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Masters final round: As it happened

Updated: Monday, 12 Apr 2010 00:09

Phil Mickelson has claimed his third Green Jacket winning the 2010 Masters by three shots. Overnight leader Lee Westwood played a solid round but never put together a decent run of birdies to challenge Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has claimed his third Green Jacket winning the 2010 Masters by three shots. Overnight leader Lee Westwood played a solid round but never put together a decent run of birdies to challenge Phil Mickelson

The final day of the 2010 Masters in Augusta didn't disappoint with Phil Mickelson taking the title and his third Green Jacket winning by three strokes from England's Lee Westwood. Read about how the final day's play unfolded with our minute-by-minute text commentary from day four of the Masters.

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00.07 Last word to RTÉ Sport's Greg Allen from his Twitter page: Extraordinary victory for Mickelson. One of the great Masters. He had no form coming into the week but knew he was ready and he was. (http://twitter.com/gregallenrte)

23.55 So Phil Mickelson is the 2010 Masters champion, winning by three shots from Lee Westwood with Anthony Kim a shot further back on 12 under. A good week as well for Tiger Woods - even if he won't admit it - and some great golf by the oldies with Fred Couples and Tom Watson playing some special golf. Not such a good week for the Irish trio with Padraig Harrington, Graeme MCDowell and Rory McIlroy all failing to make the cut. That's it for this year's live commentary, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we have, what a great four days of championship golf. Cheerio...

23.52 Lefty only goes and sinks it for another birdie and an incredible final round five-under 67. Green Jacket number three for Mickelson.

23.50 Par for Westwood. 71 for his final round was never likely to be enough with the strength of those around him. 13 under and second place.

23.48 Mickelson taking his time walking up to the green and visibly enjoying the reception. Westwood knows it's another case of the nearly man. Has to take one of the remaining majors this year - St Andrews perhaps...

23.46 And that's that as far as this year's winner is concerned. Lefty pops one onto the green within 20 feet of the hole. Westwood has a chance for birdie as well but it's all over now...

23.44 Tiger talking after his round says he is not sure when he will be playing again. Not happy with his fourth-place finish. Didn't appear too happy with his own performace, saying he played worse at the weekend than he did on Thursday and Friday.

23.40 Westwood tees off first. In second place on his own now. Great drive by Westwood puts pressure on Mickelson. Has Westwood left it too late to hit some form. Lefty just off the fairway in light rough but in a good place to secure the title with a good approach.

23.38 Westwood sinks his birdie keeping the pressure on. Mickelson looking at very tricky five-footer for par. Neat and tidy. Par for Lefty. Two in it going up the last. Tee shot is crucial here on the 18th.

23.37 Woods and Choi share fourth place posting 11 under for the tournament.

23.35 Third, and probably last, 'Tell You What' of the night. Tell you what, Westwood has almost chipped in for an eagle on 17. A two footer remains for a birdie with Mickelson a long way down the green so a very tricky two putt to save par. Could be a two-shot swing here...

23.32 Tiger enjoying the reception on the 18th green. He has to be happy with his week - where next for Tiger though??

23.27 Another hole closer to the title as both Mickelson and Westwood take par on the 16th. Two to play and Mickelson will have to do something crazy to lose this now. Couples settles for par and a very respectable nine under and probably a sixth-place finish.

23.22 No more hole in ones on 16. Birdie chance for both Mickelson and Westwood. Couples on 18th with a birdie chance to finish 10 under. That would be some effort.

23.18 Westwood can only par as Mickelson tips in to lead by three. Lefty can only lose this now unless Westwood does something incredible. Three to play.

23.14 Mickelson sets up another eagle putt on 15 - even a birdie here will almost put him out of sight. Looking like Green Jacket number three for Lefty. Ricky Barnes finsihes with a great chip in on 18 to post five under. Five under finish for Poulter as both finish tied for tenth as things stand.

23.09 No joy for Choi and Tiger on 16 - maybe birdies but too late at this stage.

23.06 Just a thought - can someone make it three hole in ones on the 16th - this hole could be the last chance saloon for some.

23.05 Tiger hasn't gone away, you know. Eagle on the 15th to sit four behind. Choi as well getting back into in on 11 under. Kim saves par on the last to lead in the clubhouse after posting 65, joint best score of the day.

23.02 Kim looking like he will just fall short - has a tricky par putt on the last to post a 12-under clubhouse score. Westwood has just saved par with a cracking 15 footer. Mickelson saves par to lead by two with four to play.

22.50 Eagle putt missed so Mickelson settles for a birdie. Westwood matches him to stay in touch. Tiger is now well and truly gone - putting for a birdie from six feet and ends up with bogey. It's all over for Woods now. And then there was four. Kim saves a grreat par on 17, while Choi still hanging in there.

22.42 Tell you what (second of the day), Mickelson has just hit what is probably the shot of the tournament. From behind a tree in the pine needles, Lefty has hammered one into the green and the ball rolled very close past the pin. Another eagle attempt, which could put him out of touch in this year's Masters.

22.40 Choi drops one on the 13th to sit two off the lead. Westwood is in trouble further back down the 13th. Westwood has failed to hit any form so far today but is still hanging in there and a couple of decent holes could see him challenge. Mickelson in the pine needles as well and looks to be attempting a near impossible shot.

22.33 Tiger nearly chips in for an eagle - catches the lip of the hole and leaves him with a five-footer for birdie. Looking like too little too late for Tiger as the rest of the challengers are playing too well, no one more than Anthony Kim who has just sunk another birdie on 16 to go to 12 under. Two to play for Kim.

22.30 Big birdie for Mickelson on twelve to take outright lead on 13 under. Lefty loving it...

22.28 TWITTER UPDATE FROM GREG ALLEN: Woods may have to be content with a top 5 now but extraordinary that he has been so competitive this week. Wait till he gets sharp!

Hmm, still two par fives there for Tiger to attack and other birdie chances should materialise. Tiger not giving up just yet.

22.24 Kim is right in it now after sinking the eagle putt on 15. One off the lead and looking like he will be posting a very tasty total in the clubhouse with all the pressure going back down the course to the final pairings. Couples and Mahan to eight under with birdie and eagle respectively.

22.22 The final-group crowd are really getting excited and if it's between Mickelson and Westwood going down the last it will be like a Ryder Cup scenario with the USA and Europe battling it out.

22.20 Kim's second on the par-five 15th is sublime and almost rolls into the hole - leaves him with a getable eagle chance to move to within one of the leaders. Tiger saves par with a cracking 15-footer. Tiger still in the hunt despite the fact that he's hitting some awful shots.

22.17 Amen Corner proving tricky for Woods as he finds the bunker on the 12th. Chips back across and just off the green with a very, very tricky chance to save par. Meanwhile, Anthony Kim is sneaking into contention, now on nine under with four to play.

22.12 Agony for Tiger as the ball creeps past the hole for bogey. Watney in the clubhouse on eight under after signing for a seven-under 65. BBC commentators starting to jump on the KJ Choi bandwagon acknowledging that he appears to be playing with the most control of the leading bunch.

22.05 Tiger in big trouble on the 11th - failed to get out of the pines on second shot and now looking like a very ambitious third out of the pines... Watching and typing and Tiger keeps ahead of me and nails the approach to within ten feet of the hole.

21.52 Looks like we can start knocking people out of contention. Ian Poulter, five under on the twelfth - best Poults can hope for now is a decent top six or seven finish.

21.48 First 'Tell You What' of the evening... Tell you what, KJ Choi is looking awesome playing alongside Tiger. Another birdie chance here for the Korean to share the lead with Lefty. And Mickelson has just made a mess of his tenth tee shot. I'm definitely thinking play-off for laters...

21.45 Nick Watney is seven under for the day going down the 18th. That's eight under overall and will post the clubhouse lead, in sixth place as things stand. Westwood three-putts on the ninth to give Mickelson the overall lead by a shot at the turn for home.

21.35 Make that nine under for the World Number One. Tiger just birdies the ninth to go under par for today and now only three off the lead. Mickelson in trouble further back down the ninth. Had to pop it out of the pine needles or pine straw as it is called in the American language.

21.30 Approaching the half-way stage and it is looking like it's going to be an action-packed back nine. Only two shots separate the top four with Couples and Choi really in the thick of it. And Tiger lurking on eight under with plenty of time to continue his assault on the leading pack.

21.22 Another birdie for Tiger after just missing out on another eagle. That's Tiger up to eight under after eight.

21.02 We all know about never writing off the Germans, but is there any Teutonic blood coursing through the veins of Tiger Woods? His eagle at the par-four 7th suggests there might be.

20.52 Ryan Moore just hits the second hole in one of the day at the 16th - Nathan Green hit one earlier. The pin position is just asking for it today. Maybe another one before the end of play.

20.48 Bouncebackability is in effect as Westwood birdies the fifth. Tiger just misses birdie chance but KJ Choi sinks his to move ten under, just two off the lead.

20.35 Westwood bogeys the fourth to drop back to 11-under. Jimenez almost puts his tee shot into the hole on 16, should be another birdie for the Spaniard

20.30 Manassero signs for an impressive level par 72 to finish four over and secure the top amateur award. Set to turn professional next year when he reaches the sage old age of 17.

20.29 Jimenez another of the early starters hitting a bit of form. And chips in on 15 for eagle to go two under, five under for the day. That's Jimenez into the top 15.

20.25 Bogey for Woods on four puts him on six under, six behind Westwood.

20.24 A bold statement so early on in the round but looking at the way Tiger is playing, it would appear that he is almost out of contention already. Another tricky par putt to follow. Pie of the humble variety currently cooking should Woods find his form.

20.22 Westwood looking a lot steadier now after three and Mickelson very comfortable after going par par par for the opening three holes.

20.15 Scott Verplank just misses a putt that would have made it eight under for the day. Stays on four under, seven under for the day after 15. Course record of 63 within grasp. Sergio signs for a 78 - ten over for the tournament.

20.12 Tiger looking very shaky on the opening holes - had to work very hard for par on last two holes. Stays on seven under after three. KJ Choi showing Tiger how to do it moving up to nine under with a decent birdie.

20.10 Amazing bit of footage as a leaf blows into Mickelson's line just as he hits his putt and almost stops his ball - just showed it again in slo-mo - may have been a twig or even a worm!! Bizarre stuff. Settles for par. Westwood back in front securing birdie.

20.08 Mickelson has a half chance of birdie on the second but Westwood should secure birdie after very decent long-range eagle effort.

20.06 Robert Allenby has finished ten over after hitting a decent 73 today. He says that conditions are perfect and he can see someone hit six or seven under par. Greens lightning fast but pin positions on back nine are very easy so lots of birdies to come by the looks of things.

20.04 Freddie Couples just sinks a beaut for his second birdie of the day. Nine under now after three - just two off the lead.

20.00 Tiger can't get out of the bunker in one after underhitting his third. Fourth shot gets him out of trouble so should save par.

19.57 TWITTER UPDATE FROM GREG ALLEN: Pin positions are very tough on the front nine. But it is a perfect day so some could shoot 68 or 67.Hard to see better than that. With Mickelson beside him and Tiger in front of him on the course, Westwood has to do this the hard way.Tough pins should suit him.

Very true Greg, if Westwood wins this he will have certainly earned it with that quality breathing down his neck.

19.55 Oops, that was Ricky Barnes earlier not Mahan. Birdie secured for Barnes to go seven under after three.

19.51 Poulter taps in for birdie to go seven under. Couples really should havge taken an eagle but settles for a birdie on the second. Tiger hits his second into the greenside bunker on the second - not the worst place to be. Par for Mickelson on the first. Looks like it will be all square going onto the second.

19.48 Westwood, on the other hand, has a horrible second shot out of the trees on the first. Clips one of the pine branches and stops on the fairway. Westwoods record on this hole at the Masters is 13 over - looking like it could be 14 after this.

19.45 Couples plays another cracker into the second green, Mahan goes one better and stops within two feet of the flag. Poulter does likewise on the third. Birdies all round here by the looks of things.

19.43 No nerves for Mickelson who pops it straight down the first fairway. Poulter just misses out on birdie on second. Tiger set to drop a shot on first. Another tricky two footer for bogey.

19.42 Westwood looking respendid, also in Sunday red with white slacks - straight into the crowd. Nerves are abundant on this first tee. Now for Mickelson.

19.41 Choi lofts a beauty out of the bunker to land safely on the first green - tough birdie effort ahead.

19.40 Phil Mickelson making his way through the crowd to the first tee - fist bumps and high fives all round. Lefty is looking relaxed and very confident.

19.35 Ian Poulter is all tartaned up for Sunday's final round and hits a nice second on the par 5 second. Just off the green, birdie chance coming up, I'd say.

19.30 Tiger Woods and KJ Choi about to tee off the first. Tiger looking majestical in his Sunday red. Oh dear, Woods drops his club in disgust as his ball heads towards the eighth fairway. Fun and games today... Choi pops one straight down the fairway and into a nasty bunker. Couples third shot is a beauty as he leaves himself with a tap in for a par on the first.

19.25 Excitement levels have risen considerably as Kim, Poulter, Couples and Mahan are all out on the course. Couples hits a horror drive and is playing his second over trees into the first green - just falls off the back of the green. Tough up and down to follow.

19.20 Scott Verplank is flying on four under for the day after eleven. Another birdie and he moves into the automatic qualifiers for next season. Top 16 and ties get the invite for 2011.

19.15 The 13th appears to be producing lots of eagle chances already today. The good weather is definitely helping the drive on this hole.

19.12 Manassero has to settle for a par after underhitting his birdie effort. Stays at five over, currently tied for 38th.

19.10 Young Italian Matteo Manassero has just hit a beauty into the par three 12th. The pin is in a very tricky spot on the right hand side with most players opting for the centre of the green. Manassero went straight at the flag nailing it to within ten feet. Should be great drama on this hole later on - definitely a place where a brave player can gain a shot... or see their challenge collapse.

19.00 Nick Watney is the first to show with a nice bit of form. Two under for the day to go three under after four. If he could get a couple more birdies before the turn he could put a bit of early pressure on the leaders. Trevor Immelman also on three under, one under for the day after two.

18.30 Sergio Garcia is sporting trousers that look more like track-suit bottoms. And we all know that you cannot wear shoes with trackie bottoms. Ian Poulter would certainly not approve. Having said that, his second shot into the tricky par 4 11th was absolutely sublime. Nice birdie chance here. Sergio's form is a bit up and down. Could the unthinkable happen and Garcia fail to qualify for the Ryder Cup? Surely a captain's choice either way.

18.20 Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Verplank and Ben Crane have all had a good start, the trio on two under for the day approaching Amen Corner. The under-par players are starting their rounds now with Kenny Perry first out, taking a par on the first to stay one under.

18.05 Soren Kjeldsen is now the leader out on the course after moing to one under after two holes. And it's been an up and down tournament for Australian Nathan Green and the 12th and 13th today seem to sum that up perfectly. Green hit six on the tricky par 3 12th, followed up by an eagle three on the par five 13th - welcome to Augusta National

17.40 Weather report - Latest news from the course courtesy of Greg Allen's Twitter update: 'Cool morning. Players warming up on the new practice ground. in hazy sunshine. Perfect forecast. Could be a great Masters Sunday.'

17.25 Hello and welcome to the RTÉ.ie text commentary of the final day's play from the Masters in Augusta. It's still a while before the contenders get going. At the moment, the level-par players are just getting going. So from here on in the top twenty-five will be teeing off every ten minutes or so.

Ernie Els is the best placed player out on the course at the moment on two over after three, one under for the day.