- Associated Press - Saturday, April 7, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - Rory McIlroy may have put himself out of contention at the Masters with a 6-over 42 on the front nine of his third round.

McIlroy, who started the day a shot off the lead, double bogeyed the first hole after hitting it into the trees right of the fairway and taking 3 to get down from the fringe of the green. He made another bogey with a 3-putt on the par-4 fifth hole, double bogeyed No. 7, and added another bogey on the par-5 eighth.

The double bogey on the first hole was the second of the week for McIlroy, the U.S. Open champion who was one of the favorites coming into the Masters.

McIlroy was eight shots off the lead going into the back nine.

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