Rickie Fowler joins 4-way tie at the top in Masters
Apr 09 2017 by Desiree Burns
Hoffman got his score to 8-under through five holes to lead by five shots, but began his string of bogeys when he missed the sixth and seventh greens short-right, missing par-putt attempts of 17 and 5 feet.
"I struggled a little bit with the putter", said Mickelson, who complained wind blew putts off course in the first two days before moving out late Friday.
What it means: It was a logjam at the top to start the day, with four players sharing the lead, but Hoffman was able to break from the pack and led for much of the day before a watery double bogey on No. 16. But things fell apart when he carded five bogeys in a six-hole stretch that ended with a bogey on No. 11, the first hole of Amen Corner.
"Disappointed to finish like that, but I'm still within five of the lead going into the weekend with better conditions on the way", said McIlroy, who needs a win this week to complete a collection of all four of golf's major titles. Fellow Longhorn Jhonattan Vegas shot a 76 for a 10-over-par total of 154 and missed the cut.
"I'm not going to be thinking about winning the tournament until the back nine on Sunday, but I've got a long way to go before I worry about that", Couples said. He was tied for the lead at 4 under as he made the turn, but then bogeyed the par-4 No. 10.
A day after Charley Hoffman cruised through the win at the Masters, the wind fought back against Hoffman.
"I'm hoping to continue the good play". Behind them is William McGirt at -2 and a four-way tie at -1. "You play in wind, play tough pin placements, really fast greens".
McIlroy looking to up his game for Masters weekend
Jordan Spieth, a favourite whenever he tees up here he is T2-1-T2 in his three starts at Augusta re-visited the ghosts of 2016. It will take a minor miracle to win this thing, and with his over-73 Saturday average at Augusta , I don't see it happening.