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Saturday July 20th, 2019 4:38AM

Masters Latest: Rain forecast forces early start Sunday

By The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the third round of the Masters (all times local):

5 p.m.

This is a tradition unlike any other for the Masters — an early start Sunday with hopes of finishing ahead of thunderstorms.

Players will start in threesomes on the first and 10th tees, with the first group out at 7:30 a.m. The leaders will tee off at 9 a.m., about six hours earlier than a typical Sunday at Augusta National.

Assuming there are no delays, the final round should end about 2:30 p.m.

CBS Sports will broadcast the final round starting at 9 a.m.

Club chairman Fred Ridley says an early start gives the tournament the best chance to avoid rain and end on Sunday. The Masters has not gone to a Monday finish since Seve Ballesteros won in 1983.

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4:50 p.m.

Tony Finau continues to take advantage of forgiving conditions at Augusta National, taking a two-shot lead at 11-under after a birdie on No. 15.

He's one of several players who are having success during the third round of the Masters. Webb Simpson and Patrick Cantlay both shot an 8-under 64, just one shot away from tying the Masters record.

Finau is already at 8-under for the day through 16 holes, giving him a chance at making history.

Simpson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari are two shots behind Finau. Tigers Woods, Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka are three back.

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3:20 p.m.

Tony Finau and Webb Simpson both made eagles during their third round at the Masters, helping them make big gains on the leaderboard.

Finau hit his second shot on the par-5 No. 8 to within eight inches of the cup for an easy eagle putt. Simpson made a 37-foot putt for eagle on No. 13.

Finau now leads the tournament at 9-under and Simpson, Xander Schauffele, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka are one shot back.

There could be several low scores at Augusta National today. There is little wind, and recent rain has led to a softer course with more forgiving greens.

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2:30 p.m.

Patrick Cantlay leaped up the leaderboard with an 8-under 64, the low round of this Masters so far.

Cantlay, who began the day nine shots off the lead, moved to within a shot of a group of leaders who had yet to tee off when he finished. He got up and down from the fairway on the 18th hole to finish off a bogey-free round.

Playing in his third Masters, Cantlay made four birdies on the front nine and four on the back to move to 6-under for the tournament. He moved up 43 spots on the leaderboard after beginning the day in a tie for 50th.

Cantlay's previous best round at Augusta National was a 71.

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2 p.m.

Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson began his third round with a par on No. 1.

The 48-year-old Mickelson started Saturday three shots behind the leaders on a crowded leaderboard that includes a five-way tie for first place.

Several other big names are scheduled to begin their third round within the next hour, including Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka.

Patrick Cantlay was one of the big movers so far during the third round. He was 7-under for the day through 15 holes which put him two shots behind the leaders.

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12:55 p.m.

Jordan Spieth had an encouraging start to his third round after a birdie on No. 1.

Those good feelings didn't last long. He sent his tee shot on No. 2 way to the right and into the trees, setting off a tough chain of shots that eventually resulted in a double bogey.

He recovered with a birdie on No. 3, but the inconsistent play has kept him away from the top of the leaderboard.

Spieth, the 2015 Masters Champion, is at even-par for the tournament, seven shots behind the leaders.

Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen are in a five-way tie for the lead. They are all scheduled to tee off Saturday between 2:25 and 2:45 p.m.

Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Justin Harding and Xander Schauffele are all one shot back.

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