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They said it, Day 3: Who's under pressure?

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“I think the biggest thing is just going out and playing golf. You know, trying to not allow the moment to take over me. ... I feel like I’m hitting the ball well enough, I feel like I’m putting well enough ...” – Patrick Reed (leader)

“I feel like Patrick has got a three-shot lead. I feel like all the pressure is on him ... he’s got a few guys chasing him that are pretty big-time players. He’s got that to deal with and sleep on tonight.” – Rory McIlroy (second place)

“Today I did everything I felt I could do. I had a lot of really good chances and it just wouldn’t go in for me. That happens sometimes. I’m not down. I get to go out for one of my only stress free rounds that I’ve ever really played at Augusta National tomorrow and enjoy the walk.” – Jordan Spieth (T-9)

“I can’t control anyone else, other than putting birdies up on the board ... it’s going to take my putter staying hot the way it is and the way it should be.” – Rickie Fowler (third place)

“Hopefully I can have a good one tomorrow. Still feel really good over the ball, feel really good over the putter, felt like I was going to make them, it was just the putter today. Try to get a few back tomorrow.” – Marc Leishman (T-6)

“I’m doing a lot of things good, but the long game is not where I need to have it ... didn’t really feel like I hit that many poor shots today, but I’m just not quite getting it close enough and I can’t challenge off the tee the way I would have liked to either.” – Henrik Stenson (fifth place)


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“Boy, I’m putting so well today, this week. I’m hitting so many good putts, they’re just not going in. But I’m not hitting it close enough. I'm not getting up there and not taking advantage of the par 5s and consequently a good round is even par.” – Tiger Woods (T-40)

“I don’t have it ... it’s just frustrating to be out there playing when you know you don’t have a chance.” – Phil Mickelson (T-50)

“It wasn’t a terrible round, but not what you’re looking for on Moving Day. Obviously, I was a few back starting the day and it was the kind of day I needed to put something strong together. I could feel the guys were making it happen.” – Justin Rose (T-12)

“It was a day that we thought was going to be miserable, and a lot of guys got in without even getting any drops of rain, so it’s – somehow again the Augusta gods have let us finish the day or so far finish the day.” – Bubba Watson (T-6)

“Any time you play good golf, the atmosphere is great around the group. But when I’m playing with someone like Matt Kuchar, and the crowd that you get around Augusta National, so respectful, so knowledgeable about the game; it’s very nice, because you know they respect every single shot.” – Jon Rahm (fourth place)

“Putter just didn’t feel good in my hands again today. I hit a couple good putts that I under-read or misread, but for the most part I just wasn’t hitting my lines at the start.” – Justin Thomas (T-9)

“I thought I hit it beautifully today, just hit a lot of good putts, just nothing went in the hole.” – Dustin Johnson (11th)

“I’ve had the opportunity to play on a Walker Cup team, Palmer Cup team, on a national championship with my team and play – and finish second at the U.S. Amateur. But to be here and to play against the best players in the world is definitely a confidence boost moving forward, the fact that I could perform somewhat close to what I feel like I can.” – Doug Ghim (T-47)

“I think it’s going to be a lot more attitude tomorrow than anything. The first two days, well actually the first day, was just kind of struggling with the attitude, like I was really frustrated out there, just because things weren’t happening. Then today was a lot better. I was a lot more calm out there and I drove it well and hit a lot of quality iron shots and I think if I can just come in and enjoy the day I think that will help a lot.” – Jason Day (T-15)

“If you look at steps in your career, I’m trying to win consistently in Europe. I’ve come over and played in America this year a bit more, and I guess I want to win in America. And getting up there on the leaderboards in majors, you know, I’m guessing that comes before winning one, most of the time.” – Tommy Fleetwood (T-6)

“I'm happy that I improved my position, absolutely I'm happy that I shot under par, but I feel as though, like I said, I left probably two or three out there today that were pretty easy to turn around.” – Cameron Smith (T-22)