Masters leaderboard: An early eagle drops Bubba Watson to 8-under

Michael Cohen

The 36-hole leader added another stroke to his lead and is now five strokes ahead of the field.

The final group is now on the course and the third round of the Masters is in full swing. Bubba Watson didn't get off to a great start on Saturday, but rebounded quickly and remains in control at the top of the leaderboard.

Watson opened the round with a comfortable three-stroke lead. His round, however, got off to a less than ideal start with a bogey on the opening hole. The immediate reaction was "here we go" but Watson did well to immediately end those concerns, at least for now. He drilled his second shot into the green of the par-5 second hole, leaving less than 15 feet for eagle. Watson has putted well all week and drilled the eagle putt to improve to 8-under on the round.

John Senden, who opened the round in second place at 4-under, carded two early bogeys. With no other player better than 3-under, Watson now leads by five strokes. He'll likely need some more red numbers if he's going to maintain that lead as low scores can be had. Miguel Angel Jimenez is the current leader in the clubhouse at 3-under after shooting a 6-under 66. Rickie Fowler is 5-under on his round heading to No. 18. Watson had a chance for a birdie at No. 3, only to see his putt just miss.

Jordan Spieth was briefly 4-under following a birdie at No. 3. The 20-year-old didn't stay there long, giving the shot right back with a bogey at the fourth. Here's a snapshot of the leaderboard as the late groups begin to make their way towards the turn.

Place

Player

Score

Through

1

Bubba Watson

-8

3

T2

John Senden

-3

3

T2

Miguel Jimenez

-3

F

T2

Rickie Fowler

-3

17

T2

Jim Furyk

-3

6

T2

Jordan Spieth

-3

4

T2

Jonas Blixt

-3

4

T2

Thomas Bjorn

-3

4

T2

Matt Kuchar

-3

9

10

Kevin Stadler

-2

8

T11

Justin Rose

-1

14

T11

Lee Westwood

-1

10

T13

Gary Woodland

E

F

T13

Ian Poulter

E

17

T13

Russell Henley

E

7

T13

Jimmy Walker

E

6

T13

Fred Couples

E

6

T13

Adam Scott

E

4

T19

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

1

9

T19

Jamie Donaldson

1

8

T19

Stephen Gallacher

1

7

T22

Jason Day

2

F

T22

Chris Kirk

2

F

T22

Steve Stricker

2

12

T22

Louis Oosthuizen

2

9

T22

Kevin Streelman

2

6

T27

Rory McIlroy

3

F

T27

Steven Bowditch

3

16

T27

Lucas Glover

3

9

T30

Bill Haas

4

F

T30

Martin Kaymer

4

F

T30

Henrik Stenson

4

11

T30

Brandt Snedeker

4

10

T34

Darren Clarke

5

F

T34

Jose Maria Olazabal

5

F

T34

Brendon de Jonge

5

16

T34

Hunter Mahan

5

14

T34

Bernhard Langer

5

13

T34

Vijay Singh

5

13

T34

K.J. Choi

5

12

T41

Billy Horschel

6

F

T41

Thongchai Jaidee

6

F

T41

Thorbjorn Olesen

6

F

T41

Stewart Cink

6

11

T45

Francesco Molinari

7

F

T45

Oliver Goss

7

F

T45

Nick Watney

7

F

T45

Larry Mize

7

12

T49

Sandy Lyle

8

F

T49

Mike Weir

8

12

51

Joost Luiten

9

F

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