Augusta, Co.- Tiger Woods Might be the biggest story in the 86th Masters.
But, everyone is chasing the hottest player in the world No. 1 Scotty SchefflerHe has a 5-shot lead in the third round on Saturday at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Scheffler’s advantage matches the largest 36-hole lead in Masters history. The other five players were guided by multiple strokes after two rounds, including Harry Cooper in 1936, Hermann Kaiser in 1946, Jack Nicholas in 1975, Raymond Floyd in 1976 and Jordan Spite in 2015. Everyone except Cooper won the green jacket.
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Here are the highlights of Saturday at Augusta National:
Can anyone catch Scheffler?
Scheffler, 25, has been on a meteor shower for the past two months. After failing to win his first two seasons on the tour, Scheffler has won three of his last five starts – the WM Phoenix Open in February and the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Technologies match play in March.
Since the official World Golf Rankings began in 1986, no player has won his first PGA Tour or DP World Tour event, climbing to World No. 1 and winning his first major championship in the same year. According to ESPN figures and information, 25 different players are set to become the No. 1 player in the world, and Scheffler has the opportunity to become the first player to achieve all three of those achievements in the same year.
But Scheffler has never been in the lead at a major championship. The second tie after 54 runs at the 2020 PGA Championship was his previous best; He finished in the fourth draw. Third World No. 1 holding or sharing a 36-hole lead in the Masters One of the previous two wins (Dustin Johnson In 2020) and one of them became famous (Greg Norman in 1996).
Can Scheffler take the lead?
“If anything, [having the lead] It gives me a lot of confidence, “said Scheffler.” [Friday], And my first thought was to try to build it because I felt like I was playing well. That would be the goal [the third round], To keep me in good condition, run the shots. As long as I am sure of everything, everything should be fine. The rest is not really up to me. “
Tiger Woods talks about his second round and is excited to have the opportunity to go over the weekend.
Woods, who has won five times in his first start at an official event more than 17 months ago, is 9 shots behind Schifler. But he is only 4 shots out of second place.
Woods, 46, had to work hard to stay in the mix after driving four of his first five holes on Friday. He bounced back with four birdies in his last 11 runs and missed some good chances.
All in all, it was a brave performance for Woods, who was seriously injured in a car crash outside Los Angeles on February 23, 2021.
“I felt good about how I fought [Friday], “Woods said.” I could have easily kicked myself out of the match today, but I kept myself in it. Tomorrow will be an important day, as cold and hard as they predict. It’s going to be fast, I need to go out and put myself there. If you’re five or six out of nine going on Sunday, you have a chance, so I’ll go there. “
Woods said he is pleased to have had his right leg surgically repaired lift through the first 36 holes.
“It worked well,” he said. “I hope I have no setbacks in the way I can go, but I have no setbacks. Everything was fine and hard. My team did a job of getting me there. After I went upstairs and broke down [my body] There, they go upstairs and repair it at night. “
Justin Thomas is not angry now
Justin Thomas Woods was with Augusta when he went to the Nationals a week ago, playing with his son Charlie in 18 holes, when he went to test his right leg. He played two nine-hole training rounds with Woods earlier this week.
On Thursday, Thomas did not appear to have received much course knowledge from the 15-time Major Champion. But after 76 runs in the opening round, Thomas warmed up and came back under 5 for 67 in the second. He is 10th under 1 with 36 holes.
Thomas matched the lowest score of the second round and kept his series alive with 18 consecutive cuts, which was longer than any player on the tour. His 9-shot improvement was outstanding among the players on the field.
“I do not even know how to describe it,” Thomas said in the opening round on Thursday. “I’m really angry after a round for so long. I do not know. It’s one of those weird days. [Thursday] I could not focus there. I could not go round. I could not enter the moment when the Masters first round was sad and sad. “
Thomas said he got out playing Fitch with his dog.
“I played with my dog for 45 minutes [his fiancee] Jill was out with me, “Thomas said.” I was kind of sad and cried for 30 minutes, ate dinner and went to bed. Everything is fine. “
That place reveals the best of them
Of South Africa Charles Schwartz, The 2011 champion, is in second place under 3. Ranked 172nd in the world, he has missed seven of the nine tours he has started this season.
“It didn’t determine how bad the results really felt coming here,” Swartzel said. “I actually took two weeks off. With two weeks to go, my confidence grew as I started to hit this match well and I could win. [I] I saw the old shots, and it still is. “
Swartzell said he had seen the highlights of the Masters win and was beginning to believe it could be done again. When asked what impressed him the most about winning the Augusta National competition 11 years ago, he gave a simple answer.
“I’ll put on the green jacket at the end,” Swartzel said.
Defensive Champion Hidegi MatsuyamaHe has been battling back and neck injuries and is in second place under 3 runs. Dustin JohnsonThe 2019 champion is in sixth place under 2. Danny WillettThe winner of the green jacket in 2016 is ranked 10th under 1.
Willett has missed the cut in four of his last five starts at the Masters. He has not reached the top 20 on the tour since finishing 18th in the RBC Classic in March 2021.
“We are in a good position,” Willett said. “I do not know [haven’t] I’ve been in this position for a while, and it’s nice to be there. “
Can Harold Warner III Break the New Drought?
Harold Warner III He was one of the last six players to make the Masters, making it into the top 50 in the world as of March 28. He makes the most of the opportunity he has.
Warner 2 is in sixth place after trailing 1-71 in each of the first two rounds.
Warner won the Saudi International by sinking a 92-foot eagle hole in the 72nd hole in early February. He finished sixth in The Players in mid-March.
“I think winning only brings success,” he said. “I never doubted I could win, but it never happened. I’ve been there, taken some high numbers when it was most important, and I guess maturity. But the biggest thing is to run my journey.”
Warner said he received some excellent advice from Woods.
“I’ll never forget, Tiger told me the big thing,” Warner said. “I asked him, ‘What does it take to win?’ He said, ‘Stop worrying about winning, and you’ll save it.’ . “
Warner is enjoying his first masters appearance with his parents and his young son Liam.
“It’s incredible,” Warner said. “I just saw my dad for the first time. He does not like to look. He’s very nervous, but I saw my mom. I can not wait to see my baby. Like I said before, he’s probably going. Throw me. Yes, it’s awesome.”