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Pair of ex-Arizona Wildcats fall out of contention at The Masters

Ricky Barnes had a frustrating third round, shooting a 3-over 75 to fall out of contention.
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Former Arizona Wildcats Jim Furyk and Ricky Barnes failed to mount a serious charge in the third round of The Masters on Saturday.

Each was in position to threaten second-round leader Rory McIlroy, with Barnes starting the day five strokes back and Furyk six shots back.

But McIlroy continued to go lower, shooting a 2-under 70, while the ex-Cats fell back. By the end of the day, Barnes and Furyk were at 2 under for the tournament, while McIlroy was four shots ahead of the field at 12 under.

Furyk made six bogeys Saturday. Barnes had five bogeys and a double bogey at the par-3 16th hole.

Barnes, who was at 7-under at one point Friday before falling back, is playing in only his sixth tournament of the season because of a balky back.

“I was trying to do too much stuff to help it; almost over-rehabbing,” he said on Thursday.

Barnes said he received a cortisone injection about 10 weeks ago to relieve pressure on bulging discs.

“I needed to get the inflammation down. It kept on pressing against it,” he said. “Don’t wish that upon anybody.”

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