The Masters: Bubba Watson happy with a share of the lead heading into final round

Last Updated: 13/04/14 11:00am

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Bubba Watson hopes his experience at Augusta will be crucial on Sunday

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Bubba Watson was not too worried by his third round of 74 at the Masters, putting his two-over score down to being too pumped up.

The left-hander held a three-shot lead heading into Saturday at Augusta but by the close found himself sitting in a share for top spot on the leaderboard alongside fellow American Jordan Spieth.

"On Monday if somebody told me I would have shot two-over and still be tied for the lead, I would have taken it in a heartbeat."
Bubba Watson

Watson needed to make a tricky par putt at the 18th to keep him at five under, though he knows exactly what it takes to come through on the final day of the tournament.

In 2012 he came from three shots back to win his maiden major, beating South African Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off thanks to a quite stunning approach shot to the second extra hole.

Asked if the pressure was off because of his previous success, the Floridian replied: "Yeah, because if I shoot 90 tomorrow I still have a green jacket.

"But it's one of those things, you're still trying to win, it's still a tournament. We want to win, so we feel pressure.

"But knowing that I was losing going into the back nine when I won, and I know that I made four birdies that year in a row, you just want a chance on the back nine.

"On Monday if somebody told me I would have shot two-over and still be tied for the lead, I would have taken it in a heartbeat."

Putting problems

Watson's issues in his third round came on the tricky greens - he missed just one of 14 fairways and averaged 308 yards off the tee.

However he needed 33 putts, seven more than he required on Friday during his score of 68.

"I hit my driver really well but had a couple three-putts," he said. "If I don't three-putt, then, obviously, I'm winning instead of tied for the lead.

"There were a couple of shots I thought I hit pretty good, little bounces here and there. You're going to struggle probably one day, so if this is my worst day I'm still tied for the lead, I have a great shot for tomorrow (Sunday)."

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