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McIlroy extends Masters lead to four shots

April 9, 2011 at 7:37 PM

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 9 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy extended his lead at the Masters Saturday, firing a 2-under-par 70 to build a four-shot advantage after three rounds.

The Northern Irishman, searching for his first major championship, entered the round tied for first and picked up steam as the day progressed, ending 54 holes solidly ahead at 12-under 204.

McIlroy birdied three holes on the back nine to establish a strong hold on the lead.

Former Masters champion Angel Cabrera registered a 5-under 67 Saturday to forge a tie for second place at 8-under 208 with Charl Schwartzel (68), K.J. Choi (71) and Jason Day (72).

Four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods, meanwhile, had a rough day after charging into contention with a 66 in Friday's second round. Woods stumbled to 2-over 74, falling into a ninth-place tie at minus-5.

Anther Masters winner, Phil Mickelson, carded a 1-under 71 en route to a 3-under 213, good for 18th place.

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