As of Saturday, April 7, 2012
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AUGUSTA — Around the green on No. 9, suddenly the crowd rallied around Matt Kuchar.
The Georgia Tech graduate ran in putt from about 20-feet for his third birdie of the day going out 3-under and taking a share of the third-round lead at the Masters.
Kuchar, playing in his sixth Masters, got a big smile on his face when the putt dropped and the growing crowd at the midway point erupted, many shouting “Kuch” as he acknowledged the support.
At 6-under for the tournament, Kuchar is tied for the lead with Louis Oosthuizen, who played the front nine 2-under, and a red-hot Phil Mickelson who just eagled No. 13 and is 4-under on his round.
Peter Hanson is a stroke back, but charging. The Swede is 3-under through 13 holes.
Both overnight leaders, Jason Dufner and Fred Couples, have fallen hard earlier in their rounds Saturday. Couples has lost three strokes, starting the day with a two straight bogeys before taking a double on No. 5. Dufner is 1-over on the day with bogeys on Nos. 4 and 6.