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Jose Maria Olazabal in Ryder Cup captain"s buggy at Spanish Open

Olazabal has best drive at Spanish Open with signed Ryder Cup captain's buggy

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

15:01 GMT, 17 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:55 GMT, 17 April 2013

Jose Maria Olazabal has a cool set of wheels at the Spanish Open with the former Ryder Cup captain cruising around in his skipper's buggy.

Olazabal masterminded Europe's win over the United States at Medinah last year and all 12 of his players signed the front of his cart.

Sergio Garcia and Francesco Molinari are the only two of Olazabal's troops teeing it up in Valencia this week – the former the bookies' favourite and the latter the defending champion.

Home hopes: Jose Maria Olazabal (right) and Sergio Garcia at Parador de El Saler for the Spanish Open

Home hopes: Jose Maria Olazabal (right) and Sergio Garcia at Parador de El Saler for the Spanish Open

Garcia, who finished in a tie for eighth at The Masters on Sunday, was all smiles as he hitched a lift with Olazabal during Wednesday's practice at Parador de El Saler.

Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Jimenez will put his recovery from a broken leg to the test on his return to action in Valencia.

Jimenez, who surpassed Des Smyth as the oldest winner on the European Tour when he lifted the Hong Kong Open aged 48 years and 318 days last November, suffered the injury a month later while skiing near his home in Malaga.

'My leg is improving daily,' the 49-year-old told reporters. 'I work out every morning in the gym and I'm actually a little ahead of schedule on my rehab. I am not one hundred per cent fit, but I want to test myself and see how I feel.

Good to be back: Miguel Angel Jimenez is making his return to action after recovering from a broken leg

Good to be back: Miguel Angel Jimenez is making his return to action after recovering from a broken leg

'I can't wait to be back on Tour with my friends and I'd hate to miss the chance of playing at El Saler.'

Jimenez made his tour debut in the Spanish Open 30 years ago and will be making his 599th career appearance this week.

'Javier Arana's wonderful design blends beautifully with its natural surroundings, both in the pine trees area and in the dunes area. For me it's the best course in Spain and I love all the holes,' Jimenez added.

'It's a beautiful layout with a strong finish; the 17th is a good par three towards the dunes and the 18th is spectacular. Once you play at El Saler you get hooked. It's such an enjoyable course that you keep wanting to come back.

'I have many fond memories of El Saler. We used to play many tournaments in the 80's and I won an Under-25 event in 1986. We also played two or three Campeonatos de Levante, and later on a few European Tour events. The last I played was the 2003 Seve Trophy.'

Different ball game: Garcia and his dad Victor watch former tennis ace Juan Carlos Ferrero during the pro-am

Different ball game: Garcia and his dad Victor watch former tennis ace Juan Carlos Ferrero during the pro-am

Miguel Angel Jimenez becomes oldest winner on European Tour

Jimenez becomes oldest winner on European Tour after one-stroke victory at UBS Hong Kong Open

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11:36 GMT, 18 November 2012

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez today became the oldest winner in European Tour history.

Only seven weeks away from his 49th birthday, Jimenez took the UBS Hong Kong Open for a third time with a one-stroke victory over Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

The former Ryder Cup player's 19th Tour title – and 12th since he turned 40 – came without a single bogey in his last 54 holes.

Sealed with a kiss: Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner of a European Tour event

Sealed with a kiss: Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner of a European Tour event

He finished with a 65 for 15 under par, Andersson Hed's 64 having an agonising climax when a 12-foot birdie attempt on the last dribbled down the slope and lipped out.

Australian Marcus Fraser was third and joint fourth came Ireland's Peter Lawrie, Scot Stephen Gallacher and 19-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero, last week's Singapore Open champion.

New Zealander Michael Campbell, joint overnight leader with Jimenez, fell away to joint eighth.

This win marked a hat-trick of Hong Kong victories for the Spaniard, who also won the tournament in 2004 and 2007.

Andersson Hed finished before Jimenez, leaving him needing to par the 18th to secure the win.

Lining it up: Jimenez was consistent on all four days at the UBS Hong Kong Open

Lining it up: Jimenez was consistent on all four days at the UBS Hong Kong Open

Lining it up: Jimenez was consistent on all four days at the UBS Hong Kong Open

Jimenez said: ‘I saw Andersson had a 14-under-par and I knew I just had to concentrate, keep my pace, keep my rhythm and keep hitting the ball the way I was hitting it.’

At the age of 48 years and 318 days, Jimenez was glad to take the record from Des Smyth, who won the 2001 Madeira Islands Open aged 48 and 34 days.

‘It's an honour to make a record,’ he added. ‘And I hope it isn't the last one.’

Jimenez was consistent throughout the tournament, hitting 65, 67, 68 and 65 at the par-70 course.

Smoke screen: Jimenez can't be seen behind as he holds the trophy after sealing victory

Smoke screen: Jimenez can't be seen behind as he holds the trophy after sealing victory

Rory McIlroy struggles at Javier Colomo leads Hong Kong Open

Misery for McIlroy as Spaniard Colomo sets early pace at Hong Kong Open

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11:22 GMT, 15 November 2012

Defending champion Rory McIlroy trailed nine shots behind a player ranked 506 places below him after a first-round 73 at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

While a lacklustre McIlroy managed only one birdie to be just inside the top 100 on three over par, little-known Spaniard Javi Colomo produced a superb 64 to lead compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez by one in the early clubhouse lead.

Colomo qualified for the event off his Asian Tour ranking, having failed to come through the European qualifying school on three occasions.

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

The 28-year-old actually began with 10 pars in a row, but five birdies in the next six holes brought him alongside Jimenez and after completing a front-nine 29 he finished his day's work with a four-foot putt for yet another birdie at the 367-yard 10th.

McIlroy was hoping to put even more of a gloss on a season in which he has won his second major title and topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic – a feat nobody had achieved until Luke Donald did it last year.

But he began with a bogey, turned in one over, made a mess of his approach to the 14th and three-putted from the fringe of the next.

In contention: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is just one of the lead held by countryman Javier Colomo

In contention: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is just one of the lead held by countryman Javier Colomo

It could so easily have been Jimenez's day, but after seven birdies the 48-year-old, twice a winner of the title and now trying to become the European Tour's oldest-ever champion, finished with two bogeys and slipped back alongside Australian Andrew Dodt, who still had four holes to play.

'I'm putting very well and it's a pity I missed a fairway on the ninth and then on the last got a big flyer,' Jimenez said.

'It's an old-fashioned course – not very long, but you need to be very precise.'

He was playing with fellow countryman and Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who in a return to form shot 66 and said: 'I hit three poor shots, but apart from those the rest of the game was pretty solid.

'Obviously I have to consolidate this the next few days, but it's nice to have some signs like this one.'

All in the eyes: Thomas Levet enjoyed the Genworth pro putt challenge after round one

All in the eyes: Thomas Levet enjoyed the Genworth pro putt challenge after round one

Scot Paul Lawrie stood three under until going in the water at the last and double-bogeying, while playing partner YE Yang – Asia's only major champion in the men's game – reached five under before also finding the lake and bogeying to be four under alongside Olazabal, China's Zhang Lian-wei and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Paul Casey overcame two double bogeys for a level-par 70, one better than Padraig Harrington.

Dodt, with the added pressure of needing to climb three places on the Order of Merit to keep his card, joined Colomo with another birdie at the seventh, but bogeyed two holes later and so finished the day in a tie for second with Jimenez.

Not too far away: Paul Lawrie shot a 69 to start his bid for glory at the Hong Kong Open

Not too far away: Paul Lawrie shot a 69 to start his bid for glory at the Hong Kong Open

Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal won"t stay on as captain

That's it from me! Olazabal rules out taking another spell as Ryder Cup captain

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11:10 GMT, 2 October 2012

Jose Maria Olazabal has ruled out captaining the European Ryder Cup team again.

There had been fresh calls for the popular Spaniard to take charge of the defence of the trophy at Gleneagles in 2014 after guiding Team Europe to victory in Chicago.

Paul McGinley, one of Olazabal's vice captains, is expected to get the nod for the battle at the Centenary Course in two years.

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

They're back: (From left) Nicolas Colsaerts, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Captain Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez pose with the trophy after landing at Heathrow

Thumbs up: Lee Westwood

Come here you: Jose Maria Olazabal and Lee Westwood

All smiles: Westwood gave his captain Olazabal a hug at the airport

Olazabal and members of his
victorious side touched down at Heathrow on Tuesday morning – tired from
travelling and celebrating long into the night but still beaming from
the Miracle at Medinah.

The narrow win over the Americans was celebrated in style on Sunday evening but it was back to business for Olazabal and Co.

While the likes of Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Luke Donald are based in the United States, other European Tour stars are back in action on home soil this week.

Paul Lawrie, Peter Hanson and Martin Kaymer are heading for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and Thomas Bjrn, Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimnez and McGinley, all vice captains to Olazabal, are also teeing it up in Scotland.

More to follow…

Belgian bomber: Colsaerts had a storming debut

Belgian bomber: Colsaerts had a storming debut

Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

Natural leader: Team Europe skipper Olazabal

Ryder Cup 2012: Jose Maria Olazabal leads Miguel Angel Jiminez, Paul Lawrie and Nicolas Colsaerts to USA

From Heathrow to Chicago! Olazabal leads European Ryder Cup team to USA ahead of bid to defend crown at Medinah

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 24 September 2012

And so it begins. Jose Maria Olazabal bid his farewell to European shores as he took his Ryder Cup team to America to defend the trophy they won in dramatic fashion two years ago.

Team captain Olazabal, his vice captain Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul Lawrie and German Nicolas Colsaerts were among the team members jetting out to Chicago in good time for the European Ryder Cup team’s defence of their crown.

There was not a full complement of Olazabal’s team because the majority of them are already on the other side of the pond.

We'll hang on to this! Team Vice Captain Miguel Angel Jimenez poses with the Ryder Cup trophy at Heathrow before flying to the US

We'll hang on to this! Team Vice Captain Miguel Angel Jimenez poses with the Ryder Cup trophy at Heathrow before flying to the US

Captain fantastic: Jose Maria Olazabal was taking his team to America ahead of their defence of the Ryder Cup

Captain fantastic: Jose Maria Olazabal was taking his team to America ahead of their defence of the Ryder Cup

Here we go: Paul Lawrie was among those on their way to Chicago to defend the Ryder Cup

Here we go: Paul Lawrie was among those on their way to Chicago to defend the Ryder Cup

Many of the players, such as Luke
Donald, already live in America, and a large number of the team, such as
Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, have been in Atlanta competing for the
bumper $10million bonus on offer at the FedEx Cup – won by Brandt
Snedeker on Sunday.

For those players who were in London on Monday, they arrived in marked Ryder Cup cars, posed for photographs with the coveted trophy before they board the plane to the States.

There won’t be much time for the
European players, who are travelling with the Ryder Cup trophy, to
acclimatise to a new time zone and country, as they arrive late on
Monday and begin their first practice on Tuesday at Medinah.

The week is jam-packed from there
too. After another practice session on Wednesday, the players will
attend the gala dinner, where their wives will have their moment in the
spotlight.

On Thursday the players will be at
the opening ceremony for this year’s competition where the draw for the
first series of foursomes matches is announced.

If they’ve caught their breath in
time, the first matches will be teeing off at 7.20am local time on
Friday morning. Luckily for us viewers in the UK, they’ll be starting at
the more sociable 1.20pm.

Unconventional baggage: Olazabal was pushing the trolley with his bag and the trophy in London

Unconventional baggage: Olazabal was pushing the trolley with his bag and the trophy in London

The road to Medinah: Jimenez stepped out of the car ready to take on the USA on Friday

The road to Medinah: Jimenez stepped out of the car ready to take on the USA on Friday

Mine all mine: Nicolas Colsaerts joined Lawrie, Olazabal and Jiminez

Mine all mine: Nicolas Colsaerts joined Lawrie, Olazabal and Jiminez

One of the European team members who should be well adapted to his surroundings is Luke Donald.

The former world No 1 lives in
Chicago, and has been spending his days off at Medinah (which is a 35
minute drive from his home in the suburb of Northfield) to get his eye
in.

Olazabal, Donald and Co will be hoping to hold on to the trophy they won two years ago at Celtic Manor.

In a truly historic Ryder Cup, Europe
took the win 14 to 13 as Graeme McDowell holed the final putt in
Newport to clinch it in the final of the 12 singles matches.

The putt, which also crowned a
remarkable career for the then captain Colin Montgomerie, handed the
Northern Irishman a win over Hunter Mahan as the home crowd exploded into raptures.

But this time they will travel to Chicago with the proposition of beating Davis Love III's big-hitting outfit in their own back yard.

No mean feat. Especially with the final competition before the tournament's beginning on Friday being snatched from under European noses by Snedeker, whose impeccable short game could cause more problems for Olazabal's men over the weekend.

The USA's team, including the likes of Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson, will also be in Chicago on Monday as they prepare to launch their bid to usurp the holders of the trophy.

Fun and games: Jiminez, Olazabal and Darren Clarke (right) looked relaxed before boarding their flight

Fun and games: Jiminez, Olazabal and Darren Clarke (right) looked relaxed before boarding their flight

Don't let it go! Jiminez seemed keen to hold on to the trophy the Europeans won two years ago at Celtic Manor

Don't let it go! Jiminez seemed keen to hold on to the trophy the Europeans won two years ago at Celtic Manor

Close inspection: Colsaerts examined the trophy closely... hopefully not for the last time

Close inspection: Colsaerts examined the trophy closely… hopefully not for the last time

The Open 2012: Family affair for Stephen Ames and Simon Dyson

Open All Hours: It's a family affair for Ames and Dyson on practice day

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21:30 GMT, 16 July 2012

Family affair: Dyson

Family affair: Dyson

Early practice days are there to be enjoyed, hence the sight of Canadian Stephen Ames’s son Ryan holing putts on the 13th green and posing for photos in the cavernous bunker to the left of the par-five seventh hole on Monday.

Englishman Simon Dyson has taken things a step further, however, by having the name of new daughter Isabella Rose engraved on each of his Nike clubs. How sweet.

Early bird

Ian Poulter always does things his own way and shunned the limelight on Monday by undertaking one of the earliest practice rounds in Open history.

Poults was out at 4.50am – he was still on the putting green at 7pm – to make the most of some calm weather.

Rumour here suggests further heavy rain could lead to practice being limited to half a day on Wednesday if the green staff feel the need to work on their immaculate course.

In it to win it

Golf may look like a terribly serious business at times but some players are just happy to be here. Take Challenge Tour graduate Matthew Baldwin, for example.

The 26-year-old from Southport was so chuffed to see his name on the leaderboard at the 18th on Monday (it’s used to indicate order of play on practice days) that he stopped to take a photograph on his phone.

Photo opportunity: Matthew Baldwin

Photo opportunity: Matthew Baldwin

Quiet please

The R&A’s decision to allow mobiles on the course after banning them at St George’s last year seems a risky step.

One went off on Miguel Angel Jimenez’s backswing on the 16th tee on Monday, prompting the caddie of practice partner Ian Keenan to remark wryly: ‘If that happens on Sunday afternoon there could be trouble.’

Thumbs up for

Gung-ho young Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, who is an early contender for my favourite player of the week after paying his own fitting tribute to the late Seve Ballesteros on Monday.

Taking out his driver on the 16th tee, the 29-year-old said: ‘OK, where is the car park I am told that is the line from here.’ We wish him well this week.

Viva Espana: Pablo Larrazabal

Viva Espana: Pablo Larrazabal

Thumbs down for

Any player who has moaned about – or indeed plans to moan about – the deep rough at Lytham this week. There are two things you need to know, chaps.

First, the rough won’t be a problem if you hit the thing straight. Second, nobody ever said that this great game was supposed to be fair. So just put the ball on the tee, hit it and walk after it. It really is that simple.

Quote of the day

‘He really is good, isn’t he’

A young father to his son as he watched Darren Clarke practising his chipping on the practice ground yesterday. Of course he’s ‘good’. He’s the Open champion!

Danny Willett and Marc Leishman move up Tour rankings

Willett and Leishman zoom up Tour rankings after heroics in Cologne and Connecticut

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13:23 GMT, 25 June 2012

England's Danny Willett and Australian Marc Leishman have both made huge leaps up the world rankings after their weekend wins.

Willett is up from 204th to 115th following his first European Tour success at the BMW International Open in Cologne, while Leishman moves from 160th to 78th thanks to his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

Leishman came from six shots back with a closing 62 and had to wait two hours to discover if it was good enough.

Things are looking up: Willett and Leishman profited from wins

Things are looking up: Willett and Leishman profited from wins

Things are looking up: Willett and Leishman profited from wins

American Charley Hoffman was the likely winner until he double-bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the last to drop to joint second with Masters champion Bubba Watson.

It might have been an Australian double, but Willett beat Marcus Fraser at the fourth hole of a play-off.

Latest leading positions in the world golf rankings

1. Luke Donald 9.96pts, 2 Rory McIlroy 8.89, 3 Lee Westwood 8.33, 4 Tiger
Woods 6.70, 5 Webb Simpson 6.62, 6 Bubba Watson 6.25, 7 Matt Kuchar
5.91, 8 Jason Dufner 5.75, 9 Justin Rose 5.61, 10 Hunter Mahan 5.41. 11 Graeme McDowell 5.16, 12 Steve Stricker 5.03, 13 Dustin Johnson 4.89,
14 Phil Mickelson 4.86, 15 Martin Kaymer 4.84, 16 Adam Scott 4.68, 17
Charl Schwartzel 4.60, 18 Zach Johnson 4.58, 19 Rickie Fowler 4.49, 20
Louis Oosthuizen 4.49.

Other leading Europeans: 22 Sergio Garcia, 25 Peter Hanson, 28 Ian
Poulter, 29 Paul Lawrie, 34 Francesco Molinari, 36 Nicolas Colsaerts, 37
Thomas Bjorn, 38 Martin Laird, 40 Carl Pettersson, 42 Fredrik Jacobson,
44 Alvaro Quiros, 46 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 48 Simon Dyson, 49
Robert Karlsson, 55 Rafael Cabrera Bello, 56 Anders Hansen, 59 Robert
Rock, 60 Paul Casey, 64 Matteo Manassero, 69 Padraig Harrington, 71
Miguel Angel Jimenez, 81 Darren Clarke, 83 Brian Davis, 86 Pablo
Larrazabal, 87 Joost Luiten, 90 Alexander Noren, 94 Michael Hoey, 97
Richie Ramsay, 99 Bernd Wiesberger.

Paul Lawrie struggles in Spanish Open

Lawrie struggles in Seville and will miss US Open as Scotsman eyes Ryder Cup place

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19:11 GMT, 3 May 2012

Scot of bother: Lawrie struggled in Spain

Scot of bother: Lawrie struggled in Spain

Paul Lawrie managed only a 78 on the first day of the Spanish Open as he continues to battle for a Ryder Cup place.

The Scot had the chance to go second in the Ryder Cup points race but struggled in wet and windy Seville.

Lawrie finished 24th in this year's Masters but has decided not to play the US Open.

Having made the halfway cut in the event only once in four attempts, he believes his cup hopes are best served by avoiding the trip to San Francisco.

'If you know you can't compete in a particular tournament, then why go' Lawrie said.

'It's a big call and a lot of people are going to say I should be playing, but you have to do what you feel is best.

'I understand that it is a major, but I feel I have more chance of playing well at the BMW International Open the week after.'

Major surprise: The Scotsman won't be competing at the US Open

Major surprise: The Scotsman won't be competing at the US Open

American Shaun Micheel rediscovered the form that won him the US PGA title nine years ago to lead after a five-under-par 67.

The 43-year-old former major champion made up for three bogeys with a superb eight birdies on the course designed by Jose Maria Olazabal.

The Orlando-based golfer was a stroke in front of English duo Robert Rock and Danny Willett and Spaniard Jorge Campillo.

Italians Francesco Molinari and 19-year-old Matteo Manassero were part of the group on two under.

Big-hitting Alvaro Quiros, winner on the course two years ago, shot 73 and 48-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez, yet to win his national title, had a 75.

MASTERS 2012: Finalround Tee times at Augusta National

MASTERS 2012: Final round tee times – Mickelson on the march after day three

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Sportsmail Reporter

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07:20 GMT, 8 April 2012

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07:21 GMT, 8 April 2012

Phil Mickelson looks the one to watch going into the final round on Sunday but Peter Hanson leads the way and will be hoping to stop the home favourite.

See below for the full list of tee time and follow Joe Ridge's live coverage of the third day here.

In the hunt: Phil Mickelson lies one shot of the lead going into the final day

In the hunt: Phil Mickelson lies one shot of the lead going into the final day

FULL LIST OF TEE TIMES FOR SUNDAY AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL

Tee-off times for Saturday's third round of The Masters, Augusta National, Georgia:

(players are USA unless stated, all times BST, x denotes amateurs)

1420 (x) Kelly Kraft, Stewart Cink
1430 Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Robert Karlsson (Swe)
1440 Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa)
1450 Bo Van Pelt, Scott Verplank
1500 Thomas Bjorn (Den), Luke Donald (Eng)
1510 Bill Haas, (x) Patrick Cantlay
1520 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Martin Kaymer (Ger)
1530 David Toms, Martin Laird (Sco)
1540 Anders Hansen (Den), Ross Fisher
1550 Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley
1600 Angel Cabrera (Arg), Steve Stricker
1620 Zach Johnson, Aaron Baddeley (Aus)
1630 Vijay Singh (Fij), Tiger Woods
1640 Adam Scott (Aus), YE Yang (Kor)
1650 Kevin Chappell, Kevin Na
1700 Rory McIlroy (N Irl), Graeme McDowell (N Irl)
1710 (x) Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)
1720 Scott Stallings, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)
1730 Justin Rose, Charles Howell
1740 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Webb Simpson
1750 Jim Furyk, Jonathan Byrd
1810 Brandt Snedeker, Bae Sang-moon (Kor)
1820 Jason Dufner, Fred Couples
1830 Nick Watney, Ben Crane
1840 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), Sean O'Hair
1850 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Ian Poulter (Eng)
1900 Lee Westwood (Eng), Paul Lawrie (Sco)
1910 Padraig Harrington (Irl), Henrik Stenson (Swe)
1920 Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan
1930 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Bubba Watson
1940 Peter Hanson (Swe), Phil Mickelson

Masters 2012: Live coverage of day three

THE MASTERS LIVE: All the action as it happens on day three at Augusta National

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15:11 GMT, 7 April 2012

THE MASTERS – ESSENTIALS

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LEADING THE WAY AT AUGUSTA

-5 Jason Dufner
Fred Couples

-4 Louis Oosthuizen
Lee Westwood
Sergio Garcia
Rory McIlroy
Bubba Watson

-3 Paul Lawrie
Matt Kuchar
Miguel Angel Jimenez

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4.06: Par at the first for Tiger. That's more like it after the wild thrashing around of yesterday. Woods was said to have stayed on the range last night and worked with swing coach Sean Foley until well after dark.

3.59: Ach, spoke too soon. Donald bogeys the fifth, Magnolia, another devilish par four at 455 yards, to drop back to three over. Keeping those dropped shots at bay on the par fours then taking advantage of the par-fives really is key to winning at Augusta. Just think of Mickelson's charge over the back nine on 2010, which included back-to-back eagles. And who would bet against him doing it all again today

3.50: Solid par at the fourth keeps Donald's fine start going. These early holes haven't given much away all week, so to go three under through four is a terrific effort. Bogeys at the first for Ross Fisher, Anders Hansen and Martin Laird illustrate the point.

3.45: Right, gets the kids some earmuffs… it's Tiger time. The 14-time major winner was a right potty mouth yesterday. And, to be fair, he played like toilet too.

3.42: Well, it is moving day and the early scoring suggests that there will be a few low totals posted today. Bradley, Stricker and Fowler are all two under par for their rounds through two holes having made mincemeat of the second – all three covered the 575 yards in three shots – that's three more eagles!

Slam dunk: Luke Donald milks the applause alongside Keegan Bradley (left) after holing his approach to the third

Slam dunk: Luke Donald milks the applause alongside Keegan Bradley (left) after holing his approach to the third

3.38: Of course everyone remembers what Schwartzel did to win the green jacket last year – four consecutive birdies to close. But equally magnificent and equally improbable was the South African's opening three holes – a frankly ridiculous chip in on the first and then a holed approach on the short par-four third. That kicked off his Masters challenge – could something similar happen to Donald He's just two over par now, seven adrift of the leaders.

3.35: Oh, ho, what's this! Donald has not only birdied the par-five second but has now sunk his approach to the second hole for an eagle! This is more like it by the world No 1, back to his former self after the misery of the first two rounds and the farce surrounding his scorecard on the first day. Now, can he post a really low one

3.25: So, here's a few of the notable tee times today: Tiger Woods gets underway at 3.45 in a mouthwatering two-ball alongside defending champion Charl Schwartzel. Justin Rose, well placed but in need of some fireworks, heads off at 5.15, and is shortly followed by Ian Poulter at 5.25.

Dangerman Phil Mickelson tees it up at 6.45, shortly before the group of players at three under par start to head out from 7.05.

Rory McIlroy is the first of the big guns out at 7.25, with Lee Westwood following at 7.35. Fred Couples and Jason Dufner are last out at 7.45.

3.20: Donald is playing alongside US PGA champion Keegan Bradley; while fellow home favourites Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker are already out there too.

Needs a low one: Luke Donald hits a shot on the first hole during the third round at Augusta

Needs a low one: Luke Donald hits a shot on the first hole during the third round at Augusta

3.16: Also out on the course is 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman, although it's fair to say he won't be adding to his collection of green jackets, unless he pulls out a round of Kim Jong-il proportions. The South African is one over through three today, six over for the championship.

2009 winner Angel Cabrera is level par through four holes.

3.14: So, what news of the other early starters US amateur Kelly Kraft is out there on his own, poor lamb, and continues to bring up the rear on seven under par – he's currently two over through four holes.

Faring rather better is fellow American amateur Patrick Cantlay, who is one-under for the round thanks to a birdie on the vulnerable par-five second.

3.10: And it's a par for Donald at the first. A decent start on a hole that claimed many victims over the first and second rounds.

3.01: The
third round action is already underway at Augusta National. The players
head out in reverse order to the leaderboard at the end of the second
round, but that doesn't mean that there's only stragglers out on the
course. World No 1 Luke Donald, for one, has just teed off in the last
few minutes…

3.00: Afternoon… it's moving day at the Masters!

In the frame: Rory McIlroy remains in contention going into the weekend

In the frame: Rory McIlroy remains in contention going into the weekend