Calmer conditions for 'moving day' at Augusta

Rory Mcllroy, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were hoping to emulate the efforts of Jason Day on 'moving day' in the Masters at Augusta.

Calmer conditions and a leaderboard packed with big names meant a fascinating afternoon was in prospect at Augusta as the leaders prepared to begin their third rounds in the Masters.

'Moving day' began with four players - Rickie Fowler, Thomas Pieters, Sergio Garcia and Charley Hoffman - tied for the lead at four under, two clear of William McGirt.

The only other players under par ahead of round three were exciting rookie Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Ryan Moore and 1992 champion Fred Couples, all three off the pace.

Yet the likes of Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were among others still firmly in contention, particularly with clear skies and a lack of wind - in contrast to the gusts that had made life tricky on Thursday and Friday - suggesting a low score was achievable.

McIlroy, five behind at one over, was due out at 2pm local time alongside Matt Kuchar, with Spieth and Mickelson (both level par) following the Northern Irishman in an eye-catching pairing.

Another combination of youth and experience made up the 2:30pm group, Augusta specialist Couples paired with Rahm, who was not even born when the American claimed his green jacket 25 years ago.

Fowler and Pieters were then due out at 2:50pm, with the final pair of Garcia - a perennial nearly man in majors - and first-round sensation Charley Hoffman rounding off the field 10 minutes later.

World number three Jason Day was showing what was possible on Saturday after making the cut on the bubble at six over. With two holes of his round remaining, the Australian was four under for the day after birdieing the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th in the company of a marker.

However, more of those out on the course were over par than under, with some tricky pin placements and Augusta's famous undulating greens still providing a stern test.

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