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2012 Masters Scores And Results: Peter Hanson In Lead After 3rd Round, Fred Couples Falls To 11th

Saturday's third round of the 2012 Masters in Augusta featured no shortage of action, with a plethora of lead changes. When the smoke cleared, Peter Hanson was along atop the leaderboard at 9-under, but Phil Mickelson is hot on his heels.

Mickelson picked up six strokes on Saturday and sits one behind Hanson at 8-under. Rounding out the top five is Louis Oosthuizen at 7-under, Bubba Watson at 6-under and Matt Kuchar at 5-under. Four golfers are tied at 4-under par heading into the final round.,

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Although Hanson and Mickelson surged ahead with aplomb, the main lesson to take away from Saturday's round is that the competition is anything but over. Jason Dufner and Fred Couples opened the day in the lead, both at 5-under. At the end of the round, they were still tied, but now both were sitting in 11th place, with scores of 2-under.

Tiger Woods had early back-to-back birdies on holes three and four, but they were quickly wiped out by a pair of front-nine bogeys. Woods shot even par on his back nine and drew even for the day, but was back where he had began his round, at 3-over. A full 12 shots off the lead will be difficult to overcome if Woods hopes to obtain his fifth green jacket.

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