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Blog: Back-nine mistakes cut into Watson’s progress at Masters

AUGUSTA — Bubba Watson began his day with a head full of steam but faltered near the finish for a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Masters Tournament.

The score puts the defending Masters champion and former Georgia golfer at 2 over through 54 holes and eight shots behind leader Jason Day, who tees off at 2:45 p.m. in a group with Fred Couples, who along with Marc Leishman, sits a shot behind the lead.

Watson birdied the first three holes, shot par the rest of the way through the turn and birdied No. 10 to reach even par for the tournament.

Then some hiccups in Amen Corner cost him as he hit his ball into the water on No. 11 en route to a double bogey and said a poor club choice led him to a bogey on No. 13. He shot birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 and wrapped up his round with a bogey on No. 18, his second on that hole in as many days.

Fellow former Georgia golfer and PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley shot a 9-over 81 on Friday to finish 9 over and miss the cut in his first Masters.

For more updates throughout the day, check back here and at AugustaChronicle.com.

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