Bubba Watson will defend a three-shot lead at the Masters on Saturday as round three begins with the chasing pack looking to cut into his advantage.

Watson, who is the only man in the field to break 70 twice, is on seven-under after two rounds and will go out in the last group of the day with Australian John Senden at 2.45 p.m. local time (1845 GMT).

Saturday is known as moving day as players look to move into a good position to attack the title on Sunday. But at a tricky Augusta National course, they will be aware that it is not wise to risk too much.

Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy, who slipped out of contention Friday with a 77 which left him on four-over for the tournament, was first out on the course at 1515 GMT and due to the odd number of players left in the field is partnered by a marker.

“Eleven shots back with two rounds to play is going to be nearly impossible to make up. So I’m trying to shoot two really low rounds and see where that puts me at the end of the week,” he said.

In addition to Senden, who currently holds sole possession of second place, defending champion Adam Scott will look to make a charge to put some pressure on leader Watson, from three-under.

Youngster Jordan Spieth, 20, is also on three-under in his first Masters appearance while 54-year-old veteran Fred Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, is one shot further back.

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