5 Facts About The Masters Tournament
Justin Rosehad been in control of the year’s first major until a weather delay during yesterday’s third round changed the context of the tournament entirely, with rainfall leaving the greens substantially softer. After the players returned to the course, Matsuyama produced a blistering back nine to finish with a bogey-free 65 and leave himself in pole position to become the first Japanese man to win a major in history.
After an afternoon of heightened drama, though, that will be no easy task heading into the final round. A four-shot lead can disappear in a matter of minutes, as the world’s best players know from painful experience, and Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Marc Leishman all sit at seven-under-par. They are joined there by Will Zalatoris, with the 24-year-old American attempting to become the first debutant winner in 42 years. One further back lies Corey Conners, who benefitted from a hole in one at the 6th yesterday, and then there’s 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, who will need to produce a remarkable round in order to clinch a second Green Jacket. Follow all the action from Sunday at The Masters below:
MASTERS 2021: SPIETH BOGEYS FIRST
The worst start for Spieth. After finding the rough with his drive at the 1st, his approach rolls over the back of the green and he can’t get up and down. He drops a shot and falls back to -4, some seven shots behind the leader.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 19:25
MASTERS 2021: LOWRY PUTTING TOGETHER FINE FRONT NINE
Shane Lowry is playing some great golf on the front nine. Three birdies have him two-under-par for the round and he looks well set to better his T25 finish last November.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 19:18
MASTERS 2021: REED OFF TO A FLIER
Patrick Reed is too far back and has been left to rue some sloppy mistakes this week, having frequently worked himself into a position to contend. He’s started well again today, though, eagling the par-5 2nd after a magnificent 254-yard approach shot. He’s -3 and in a tie for 9th.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 19:14
MASTERS 2021: SPIETH UNDERWAY
Jordan Spieth starts six shots back of Matsuyama. It’s not an impossible mountain to climb but would take some sensational form and fortune. He slings a drive slightly out right into the rough. Alongside him, Brian Harman, who is one of the shortest hitters on the PGA Tour, chucks one onto the fairway.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 19:12
MASTERS 2021: ALL SMILES FOR MATSUYAMA ON RANGE
There are usually 10 Japanese reporters who trail Matsuyama throughout Masters week and he faces a slew of questions at every PGA Tour event. It’s not easy to understate his level of stardom back in Japan. He is bidding to become the first Asian man to win at Augusta and is carrying a great burden of pressure. He’s not showing it on the range, though, flashing plenty of smiles as he fine-tunes his driver.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 19:08
MASTERS 2021: FINAU WAYWARD OFF FIRST TEE
Not the ideal start to Tony Finau’s chase. He pulls his drive deep into the trees down the left. No such nerves for MacIntyre, though, who opts for a three-wood and finds the middle of the fairway.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 19:03
MASTERS 2021: NOT LONG UNTIL THE LEADERS
We’re just around the corner from the true beginning to Masters Sunday. Here’s a reminder of when the chasing pack and leader will head out:
19:00 R MacIntyre (Sco), T Finau (US)
19:10 B Harman (US), J Spieth (US)
19:20 C Conners (Can), W Zalatoris (US)
19:30 J Rose (Eng), M Leishman (Aus)
19:40 X Schauffele (US), H Matsuyama (Jpn)
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 18:58
MASTERS 2021: DECHAMBEAU WITH A DART AT 13
It’s been a fairly downhiller rollercoaster for DeChambeau, with back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12. He responds at 13, though, with a humongous drive that leaves only a short-iron into the par-5. He takes full advantage and that should be a relatively routine eagle putt.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 18:55
MASTERS 2021: TEMPERS FLARE
Augusta has gotten the better of many a player. Perhaps, we can add Billy Horschel’s name to that list after what can only be described as a tantrum. He’s two-over-par for his round and +6 for the tournament…
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 18:36
MASTERS 2021: COMMENTATOR’S CURSE
Just like that, Simpson is tumbling back down the leaderboard. It comes after a perfect drive at the short par-4 3rd, too. His first approach rolls back down the bank, as do the second and third attempts. The fourth somewhat inevitably rolls into the fringe at the back and a neat up and down saves an ugly double bogey. Those top-10 hopes aren’t looking too strong anymore.
Tom Kershaw11 April 2021 18:26