Lee Westwood Leads Masters Heading into Sunday, Phil Mickelson One Shot Back

April 10th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

It appeared for a while on Saturday, that Lee Westwood would pull away from the pack at the Masters, but through about the course of an hour, some of the most exciting golf in tournament history took place.  At the end of the day however, Westwood still managed to take a one-shot lead into Sunday over Phil Mickelson.

Saturday is better known as “moving day” at Augusta, and Mickelson wowed the Augusta patrons over the course of three holes, that he played in 5-under par.

The lefty became just the third player in Masters history to record back-to-back eagles after he made three on the par-5 13th hole and knocked it in from the fairway on the par-4 14th.  He followed that up with a birdied on No.15, and just like that was right with Westwood.

Westwood finished the day at 12-under par, with Mickelson sitting at 11-under, as the roars Augusta is notorious for could be heard across the grounds, anchored by Mickelson’s eagle at No.14.

“You don’t plan on balls going into the hole like at 14,” Mickelson said in a post-round conference. “I haven’t played this well in a long time. I feel my game is as good as it’s been. I love this tournament more than any other. I love being in contention on Sunday.”

In the three hole stretch, Mickelson cleared the five-shot deficit behind Westwood, as the two will be paired in the final group on Sunday, where all but two winners of the last two decades have come from.

Tiger Woods endured his poorest ball striking day of the tournament to date, but was able to scramble around and shoot a 2-under par round of 70, to post 8-under for the tournament, four shots behind, but good enough for third place and in the second-to-last group on Sunday.

At one point, Woods made four bogeys in seven holes, but recovered on the back-nine with three consecutive birdies on No.13, No.14 and No.15.  He slipped up on No.17 with a bogey, but carded a birdie on the final hole to get the shot back and into contention.

“I was fighting it all day,” Woods said after his round. “I really struggled with the pace of the greens. I was fighting my swing. It was a tough day.

“I just wanted to put myself in contention, and I did that. If I have a good round tomorrow, you never know.”

Fred Couple led after round one, and shot 75 yesterday to put himself in a hole.  However, after coming back with a round of 68 on Saturday, Couple sits at 7-under for the tournament, and within striking distance of winning his second green jacket.

“I hit the ball extremely well today — 68 is a very good score,” said Couples after his round. “I have a shot tomorrow if I can shoot a crazy score. We’ll see what happens.”

Mickelson is the betting favorite win his third green jacket at the 2010 Masters, with Westwood and Woods following in the line.

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