Friday, September 30, 2022

A brief look at the third round of the Masters

Augusta, Ga. ( Associated Press) — A brief look at the Masters in the third round on Saturday (all time EDT):

Leading: Scottie Scheffler, currently ranked No. 1 in the world, posted 1-under 71 and is 9-under through three in the round.

Trailing: Cameron Smith under 6 is three shots behind at 4-under 68, the lowest round of the day. First round leader Sungjae Im is at 4 under, Shane Lowry and 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel are at 2 under.

FADING: Tigers Woods started the day with a draw on Day 19. The five-time Masters champion finished in 41st place after 6 overs 78, his worst performance in 93 rounds of his career at Augusta.

Shot of the Day: Schwartzell pulled off the second eagle in the par-4 10th on the same day, when his approach from 136 yards landed 10 feet ahead of the flag before rolling back into the hole. Gary Woodland finished 10th on Friday. This is the first time in the history of the Masters that the hole has been eagled twice in the same tournament.

Key statistics: This is the third consecutive year that a player has entered the final round with at least three strokes. Hideki Matsuyama in 2021 and Dustin Johnson in 2020 both made four shots on their way to victory on Sunday.

Noteworthy: Sunday will be the first time since the 2015 PGA Championship that two players in the final pairing in a major will feature in the world’s top 10. Jordan Spieth (No. 2) and Jason Day (No. 5) played together on the final day at Whistling Straits, where Day won three.

QUOTEWORTHY: “I felt very comfortable. I don’t care if people are watching me. If you play this game for a living, you get used to seeing people,” Scheffler Said, who wants to get his first major title on Sunday.

Television: 2-7 p.m. EDT (CBS).

Leading time: Woods, 10:50 am; Schwartzel and Justin Thomas, 2:20 p.m.; Im and Lori, 2:30 p.m.; Smith & Schaeffler, 2:40 p.m.


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