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The Masters: The latest news on Day 3 at Augusta

Tiger Woods is perhaps fortunate to still be in this year's Masters after receiving a two-shot penalty instead of disqualification following his controversial drop on the 15th hole yesterday.
by Charles Reynolds on Apr 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM
The Independent's coverage of day three of The Masters has reached its conclusion after a strangely tentative third round. 

Argentina's Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker of the USA sit on top of the leaderboard but take a very slim advantage into the final day tomorrow.

Up until now, no Australian has ever won The Masters although there is an excellent chance of that changing tomorrow. Adam Scott is one shot off the lead in second place while Jason Day and Marc Leishman sit in third, just two shots off the leaders.

Day will be bitterly disappointed with bogeying his final two holes having led for most of the day without once going over par. 

Elsewhere Tiger Woods is lurking ominously on three under and it would be foolish to write him off, some may consider him lucky to still be playing after his ball-drop indiscretion yesterday although the American has also had his fair share of bad luck on the course and could consider himself unlucky not to be several places higher on the leaderboard.

Lee Westwood is the only real British hope left in contention as he ended the day two under overall, five shots off the lead.

Unfortunately for Rory McIlroy the Northern Irishman produced a performance to equal his acting skills in Santander's ad campaign and ended the day way off the pace at five over par.
You can check on the latest leaderboard by clicking here. Here is a snapshot of day three:
  • Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker lead overall on -7
  • Next is the Australian trio of Adam Scott in second on -6 and Marc Leishman and Jason Day in third on -5
  • Matt Kuchar is fourth overall on -4
  • South Africa's Tim Clark had an incredible round of 67 (-5) and he is joint fifth with Tiger Woods on -3
  • England's Lee Westwood is a place back on -2

That's all for today, join me again tomorrow evening as the action moves into the final decisive day.

  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of Day 3 of The Masters. The big story today is Tiger Woods' two-shot penalty for yesterday's controversial drop - many feel the American was lucky to avoid disqualification.
    4/13/2013 5:17:52 PM
  • Rory McIlroy tees off against Charl Schwartzel in just under five minutes. It was of course McIlroy's infamous collapse in Augusta in 2011 which handed Schwartzel the title two years ago. 
    4/13/2013 5:25:04 PM
  • Some other selected tee-off times coming up:
    Tiger Woods, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 
    18:55: Justin Rose, KJ Choi 
    19:05: David Lynn, Lee Westwood
    19:45: Jason Day, Fred Couples
    4/13/2013 5:27:19 PM
  • Chairman of The Masters Competition Committee, Fred S. Ridley addresses the media over the Tiger Woods furore

    4/13/2013 5:32:06 PM
  • Bill Haas in now two under after a birdie at the third and only four shots of the lead.
    4/13/2013 5:34:41 PM
  • South African Tim Clark, who is just three shot off the lead, tees off at the 13th with Jose Maria Olazabal. 
    4/13/2013 5:36:38 PM

  • The thing I've taken away from all this Tiger Woods drama today: can I just call Augusta National any time and point out something wrong? Tyler Strong via Twitter at 6:37 PM

    People won't enjoy the #Masters this year because they'll be too consumed in the Drop-Gate "scandal". Cory Stephens via Twitter at 6:36 PM

    I bet they would have DQ'd any other player. But it was Tiger Woods... Ryan Wade Bezdek via Twitter at 6:37 PM

    4/13/2013 5:38:11 PM
  • Bill Haas hits from a bunker on the second hole

    4/13/2013 5:42:46 PM
  • Everyone seems to be enjoying the third hole today. Haas, Kuchar, Stricker and Johnson have all bagged birdies there today.
    4/13/2013 5:47:40 PM
  • South Africa's Tim Clark now tied for fourth place at The Masters after another birdie, this time at the 13th hole. 
    4/13/2013 5:52:33 PM
  • 14-year-old Tianlang Guan has completed his third round with a score of 77 - nine over, which puts him bottom of the leaderboard. However it has still been an amazing effort from the youngster and with many players still to finish, he is unlikely to end the day last.
    4/13/2013 6:02:57 PM
  • Elsewhere Rory McIlroy has started his third round well, with par on the first two holes and a birdie on the third hole. He is now tied for fourth place.
    4/13/2013 6:12:05 PM
  • Tiger Woods and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano's names appear on the starting board ahead of their third round tee-off

    4/13/2013 6:23:00 PM
  • Tim Clark's excellent third round continues with another birdie on the 16th hole. However the South African did bogey the 14th hole. He is now six under for the day and moves into equal second place, two shots of course leader Jason Day.
    4/13/2013 6:29:07 PM
  • Caroline Wozniacki (R) watches on as her boyfriend Rory McIlroy starts well on Day 3

    4/13/2013 6:30:55 PM
  • Rory McIlroy is -1 for the day after the first six holes. He birdied the third hole and managed par on the other five to leave him three shots off the lead.
    4/13/2013 6:43:10 PM
  • Elsewhere Tiger Woods' campaign to make up his two-shot penalty has hit a snag on the fourth hole. The American bogeyed to cancel out his birdie on the first and keep him five shots off leader Jason Day.
    4/13/2013 6:45:30 PM
  • Justin Rose follows in the footsteps of many others today in birdieing the third hole. The Englishman is -1 for the day and -4 overall, just two shots off the lead.
    4/13/2013 6:51:40 PM

  • I LOVE the Masters!! #augustamaster Stunning course, so beautiful. Come on Justin RosePrincessSaza68via twitter on Apr 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM
    I just love the Masters. Hope Rory McIlroy gets up there in the mix. #napoleondynamite SpursManDan via Twitter at 7:48 PM

    I am still tipping Tiger Woods to win the Masters Harry Daramola-Rose via Twitter at 7:43 PM

    4/13/2013 6:54:43 PM
  • Setback for Rory McIlroy who bogeys the 7th hole to return to -2. He is now four shots off the lead.
    4/13/2013 7:08:16 PM
  • Elsewhere second placed Fred Couples is under way in the third round making par on the 1st hole.
    4/13/2013 7:09:34 PM
  • Advance Australia fair! 
    Marc Leishman moves into equal first place with compatriot Jason Day after an excellent birdie on the 2nd hole. Will this be the year that Australia gets its first Masters winner? 
    4/13/2013 7:12:01 PM

    -6: Jason Day (Aus), Marc Leishman (Aus), -5: Fred Couples (US) -4: Jim Furyk (US), Brandt Snedeker (US), Adam Scott (Aus), -3: Tim Clark (SA), Angel Cabrera (Arg).

    Selected others: -3: Justin Rose (Eng), -2: Rory McIlroy (NI), Lee Westwood (Eng), -1: Tiger Woods (US) E: Luke Donald (Eng), David Lynn (Eng) Sergio Garcia (Spa), +2: Bubba Watson (US) +8: Phil Mickelson (US) +9: Tianlang Guan (Chn).

    4/13/2013 7:18:28 PM
  • Tiger Woods birdies the seventh hole and is now -2 overall. Meanwhile Argentina's Angel Cabrera joins in the third hole birdie-fest and is now -4 overall, just two shots off the lead. Looks like a good tournament so far for countries beginning with A.
    4/13/2013 7:27:44 PM
  • Marc Leishman bogeys the 4th hole and slips down to second place overall. Elsewhere a bogey for Justin Rose on the 7th means he is +1 for today and slips to -2 overall. Fellow Englishman Lee Westwood also has ground to make up he is also +1 for the day and -2 overall.
    4/13/2013 7:34:37 PM
  • Rory slipping

    McIlroy's poor third round continues, the Northern Irishman has now bogeyed the 7th and 9th holes and is +1 for the day and -1 overall. Five shots off the lead.
    4/13/2013 7:36:48 PM
  • Current leader Jason Day is going well after his first four holes, managing par on all of them. Fred Couples, who is in second place, has the same. 
    4/13/2013 7:39:24 PM
  • More bad luck for Tiger as his simple putt to birdie the 8th hole hits the lip and rolls around it twice without dropping in. He stays -1 for the day and -2 overall.
    4/13/2013 7:41:28 PM
  • Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn watches on as things go against Tiger Woods on Day 3

    4/13/2013 7:42:16 PM

  • Tiger is going to need more than Lindsey Vonn to cheer him up after all this bad luck. Sean Boggs via Twitter at 8:40 PM

    4/13/2013 7:47:09 PM
  • View out onto the course as Lee Westwood putts on the second green

    4/13/2013 7:48:28 PM

  • The Independent's Kevin Garside at Augusta...
    Masters committee v efficient. Tiger on 15, viewer calls, gets thru to right person!! review all evidence, see nothing wrong. slick Kevin Garside
    via Twitter at 8:16 PM
    Tiger reaches turn -1.he can't even remember the controversy of the morning. 5 off lead Kevin Garside
    via Twitter at 8:53 PM

    4/13/2013 7:50:43 PM
  • Argentina's Angel Cabrera has had an excellent start to his third round and is now just one shot off the lead

    4/13/2013 8:04:32 PM

    -6: Jason Day (Aus), Angel Cabrera (Arg), Marc Leishman (Aus)

    -4: Matt Kuchar (US), Adam Scott (Aus), Jason Dufner (US), Jim Furyk (US), Brandt Snedeker (US),
    Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa)

    -3: Fred Couples (US), Tim Clark (SA), Steve Stricker (US)

    Selected others: -2: Justin Rose (Eng), +2: Rory McIlroy (NI) -2: Lee Westwood (Eng), E: Tiger Woods (US) +1: Luke Donald (Eng) +2: David Lynn (Eng) E: Sergio Garcia (Spa), +2: Bubba Watson (US) +8: Phil Mickelson (US) +9: Tianlang Guan (Chn).

    4/13/2013 8:27:17 PM
  • Silver fox Fred Couples seems to really hate the 7th hole this year, he double bogeys for the second round running and has now slipped down the leaderboard to -3, three shots off the trio at the top. However he has just played an excellent chip shot onto the green on the 8th hole so will hope to immediately make amends.
    4/13/2013 8:32:57 PM
  • Going in the opposite direction to Couples is his compatriot Steve Stricker who has hit consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to take him to -4, two shots off the lead.
    4/13/2013 8:34:59 PM
  • McIlroy misery

    Rory is having a bad third round, bogeying the 7th and 9th holes and hitting a double bogey on the 11th. He's now way off the pace at +2 with five holes left to play today.
    4/13/2013 8:37:03 PM
  • Tight at the top

    Both Leishman and Cabrera have the chance to take the overall lead on the 9th hole with putts for a birdie but neither man can seize the opportunity and they remain tied at the top with Jason Day.
    4/13/2013 8:39:31 PM
  • Rory McIlroy on the green during his disastrous 11th hole - the Northern Irishman hit a double bogey

    4/13/2013 8:47:32 PM
  • Rose wilting

    Justin Rose's challenge is coming unstuck, the Englishman has just double bogeyed the 12th hole as well as picking up bogeys on the 4th and 7th hole. He's +3 for the round and par overall, six shots off the top.
    4/13/2013 8:51:22 PM

    Angel Cabrera birdies the 10th hole to go -7 and move to the top of the leaderboard.
    4/13/2013 8:53:18 PM

    -7: Angel Cabrera (Arg)

    -6: Jason Day (Aus), Marc Leishman (Aus)

    -4: Matt Kuchar (US), , Jason Dufner (US), Brandt Snedeker (US)

    -3: Fred Couples (US), Tim Clark (SA), Steve Stricker (US) Jim Furyk (US), Adam Scott (Aus), Gonzalo
    Fernandez-Castano (Spa)

    Selected others: -2: Lee Westwood (Eng), Bernhard Langer (Ger), Tiger Woods (US) E: Justin Rose (Eng), Sergio Garcia (Spa)+2: Bubba Watson (US), Luke Donald (Eng) +4 Rory McIlroy (NI) +8: Phil Mickelson (US) +9:Guan Tianlang (Chn).
    4/13/2013 8:57:26 PM
  • Angel Cabrera getting support from all over the globe:
    Go on Angel lad... #Cabrera Joseph Barton
    via Twitter at 9:51 PM

    Vamos Cabrera!! #TheMasters #Argentina Michelle Ruiz
    via Twitter at 9:41 PM

    4/13/2013 9:02:00 PM
  • Jason Day has to move a spectator's chair to play a shot on the 5th hole

    4/13/2013 9:04:09 PM
  • Luke Donald says the firm greens have made it difficult for players, he told BBC Sport: 

    I felt like pulling my hair out. I felt like I could play solid golf today. With shots I tried to hit a foot short I ended up making bogey. It's playing tricky out there. The wind is 5 or 6 mph, but you don't know where it is. The greens are a lot firmer. The ball is not holding as well as it did on the first two days.

    4/13/2013 9:09:28 PM
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