Lloyd, Aberdeen: So excited for tonight! Nothing better than a quiet night watching the Masters with a glass of wine! Will be intriguing to see if Spieth has the mentality to pull off another under par round.

    With all the moving currently going on around Augusta, whoops and hollers accompanying every great shot, it's hard to imagine the ice-cool Spieth isn't just a tad nervous as he prepares to launch his round at 19:55.

  165. Post update

    Aussie duo Day and Scott birdie the second, are four under. Mahan gives back a shot at 12 after an errant tee shot, drops back to -2. Woods pars five to stay -5, McIlroy has followed eagle at two with five straight pars.

  166. Bubba's shot at history

    Bubba Watson

    Watson would land a third win in seven starts, better than the eight needed by Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, the three most decorated players at Augusta with 14 wins between them.

    Never one for the conventional, Watson has started with four birdies in his first seven holes but is only level par for the day after a disastrous triple bogey on the first. Still only on two under for the tournament.

  167. Charl in charge

    We know Schwartzel can go low around this course - he fired a 66 on the final day in 2011 to win the title. He's had back-to-back birdies at two and three and is now tied for seventh on five under.

  168. Mahan -3

    Hunter Mahan

    What news of Cameron Tringale, I hear you cry. Well, he's four under today through 16 and two under overall. Mahan moves to -3 with his fourth birdie of the day at 11.

  169. Fowler drops to -3

    John Senden

    Fowler has hit a sticky patch, he follows a poor par at 13 with a bogey at 14 to drop to -3. Goblets ahoy! John Senden drains a monster at 13 for the second eagle of the day at that hole, the Aussie moves to +1.

  170. Schwartzel -4

    Bubba Watson

    Schwartzel, the 2011 champion, birdies two for the third day in a row and is in that large group on four under. Bubba Watson is putting together one of the more curious rounds of the week - he's started triple, birdie, birdie, birdie, bogey, birdie. He might even make par in a minute.

  171. On the prowl...

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods is three under for the day. Will he make a charge?

  172. Woods birdies three in a row

    Tiger Woods

    Another birdie for Woods at four, his third in a row, and the four-time champion is now five under and tied for seventh...

  173. Another birdie for Poulter

    Ian Poulter

    Ian Poulter is on the charge, another birdie for him at 14, he's now five under for the day and four under for the week. Lee Westwood is in with a 70 and has the clubhouse lead at level.

  174. Latest leaderboard

    -14 Spieth (US) 19:55 BST

    -9 Hoffman (US) 19:55

    -7 Rose (Eng), D Johnson (US) both 19:45, P Casey (Eng) 19:35

    -6 Mickelson (US) 19:35

    -5 Els (SA) 19:25

    -4 McIlroy (NI) after 6, Poulter (Eng) 14, Woods (US) 3, Fowler (US) 13

  175. Post update

    Sergio Garcia

    Sergio, too, birdies three to get back to three under. Hunter Mahan went out in 33, he's two under for the week. Aussie pair Scott and Day have parred the first, remain three under.

  176. Woods birdies two & three

    Fowler escapes with a par at 13, stays four under. Matsuyama of Japan and Schwartzel of South Africa kick off with pars, stay -3. Another birdie for Woods at three, he's now four under and tied for eighth...

  177. McIlroy broken down

    Rory McIlroy's performance
  178. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Augusta

    Ian Poulter

    "Ian Poulter is wearing the sort of outfit more usually inflicted on poorly-paid fast-food restaurant cashiers."

  179. Get involved - text 81111 (UK users only)

    James Marshall: The biggest mistake Jordan Spieth can make is to start protecting his lead.

    Andrew, Richhill: Dustin Johnson has the ability to go low around this Augusta National course as we saw yesterday, especially on the Par 5s that he can just completely overpower. However, when it comes to DJ he is never very far away from making mistakes and lots of bogeys. Spieth is all but there.

    Andy in Armagh: Finally, Rory McIlroy gets his act together on a Par 5 hole on this Augusta National course. That is how you attack this course, you pick and choose the holes you attack and play aggressively on.

    McIlroy was even par on the four par fives last year, finishing eight shots behind winner Bubba Watson. The world number one just eagled the par-five second as he seeks to shoot a low number and pressure leader Jordan Spieth.

  180. Tiger birdies two

    Tiger Woods

    A birdie for Tiger at two, he's three under and tied for 14th. It seems reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Shot gone for Koepka at 10, he drops to two under. McIlroy missed that birdie putt on five, stays four under. Fowler has got an awkward putt from off the green at 13... deary me, it's come flashing off the blade and raced about 50 feet by...

  181. A long wait for Saturday

    Mark O'Meara

    Jordan Spieth may be threatening our weekend enjoyment as he decimates this course but one man who will be overjoyed at how this tournament is going is Mark O'Meara on three under.

    The 1998 Masters and Open champion made the cut for the first time since 2005 and tees off in a moment alongside Louis Oosthuizen.

  182. Poulter -3

    Bubba Watson

    McIlroy has got a 15-footer for birdie at the fifth, I'll let you know. Poulter for birdie at 13... unerring, he gets to three under for the tournament. Did I tell you Tiger Woods parred the first? I think I did, but I've forgotten. Anyway, he parred the first.

  183. Is there time for Rory yet?

    Rory McIlroy
  184. Bubba follows triple with three birdies

    Fowler with three wood off the tee at 13 and that's all he needs, he won't be laying up with his second. Defending champion Bubba Watson is involved in a right old tear-up with Augusta National - he kicked off with a triple and has followed that with three straight birdies.

  185. Mickelson needs magic

    Phil Mickelson
  186. Post update

    That's a very smart chip from Fowler at 12, leaves himself a five-footer for par. Our first eagle of the day at 13, from Morgan Hoffmann, he gets back to level after bogeys at 11 and 12 - Amen Corner taketh away, and sometimes giveth back.

  187. Post update

    Jamie Donaldson

    Poulter with a confident save at 12, he stays two under. Fowler at 12, he's tugged it left and has plenty of work to do to make par from just off the short stuff. Here's Welshman Jamie Donaldson at 11, aiming well right, but not right enough, he'll remain four over.

  188. Eye of the Tiger

    Tiger Eyes and Tiger Woods

    Since 2011, Tiger Woods has broken par on the weekend just three times in majors, all of them at The Masters. The 14-time major winner is in for par on one and remains two under. He had a 20-foot birdie putt but pulled it.

  189. Fowler on fire

    Rickie Fowler

    A bogey for English debutant Danny Willett at the first, he falls back to -1. Fowler buries a long-ranger at 11, he's now four under and tied for eighth - 10 shots off the lead...

  190. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    Rob Meech: Spieth's still not getting the credit he deserves. His statistics - for a 21-year-old - are incredible. He can handle the pressure.

    Luko Johnson: Top 7 still in it just about. I think Spieth will have an okay day evens or +1. Cheering on Justin.

  191. Post update

    Ian Poulter

    Poulter rolls in a birdie at 11 and gets to two under for the tournament - there could be a 64 out there somewhere. Fowler at 11, with his second... leaves it out right, as do most people. McIlroy makes par at three, stays four under.

  192. Post update

    The last man before Spieth to lead by five shots or more leading into the weekend was Ray Floyd in 1976, who ended up winning by eight. Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, a great rivalry that never quite transpired, have just teed off.

  193. Fowler & Koepka move to -3

    Brooks Koepka

    Fowler follows eagle at eight with birdie at 10, he's now four under. As of Brooks Koepka, he's birdied eight. Here's Darren Clarke sneaking a tab as he marches down the 11th fairway. So, that's how he keeps the weight off. The Northern Irishman is five over for the day, six over overall.

  194. Watch Ken put 14 in the bag

    Ken on the course

    Ken Brown

    BBC Sport commentator

    Ken Brown has been out on the 14th green at Augusta this morning filming Ken on the Course for the BBC2 coverage later, which starts at 19:30 BST. It involved eight markers, three Masters shopping bags and a crowd watching on. Earlier Ken gave a sneak preview which you can watch here.

  195. McIlroy makes eagle at two

    Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy has just rolled in a 35-footer at the par-five second for an eagle - the world number one is now four under, 10 off the lead. Could do with a few more of those...

  196. Post update

    Westwood makes it three birds in a row between 12 and 14 and is back to level par. The biggest halfway comeback in Masters history was by Jackie Burke in 1956. Ken Venturi, an amateur, led at halfway on -9 and was still eight shots ahead of Burke after round three, despite carding a 75. Venturi carded an 80 on the Sunday, Burke a 71 to win by one shot.

  197. Post update

    I've just found that Jeff Knox, the marker playing with Steve Stricker, has a best round Augusta of 61. That makes him more than a little bit handy. In case you're wondering why he never went pro, don't feel too sorry for him - his business interests have allowed him to make endowments to Augusta State University and pay for a local Salvation Army centre. McIlroy has just unleashed a 340-yard drive at two, the wee man has been putting away the spinach.

  198. Rose ready to blossom

    Justin Rose is in the house...

    Justin Rose enters Augusta National

    The 2013 US Open arrives at Augusta National with a chance of landing another major but he needs some magic dust to reel in the seven shots to leader Justin Rose.

    "Let's do this," writes Rose on Instagram.

    Let's Justin. Let's.

  199. Post update

    Webb Simpson, US Open champion in 2012, is two under after birdies at two and three. In amongst the carnage, there are encouraging signs for some of the players behind leader Spieth. If one of those boys on five under or better can card a score in the mid-60s, they might be in with a very good shout indeed.

  200. McIlroy pars the first

    Steve Stricker

    Stenson with a six-footer at 12 and it horseshoes out, the Swede stays -1. Stricker birdies 13 to get back to even, Stenson ding-dongs a drive into the woods and gets a lucky ricochet back onto the fairway. Par for McIlroy at the first, the world number one stays two under.

  201. Spieth on the range

    Our leader Jordan Spieth is knocking in putt after putt after putt on the range. He has found a pretty straight uphill putt on a corner of the green, placed a bit of garden cane along the line he needs to hit the ball and is calmly rolling every six-foot effort into the centre of the cup. Every stroke the same, patrons looking on with interest.

    The American starts his third round in a little under two hours at 19:55 BST.

  202. Post update

    Brooks Koepka also making a move, he's two under for the tournament through six. The 24-year-old won his first PGA Tour event in February, the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Westwood picks up a birdie at 13, covers Amen Corner in two under and is +1.

  203. Weather watch

    Weather forecast in Augusta

    BBC Sport's Ian Singleton in Augusta: "The forecast thunderstorms arrived yesterday evening in Augusta and it rained overnight. This morning the weather is very different from the perfect conditions of day one. It is cloudy, breezy and humid here, but it is forecast to clear up by 5pm local time for the final few hours of play."

  204. McIlroy under way

    Stenson's birdie attempt at 11 misses left, he stays one under. Another birdie for Fowler at eight, he gets to two under. The kid from Oklahoma State is earning a reputation is a serial leaderboard presence but not much of a winner - only one win on the PGA Tour so far. McIlroy under way with a 335-yard drive down the first and pitched his second to 14 feet...

  205. Post update

    A few of the UK players struggling out there today and early scoring suggests the powers that be have toughened things up, pin-wise. Graeme McDowell is two over through six, Darren Clarke is three over through eight and Jamie Donaldson is three over through seven.

  206. Get involved via #bbcgolf

    We asked whether the players could put pressure on runaway leader Jordan Spieth and here are your thoughts...

    Matthew Wright: Chipping and pitching is key for anyone to keep in touch with Spieth, but I think Spieth should seal this win.

    The Sultan of Swing: @McIlroyRory 66, @TigerWoods 67, @DJohnsonPGA 69, Mickelson 70, Spieth 74. Cracking leaderboard for the final day.

    Team Spieth will be hoping the third round isn't quite that dire for the young Texan.

  207. Post update

    Westwood makes that par putt disappear at 12 and is back to +2. South Korea's Sangmoon Bae makes a double at nine and drops back to level. The chap playing with Steve Stricker is a non-participating marker, called into action because of an odd number. His name is Jeff Knox, a local amateur, who does this most years. Last year he outscored playing partner Rory McIlroy on the final day. Lucky so and so.

  208. Practice, practice, practice


    How much practice does it take to become a three-times Masters champion? Phil Mickelson has just turned up to the driving range some two hours before he is scheduled to tee off at 19:35 BST. Tiger Woods, a four-time winner, is also out, 90 minutes ahead of his 19:15 tee-time. A further lesson, perhaps, to all us hackers who rock up with seconds to spare, stumbling over shoelaces on the first tee.

    You can watch Lefty and Tiger going through their warm-up routines in our dedicated 'on the range' live stream at the top of this page.

  209. Stenson gets going

    Henrik Stenson

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson is putting together a fine round, he made three birdies in a row between seven and nine and went out in 33. Birdies at four and eight for England's Ian Poulter, he's one under as well.

  210. Post update

    Rickie Fowler

    Many thanks Aimee Lewis, this is Ben Dirs for a bit. Here's Westwood of Worksop on tee at the par-three 12th. Lee is one over today and +3 overall. That's a corker, chance to get back to level for his round. Nice to see Rickie Fowler playing better today, he's covered the first seven holes in two under.

  211. Green is the best colour for Bubba

    Bubba Watson (right), Rickie Fowler (middle) and Keegan Bradley

    Suits, you sir. Two-time Augusta champion Bubba Watson has been speaking to Masters on the Range about wearing the Green Jacket. "It felt like the best jacket I've ever put on in my life, the best colour I've ever seen in my life," he said. "It went on so perfect. They asked me 'Was it the right size?' I said I don't care. Just leave it. It's perfect."

  212. Vote on the challengers

    It's time for you to vote. It's as simple to participate as a one-yard putt - just click on your choice at the right hand side of this page. It's a straight-forward question, too: Which player is most likely to surge up the leaderboard and put pressure Jordan Spieth?

    Will it be Charley Hoffman? Justin Rose? Dustin Johnson? There's also a chance for you to vote for Nobody, which has come as a surprise to me as I didn't realise Big Ears' pal had taken up golf.

    Voting will close at 2000 BST. The result will be in this page. Terms and conditions available here.

    If we're not asking too much, we also want you to also tweet us your thoughts and musings on all things golf using the hashtag #bbcgolf. Thanks in advance.

  213. Post update

    Graeme McDowell on Twitter: Round 3 pins here at #augusta. Some tough locations today. #letsgo

    Graeme McDowell puts a picture of Augusta's third-round pin positions on his Instagram account
  214. Live across the BBC

    Ten - nine - eight... let the countdown to live moving pictures commence! If you need to know how and where to watch the action, you're in the right place. (Warning: all times which will be mentioned are in BST).

    There's live coverage from 19:30 to 00:00 on BBC Two, and from 21:00 to 01:00 on BBC Radio 5 live. If that doesn't sate your Augusta appetite there's extra coverage from 16:30 to 20:30 & 21:20 to 00:00 on the BBC Red Button.

    And don't forget the six streams online and on selected Connected TVs: On the Range: 16:00; Amen Corner: 16:45; Holes 15 & 16: 17:30; Featured Group One: 17:30; Featured Group Two: 17:30; BBC Two coverage: 19:30

  215. Johnson game for day three

    Zach Johnson takes to Twitter to remind us all it is moving day and boy does he need a move. At level par, it's 14 shots to get to Jordan Spieth.

    Zach Johnson

    Johnson, champion in 2007, is a winner on the PGA Tour this year, landing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on 6 January.

  216. Latest scores

    (Poulter level, Westwood +3)

    Oh Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. A double bogey on the fourth for Jamie Donaldson and he kerplunks to three over for the tournament. Elsewhere, though, Ian Poulter is level overall thanks to a birdie on the fourth. And there's good news of sorts for Lee Westwood as he's no longer last. Worksop's finest through the front nine in 37.