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McIlroy makes miserable start

Rory McIlroy fell all the way from third to 19th with a terrible start to his third round in The Masters at Augusta.

But the 22-year-old was not alone in that - so did 52-year-old Fred Couples, the joint halfway leader, and Spain's Sergio Garcia.

Lee Westwood, though, was back into a tie for the lead after finishing his second round with a double-bogey six.

McIlroy's tournament had begun on Thursday with a double bogey and he had another on the 445-yard first today. This time the US Open champion's second shot went over the green, he then chipped off the other side and his next attempt ran back down the slope in front of the flag.

Back on the course where he went from four ahead to 10 behind with a closing 80 last April, McIlroy saved par from the guarding bunker at the short fourth, but by dropping another shot on the 455-yard next was back to one under par.

That put him four behind Westwood, who had birdied the long second, and Americans Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar, who holed a bunker shot on four and then hit his approach to the seventh to within a few feet.

Dufner, who blew the USPGA Championship last August and does not have a single victory on the PGA Tour, also birdied the second, but bogeyed two holes later after going right of the green.

Playing partner Couples, the oldest man to set the pace in The Masters at halfway, bogeyed the first two holes and then double-bogeyed the fifth, while Garcia, who had been one behind overnight like McIlroy and Westwood, dropped shots on three of the first four.

Justin Rose made a big move from 24th to joint third by covering the first 14 holes in three under, but then was desperately unlucky on the 530-yard 15th.

He went for the green in two and just made it, but after appearing to come to rest the ball started rolling back and finished in the water. It cost him a bogey six, but he was right in the thick of the action a month after grabbing his first world championship title.

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