The Masters round 3, Hanson Leads. Phil close behind. April 07 2012
Peter Hanson leads at Augusta National after the third round by just one shot from a resurgent Phil Mickleson.
Peter Hanson finished with back-to-back birdies on Saturday on his way to a magnificent round of 65. which was the lowest round of the week so far, and a -9 under par tournament total. Peter said of his round;
"I was just trying to do the boring stuff. Trying to hit every shot, put it in play off the tee, give myself a chance."
Phil had a wonderful round of 66, including an extraordinary flop shot on the 15th hole, using his 64 degree wedge. Phil completed the back nine in a miserly 30 shots, for a tournament total of -8 under par. Phil admitted afterwards that there was some danger attached to his flop shot, he said;
"There was some risk in that one."
Phil also said that Thursday was the most important day for his title contention, saying;
"It's Thursday, because at some point on this golf course, I'm going to get hot, make birdies, maybe an eagle here or there. At some point, I'm going to get on the leaderboard. Staying in it on Thursday allowed me to make a run."
The 2010 British Open champion, Louis Oosthuizen, , played his third straight day of solid golf and finishing at 7 under, and just two shots behind the leader.
Still in with a chance of the title are, Bubba Watson who finished at 6 under and Matt Kuchar is at 5 under. While Hunter Mahan, Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood are in the group at 4 under par.
Rory McIlroy shot 42; Garcia shot 40. in a terrible twosome and when the pair of them made birdies on No. 12 in an effort to stop some of the bleeding, they jokingly hugged as they headed off the green. In a joint interview after their round Rory said;
"If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? It's good to have this guy by my side even if we didn't play so well."
Tiger Woods could not improve on his overnight score finishing at +3 and 12 shots off the pace, he thinks he is getting there though;
"I was so close to putting it together today."