Australia’s tilt at keeping the green jacket is teetering as Adam Scott and John Senden fall back in the pack late in the third round at Augusta National.
Senden is two-over on his round through 13 holes to drop to two-under-par for the week while defending champion Scott is five-over through 14 to be two-over.
The pair are now well behind pace-setting American and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson who is six-under par for the week through 13 holes.
Watson leads by two strokes from countryman Matt Kuchar (68), Jordan Spieth (14 holes) and Dane Thomas Bjorn (13 holes) who are at four-under.
Senden, who started in the final group in second place, dropped four shots in the opening seven holes while Scott, starting in a tie for third, dropped as many shots in the first five holes to severely dent their hopes.
Senden bogeyed the first and third holes with a birdie on the second before three-putting the fifth for another bogey and making a mess of the seventh to make a double bogey.
He then attempted to resurrect his challenge.
A routine four on the par five eighth changed his momentum and a hole later the 42-year-old cracked a stellar approach into nine that went within a whisker of dropping for an eagle before a tap in birdie.
But a poor drive led to a bogey on the 11th making life difficult once more.
Senden missed a gettable birdie at the 12th but tapped in a nice birdie on the 13th to sit just four back once more.
Scott missed a short putt on the first to start the rot, went long on the par three fourth and eventually took double bogey and three-putted the fifth for another bogey.
The first Australian to win the green jacket made birdie on the eighth but then gave it right back with another bogey for an opening nine of 40.
His mediocrity didn’t end there after a uninspiring par from great position on the 13th and a poor approach to the 14th led to another dropped shot.
Earlier Jason Day shot a two-under 70 to move to two-over for the week.