LIVE BLOG: Live Coverage from Moving Day at The Masters
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7:50 p.m. – Third Round Complete
It’s been quite a day at Augusta National. Hideki Matsuyama owned the course. Justin Rose wobbled to another even par round. And a pack of contenders are lurking.
Matsuyama fired a 7-under, 65 and is in control, leading Schauffele, Leishman, Zalatrois and Rose by four strokes.
They lead a pack of 20 golfers under par, as conditions led to some nice scoring opportunities late.
Here’s a look at the gallery for Round 3. We’ll be back to power through the final round tomorrow!
7 p.m. – Remarkable Save Caps Brilliant Round
Hideki Matsuyama had to hit one of the more remarkable shots of the tournament to save par on 18, and boy did he.
From way behind the green, he flopped a shot onto the fringe that rolled close. It’s one you’ll have to see to believe.
A great way to finish off an impossibly briliant day. He’s now 11-under after his 65 and in control of the Masters as the third round comes to a close.
It was the first bogey free round of the tournament from anyone.
6:35 p.m. – Matsuyama Stretches the Lead
And for the first time this weekend, we have someone double digit under par. Hideki Matsuyama is having a stellar round, as he’s 6-under with two holes to play.
That’s gotten him to 10-under overall, with a two-stroke lead over Justin Rose.
Matsuyama now has a birdie putt on 17 as well. Some of these other guys need to get some strokes off or Matsuyama may run away with this.
(Edit: He just got another birdie on 17. He’s now 11-under. Wow.)
6:20 p.m. – A Big Crowd Up Top Now
Xander Schauffele just drilled a long putt for eagle on 15 and shot up to the top of the leaderboard… Wait, couldn’t even get that sentence typed before it all changed again.
Hideki Matsuyama just eagled 15 as well and is now at 9-under. Justin Rose just birdied 12 and is at 8-under. Schauffele in about 10 seconds time went from leading to tied for third with Will Zalatoris.
It’s the first time since Justin Rose first took the lead on Thursday that anybody else has held the lead alone.
This is getting good.
5:45 p.m. – Jordan Spieth Doing Jordan Spieth Things
It’s been a while since Jordan Spieth was relevant at The Masters, but he’s done a great job of getting himself in position this year, having lots of success in recent weeks.
He just holed out from the fairway on 10 to birdie and get himself to 5-under and a tie for fifth place. He’s got three birdies, two bogies and a double bogey today.
It’s always an adventure for Jordan Spieth.
5:30 p.m. – Where We Stand Now
As golfers are getting back to play, we now have a tie atop the leaderboard. Hideki Matsuyama just birdied the 12th hole, and he’s tied with Justin Rose at 7-under. Matsuyama is 3-under through 12 holes. Rose is even par on his round through seven.
One shot back from that duo is Marc Leishman and Will Zalatoris. Corey Conners is at 5-under thanks to a 3-under pace so far through 13. At 4-under is a big pack of Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Bernd Wiesberger and Brian Harman.
It’s a crowded board and there’s a lot of golf to play.
5:15 p.m. – Back to Play
Annnnnd we’re back. Let’s see what we can squeeze in before it gets dark.
Weather Update: Play resumed at 5:15 p.m. EDT. #themasters— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 10, 2021
3:57 p.m. – Weather Delay
And there’s the lightning. Time for a weather delay. We’ll be back later!
Weather Update: At 3:57 p.m. EDT, play was suspended due to inclement weather. #themasters— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 10, 2021
3:30 p.m. – We Need to Talk About Bryson
Bryson DeChambeau can crush a golf ball. We all know that now. He’s second so far in driving average this Masters, with 324.20 yards per drive. Cameron Champ is slightly better at 324.80.
But what’s all that great driving doing for Bryson? Quite frankly, not a lot. He’s currently 1-over for the tournament, as he just birdied the par-4 11th hole. But he’s got a double bogey, and two bogeys on his round today.
He has double bogeyed the par-3 fourth hole twice this week. He’s bogeyed the par-4 fifth every round. He is 4-under on the par 5 holes this tournament, but 4-over on the par 3s. If he can’t settle down on the shorter holes, the monster drives aren’t going to do much for him.
P.S. Our curse struck again. Justin Rose just bogeyed 4 and 5 to get back to 7-under. Sorry Justin.
3 p.m. – Rose Starts Hot
No chance that Justin Rose let the overnight pressure get to him. The leader came out hot with birdies on both opening holes.
That moved him to 9-under overall, three shots clear of the pack of golfers at 6-under.
2:25 p.m. – Hole-in-One For Conners
For just the sixth time in Masters history, we have a hole-in-one on No. 6. Corey Conners drilled a hot shot onto the green that bounced three times and plopped right in the hole.
The ace followed a bogey on 5, but left him 5-under for the tournament and near the top of the leaderboard.
2:15 p.m. – Mickelson Finishes 3-Under
A strong round for Phil Mickelson has him back in at least mild contention. The Masters veteran shot a 3-under par, 69 to get himself back even for the tournament.
With the conditions getting a little windier, and the leaders now heading out to the course, it may not be enough to truly contend, but it’s a nice feeling for sure.
Mickelson was joined by Francisco Molinari at 3-under today, and also at even par in the clubhouse. Webb Simpson and Joaquin Niemann each finished 2-under on their rounds and are in at even-par as well.
12:45 p.m. – Billy Horschel Gets Wet and Dirty
A difficult round for Billy Horschel at least got amusing on the par-5 13th hole. After hitting his second shot into the creek in front of the green, Horschel decided he wanted to play the shot anyway.
That led to a removal of both his shoes and a climb up the hill to see where he needed to hit the ball on the green. Unfortunately for Horschel, he slid on his backside coming back down the hill and now has a lovely grass stain on his very white pants.
Upside for Horschel, he did manage to land safely on the green and had a shot at a birdie somehow. He ended up parring the hole. He’s 5-over for the tournament currently, with three bogeys and a birdie on his round today.
Can’t wait until the photos come through our service. We’ll add them on here when they do!
12:30 p.m. – Red Numbers Early
There are currently 11 golfers with red numbers on their rounds so far. That’s a good start with a leaderboard that is sure to see movement today.
Kevin Na, Martin Laird, Webb Simpson and Phil Mickelson are all 2-under on their rounds for the best starts so far.
Our leaders don’t tee off until after 2 p.m. That leaves a lot of time for winds to pick up and bad weather to move in.
11:45 a.m. – Rahm in Good Position?
Jon Rahm knows his way around Augusta National. He hasn’t had a round over par in his last THIRTEEN ROUNDS. That’s a remarkable run that’s helped him get top-10 finishes in three of his last four starts at The Masters.
Last year he finished tied for seventh. In 2019 he was tied for ninth. In 2018 he was fourth. That’s a strong run.
Today, he’s started well with a birdie on the third that has him 1-under on the round and tournament. Will he be able to make a run to get back to the top 10?
(Update: He bogeyed 4 later and is back to even par.)
10:45 a.m. – Good Morning Phil Mickelson
You didn’t think we’d get through a weekend without talking about good ol Phil Mickelson did you? The cagey veteran BARELY made the cut, but he’s taking advantage of the morning conditions so far.
Birdies on the first and third holes have him at 1-over and looking for more. (In our typical curse fashion, he plunked his tee shot on 3 into the green-side bunker. Oops. Sorry Phil.)
10:25 a.m. – The Missed Cuts and a DQ
There are 54 golfers playing today who made the cut. That’s a decent number, and is exactly what the number would have been even with the 10-shot rule in effect, which it wasn’t this year.
That means 34 golfers who started the tournament are watching from home, or the patron area today. Of course that group includes defending champion Dustin Johnson, who was at 5-over and missed the cut by two strokes.
Also notably, one golfer was disqualified last night. Matthew Wolff apparently returned a scorecard with an incorrect number on 17. That results in an automatic disqualification. Of note, he was 11-over and wasn’t going to make the cut anyway. But he now has a DQ on his resume instead.
Wolff had a bogey on the hole, but his card had him with something better than that. Scores are kept by your playing partner, but the requirement to verify they did it correctly is on the golfer. Wolff may have just signed off not caring after his disappointing second round.
Statement from Tournament Headquarters:— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 9, 2021
Following his second round, Matthew Wolff returned a scorecard with a hole score lower than he actually made on hole 17. He was subsequently disqualified under Rule 3.3b(3).
10 a.m. – Hole Locations Today
If you’re in to golf torture, the crew at Augusta National has just the thing for you. Take a look at the pin locations today. Edges allllll over the place.
Particularly torturous on 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18… yeah this is gonna be an interesting day for championship golf.
9:40 a.m. – Welcome to Moving Day
It’s another beautiful day at Augusta National (for now) and the opening groups are on the course to start the day. Conditions are calm and only expected to get worse over the day. Could that prove to be a boost for the guys who need it most?
Here’s the groupings and tee times for today. We’ll have complete coverage all day, of what is sure to be a wild day with a crowded field.
- 9:40 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Paul Casey
- 9:50 a.m.: Adam Scott, Sebastian Munoz
- 10 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Phil Mickelson
- 10:10 a.m.: Jason Kokrak, Francesco Molinari
- 10:20 a.m.: Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
- 10:30 a.m.: Jim Herman, Joaquin Niemann
- 10:40 a.m.: Matt Wallace, Louis Oosthuizen
- 10:50 a.m.: Patrick Reed, Jose Maria Olazabal
- 11 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Harris English
- 11:20 a.m.: Tyrrell Hatton, Scottie Scheffler
- 11:30 a.m.: Kevin Na, Gary Woodland
- 11:40 a.m.: Jon Rahm, Martin Laird
- 11:50 a.m.: Abraham Ancer, Bubba Watson
- Noon: Henrik Stenson, Brendon Todd
- 12:10 p.m.: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Michael Thompson
- 12:20 p.m.: Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood
- 12:30 p.m.: Mackenzie Hughes, Robert MacIntyre
- 12:40 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Viktor Hovland
- 1 p.m.: Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones
- 1:10 p.m.: Collin Morikawa, Corey Conners
- 1:20 p.m.: Ryan Palmer, Cameron Smith
- 1:30 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele
- 1:40 p.m.: Si Woo Kim, Cameron Champ
- 1:50 p.m.: Tony Finau, Justin Thomas
- 2 p.m.: Jordan Spieth, Bernd Wiesberger
- 2:10 p.m.: Brian Harman, Marc Leishman
- 2:20 p.m.: Justin Rose, Will Zalatoris
A special thanks to our friends at Augusta National Golf Club.