A marathon Masters Sunday awaits after heavy rain cut yesterday’s third round short. Here our Masters Round 3 Recap.
Brooks Koepka leads the field by four strokes but there is still plenty of time left in the tournament as the leaders have only played six holes of their third rounds, meaning that 30 holes might have to be played today.
All eyes were on Jon Rahm who resumed his second round with the entire back nine still to play. Trailing by three, Rahm brilliantly defied the conditions and after birdies on both the 12th and 15th holes had reduced Koepka’s lead to just one.
Despite some superb golf, Rahm would eventually succumb to the conditions and the Spaniard would end up dropping shots on the 16th and 18th to end the second round trailing the American by two.
With a sharp turnaround, Rahm quickly found himself back out on the course for round 3. With the tournament organizers concerned about the weather, it was decided that the players would go out in 3s with half of the field starting their rounds on the 10th hole.
Despite not being acclimatized to the weather, Koepka carried on where he left off, producing some superb golf picking up one birdie and finishing on -13 after the first six holes.
Rahm in contrast was starting to feel the impact of playing almost 18 holes in brutal conditions. Dropped shots on the 4th and 5th holes put Rahm back to -9 and he will start today needing to overcome a four-stroke deficit. With the final trio on the seventh green, eventually, the rain won the day and play was abandoned for the day.
Tiger Woods kept up his remarkable run of making the cut at the Masters, sneaking in at +3. Woods has made no secret of the fact the benign weather conditions would impact his leg and so it proved. Walking with a heavy limp, Woods currently props up the field on +9. It remains to be seen whether this will be Wood’s last ever Masters but with better weather on the way, the fifteen-time major winner will want to end his tournament with a bang.
Make no mistake about it, this is Brooks Koepka’s tournament to lose. He has enjoyed a tremendous break with the weather but the American has played like the best player on the field. Whilst those around him have had their share of struggles, Koepka has been immaculate with the tee and unerring with the putter.
Koepka’s recipe for success has been simple, keep the ball out of trouble and make hay on the par 5’s. Par golf is likely to be enough for him to add to his major haul and it will be interesting to see if anybody can end up getting close to his lead.
Jon Rahm is still the second favorite but has worked on his hands if he is to win his second major. Whereas Koepka has been able to take advantage of the best weather conditions, Rahm has had to contend with the worst.
Despite the four-stroke deficit he currently faces, Rahm won’t be deterred. A birdie machine, he has the capability to turn this tournament around but he will have to be careful not to make any major errors otherwise this tournament might turn into a procession.
Despite a rough start to his third round, American amateur Sam Bennett still remains in outright third. Seven strokes behind Koepka, it looks unlikely that he will become the first amateur to don the famous green jacket but the odds of +7500 look hugely overpriced.
Four players will resume today on -5, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Matt Fitzpatrick, and Patrick Cantlay.
With eight shots to make up, they will need some help from Koepka but Fitzpatrick could be one to keep an eye on. Perhaps used to the tougher conditions given the fact he grew up playing in windy Sheffield, Fitzpatrick seemed to revel in the tougher conditions and was on his way to producing a superb third round before the weather hit.
The winner of last year’s US Open, the Englishman knows what it takes to win a major, and his price of +3000 could be one of the best prices of the day.
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