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By Randall MellApril 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Pressure ratchets up Saturday at the 73rd Masters as players jockey to get fit for a green jacket.
Heres what to look for in the third round at Augusta National:


  • Straight-shootin Texan gets another chance
    Chad Campbell is in position to live up to all the promise his fellow tour professionals saw in him when they voted him most likely to break through and win a major as part of a Sports Illustrated poll.
    That was six years ago.
    As co-leader of the Masters with Kenny Perry, Campbell knows how important Saturdays third round is if hes going to break through.
    Campbell was the 36-hole leader at the 2006 Masters, but he doesnt like to be reminded what happened in back then. He shot 75 in the third round, but he still had a chance to win. Campbells hopes were dashed when he hit his approach into the water at the 15th, which cleared the way for Phil Mickelson to march to his second Masters title.
    Like to forget, Campbell said.
    Campbell had another chance to win a major back at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill in 2003. He got beat on the final hole after Shaun Micheel hit a spectacular 7-iron to within three inches for a tap-in birdie.

  • Perry strives to be oldest major championship winner
    At 48 years and eight months, if Perry goes on to win the Masters, he will become the oldest player to win a major, surpassing Julius Boros, who was 48 years and four months old when he won the PGA Championship at Pecan Valley Country Club in 1948.
    Perry isnt typically at the top of the list in conversations about whos the best player who hasnt won a major, but maybe he should be with 13 PGA Tour titles.
    Perry credits his father with instilling his competitive instincts, saying his dad, Ken, whos 85 now, used to whip him at everything form card games to golf.
    He would just pound on me. Perry said of his youth. He says, `Im going to beat you till I die. He was relentless. He was ruthless. He was a smart man. He knew it was going to make me tough. Thats all he was trying to do was make me tougher.

  • Time for Tiger to Make a Move
    When Tiger Woods wins the Masters, its after a big move in the third round.
    In all four of his Masters victories, Woods made a charge on moving day. His third-round scoring average in his four victories is 66.0.
    Woods, though, is seven shots back and tied for 19th after shooting 72 on Friday.
    Woods has never come from that far back after two rounds to win the Masters. He was first after two rounds in 97, second in 01, fourth in 02 and third in 05.
    Woods has never come from more than six shots back after two rounds to win any major.

  • First-timers Fuzzy-like start
    Anthony Kims record 11 birdies Friday gives him a chance to become the first player to win the Masters in his first appearance since 1979. Kim made his move in the second round as Fuzzy Zoeller played his final Masters' round. Zoeller is the last player to win the Masters in his first appearance. Kims 65 Friday moved him into a tie for sixth, five shots back.

  • Zingers boys making a run
    U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger predicted that the Americans would carry the momentum from their victory last fall into their individual games in the coming year.
    Were seeing that on a Masters leaderboard littered with American players.
    Campbell and Perry, the co-leaders, are among seven U.S. Ryder Cuppers who are tied for 11th or better.
    Anthony Kim and Jim Furyk are among those tied for sixth with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan among those tied for 11th.

  • The surprising weekend roster
    Past Masters champions Sandy Lyle (T-19) and Larry Mize (T-28) unexpectedly earned the right to play the weekend by making the cut. Some other big names disappointed when they failed to do so. Greg Norman wont be around this weekend, having likely made his final Masters appearance. Ernie Els wont be, either, missing his third consecutive Masters cut. Retief Goosen, Adam Scott, Fred Couples and Zach Johnson also failed to advance to the weekend.

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    Watch: Fathauer dunks one off flagstick for eagle

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    The NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest will take place Saturday night in Los Angeles, but Derek Fathauer kicked things off a little early with this eagle in the third round of the Genesis Open.

    Playing his second shot on the par-4 third hole at Riviera Country Club, Fathauer dunked one off the flagstick and into the hole for an eagle-2:

    The shot got the the 32-year-old, in search of his first PGA Tour victory, under par for the round and into the mix early on Moving Day.

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    Luiten in three-way tie at Oman Open

    By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 4:17 pm

    MUSCAT, Oman - Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday.

    The Dutchman shot a second straight 6-under 66 - the joint best score of the day - to move to 12-under 204. He was joined at the top by Matthew Southgate (69) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (66) after the third round at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

    England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

    The 90th-ranked Luiten credited some hot iron play for his success after a cracked driver set him back last year when he had just two top-10 finishes the whole season.

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    ''I cracked my driver in my first tournament of the year in Abu Dhabi and it took me almost six months to get another one that I really liked. Once you are not driving the ball well, it puts pressure on other parts of your game,'' said the 32-year-old Luiten. ''My iron play did not get me into trouble at all today.''

    Southgate was quick off the block with three birdies in his first three holes. But the Englishman then made two bogeys and a double bogey in his next four holes, and a birdie on the ninth saw him make the turn at even-par.

    That forced him to think differently for the back nine and he was rewarded with three birdies.

    ''It was quite funny really,'' Southgate said. ''We birdied the ninth and I walked off and said to my caddie Gary ... 'We've just shot level par, so let's just pretend that we've made nine solid pars and that we haven't holed a putt and haven't made a birdie. Let's just start again on the 10th'.''

    The 32-year-old Guerrier started his round with a monster 48-foot birdie putt and had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys.

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    J.Y. Ko increases lead; Lydia focuses on positives

    By Associated PressFebruary 17, 2018, 3:33 pm

    ADELAIDE, Australia - Jin Young Ko continued her domination of the Women's Australian Open, shooting a 1-under 71 Saturday to increase her lead to four strokes after three rounds.

    The South Korean, who led after each of the opening two rounds of the LPGA tournament, had a three-round total of 11-under 205 at Kooyonga Golf Club.

    Australian golfer Hannah Green moved into second place after the round of the day, a 66.

    Green, 21, is seeking to become the first Australian to claim her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014. Webb, who is playing a part-time schedule in 2018, missed the cut Friday by one stroke.

    Green birdied her first three holes on Saturday and then added two more on the eighth and ninth. Two more birdies followed on the back nine with her only dropped shot a bogey on the 17th.

    Full-field scores from the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

    "I was very pleased with my ball striking," Green said. "I have put myself in contention so I'm very happy with how things are panning out.

    "It was a real shame about Karrie missing the cut, but I know she has got different plans."

    South Korea's Hyejin Choi (70), was tied for third, five strokes behind. Australia's top-ranked golfer Minjee Lee was tied for fifth after a 69, six off the lead.

    Former No. 1 Lydia Ko shot a 71 and was eight strokes behind.

    "It's always nice to be able to start the season on a good note, and I've obviously got tomorrow," Lydia Ko said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to finish off on a high note."

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    Cantlay, McDowell, Saunders share lead at Riviera

    By Doug FergusonFebruary 17, 2018, 3:51 am

    LOS ANGELES - Tiger Woods waited 12 years to get back to Riviera and lasted only two days.

    Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn't play well enough to make up for his misses. He had a 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

    He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

    ''I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens,'' Woods said. ''And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.''

    Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former U.S. Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

    They were at 7-under 135.

    Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

    Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.

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    Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth - the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green - landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

    ''I actually missed a little to the right, but it's a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,'' Cantlay said.

    He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

    McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

    ''All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,'' McDowell said.

    Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.