Masters Tracker: Day 3 at Augusta National

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 9, 2016, 3:00 pm

The 80th Masters Tournament is this week in Augusta, Ga. is tracking the first major of the season through on-site reporting and social media. For additional Masters coverage, click here for full-field scores. All-times for the Masters tracker are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

7:31PM: Here's where the 80th Masters stands after three rounds. We'll see you tomorrow for the final round.

7:26PM: Well, that escalated quickly. Spieth (73) three-putts 18 for double bogey to finish at 3 under par. He leads Kaufman by one. Spieth lead by four coming off the 16th green, but finished bogey-double bogey.

7:24PM: McIlroy misses short birdie putt on 18. Brutal day for Rory (+2), no birdies and a 77.

7:18PM: Spieth with another poor shot. His third shot comes up well short. Long putt for par coming up.

7:15PM: And more tree trouble for Spieth on 18. This time he goes left. Meanwhile, Rory's in tight for birdie.

7:07PM: Spieth bogeys the par-4 17th. Drops back to 5 under par, still three ahead of Kaufman.

7:01PM: More history at stake for Spieth.

6:56PM: Spieth makes par on 16. Remains at 6 under par, but his drive on 17 goes way right into the trees.

6:53PM: Matsuyama pars 18. Shoots even par and finishes at 1 under, five strokes behind Spieth. Still, he'll be in the next-to-last group Sunday with Langer.

6:49PM: That didn't take long.

6:43PM: Back-to-back birdies for Spieth. With birdies on 14 and 15, Spieth reaches 6 under par, four shots clear of Kaufman.

6:40PM: Tough stretch for Matsuyama. Three-putt par on 15, three-putt bogey on 16 and a bogey on 17. Now 1 under par, four behind Spieth.

6:32PM: Willett just misses birdie on 18. Finishes at even par, five behind Spieth.

6:23PM: Birdie for Spieth: Jordan stuffs his approach to 7 feet on 14 and makes birdie. Back to 5 under par, three ahead of Kaufman and Matsuyama.

6:18PM: Matsuyama three-putts par-3 16th for bogey. He drops back to 2 under par with Kaufman, two behind Spieth.

6:13PM: Hey, Mr. DJ: Johnson gets up and down from a greenside bunker on 18 to finish at even par and he's only four back.

6:11PM: Spieth makes tough par putt on par-5 13th. Stays at 4 under par. McIlroy also makes par to stay at 2 over par.

6:07PM: Matsuyama three-putts the par-5 15th for par. He remains at 3 under, one behind Spieth.

5:59PM: Kaufman (69) just misses a birdie on 18. But he finishes at 2 under par and records the first sub-70 round since Thursday.

5:52PM: Langer (70) bogeys 18 to finish at 1 under. Playing partner Day (71) finishes at even par.

5:50PM: Spieth rebounds with a birdie on the par-3 12th. Lead back to 5 under par, two strokes ahead of Matsuyama, who birdies the par-4 14th for the second day in a row. Meanwhile, McIlroy misses a short birdie putt on 12 to remain at 2 over.

5:48PM: Not a good sign for Spieth ...

5:45PM: GMac weighs in ...

5:40PM: Wow, wow, wow. McIlroy (+2) makes a 10-footer for double on 11, and then Spieth three-putts for double, now 3 under and just one ahead of Kaufman, Langer and Matsuyama.

5:35PM: Yeah, about that ...

5:33PM: More ruh-roh for Rory: Finds the water on the par-4 11th.

5:31PM: Stats incredible!

5:23PM: Day bogeys the par-3 16th. He's also back to even par with McIlroy and Scott Piercy.

5:19PM: McIlroy's slide continues. Bogeys No. 10 and is now all the way back to even par, five behind Spieth.

5:17PM: Langer's birdie run ends on 16. He makes par to stay at 2 under, three behind Spieth.

5:13PM: Here comes DJ ... Johnson birdies the par-5 13th to move to 1 under par.

5:06PM: Just call him Birdie Bernhard... Three birdies in a row (Nos. 13-15) for the 58-year-old gets Langer to 2 under, three back of Spieth.

5:05PM: The leaderboard when the final group made the turn.

5:02PM: As the world turns... here's where things stand. And in this instance, "the world" obviously refers to Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Spieth turned in 35 (one bogey, two birdies) and McIlroy turned in 38 (two bogeys).

4:58PM: We bet Rory really wishes the anchoring ban hadn't gone into effect in January. First Adam Scott won twice on the Florida swing and now Bernhard Langer is a serious contender at the 80th Masters. Langer birdied 13 and 14 to get to 2 under on the day, 1 under for the tournament and in a tie for third (alongside McIlroy).

4:53PM: Count it! And don't count Jason Day out just yet...

4:49PM: What a Day! No, really. Jason Day just made back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 to move to 1 under, four back of Spieth and into a tie for third.

4:48PM: BIRDIE FOR SPIETH AT 8. Spieth moves back to 5 under total, 1 under on the day, and is three clear of Hideki Matsuyama. McIlroy made par at No. 8 to remain at 1 under, four back of Spieth.

4:45PM: Meanwhile, Matsuyama's making moves. Say that five times fast.

4:42PM: They certainly aren't making it easy on themselves.

4:32PM: I see your putt. I mean point.

4:30PM: Seven not heaven. Rory three-putts for bogey to drop to 2 over on the day, 1 under on the tournament. Spieth misses the green (right greenside bunker), then fails to get up and down. Bogey drops Spieth back to even on the day, 4 under for the tournament.

4:26PM: Snedeker makes birdie at 8 to get back to even par for the tournament, just five back of Spieth.

4:22PM: Day and Langer fall six off the pace of Spieth after bogeys at the 12th.

4:18PM: was the worst of times

4:13PM: The par-ty continues. So do the par puns. At the par-3 sixth, Spieth and McIlroy both make pars. Spieth still 5 under, three in front of McIlroy who's at 2 under (and in solo second).

4:10PM: Maybe Poults is drowning his sorrows with Kevin Kisner, who's somewhere drinking beer and laughing.

4:01PM: Put 'er there, par-tner. That's two pars at the fifth for Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Spieth maintains his three-shot lead over McIlroy.

3:52PM: Meanwhile, Jason Day is doing Jason Day things. Drove it absurdly far on No. 10. The world No. 1 is 1 under on the round, even for the tournament and just five back of Spieth.

3:47PM: Scrambled eggs...ellent! Both Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy got up-and-down from short, left of the green to save par. Spieth (5 under) still leads McIlroy (2 under) by three.

3:43PM: Bill Horschel can't catch a break on major championship greens.

3:39PM: What was that?!?! Spieth knocks his tee shot on the par-3 fourth WAY left, off the grandstand. And moments later Rory does the EXACT same thing.

3:35PM: Advantage Spieth. Spieth saves par at the third while McIlroy makes bogey. Spieth stays at 5 under, McIlroy drops to 2 under and into a tie for second with Scott Piercy.

3:29PM: Your 2016 Masters champ?

3:22PM: One under-par-round has been recorded at Augusta on Saturday - Louis Oosthuizen in with a 71.

3:21PM: BIRDIE FOR JORDAN! We repeat: BIRDIE FOR JORDAN at the second. Par for Rory. Spieth now has a two-shot lead (5 under) over McIlroy (3 under).

3:12PM: Joking? We're pretty sure he's serious.

3:06PM: Taking that whole 'hold on, tight' thing to a new level, we suppose.

3:03PM: No blood at the first. Pars for both Spieth and McIlroy to remain 4 and 3 under, respectively.

3:00PM: Enjoy it while you can. We have a feeling this is going to change after Round 3.

2:50PM: It's go time.

2:44PM: Bernhard Langer birdies the fifth. He's 2 under on the day and in a tie for fifth. The man is 58 years old.

2:41PM: Larry Mize, the 1987 Masters champion, birdied his first three holes Saturday ... on his way to a 78.

2:35PM: More on Jeff Knox:

2:30PM: Justin Thomas shot 78 on Saturday and is currently tied for last place. He knows what the final groups are about to face.

2:28PM: Is it finally Sergio's time? Probably not.

2:20PM: From the random files of Dan Jenkins:

2:17PM: Louis Oosthuizen, a pre-tournament favorite, cards the first red number of the day. His 1-under 71 jumps from 47th to T-25, at 4 over.

2:07PM: In case you are wondering about Jeff Knox, the Augusta National club member and regular weekend Masters marker didn't play out every hole, so didn't post a score.

2:02PM: We currently have five players under par for the day right now, including Bernhard Langer. The 58-year-old, two-time Masters champion is 1 under on the day and even par for the tournament.

1:52PM: Bubba being Bubba ...

1:50PM: One hour! We are one hour away from Spieth-McIlroy.

1:45PM: Golf Channel's Todd Lewis reports that the Masters' Competition Committee was "concerned" about how wind is affecting balls on the green. They feel like if they can get through the next 20 minutes that the winds will die down a little and things will be fine.

1:43PM: In anticipation for the Spieth-McIlroy pairing, here are some interesting numbers:

1:40PM: Bill Haas eagles the 13th, but not with a putter ...

1:33PM: Bubba Watson bogeys his final hole for a 4-over 76. He was playing alongside marker Jeff Knox, in 3 hours and 38 minutes, but likely won't be in last place come Sunday. Justin Thomas is currently one shot worse with two holes to play.

1:30PM: Jason Day begins the chase. He's on the course, at 1 over par and five off the lead.

1:22PM: Kevin Streelman joins Jamie Donaldson as the only players currently under par in Round 3. Streelman eagled the second.

1:18PM: Today is Seve Ballesteros' birthday. The two-time Masters and three time Open champion would have been 59.

1:12PM: Congrats, Jamie Donaldson! You are the only player (of the 35 to play a hole) under par for the day right now. Here's how he got into red figures:

1:08PM: Duval also added this:

1:05PM: "It's brutal." That's how David Duval described Saturday conditions at Augusta National. Wind gusts are expected to reach 30 mph, with temperatures in the 50s.

12:42PM: Some early highlights from Round 3. Check out that flag in the wind! Enjoy the day, fellas.

12:29PM: Rafael Cabrera-Bello is 2 under through three. He's to 1 over par and just outside the top 10.

12:15PM: And as long as we're doing Tom Watson deep dives:

Weezy, anything to add?

12:10PM: In case you missed it last night, Joe Posnanski captured Tom Watson's final round at the Masters. Joe, who has some special insight into Watson, provides a look into the mental and emotional makeup of one of golf's all-time greats. In short, Tom Watson's work ethic made him a legend, and his reserve kept him at arm's length. He didn't have the outgoing personality of an Arnold Palmer or Lee Trevino. Watson kept more to himself, and he stayed true to himself to the end on Friday.

Story here: Watson was never cuddly; he was just that good

11:50AM: An odd number of players (57) made the cut, meaning marker Jeff Knox is back in action. The Augusta National member who bested Rory McIlroy in the third round in 2014 is playing with Bubba Watson in the first pairing off this morning.

Bubba just made the turn at 3 over.

Knox with Rors back in 2014:

11:45AM: Few things in life like a good pin sheet. Round 3 hole locations:

11:40AM: More on Mize.

Also, because we're here:

11:25AM: Forgot about Dre Larry Mize. The 57-year-old, 1987 Masters champion opened his round with three straight circles thanks to a 62-foot birdie bomb on the third green.

He then bogeyed No. 4 ... but three straight birdies!

11:15AM: Here we go again. We're back with Day 3 of our Masters Live Tracker, bringing you the best news, notes and oddities from Saturday at Augusta National.

On deck today, will the Jordan Spieth-Rory McIlroy pairing live up to the hype? Will stiff winds once again frustrate our leaders? Can guys like Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson or even Bryson DeChambeau climb to the top of the board? Will Bubba Watson beat marker Jeff Knox? All that and more.

And here ... we ... go ...

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Suspended Hensby offers details on missed drug test

By Will GrayDecember 12, 2017, 11:30 pm

One day after receiving a one-year suspension from the PGA Tour for failing to provide a sample for a drug test, Mark Hensby offered details on the events that led to his missed test in October.

Hensby, 46, released a statement explaining that the test in question came after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship, where the Aussie opened with a 78. Frustrated about his play, Hensby said he was prepared to give a blood sample but was then informed that the test would be urine, not blood.

"I had just urinated on the eighth hole, my 17th hole that day, and knew that I was probably unable to complete the urine test for at least a couple more hours," Hensby said. "I told this gentleman that I would complete the test in the morning prior to my early morning tee time. Another gentleman nearby told me that 'they have no authority to require me to stay.' Thus, I left."

Hensby explained that he subsequently received multiple calls and texts from PGA Tour officials inquiring as to why he left without providing a sample and requesting that he return to the course.

"I showed poor judgment in not responding," said Hensby, who was subsequently disqualified from the tournament.

Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic, but he has missed six cuts in seven PGA Tour starts over the last two years. He will not be eligible to return to the Tour until Oct. 26, 2018.

"Again, I made a terrible decision to not stay around that evening to take the urine test," Hensby said. "Obviously in hindsight I should have been more patient, more rational and taken the test. Call me stupid, but don't call me a cheater. I love the game. I love the integrity that it represents, and I would never compromise the values and qualities that the game deserves."

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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

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Man of the people

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Growing family

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Departure from TaylorMade

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Squashed beef with Paddy

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Victory at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm