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Phil Mickelson: Lefty loomed large on moving day, carding a 5-under 67 despite a pair of back-nine bogeys. His round included a 50-foot megaputt for birdie on 16 that brought on a round of patented emphatic double fist pumps. He’s in contention for a fourth green jacket at 11 under, five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
Toss that card
Mark O’Meara: The 58-year-old joked Friday that good buddy Tiger Woods saw his low score and didn’t want to lose to “an old man.” O’Meara’s age definitely showed Saturday as he posted a 5-over 77 thanks to a pair of double bogeys. He slipped to 2-over for the tournament.
On the course with ...
Rory McIlroy: The world’s No. 1 golfer shot his best round of the week with a 4-under 68 on Saturday, but bogeys on two of the last three holes left McIlroy a daunting nine shots behind Spieth. Looking ahead to Sunday, McIlroy said, “I would need something around 61 or 62 to have a real chance.” No one has ever shot better than 63 in any major championship.
Wisconsin native Steve Stricker was the first to tee off in the third round. Since an odd number of players made the cut, he played with a noncompeting marker — Augusta National club member Jeff Knox, who’s a pretty good player in his own right. Knox holds the club record for members with a 61 and last year, filling the same role, beat playing partner McIlroy by one stroke. Stricker shot 73 on Saturday. No word on Knox.
• Woods had a good look for eagle on 15 but left the roll short. Woods enters Sunday having played 208 holes in PGA Tour competition without an eagle.
• The most birdies for a Masters week is 25 by Mickelson in 201. Spieth has 22.
• Four players will enter Sunday 10-under-par or better with a couple of guys named Woods and McIlroy at 6 under. The most players to finish double digit under par since 1975 was six in 2011.
Par-4, 465-yard No. 18: Just six birdies were made at the last all Saturday. But two of them belonged to Justin Rose and Charley Hoffman, two players within striking distance of Spieth.
Quote of the day
“I made a stupidly good birdie at 13 and a stupidly bad bogey at 14.”
— Woods, breaking down his 4-under 68 to CBS.
Tweet of the day
“The only thing that Jordan Spieth is not awesome at is a kind of awkward club hand off to the caddie.”
— Champions Tour player Steve Elkington (@elkpga).
For the second time in five years a 21-year-old takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the Masters. Ch. 4 has coverage beginning at 1 p.m.