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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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 2:30 pm

Tiger Woods shot his second consecutive 70 on Friday at Carnoustie and enters weekend play at even par for the championship, still in contention for major No. 15.

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Scott and Sunesson a one-week partnership

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 2:13 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Adam Scott has been in between caddies for the last month and went with a bold stand-in for this week’s Open Championship, coaxing veteran looper Fanny Sunesson out of retirement to work for him at Carnoustie.

Sunesson caddied for Nick Faldo in his prime, as the duo won four major titles together. She also worked for Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia before a back injury forced her to retire.

But for this week’s championship, Scott convinced the Swede to return to the caddie corps. The results have been impressive, with the Australian following an opening 71 with a second-round 70 for a tie for 16th place.

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“It's been going great. Fanny is, obviously, a fantastic caddie, and to be able to have that experience out there with me is certainly comforting,” Scott said. “We've gotten along really well. She's picked up on my game quickly, and I think we think about things in a very similar way.”

Scott was also asked about a potential long-term partnership between the duo, but he didn’t sound hopeful.

“It's just for this week,” he said. “It would be up to her, but I don't think she's making plans of a comeback. I was being a bit opportunistic in contacting her and coaxing her out of retirement, I guess. But I think she's having a good week. We'll just take it one week at the moment.”

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After tense Augusta Sunday, Rory ready to be aggressive

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 1:51 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy temporarily lost his superpowers during the Masters.  

In one of the most surprising rounds of the year, he played tentatively and carefully during the final day. Squaring off against the major-less Patrick Reed, on the brink of history, with the backing of nearly the entire crowd, it was McIlroy who shrank in the moment, who looked like the one searching for validation. He shot a joyless 74 and wound up six shots behind Reed.

No, the final round was nowhere near as dispiriting as the finale in 2011, but McIlroy still sulked the following week. He binge-watched TV shows. Devoured a few books. Guzzled a couple of bottles of wine. His pity party lasted a few days, until his wife, Erica, finally dragged him out of the house for a walk.

Some deeper introspection was required, and McIlroy revealed a healthier self-analysis Friday at Carnoustie. He diagnosed what went wrong at Augusta, and then again two months later at the U.S. Open, where he blew himself out of the tournament with an opening 80.

“I was worrying too much about the result, not focusing on the process,” he said. “Sunday at Augusta was a big learning curve for me because, even if I hadn’t won that tournament, but I went down swinging and aggressive and committing to every shot, I would have walked away a lot happier.”

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And so McIlroy has a new mantra this week at The Open.

Let it go.

Don’t hold back. Don’t worry about the repercussions. Don’t play scared.

“I’m committed to making sure, even if I don’t play my best golf and don’t shoot the scores I want, I’m going to go down swinging, and I’m going to go down giving my best,” he said. “The result is the byproduct of all the little things you do to lead up to that. Sometimes I’ve forgotten that, and I just need to get back in that mindset.”

It’s worked through two rounds, even after the cool, damp conditions led McIlroy to abandon his ultra-aggressive strategy. He offset a few mistakes with four birdies, shooting a second consecutive 69 to sit just a couple of shots off the lead.

During a sun-splashed first round, McIlroy gleefully banged driver on almost every hole, flying or skirting the bunkers that dot these baked-out, undulating fairways. He wasn’t particularly accurate, but he also didn’t need to be, as the thin, wispy rough enabled every player to at least advance their approach shots near the green.

Friday’s weather presented a different challenge. A steady morning rain took some of the fire out of parched fairways, but the cooler temperatures also reduced much of the bombers’ hang time. Suddenly, all of the bunkers were in play, and McIlroy needed to adjust his driver-heavy approach (he hit only six) on the fly.

“It just wasn’t worth it,” he said.

McIlroy hit a few “skanky” shots, in his words, but even his bigger misses – on the sixth and 17th holes – were on the proper side, allowing him to scramble for par and keep the round going.

It’s the fifth time in his career that he’s opened a major with back-to-back rounds in the 60s. He’s gone on to win three of the previous four – the lone exception that disastrous final round (80) at Augusta in 2011.

“I don’t want to say easy,” he said, “but it’s felt comfortable.”

The weekend gets uncomfortable for everyone, apparently even four-time major winners who, when in form, ooze confidence and swagger.

Once again McIlroy has that look at a major.

The only thing left to do?

Let it go.

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Z. Johnson may have to pay for the jet home

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 1:23 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Zach Johnson will have some bragging rights when he gets back to the ultimate golf frat house on Friday after a second-round 67 moved him into the lead at The Open.

Johnson is rooming with Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Kevin Kisner, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler this week at Carnoustie. It’s a tradition that began two years ago at Royal Troon.

Kisner joked on Thursday after he took the first-round lead that the perks for the house/tournament front-runner were limited: “I probably get to eat first,” he said.

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There is, however, one running wager.

“Two years ago we, I don't know if you call it bet, but agreement that, if you win, you get the jet and you buy it, so we go home,” said Johnson, who added that because of varying travel arrangements, the wager might not be needed this year. “I didn't pay last year. Somebody else did.”

Spieth won last year’s championship at Royal Birkdale.

Despite the expense, Johnson said he didn’t know how much it costs to charter a private flight back to the United States, but it’s a good problem to have.

“I’d be happy to fork it over,” he smiled.