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Sunday, April 10, 2011


ON THE BOARD: Even if Luke Donald didn't want to know where he was on the board as he made a charge, it would be a challenge to stay oblivious to it all.

Donald, who is trying to become the first player to win the Par-3 Contest and the green jacket in the same year, had 3-under 69 on Saturday to stay in contention.

As Donald started to make his move, which was bolstered by a birdie at No. 1, he could see himself on the leaderboard.

"They're big and white and they're everywhere," Donald said. "They're hard to ignore."

Despite his solid score, Donald was disappointed in his performances on the par-5 holes as he made two pars, a birdie and a bogey on those four holes.

He also thought he could have had an even stronger move to the top as he made the turn considering he was already at 3-under for the round when he got to the 10th tee.

But Donald finished with seven pars, a bogey and a birdie to remain at 7-under and five shots back of leader Rory McIlroy .

"I still got a great chance (Sunday), which is always the goal at majors -- to be in contention and have a chance," he said.

PRIZE MONEY: The total prize money for professionals competing in this year's Masters Tournament is $8 million.

The winner of the green jacket will receive $1,440,000. By comparison, Phil Mickelson won $1,350,000 for his victory in 2010.

This year's second-place finisher will take home $864,000, and the No. 3 player earns $544,000.

The prize money then continues to be shared in smaller amounts based on placing, all the way down to the 44th finisher. That golfer will earn $28,000.

The remainder of the professional players will get money ranging downward from $26,400 based on their scores.

HOPING FOR A REBOUND: Rickie Fowler tied for the second-worst round Saturday with his 4-over but the 22-year-old thinks it won't take long to get over any frustration.

After Fowler bogeyed the first hole for the third day, he then appeared to get into a rhythm as he birdied three of the next four holes to move to 7-under and set up himself nicely to make a run.

But Fowler bogeyed No. 6 and followed that with a double bogey on No. 7 when he went bunker to bunker during a stretch where he dropped six shots over eight holes. Fowler posted a 39 on the back nine to fall 11 shots behind McIlroy.

Fowler didn't hole a birdie after No. 5, but he tried to stay positive.

"I feel like if I can get out tomorrow and not bogey the first hole and kind of get things going that -- we didn't have a good start today, but I just got to get that going and keep it going tomorrow."

Fowler had talked about wanting to be paired with McIlroy or Jason Day again -- the three men were grouped for the first two rounds -- but Fowler's Saturday score means he'll be teeing off today at 11:30 a.m. with Robert Karlsson.

"Maybe (Sunday) we can get some good breaks and get things going the right way and put in a good round and see if we can kind of back door with a good finish," he said.

STILL BREATHING: Geoff Ogilvy used a hot start on the back nine to keep himself in OK shape after a poor start.

Ogilvy, whose best finish here came in 2009 when he tied for 15th, bogeyed the first hole and then closed his front nine with two bogeys in a row.

The Australian was at 6-under entering the third round and only four shots back, but his 39 on the opening nine holes appeared to doom his chances.

Ogilvy left Amen Corner, however, with two birdies, at Nos. 11 and 12, before another at No. 15 brought him back to his score at the day's start.

Unfortunately for him, Ogilvy had a rare bogey on No. 18 to finish. It was only the fifth time in 23 rounds Ogilvy shot over par on the last hole.

GARCIA SLUMPS: It looked like Sergio Garcia was preparing to challenge for the lead after his strong start on the front nine, but things unraveled beginning at No. 10.

The Spaniard had four bogeys and a double bogey on his last nine holes as he followed his impressive 33 on the front nine with a 42.

"I tried hard, but I don't know, just my head kind of went out on 9 and I just couldn't recover," Garcia said. "But it's been the same all week. It's a work in progress and we need to get better at it and there's been some good positive things and unfortunately today it's been a really bad nine."

His 3-over 75 put him a tie for 30th place after he made the turn at 7-under for the tournament.

"I'll come here, and an hour before my tee time, I'll practice," Garcia said. "I'll go out there and I'll try to do better."

PUTTING WOES: Dustin Johnson knows his putting has kept him from threatening the top -- his longest made putt Saturday was only about six feet.

While Adam Scott , who was paired with Johnson, averaged only 1.56 putts per hole, Johnson stood all the way back with Paul Casey to rank 42nd on the round with a 1.70 average.

"It was a little bit of a struggle on the greens today, just didn't hole any putts, didn't really make anything," said Johnson, who averaged 288 yards off the tee Saturday to rank 12th in driving distance.

"I'm driving it well, swinging good at it. I hit a lot of good iron shots, just really struggling to get it in the hole."

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