AUGUSTA, Ga. – The latest on the Masters (all local time):
Pursuing her first major championship, Scottie Scheffler seeks to secure a big lead in the third round of the Masters.
The best-ranked player in the world took a five-shot lead over the first two days.
That coincides with the biggest 36-hole advantage in Augusta National history. Four of the five who did so earlier went on to capture the green jacket.
Scheffler, 25, made a comfortable pair in the first hole and is still five shots from the field. No one moves on a cool, windy day at the Masters.
First-round leader Sungjae Im started with a double bogey to throw seven shots behind Scheffler.
Tiger Woods also escaped a serious dispute. He scored four goals for No. 5 for a double bogey and made the turn at 3 for the day and a discouraging 12 shots off the lead.
A big stumbling block for Tiger Woods at the Masters.
Woods made the hard fifth hole at Augusta National for a double bogey. That dropped him 11 shots off the lead before Scottie Scheffler equalized.
The Woods putter was a big asset for the first two days, but had a three putt at No. 1 for a bogey Saturday. Then came big problems at number 5.
A wrong approach left Woods on the green 65 feet from the pin. He climbed a ridge less than 6 feet from the cup, only to need three more putts to go down.
With leaders waiting for the match, no one is making a big move on Moving Day at the Masters.
The cool, windy conditions prevent anyone from going down much.
Only a handful of players are below par in the third round, led by Viktor Hovland to 2 less with four holes to play.
Tiger Woods is tied in his first four holes after beating No. 1 and recovering a little bird in the second par-5.
Scottie Scheffler arrived on the day with a record five-time lead in 36 holes. Woods is nine shots behind.
Tiger Woods played in the third round of the Masters, looking to reduce a nine-stroke deficit between him and 36-hole leader Scottie Scheffler.
In his first official tournament since a horrific car accident nearly 14 months ago, Woods made his 22nd consecutive cut at Augusta National.
Winning a sixth green jacket will be much harder.
Woods starts the round with a score of 1 out of 145. Scheffler is 8 less, five shots off the field and equals the 36-hole lead in tournament history.
Only one player who had previously built such a large margin by half failed to win the green jacket.
Still, Woods believes he still has a chance in difficult conditions.
“It’s going to be fast, and I have to get out there and get in there,” he said. “If you’re within five or six of those nine by Sunday, you have a chance. Then I just have to get there.”
It seems like a tough day to get down at Augusta National.
With unusually cool temperatures and a strong breeze whipping through the course, the pair is likely to be a good score in the third round of the Masters.
Half the field has come out so far. Yes Woo Kim managed an eagle at No. 2 to return to the pair overall, but only three other players are below level in the early stages of the round.
Scottie Scheffler leaves at 2:50 pm EDT, with a five-time record lead in 36 holes.
The Masters winner receives a gold medal, a green jacket, a lifetime invitation to the Augusta National and a sterling silver trophy.
And this year, more money than anyone has ever earned in the Master.
Augusta National announced on Saturday that the winner of this year’s tournament gets $ 2.7 million out of a total $ 15 million scholarship. Both are tournament records.
It is close to a 30% increase over last year, when Hideki Matsuyama raised $ 2.07 million from a $ 11.5 million exchange.
In terms of total dollars, it is by far the largest one-year increase in Master’s history. As a percentage, the tournament experienced a major jump from 1982 to 1983, when the stock market and the participation of the winners increased by 40%. The 1982 winner won $ 64,000; the winner in 1983 earned $ 90,000.
The Masters scholarship and first place check now match what is offered in the first two stops of the FedEx Cup Playoffs: the St. Jude and the BMW Championship.
If Tiger Woods finishes eighth or better, he will eclipse just $ 10 million in Masters race earnings. An eighth solo would pay $ 465,000. Woods entered this week with $ 9,556,069 earned in his Masters career, by far the largest amount in tournament history.
It’s sunny, it’s cold and the third day of the Masters has started at Augusta National.
The temperature was in the 50’s when the games for Saturday began, unusually cool. But the rain of the beginning of the week has already passed, with swollen clouds the only thing blocking the view of the blue sky over the Masters.
Scottie Scheffler has a five-shot lead for the third round. He doesn’t arrive until 2:50 p.m., and will play with Charl Schwartzel.
Tiger Woods is nine shots behind to start the day. He leaves at 1 p.m.
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