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The Masters: Round 3 Virtual Caddie

Brutal pin placements will make Moving Day a survival quest

Updated: April 10, 2010, 3:29 PM ET
By Jeff Bradley | ESPN The Magazine
Ian PoulterTimothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty ImagesIan Poulter hops the pin placements will help him gain some separation on Moving Day.

Jeff Bradley, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, is down in Augusta for his ninth time covering the Masters. Each day, he'll set up the course conditions -- weather and pin placement -- for you via this Virtual Caddie feature, with help from Augusta native and five-time Masters participant Charles Howell III.

Hate to be an "I told you so" guy, but I told you so. With the help of Charles Howell III, who knows Augusta National both as a five-time competitor and a local kid who used to play the course on Caddie Day, I told you the pin placements Friday would keep the field from going way low. In fact, I predicted the leader would not get to minus-9, and wouldn't you know it, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood share the lead at minus-8.

Late in the day, I heard Nick Faldo say on television there were only four favorable pins on the whole course and I thought to myself, "I knew that." What's in store for Saturday? At the completion of his round Friday, Tiger Woods said, "It really is dependent on what they do with the pins." Here's what they did: