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Masters Third Round News & Notes

By Kevin Currie, Senior Golf Editor

Augusta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lee Westwood has played himself into contention at the Masters, a place he has been in each of the last four years.

Westwood has finished second, tied for 11th, tied for third and in a share of eighth place in the last four Masters Tournaments. And he has 16 top-10 finishes in the four majors.

The Englishman has a record eight top-3 finishes in the majors without ever winning one.

Westwood birdied the par-5 second to go with five pars in his first six holes. He traded a bogey for a birdie from the seventh and parred the ninth to make the turn at minus-1.

Westwood 2-putted for birdie from over the 13th green to reach 2-under par. He followed with a birdie on the 15th, but stumbled to a bogey on the 17th to dip to minus-2.

The 40-year-old finished three rounds tied for seventh place. He will go for his first major championship title on Sunday.

FOWLER CARDS 67 AT AUGUSTA

In his fourth straight appearance at the Masters, Rickie Fowler carded a career-best, 5-under 67. He climbed into a share of fifth place at 3-under-par 213.

Fowler posted just his third round in the 60s at Augusta. He had a 69 in round two in 2011 and a carded a 68 last year. He has broken par in seven of his 15 rounds at the Masters.

"I knew going out I had to take advantage of the par-5s. I hadn't done that the first two days, and yesterday that really showed," Fowler stated.

The 25-year-old birdied the second and third to move to even-par. However, he missed the fourth green left and failed to get up and down for par. Fowler recovered that stroke when he birdied the eighth for the second day in a row.

Around the turn, Fowler rolled in a 7-foot birdie chance on No. 13 to move to minus-1. He followed with a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 15th. Fowler dropped his tee shot inside seven feet at the 16th and drained that for birdie to move to minus-3.

Fowler parred the last two holes to post 67. It marked his fourth 67 in a major.

GOSS STRUGGLES TO 76 ON BIRTHDAY

U.S. Amateur runner-up Oliver Goss was the lone amateur to make the cut at the Masters. That meant he spent his 20th birthday playing the third round at Augusta National.

Honda Classic winner Russell Henley celebrated his 25th birthday as well on Saturday.

Goss faltered to double-bogeys on the first and seventh. He got one stroke back with a birdie on the second. Around the turn, Goss stumbled to bogeys on the 10th and 11th.

He rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 13th. Goss closed with five pars in a row. He ended 54 holes at 7-over 223 after a 4-over 76 on Saturday.

"As for my round today, I ended up shooting another 76," said Goss, who also shot 76 in round one. "I tried to play exactly as I had earlier in the week, and I actually hit the ball very well. But I made a couple of serious mental mistakes on a couple of holes, and I really paid for them, because they led to doubles."

* Rory McIlroy played in the first group out with a marker and shot 71. The marker, Augusta member Jeff Knox, shot 70. McIlroy shouldn't feel bad, Knox owns the course record of 61.

* This year's winner will earn $1.62 million, up from $1.44 million last year.

* Bubba Watson's eagle on No. 2 was his first in 23 rounds at the Masters.

* When Watson 3-putted the sixth, that snapped a string of 296 consecutive holes without a 3-putt.

* Spieth is the first Masters rookie in the final pairing on Sunday since John Huston in 1990. Spieth is the fifth first-year player to hold at least a piece of the third-round lead at the Masters.

* If Spieth wins, he would be seven months younger than Tiger Woods was when he won his first Masters title. Spieth would also be the youngest major winner in over 90 years.

* With first and 10th place separated by four strokes, it is worth noting that the last time someone came from outside the top 10 entering the final round to win the Masters title was 1959.

* There were 146 birdies and 196 bogeys on Saturday as the field averaged 73.82 strokes.

* The easiest hole in round three was the par-5 second, which played to an average of 4.65 strokes. The par-5 15 has been easiest through three days, averaging 4.75 strokes after 54 holes.

* The hardest hole on Saturday was the par-3 fourth. It yielded no birdies in the third round as the field played the hole to an average of 3.71 shots. After 54 holes, the 11th has been hardest as players have needed 4.53 strokes to play the hole through three rounds.

04/12 20:33:09 ET

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