Friday, 19 March 2010
The Masters - Final Round  (Getty Images)
The Masters - Final Round (Getty Images)

Australia’s Aaron Baddeley and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell were among the players to rise up the leaderboard as the final round of the Masters Tournament got underway.

On what promises to be a thrilling final day at Augusta National, Baddeley and McDowell both picked up three birdies on the front nine to move to four and three under respectively.

However, the duo remained several shots behind joint leaders Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry, both on 11 under, who had yet to commence their final round.

Resuming on one under, Baddeley picked up shots on the second, third and eighth holes to climb into a tie for 15th.

Playing partner McDowell, meanwhile, recovered from an opening bogey with birdies at the third, fifth and seventh holes.

Paul Casey was another European Tour member to fare well early on, birdieing the second and seventh holes to move to climb to one under overall.

However, the World Number Six’s progress was halted slightly at Amen Corner, with a bogey on the 11th dropping him back to level par.

Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher was making encouraging progress, picking up birdies at two, three and six, either side of a bogey at four, to move back to level par overall.

A second dropped shot at the eighth sent the Englishman back to one over for the tournament, but he responded superbly with back-to-back birdies at ten and 11.

Elsewhere, American left-hander Steve Flesch was enjoying a dream opening to his round, eagling the second and birdeing the third to move into a tie for sixth place on six under.

1988 Masters Tournament champion Sandy Lyle climbed to two under, with birdies at three and five sandwiching a bogey at the short fourth.

Lyle’s playing partner Padraig Harrington made the perfect start to his final round when he birdied the par four first.

However, the popular Irishman, chasing a third successive Major title, was unable to build on his early success and slipped back to his overnight score of one under with a bogey at the sixth.

Further down the field, there was disappointment for Argentina’s Andres Romero and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, as they both slipped to eight over for the tournament.

Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy also struggled after resuming on level par, with a birdie at the ninth his only bright spot in an outward nine of 39.

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