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Rickie Fowler joins 4-way tie at the top in Masters

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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".

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Fowler moved forward, starting on the par-5 second hole, when he sank a bunker shot for eagle.

Making birdies should be easier this weekend after the gusty conditions that hit the course Thursday and Friday calm down.

The 23-year-old PGA Tour star, who has finished no worse than tied for second during the last three Masters, enters this year's edition just two shots back heading into Sunday's final round.

The wind will be down, but the scoring might still be hard because the wind has started to dry out the greens that were still soft from heavy rain earlier in the week.

"So the more that I can slow down thoughts, my walking, and make sure that I think through everything and not get too quick out there, that's one of my keys".

A bogey at the last left defending champion Danny Willett, who started his day with a quadruple bogey eight, the wrong side of the cut.

Rory McIlroy's day ended on a disappointing note this evening in Augusta as he made five on the 18th to finish his round one over-par.

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