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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Despite a near-disaster 18th hole, Scottie Scheffler managed to get away with a round of 71 (minus-one) to maintain a three-shot lead at the top of the Masters after three round.
Scheffler entered the day with a five-stroke lead, tying the record after 36 holes on the Augusta National course. Throughout his round, he maintained himself at the top by a lead oscillating between three and six shots.
In the 18th, the 25-year-old Texan sent his tee shot into the tall pines to the left of the fairway. He found his ball, but had to take a penalty stroke because he couldn’t play it.
“We saw that the guy with the pennant who always finds the balls looked panicked,” Scheffler said. I was like, ‘Oh shit. What’s going on there?’ Fortunately, they found the ball. There, I only wonder how I was going to manage to reach the green. »
As he has done since the beginning of the week, Scheffler knew what to do.
After laying his ball in a more favorable environment, Scheffler landed a brilliant approach shot that brought him within feet of the flag on the back of the green. He then came within two feet of the cup with a first putt before sending his ball into the hole to pocket the bogey.
“Everybody hates to end up with a bogey, but the way I bogeyed it was almost like I had done par,” he admitted.
Scheffler also bogeyed on the 12th and 14th holes, between which he birdied on the 13th. He therefore finds himself with a cumulative minus-9 with a final round to play on Sunday.
He holds a three-stroke lead over Cameron Smith, who had the best round of the day at 68 (minus-4).
“It should be quite a battle tomorrow,” Scheffler said. Obviously, Cam is a great player and he has a fantastic approach game in addition to having recently won a huge Players Championship. We’re both in good shape, so I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing him tomorrow. »
As for Smith, he also seems ready to fight on Sunday. His recent successes have boosted his confidence and he feels capable of standing up to all the best golfers on the planet.
“It’s a very good feeling. I earned it. It’s not something given to you, he said. So, I’ll have to show up tomorrow and play some good golf again, probably as good (as on Saturday). Hope everything goes well. »
Sungjae Im, who led after the first round, follows at 4 under. Charl Schwartzel and Shane Lowry are tied for fourth at 2 under.
Despite everything, the week has been encouraging for the legendary golfer who participated in his first competition in more than 500 days.
Moreover, the day was difficult for almost all golfers as the mercury struggled to reach 10 degrees Celsius and the wind was blowing constantly.
Canadian Corey Conners is tied for 6th place with a cumulative score of 143 (-1).
His compatriot Mackenzie Hughes has a cumulative plus-9, in 48th place.
For his part, Tiger Woods ran into trouble by delivering a 78 card on the third day.
Ranking after the 3rd round (par 72):
1. Scottie Scheffler (USA) -9 (69-67-71)
2. Cameron Smith (Australia) -6 (68-74-68)
3. Sung-Jae Im (KOR)-4 (67-74-71)
4. Shane Lowry (IRL) -2 (73-68-73)
. Charl Schwartzel (RSA) -2 (72-69-73)
6. Corey Conners (CAN) -1 (70-73-72)
. Justin Thomas (USA) -1 (76-67-72)
8. Danny Willett (ENG) 0 (69-74-73)
9. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 1 (75-72-70)
. Dustin Johnson (USA) 1 (69-73-75)
. Jason Kokrak (USA) 1 (70-76-71)
. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 1 (73-73-71)
. Collin Morikawa (USA) 1 (73-70-74)
14. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 2 (72-69-77)
18. Viktor Hovland (NOR) 3 (72-76-71)
. Lee Westwood (ENG) 3 (72-74-73)
26. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 4 (72-74-74)
. Patrick Reed (USA) 4 (74-73-73)
41. Jon Rahm (ESP) 7 (74-72-77)
. Tiger Woods (USA) 7 (71-74-78)
45. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 8 (70-75-79)
. Bubba Watson (USA) 8 (73-73-78)