Live updates: Australian Masters day three

Anxious moments for Graeme McDowell on day two at the 12th hole.
Anxious moments for Graeme McDowell on day two at the 12th hole.

Resolved to put yesterday's horror day behind him, tournament drawcard Graeme McDowell has started the road to Masters redemption by picking up three shots on his overnight score of four-over. The Northern Irishman began his third round almost as strongly as he did his second, rolling in a birdie on the par 5 1st hole that he eagled on Friday.

Aside from a bogey on the fourth hole, the 2010 US Open winner is in a far better rhythm than on day two, adding four more birdies - offset by a bogey on the 14th - to be three-under for the day through 15 holes. He has three more chances to improve on his score of one-over and at least push towards even with the card heading into the final round.

However it would take a minor miracle for McDowell to threaten the leaders, topped by surprise-packet Queenslander Matthew Guyatt at 10-under.

Of the early groups out on the course this morning, veteran Peter Senior has set the pace, posting four birdies to get back to even par after a round of four-under through 15 holes. Two-time Masters champion Robert Allenby has managed to pick up two shots on his nightmare round from day two, which left him at four-over starting today. He is now two-over through 15 holes, while Australia's newest elevation to the US PGA Tour, Victorian Alistair Presnell, is one shot worse off at three-over having failed to eat into his overnight score after 11 holes today.

The lead pairing of Guyatt and second-placed New Zealander Michael Hendry will begin their round at 1.20pm, 10 minutes after the marquee duo of world No. 5 Adam Scott, third at seven-under, and defending champion Ian Poulter, tied for fourth at five-under.


-10: Matthew Guyatt (AUS) yet to play
-8: Michael Hendry (NZL) yet to play
-7: Adam Scott (AUS) yet to play
-5: Craig Hancock (AUS) yet to play, Ian Poulter (ENG) yet to play
-4: Matthew Millar (AUS) yet to play, David Bransdon (AUS) yet to play
-3: Paul Gow (AUS) yet to play
-2: Chris Gaunt (AUS) yet to play, Gareth Paddison (NZL) yet to play, Chris Campbell (AUS) yet to play

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