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The Masters - Day Three LIVE

    Hello and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of day three from Augusta National.
    4/9/2016 9:30:07 AM
    It looks like it will be yet another tough day out on the Augusta National course, with very few players under par. Early movers include Brooks Koepka, JB Holmes and Bernhard Langer, who are all -1 thru four, three and two respectively to move back to level-par. While that may not seem all that impressive, only two other golfers are currently under par, with not one on -2.
    4/9/2016 6:08:31 PM
    Langer & Day

    Langer is giving me the runaround here, but it's good news for fans of the German as he birdies eight to immediately get his shot back on return to -1. It's been a mixed start for his playing partner Jason Day, as he also birdies eight after a bogey at seven.
    4/9/2016 7:31:39 PM
    Langer & Day

    After Day's monster putt, Langer promptly follows suit and holes out from the edge of the green to join Day and McIlroy on -1 along with Piercy and Kjeldson.

    Spieth & McIlroy

    It's proven a frustrating day so far for McIlroy as he makes the turn +2 having taken another par at nine. Spieth meanwhile turns at -1 after recording a comfortable four.
    4/9/2016 9:05:12 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    More problems for McIlroy at the start of the back nine as he hooks his tee shot into the trees on the left. He gets a half break as the bal manages to find a way out of the bushes to give him a shot, but he won't be able to make the green from there.

    Willett & Garcia

    England's Danny Willett birdies the 12th to join the swelling group of players on -1, but one player has just departed that list...

    Langer & Day

    ...and that person is Bernard Langer, as he follows up with another birdie on 15 to join Matsuyama on -2 in a share for second! 
    4/9/2016 9:11:49 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    And just like that, Spieth birdies the 12th to take away any thoughts of a back-nine collapse and move to -4. McIlroy weighs up his close-range effort, but he misses it and will have to settle with par.
    4/9/2016 9:51:04 PM
    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    Brilliant from Hideki Matsuyama! After seeing his ball stick on the green at 14 instead of rolling back down the slope and towards the pin, he runs a beautifully stuck putt straight into the hole for birdie to move to -3.

    Langer & Day

    Day ends with a par on 18 to finish the day level on par and ensure he should be in the mix come Sunday night.
    4/9/2016 9:53:32 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    McIlroy is in trouble again on 13 as he fires his tee shot right and into the trees, and this feels a lot like another masters collapse in front of us.

    Langer & Day

    Langer does well to record a bogey on 18 and finish the day on -2 to mean he will start tomorrow's round on -1.
    4/9/2016 9:55:06 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    Spieth lays up on 13 to take aim at the green, with McIlroy struggling again just to make par.

    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    Matsuyama meanwhile drills a wood shot on 15 over the water hazard and onto the green, giving him a chance at an eagle and a good chance of birdie to draw level with Spieth.
    4/9/2016 10:03:15 PM
    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    Matsuyama can't curl his eagle effort enough from left to right, but he has a good chance at birdie here to move level with Spieth.

    Spieth & McIlroy

    McIlroy has to hit out of the trees, and he finds the green with his fourth shot to leave him with an enormous putt just to save par. Spieth is disappointed not to give himself an easy birdie putt with his approach, but he doesn't have too many worries when it comes to McIlroy at the minute.
    4/9/2016 10:07:52 PM
    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    Well, well, well. Matsuyama three-putts and his birdie goes begging, meaning Spieth retains his lead. 

    Spieth & McIlroy

    McIlroy's putt is, in fact, for a birdie, so I must have added a shot on there that he hadn't taken. He rolls his effort to within two feet of the pin and can yet save par. Spieth meanwhile can't sink his birdie putt, and his par effort is good to see him move on to the 14th without drama. McIlroy saves par.
    4/9/2016 10:12:15 PM
    Justin Rose carded a one-over-par 73 to end the day on +3

    4/9/2016 10:18:29 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    More magic from Spieth at 14 as he rolls in a delicate birdie putt to return to -5, giving himself a three-shot buffer.

    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    Why is it three shots? Well that's because Matsuyama found trouble on 16 and carded a bogey to return to -2 alongside Smylie Kaufman, who is quietly going about his business.
    4/9/2016 10:27:01 PM
    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    It's another shot gone for Matsuyama at 17 as begins to struggle with his putts, but he takes some of that frustration out as he rockets his drive down the fairway at 18.

    Kaufman & Merritt

    It looks like it will be 24-year-old Smylie Kaufman playing alongside Spieth tomorrow as he cards an impressive 69 three-under-par for the day - the best score of day three - to finish on -2.
    4/9/2016 10:40:53 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    More toil for McIlroy at 15 as he misses a birdie putt by some way, Spieth makes matters worse by calmly sinking a 10-foot putt for birdie, and he moves ahead to -6 to hold a four shot lead. McIlroy saves par, but his back-nine card makes bad reading.
    4/9/2016 10:43:26 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    Both make par at the tricky par-three 16th, though neither made a good shot off the tee and can count themselves somewhat lucky to do so.

    Matsuyama & Aphibarnrat

    Matsuyama's difficult end is completed with a par at 18, but it does mean he will be in the penultimate group tomorrow alongside Bernhard Langer, and remains well in contention.
    4/9/2016 10:59:07 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    Spieth finds trouble off the tee and is among the trees on the right of the fairway. He has a line out to safety, and putts up the hill with his third effort, but it's a tame shot and leaves him with a lot of work to do to save par. McIlroy finds the middle of the fairway for the first time since the ninth hole, but his second isn't great and leaves him with a 20-footer for birdie.
    4/9/2016 11:04:57 PM
    Spieth & McIlroy

    Spieth does indeed drop a shot as his par shot stops short, while McIlroy can't make the birdie. Disappointment all round on 17.
    4/9/2016 11:08:14 PM
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