Masters: How the third round unfolded

There were plenty of thrills and spills in the third round of the Masters.

07:28 – So Spieth heads into the final round with a one-shot lead. Can the world number two make it back-to-back titles? Join us for the final round to find out.

07:25 – McIlroy can’t make his birdie from 12 feet and ends the day without a birdie. Crazy. And Spieth slumps to a double bogey, that’s three shots drop on the last two holes. He maintains a one-shot lead though.

07:20 – Spieth’s struggling to hold on here as he produces a great punch to get through the trees and onto the fairway, but then again puts his chip to the green short and he’s got a tough uphill putt for par. And he’s 10 feet short and struggling for a double bogey.

07:10 – Shaky stuff from Spieth who has another wild tee shot at the final hole, he’s right, waaaay right.

07:08 – Spieth misses his landing point with his chip and has an 18-foot putt to save his par. McIlroy has just a little longer for birdie. Neither man can make their putts though, and so Spieth’s lead is cut to three and McIlroy remains without a birdie.

07:00 – Spieth’s tee shot at the 17th goes way right and is in the trees. He plays a ‘punch slice to land just short of the green’, and does just that. Work to save his par. McIlroy is safely in the middle of the green.

06:54 – Spieth uses the left edge of the hole to coax in his par putt at 16. McIlroy makes his par too. Meanwhile, Matsuyama taps in for par at the 18th to finish at one under in a tie for third.

06:50 – McIlroy has a long uphill putt for birdie at the 16th but he comes up short, while Spieth’s chip from just off the green leaves him with a four-footer for par.

06:43 – It’s another birdie for Spieth, his third in four holes, and he’s four clear.

06:40 – In case you were wondering how it feels out on course, here is Chris Wood who shot a 75 on Saturday…

06:39 – Spieth’s decision to lay up at the 15th pays dividends as he sets up a birdie chance. McIlroy follows suit.

06:35 – It’s back-to-back bogeys Matsuyama as he fails to get up and down at the 17th after failing to find the green with his approach.

Willett just misses out at a birdie at the last to head into the clubhouse on level par

06:29 – A three-putt from Bryson DeChambeau at the last sees the low amateur drop back to five over.

Spieth is back in control, and there is reason for excitement…

06:25 – Spieth is heading in the right direction as he birdies the 14th to go three shots clear.

06:22 – After that little stumble from Matsuyama here is how we’re looking at the top of the leaderboard…

06:17 – Oooh, possible swing in momentum here, as Matsuyama drops a shot at 15 after failing to find the hole from just a few feet. Meanwhile, at 14 Spieth has hit a great approach to give himself a birdie chance.

Jason Day is sitting at even par, and this is how he did it:

06:08 – Matsuyama has a chance to go ahead with an eagle at the 15th, but his putt trickles by. He can’t convert the birdie chance either. Spieth laid up at 13, but he can’t take advantage, and fails to find the upper level of the green, but he makes par to stay at four under. Over at the 18th, Dusting Johnson has found the greenside bunker.

06:01 – Smylie Kaufman pars the 18th for a three-under-par 69. That’s a fantastic score from a player not many will be familiar with. He’s in the clubhouse on two under par.

Latest scores: Spieth (-4), Matsuyama (-3), Kaufman (-2), Johnson (-1), Langer (-1)

05:57 – After going through the green on 18, Langer sinks a 10-footer to limit the damage to a bogey. That’s a two-under-par 70 for Langer, who leads in the clubhouse on one under.

05:50 – Fantastic bounce back from Jordan Spieth on the difficult 12th. A superb tee shot leaves him hole high and he drains the birdie putt to get it back to four under par.

Elsewhere, Matsuyama makes a birdie of his own at 14 to move to three under par.

05:45 – Massive drama at the 11th. McIlroy made a double bogey after finding the drink and is now way down at two over, but Spieth was in trouble as well and this time his short game didn’t get him out of it. He three-putts for a double bogey and drops down to three under par. Suddenly, he leads by just one shot.

Latest scores: Spieth (-3), Matsuyama (-2), Langer (-2), Willett (-1), Johnson (-1), Kaufman (-1)

05:34 – Smylie Kaufman making late inroads. A superb putt from the fringe finds the cup and moves him to two under par.

05:32 – The wheels really starting to come off for McIlroy now. His second shot at 11 bounces to the left, down the slope and into the water.

05:27 – Spieth still enjoying that three-shot cushion. Jason Day has made a bogey to drop back down to level par. Dustin Johnson has sneaked into red figures:

05:25 – Another solid tee shot from Spieth at 11. He was a little bit erratic off the tee on the front nine, but even that part of his game has come together now, to go with his lethal touch around the greens.

05:20 – McIlroy takes off his cap and wipes his brow after dropping another shot on the 10th. He’s down to level par now, three over for the day.

Spieth very nearly birdies to get it to six under but comes up just short. He remains three shots clear of Matsuyama and Langer.

05:13 – Bogey for Scott Piercy at 10 and he drops down to level par.

05:06 – Pars for Spieth and McIlroy at nine, but Langer has birdied the 15th, joining Matsuyama on two under par. Unbelievable stuff.

04:58 – Playing alongside Jason Day, Bernhard Langer followed the Australian into the hole on the 14th green after chipping in from the fringe.

The 58-year-old German is now at one under par and right in the hunt as well.

04:54 – The winds have died down a bit, and life appears to be a little easier for the players now – although birdie chances remain few and far between.

Latest scores: Spieth (-5), Matsuyama (-2), McIlroy (-1), Piercy (-1), Kjeldsen (-1), Langer (-1), Day (-1).

04:51 – After a birdie at 13, Jason Day has just holed an absolute monster putt at 14 to get to one under par. That’s level with McIlroy now:

04:49 – Spieth birdies the eighth and leads Matsuyama by three and McIlroy, Piercy and Kjeldsen by four.

Right now, the battle between Spieth and McIlroy is turning out to be a very one-sided affair.

04:45 – Can Hideki Matsuyama win this? You better believe it:

04:42 – McIlroy and Spieth were both off target with their tee shots on the par-5 eighth, but while McIlroy faces a long birdie putt after getting onto the green in three, Spieth has hit his third shot to within just a few feet. Good chance for him to get back to five under.

04:36 – Meanwhile, Jason Day birdies the 13th to get back to level par. That’s just four shots off the lead.

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04:33 – Spieth does bogey the seventh, but unfortunately, McIlroy can’t take advantage as his short game continues to let him down. A bogey from him as well.

That means that Hideki Matsuyama is now in second place on two under.

Latest scores: Spieth (-4), Matsuyama (-2), McIlroy (-1), Piercy (-1), Kjeldsen (-1)

04:25 – Spieth is in a spot of of bother on the seventh after a wayward drive, but so far he’s been able to get himself out of trouble whenever it’s been needed.

04:15 – Matching pars at the sixth for Spieth and McIlroy. Spieth still one under par for his round. That’s a fantastic effort today.

04:10 – Great putt from Hideki Matsuyama on the seventh hole to stay at one under par. More than 30 feet and downhill, it could have ended in disaster.

04:01 – Spieth and McIlroy both par the fifth hole as Spieth stays three shots clear.

03:55 – Only four players under par now: Spieth (-5), McIlroy (-2), Piercy (-1), Matsuyama (-1).

03:50 – Here’s Spieth’s birdie on the second from earlier:

03:47 – McIlroy and Spieth both escape with pars on the fourth. Spieth still leads by three.

03:40 – Both Spieth and McIlroy have missed the par-3 fourth green in the exact same spot. They’ll have to chip over the bunkers and try to get up and down.

Jason Day birdies the ninth to get it to even par. He’s very much still in this.

03:37 – McIlroy bogeys as Spieth pars, and suddenly the young American has a three-shot cushion. Poor from Rory on the third.

Elsewhere, Matsuyama bogeyed the third to drop back down to one under, alongside Lee, Snedeker, Piercy and Langer.

03:32 – McIlroy is making a real mess of the third and looks set for a bogey. Spieth got lucky with his lie but also faces a challenge to make par.

03:24 – Spieth is way right off the third tee. He could be in trouble. McIlroy finds the fairway bunker but he’s still in pretty good shape on this short par-4.

03:21 – Advantage Spieth. After two superb shots into the par-5 second green, he takes two putts for a birdie to move to five under par. McIlroy had a good birdie chance, but it didn’t drop so Spieth leads by two now.

03:17 – Louis Oosthuizen, in the clubhouse with a 71, says it felt more like a 66: “There wasn’t one easy shot I had today, not even having a little wedge or sand wedge in.”

03:09 – Solid opening pars for McIlroy and Spieth on the first. Which one will blink first?

03:06 – A birdie for Matsuyama on the second and he moves to two under par, just two off the lead.

03:01 – Spieth and McIlroy safely on the first green with their second shots.

Ahead of them, Danny Lee opened with a bogey at the first.

02:54 – Good starts from both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, as they both find the first fairway.

02:50 – And they’re off.

02:48 – Birdies at two and five for Bernhard Langer and he moves into red figures. Sterling stuff.

02:41 – Sergio Garcia opens with a double bogey and immediately drops down to two over par. That’s a big blow.

Bryson DeChambeau bounces back with a birdie at two after an opening bogey and is back at level par.

Meanwhile, Asian duo Hideki Matsuyama and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are in the same pairing today. Matsuyama has parred the first to stay at one under par, just three off the lead, while Aphibarnrat has bogeyed to drop to one over.

02:34 – Give us your prediction:

02:27 – Larry Mize, who started the day with three straight birdies after holing a couple of monster putts, is now six over par for his round.

02:23 – Bryson DeChambeau has teed off, the amateur who did so impressively well on Friday before a triple bogey at the 18th undid much of his good work.

Unfortunately, his third round has not gotten off to the best of starts – a bogey after missing way right with his second shot. He drops down to one over.

02:15 – We’re getting close now. The final group teeing off at 02:50:

02:06 – Jason Day has responded to that opening bogey by birdying the second, a tap-in after just missing his eagle putt. He’s back at one over.

02:04 – Birdie from Bernhard Langer at the second and he moves to level par for the tournament. That’s tied eighth alongside JB Holmes and Brooks Koepka, who have also posted early birdies, and a host of players yet to get their first rounds under way.

01:57 – How does Jordan Spieth prepare before a round?

01:53 – Unfortunately for Jason Day, he starts his third round with a bogey. Two over par for Day now, who needs to be going in the opposite direction.

01:50 – A par for 58-year-old Bernhard Langer at the first. The German is one over par for the tournament after rounds of 72 and 73. Very impressive stuff from the veteran.

01:48 – Henrik Stenson and Adam Scott both needed something special today, but this golf course isn’t in a very charitable mood. At six over par each through 10 and 12 holes respectively, their Masters dreams are probably over for this year.

01:43 – Despite the testing conditions, there have already been some incredible shots out there today. None more so than this one from Bill Haas on the 13th:

01:37 – Bubba Watson is the first man in the clubhouse with a 76. He certainly won’t be the last to leave with a score like that.

01:27 – Jason Day about to step up to the tee. At one over par, and considering his sublime run of form lately, he’s not out of this yet.

01:17 – What a peach of a chip from the bunker by Charley Hoffman:

01:13 – And here’s an incredible 66-foot eagle putt from Jamie Donaldson, who is the only player under par for his round at the moment:

01:07 – Watch Anirban Lahiri drain a 40-footer on the seventh:

01:05 – The winds are brutal at the moment. If it doesn’t let up significantly, today will be a fight from start to finish for the world’s best.

00:57 – Justin Rose has birdied the third hole to get it to one over par. Rafa Cabrera-Bello has made two early birdies and also lies on one over.

00:46 – Some good news for the late starters. The forecast predicts the wind will ease up later in the day.

00:40 – Justin Rose has parred the first hole, while Adam Scott is level par through seven. That’s a great return for the Australian. Only one player is under par for his round at the moment – Billy Horschel – though he has only completed two holes.

00:35 – Judging by some of the scores out there today, we could in be for some serious fireworks later on. Windy conditions prevailing and Augusta is already baring its teeth – particularly the greens, which are looking treacherous.

00:28 – A little over two hours away:

This should be fun. #TheMasters

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00:08 – Some high scores being racked up already. The golf course may look beautiful and inviting, but it’s proving to be a nightmare for many of the players. Henrik Stenson just made a double bogey at the third after putting his ball off the green. Hunter Mahan already has a bogey and a double bogey on his card. Bubba Watson is four over par through 10 holes.

23:50 – Another bogey for Larry Mize, who is really having an adventure out there today.

23:47 – Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee has bogeyed the third to drop to five over, while India’s Anriban Lahiri is also one over par for the day through four holes. He lies on six over par.

23:39 – Larry Mize comes back down to earth with a bogey at the fourth. Adam Scott has teed off and is level par through two holes. Henrik Stenson has opened with a solid par at the first.

23:35 – A look at Masters badges throughout the years:

23:17 – 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize has birdied his opening three holes of the day to move to two over. That included draining a 44-foot putt on the first and a 62-footer on the third. Incredible stuff from the 57-year-old.

23:04 – Sergio remembers Seve:

23:01 – Bubba Watson already two over par for his round and eight over par in total after bogeys at the third and fourth holes. Meanwhile, the likes of Webb Simpson, Victor Dubuisson and Kevin Kisner have all made early birdies to move to four over par.

22:50 – Today is the birthday of Spanish great Seve Ballesteros, who sadly passed away five years ago following a long battle with cancer. The two-time Masters champion would have been 59 today.

Two-time Masters champion Seve Ballesteros was born 59 years ago today. #themasters

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22:38 – It’s pretty quiet at Augusta now, but in a few hours’ time, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will head out in the final pairing for what promises to be a truly epic 18-hole duel.

Get the popcorn ready ? Your final group on Masters Saturday.

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22:32 – What a thrill it must be for Augusta member Jeff Knox to play alongside Bubba Watson for today’s round. He also had the opportunity to partner Rory McIlroy in 2014. When the cut falls on an odd number of players, it creates an opportunity for one of the club’s regular members to accompany one of the PGA Tour stars.

22:26 – Take a tour of Crow’s Nest with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw.

Reserved for amateurs who have qualified for the Masters by winning the US and British Amateurs, it provides living space for up to five individuals. Golfers have to climb a narrow set of steps to get there.

22:23 – Two early pars for Bubba, the lonesome wanderer today. Justin Thomas and Kevin Kisner have also completed their first holes, with Kisner opening with a par and Thomas making bogey.

21:51 – We are only moments away from the start now. Two-time winner Bubba Watson, playing on his own today, will get things started. And we’re off…

21:35 – With play starting in about 15 minutes, here is where the pins will be placed for the third round:

21:25 – Spieth, meanwhile, is leading the tournament for a sixth successive round, a feat that has only been managed by one other man – Arnold Palmer, some 55 years ago.

21:20 – Defending champion Jordan Spieth is once again the man to beat this year, but the American hasn’t had it all his way during the second round and his overnight lead was diminished somewhat by the chasing pack. He will tee off last, alongside Rory McIlroy, who is trailing last year’s winner by one shot. At two-under-par, two behind the leader and in a tie for third, are Scott Piercy and Danny Lee.

21:10 – Good Day and welcome to our live coverage of the third day of this year’s Masters.