Good evening and welcome to MSN’s live coverage of the third round of the Masters at Augusta. Depending on the alacrity of the final pairing of Bubba Watson and John Senden, we’re looking at a late finish tonight, so pop the kettle, settle down and enjoy.
The leader Watson (seven under) is scheduled to tee-off at 19.45 BST as he bids to emulate his dramatic victory at Augusta two years ago. His dazzling five successive birdies on the back nine on Friday certainly suggest the American is capable of reproducing some of that old magic.
History is however not exactly on his side. The last second round leader to claim the Green Jacket was South Africa's Trevor Immelman six years ago.
Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Welshman Jamie Donaldson were flying the flag for Britain after the second round on one under each while Lee Westwood was the best placed Englishman on evens after 36 holes.
Saying that it's been rather a spiffing day for Ian Poulter so far. He's four under through 11, which is enough to earn him, albeit briefly, a share of seventh place with Miguel Angel Jimenez, who himself is an impressive five under for the day after 15.
Rory McIlroy lead the field out on day three at Augusta, teeing off at 15.15 BST but there’s been no fairytale charge by the Northern Ireland star, hitting a respectable but unthreatening one under par 71.
Interesting, a birdie on the par 3 16th see Jimenez race into a share of third place. The ponytalied Spaniard is making a bit of a move.
And by the way, Jimenez is playing with none other than the legendary Sandy Lyle, the 1988 Master Champion. There's life yet in the 56-year-old, although he's having a bit of a shocker today at four over.
Lyle of course is one of Scotland's most famous sporting sons but did you know that he was actually born in Shrewsbury? No, me neither. Until I'd looked him up on Wikipedia, so the veracity of that particular nugget of information is perhaps moot.
Disappointing start for Jamie Donaldson with a bogey five on the opening par four. It's still early doors and he has to his credit steadied the ship with pars on two and three.
Controversially I shall not trouble you with a leader board breakdown just yet as it's a bit of a false picture. Akin, I think, to a football league table after a mere three games...
It's a beautiful day at Augusta with but a whisper of a breeze and the temperature up in the 80s.
Eleven of the 24 debutantes at this year's Masters have made the cut, which is a decent showing by the new boys. We have one amateur left in the field, Australian Oliver Goss.
Darn it, Poulter has dropped a shot on the short par 3 12th
The last European winner of the Masters, you cry? That would be Jose Maria Olazabal back in 1999, I reply. It has been a long old wait for sure...
Defending champion Adam Scott has dropped a shot on the par four 1st, which isn't exactly a statement of intent. The Aussie is bidding to become only the fourth player in Masters history t successfully defend the title after Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and some bloke called Tiger Woods.
Contenders and playing partners Thomas Bjorn and Jonas Blixt both par the first.
Jimenez pars 17 & 18 to record a six under 66 for the day, which is the best round of the tournament to date. He's still four shots adrift of Watson but fair play to the unconventional 50-year-old, he's given the leaders something to think about.
It's high time I mention Gary Woodland who has just finished his day's work with a very impressive 69 to leave himself three under after 54 holes. It could have been a 68 but the American conspired to throw in a bogey on the 18th. He did however treat us all to a wonderful eagle on the par three third earlier in the day.
Meltdown alert? Watson bogeys the first.
John Senden, who's playing with Watson, also drops a shot on the first. The lead pair are apparently a touch jittery.
OK, you've been patient and I assume you've been good, so here's the fist leader board of the evening, red hot and straight from the oven:
-3 Jimenez, Furyk, Spieth, Bjorn, Blixt, Senden
-2 Kuchar, Stadler, Couples, Scott
Watson still has a three shot cushion over the rest of the field but in the cauldron that is Majors golf, that could evaporate rapidly.
Justin Rose is on the 8th and one under for the day thanks to his eagle on the third. Hang on, he's just eagled the 13th as well and that's one seriously big smile on the Englishman's face.
Excuse the slight confusion - Rose was on the 13th, not the 8th AND HE DEFINITELY DID EAGLE IT!
Senden birdies the 2nd to repair the early damage but anything he can do, Watson can do better as the American confidently sinks an eagle putt to go to eight under.
Jordan Spieth makes his move with a birdie on 3 to take him to four under and four behind compatriot and current leader Watson.
Blixt & Bjorn are the very model of Scandinavian consistency with pars apeice on the opening three holes to stay three under.
Watson almost makes the green with his tee shot on the 350 yard, par four third hole. He certainly gives the ball a jolly big thrash off the tee.
Furyk spurns the chance to go four under on the sixth with a wayward putt.