Third round highlights of the 82nd US Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 7 (Reuters) - Highlights from the third round of the 82nd U.S. Masters on Saturday:

TIGER FAILS TO MOUNT CHARGE IN THIRD ROUND

Tiger Woods failed to take advantage of favorable scoring conditions at a wet Augusta National, offsetting three bogeys with three birdies for an even-par 72 that left him at four over on the week and 13 shots back of overnight leader Patrick Reed.

MICKELSON ENDURES ROLLER-COASTER THIRD ROUND

Three-times winner Phil Mickelson had a roller-coaster round that included an opening triple-bogey and an eagle at the par-five 8th hole en route to a two-over-par 74 that left him at seven over on the week.

RAIN GREETS EARLY STARTERS AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL

Thunderstorms are in the forecast and could interrupt third-round action at Augusta National where a steady dose of rain greeted the early starters.

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Bubba Watson

Current odds: 16/1

World ranking: No. 21

Best Masters finish: Win — 2012, 2014

One thing to know: Bubba has two green jackets in his closet already but hasn't performed all that well at Augusta since last winning in 2014. That said, with a win at the WGC-Dell Match Play tournament at the end of March, he'll head to Georgia in great form, and could potentially find the magic that has already guided him to golf's most prestigious winner's circle.

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Phil Mickelson

Current odds: 16/1

World ranking: No. 18

Best Masters finish: Win — 2004, 2006, 2010

One thing to know: Mickelson has missed the cut in two of his past four trips to Augusta, but with three wins and six more top-three finishes at the Masters, its impossible to ever count him out as a contender.

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Rickie Fowler

Current odds: 16/1

World ranking: No. 8

Best Masters finish: T5 — 2014

One thing to know: Rickie Fowler is one of the players you'll always see on the leaderboard but rarely at the top of it. He's never won a major but does have eight top-10 finishes in golf's four biggest tournaments. His Sunday orange would clash with the green jacket should he win at Augusta, but I doubt he would mind the fashion faux pas.

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Justin Rose

Current odds: 12/1

World ranking: No. 5

Best Masters finish: 2nd — 2017

One thing to know: Justin Rose lost in a heartbreaking playoff to Sergio Garcia at the Masters last year and has finished in the top 10 at Augusta the past three years. There's little doubt he can play the course as well as almost anyone, but he'll have to get past the haunting memories of previous tournaments if he's going to win the top prize.

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Tiger Woods

Current odds: 12/1

World ranking: No. 104

Best Masters finish: Win — 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005

One thing to know: After Tiger's fantastic play to start the season, Las Vegas oddsmakers briefly made him the favorite to take home his fifth Masters title. His odds have dropped back a bit since, but he's still amongst the favorites, and if he does happen to string together four good rounds, has a chance to complete a comeback story for the ages.

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Rory McIlroy

Current odds: 12/1

World ranking: No. 7

Best Masters finish: 4th — 2015

One thing to know: Rory McIlroy is a threat to win any tournament he's in and is just a green jacket short of becoming only the sixth golfer in history to complete a career grand slam. He's finished in the top 10 for the past four years — is this the year he finally breaks through?

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Justin Thomas

Current odds: 10/1

World ranking: No. 2

Best Masters finish: T22 — 2017

One thing to know: Justin Thomas is one of the most consistent young golfers you'll find on tour. Coming off the best year of his young career, Thomas is in fine form entering the Masters, having won the Honda Classic back in February. He's close friends with Spieth, and seeing the two together in one of the final pairings on Sunday could make for some high drama.

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Dustin Johnson

Current odds: 10/1

World ranking: No. 1

Best Masters finish: T4 — 2016

One thing to know: Dustin Johnson is the top-ranked golfer in the world, and with good reason. His powerful drives are unmatched, and on an Augusta course that rewards players that can get far down the fairway, he's a solid pick to make a strong finish on Sunday.

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Jordan Spieth

Current odds: 10/1

World ranking: No. 4

Best Masters finish: Win — 2015

One thing to know: Spieth hasn't gotten off to a great start this year, but just finished tied for third at the Houston Open and is in better form of late. He proved he can win at Augusta, but will still be looking to shake off the memories of 2016 when he put two balls in the water on the 12th and eventually came in second after holding a 5-stroke lead on Sunday.

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(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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