AUGUSTA, Ga. – There were surprises all over Augusta National on Saturday.
In his first Masters, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth grabbed a share the lead with Bubba Watson heading into the final round. Fifty-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez, who makes his Champions Tour debut next week, shot a tournament-low 66 and is tied for fifth.
But the biggest surprise came from the man who slipped on the green jacket 52 weeks ago.
Adam Scott started the day four shots off the lead, but he ballooned to a 4-over 76 to finish tied for 16th, six shots behind Spieth and Watson.
“I just kind of compounded my mistakes early with a couple three-putts and got me off on the wrong foot today,” Scott said. “And with conditions being so hard, when you’re on the back foot, this is a very hard course to pull shots in.”
Scott was 4 over after five holes, and he did well to play the final 13 holes in even par. A birdie on the par-5 eighth hole seemed to settle him some, but he gave it back with a bogey on No. 9.
Scott did not take advantage of either par 5s (Nos. 13 and 15) on the back nine and recorded 76 on a day when the scoring average was 73.82. He’ll be paired with fellow Aussie Jason Day in the final round.
“If I can play a good front nine, anything can happen on the back,” he said. “It would be fun to post a number and sit in the clubhouse and watch.”