Justin Rose makes two early birdies but follows with two bogeys
Canadian Corey Connors a big mover up the leaderboard after hole-in-one
Phil Mickelson cards lowest round of the day with three-under 69
Play suspended due to lightning in the area.
Spieth has just his a ridiculous shot from the bushes at the eigth
I’ve never seen anyone that far left, but he punched the ball forward off the pine straw, between two trees, and the ball feed in off the slopes to within 10 feet.
Connors is still going strong at five-under and is in the middle of the fairway on the par five 13th.
Leishman drops a shot at the seventh
He falls back to five-under. The wind is whipping those famous yellow flags and things are getting really tough out there. The good news is that Rose is on the cut and prepared back in the fairway on the same hole.
Two-putt pars for Rose and Zalatoris
Par threes for the pair of them. As you were.
Thomas misses a presentable birdie putt at the par five eighth.
DOUBLE BOGEY for Spieth at the seventh
Faced a nay-on impossible pitch from over the back of the green, back downhill. Plopped it into the bunker in front of him then flew the shot from sand beyond the front pin. The putt for a bogey came up short. He falls back to three-under.
Another bogey for Rose
The lead is back to one, after the bunker shot ran out to some 15 feet. The putt for par slides by and the lead is just one. Spieth has also airmailed the seventh green so is in a bit of trouble.
Rose facing another bunker shot to save par
This fifth hole is fiendish. Rose hit a good tee shot yet still have more than 250 yards remaining. He tried to knock down a fairway wood but flew it too far and it skipped into the back left bunker.
The final pairing drops shots on the fourth
Rose back to eight under and Zalatoris back to six. They have the daunting fifth next so the rest of the field will fancy they might get another back soon.
Matsuyama misses a short-range birdie try at the eighth.
Rose’bunker shot rolls well past
Will be a par putt from almost 15 feet from the fringe. Good birdie chance coming up for Spieth at the sixth after he used the slopes to perfection like the Augusta specialist he is.
Wonderful two putt from Thomas at the sixth
That was like putting down a marble staircase from the top level but he judged it beautifully. Likewise, Spieth saves his par from long range on the fifth.
Sand for Rose at the fourth
Was not a long way off but he knew it was always leaking right at the par three. Testing bunker shot coming up now but he is good from sand.
Zalatoris birdies the third
His first birdie of the day to move solo second on seven-under.
Bogey for Thomas at the fifth
Does not get up and down after missing the green right. The fifth must be playing more like a par five today. Rose pars the three to consolidate the lead , but has some tough holes coming up.
Birdie at seven for Matsuyama
He joins the stack of players at five-under. And hold the back page: Si Woo Kim has holed a birdie putt on the sixth. Brilliant ball-striker but he struggles on the greens typically.
Spieth finds sand at the fourth and drops a shot
Fails to get up and down from the bunker and falls back to five-under. Thomas made his par on that tough par three to stay at six-under.
Rose’s birdie at the first
BIRDIE for Rose
Such an assured start from the 2013 US Open champion. He is now three clear of the field with another good birdie chance coming up at the short par four third.
Great pitch from Rose
He will have about six feet, uphill, to extend his advantage with a birdie. Just a par for Zalatoris at the par five second.
Spieth misses a short-range birdie putt at the third
Grazed the left edge from about five feet. He stays at six-under.
Rose in good position at the par five second
Will have a pitch up the green and the chance to set up a birdie putt. A four would see him reach nine-under.
Thomas making a move
He rolls in from 10 feet on the short par four third to join Spieth and the rest at six-under. Connors has made another birdie at the seventh to reach the same score thanks to a putt from fully 45 feet.
BIRDIE for Rose at the first
The ball topples in dead weight with it’s final roll, but that’s the ideal start. Rose is now eight-under and two clear of the rest.
Birdie four at the second for Spieth
He moves ominously to six-under and tied with Zalatoris in second.
Lovely approach from Rose at the first
Pin high, around 15 feet from the hole. Good birdie chance coming up for the perfect start.
Birdie two for Schauffele at the fourth
There are not many of those. He joins the big group of players stacked up at five-under.
Good drive for Rose at the first
Three-wood that just skirts past the bunker but is in good position now.
Early birdie for Thomas
Leaves himself the best possible angle to pitch to the back left pin at the second and he converts the birdie. Moves him to five-under.
Connors’ ace (no, you’ve not time travelled back to Wimbledon 1982)
Hole in one alert!
The pin position on the sixth lends itself to an ace and Corey Connors has just made one! The second this week after Tommy Fleetwood at the 16th. More importantly perhaps, it jumps him to five-under and just two behind Rose. It is the sixth hole in one on the sixth in Masters history.
Xander Schauffele reaches four-under
A good birdie at the second. Morikawa and Smith have dropped shots with bogeys at the fifth and fourth respectively. They are now one and two-under. Still in it.
Jordan Spieth has made a par at the first.
Great round from Mickelson
He signs for a third round of 69. That’s the lowest score of the day as things stand.
“A really difficult day for golf”
That’s Paul McGinley’s assessment of conditions at Augusta.
Justin Rose warming up with a beach ball wedged between his arms
Rose really is a fastidious range rat. He begins his third round in about 10 minutes.
Not been a good day from DeChambeau
Three over for the day, including a double-bogey at the fourth. He is two-over for the tournament and surely out of it. The wind is definitely gusting more than the first two days.
The fifth is playing brutally difficult
Morikawa has just found the fairway with driver and still has 254 yards remaining on the par four. Must be playing into the breeze. Cameron Smith has birdied the third to reach three-under. Solid par from Justin Thomas at the first.
Double bogey for Fleetwood at the seventh
Three putts from nowhere. He tumbles back to one-over and into the back after such a promising start.
Henrik Stenson has been in rotten form…
But is tip-toeing around Augusta and getting back to something like his best. Stenson is now two-under for the tournament and just five behind.
Lucky break for Thomas at the first as his drive collides with a tree and kicks back into the fairway.
Fleetwood in some trouble at the seventh
Found the right trees off the tee and his second has come up well shy of the greenside bunkers.
Another player birdies holes two and three
It’s Canadian Corey Connors – he reaches four-under. Justin Thomas is about to tee off on the first.
Australian Matt Jones has birdied two of his first three holes
He is now three-under for the tournament.
Morikawa has bounced back with a birdie at the second
He is back to two-under for the championship after finding the green in two at the par five.
Not much happening for Rahm or Watson
Looks like the scoring is a tad higher than yesterday. Jon Rahm and Bubba Watson both over par for the day and one-over for the tournament.
Brilliant recovery from Smith
He floated his second shot – from the wrong fairway – to within 20 feet. Two putted for his par. Up at the fifth, Fleetwood has three-putted from long range to fall back to one-under.
Channelling his inner Jean Van De Velde
The remaining tee times
18:30 H Matsuyama (Jpn), X Schauffele (US)
18:40 SW Kim (Kor), C Champ (US)
18:50 T Finau (US), J Thomas (US)
19:00 J Spieth (US) B Wiesberger (Aut)
19:10 B Harman (US), M Leishman (Aus)
19:20 J Rose (Eng), W Zalatoris (US)
Wayward start from Smith
He pulls his tee shot at the first way left and it runs through the pines into the ninth fairway. He might actually have a shot from there.
Cameron Smith and Ryan Palmer now on the first tee
Smith became the first player in Masters history to shoot four rounds in the 60s last November and is going well again at two-under. He is a short game magician. Morikawa bogeyed the first and he is back to one-under.
Good up and down from sand on the fourth from Fleetwood
Missed the green left on the long par three but splashed out the bunker delightfully. Mickelson’s good round is still going strong – he is three-under for the day thru 14 holes.
Morikawa and Connors about to tee off
The players at two-under will be targeting a 68 or 67 today.
Fast start from Fleetwood
He birdies the par five second and then sinks a sliding, downhill left-to-right putt on the par four third to move to two-under for the tournament. Now just five shots behind fellow Englishman Rose but some tough holes to come.
The job of a caddie
Laird off to a good start
Scotland’s Martin Laird made the ideal start to his third round as he looked to move into contention.
Laird birdied the first two holes move into red figures on one under par.
Some of the players starting now and during the next hour
17:20 S Lowry (Ire), T Fleetwood (Eng)
17:30 M Hughes (Can), R MacIntyre (Sco)
17:40 S Cink (US), V Hovland (Nor)
18:00 B DeChambeau (US), M Jones (Aus)
18:10 C Morikawa (US), C Conners (Can)
18:20 R Palmer (US), C Smith (Aus)
18:30 H Matsuyama (Jpn), X Schauffele (US)
Birdies for Rahm and Simpson
They move into red for the tournament. Simpson birdied the par five eighth and Rahm picked one up at the short par four third after a delicious pitch.
Jon Rahm is under way in his third round
The new father has parred the first, always an acceptable score on a stiff par four, and remains seven behind Rose.
Webb Simpson back to level par
Fired his tee shot to within a couple of feet on the par three six and knocked in the birdie putt. The pin in on a flat spot front left and players can use the slope in the middle of the green to feed it in. Two-under for the day.
Patrick Reed has birdied the third
The 2018 champion moves back to level par. He is exactly the type of nuggety competitor who hangs around when conditions are tough.
Players back to level par
Jim Herman and Joaquín Niemann have made early moves to get out of black figures.
More birdies out there on the early holes
Matt Wallace, Webb Simpson and Christiaan Bezuidenhout are all in the red figures for the day and back to one-over for the championship.
Mickelson’s birdie at the third
Mickelson’s birdie at the first
Mickelson birdies the third
He moves back to one-over. Matt Wallace, well-fancied at the start of the week, has just started his first round.
Good start too from Sebastian Munoz
He is back at one-over after birdieing two of his first three holes. The second and third at Augusta do offer birdie chances. The stretch from the fourth thru the 12th is the most difficult.
It’s a view
Early birdies for Poulter and Mickelson
They get back to two-over for the tournament, which is nine shots off the lead.
A wide open Masters Saturday before us
The players have been full of praise for the course set-up this week, and the varied styles of those at the top of the leaderboard should mean we are in for a cracking Masters weekend.
Leader Justin Rose showed great resilience and patience to recover from four early bogeys and end Friday at seven-under par. He knew that Augusta’s par fives on the back nine yield birdies and waited for his chance. Rose has a superb record at the Masters, going close when Sergio Garcia won in 2017, but has very little recent form behind him and has struggled with back issues. Rose is yet to win the Green Jacket but is a major champion, winning the 2013 US Open at Merion.
“I think it was just a classic day at Augusta National when you’re just slightly off,” Rose explained. “You can be a foot or two out on certain occasions and you end up struggling. I think maybe off the back of yesterday, it starts to feel pretty different pretty quickly.”
Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are lurking with intent on five and four-under respectively and are still the favourites with the bookmakers. Thomas very nearly went round bogey free on Friday until a loss of concentration saw he three-putt the last. Spieth looks back to something close to his best and is an Augusta specialist. In the final group with Rose is young American Will Zalatoris, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the mini-Tours and is one off the lead at the weekend on his Masters debut. Short-hitter Brian Harman is also one shot behind Rose, and will need the course to stay firm over the weekend. A host of dangerous players start Saturday within five shots of the lead: Marc Leishman, Tony Finau, Bernd Wiesberger, Cameron Champ, Xander Schauffele, Cameron Smith and Collin Morikawa.
Things could change if rain arrives later today as forecast.
The action begins at 2.40pm with good friends Ian Poulter and Paul Casey out together in the first group.