Who will don the green jacket as champion of the 86th Masters?
Scottie Scheffler enters the final round Sunday at Augusta National with a three-shot lead on Australian Cameron Smith. Scheffler was 11-under par through 11 holes during Saturday’s third round and threatening to run away with it before stumbling a bit down the stretch. He made bogey on four of the final seven holes to finish at 1-under 71 for the day and 9 under for the tournament.
Smith had the best score of the day with a 4-under 68 to get to 6 under through three rounds. Scheffler and Smith will tee off at 2:40 p.m. in today’s final pairing.
Sungjae Im was third at 4 under, while Charl Schwartzel and Shane Lowry were tied for fourth at 2 under. Corey Connors and Justin Thomas were 1 under and Danny Willett was even, making just eight golfers at par or better for the tournament through the third round.
ROUND 3 RECAP:Scheffler hangs onto lead, while Woods falls from contention
TIGER TROUBLES:Woods’ putter goes ice cold in his worst Masters round ever
SCOTTIE & TIGER:Separated by a generation and 16 strokes at the Masters
Tiger Woods, hoping to make a run at another green jacket 14 months after a horrific car accident, fell out of contention with a 6-over 78 for his worst round ever at Augusta National on Saturday.
Tiger Woods plays left-handed shot to save par on No. 13
Going for the green on the par-5 13th hole, Tiger Woods found himself in a bit of trouble when he missed to the left and found his ball obstructed by the branches of an azalea.
He couldn’t take his normal stance for his pitch to the green, so after some deliberation and discussion with caddie Joe La Cava, Woods decided to set up on the other side of the ball and hit his chip shot left-handed.
He made solid contact and got the ball on the green in regulation, then two-putted for a non-traditional par.
Through 13 holes, Woods is 3 over on the day and 10 over for the tournament.
Hottest streak of the tournament?
Russell Henley is having himself a day.
In a week where birdies have been tough to come by, let alone a string of them, Henley is on a tear. He made four consecutive birdies to close out his front nine, and is at 5 under for the day. He’s down to 2 over for the tournament.
There have been only 13 rounds in the 60s at Augusta National this week, and Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith have combined for four of them. Even the players who have gone low have only managed consecutive birdies, rather than running off several in a row.
But with the weather heating up, so did Henley. He began his run with a 20-footer for birdie on the par-3 No. 6 and made another long putt on No. 7. He put his approach shots on Nos. 8 and 9 within 10 feet, then made the putts.
— Nancy Armour
Tiger Woods shoots 2 over on Sunday’s front nine
Short-game woes continue for Tiger Woods in this year’s Masters. One of the greatest putters in golf history continues to misfire from 8-15 feet and as a result, he’s lost ground on the field midway through Sunday’s final round.
After making birdie on the par-5 second hole, Woods posted three consecutive bogeys by not getting his chips close and missing midrange putts. With a chance to get a shot back on the par-5 eighth, he had another eight-footer just miss the edge of the cup.
Woods enters the back nine 9 over for the tournament after shooting 2-over 38 on the front.
Three consecutive bogeys negate Tiger Woods’ strong start
Any thoughts Tiger Woods had of going really low on Sunday were thwarted by three consecutive mishit irons on the par-3 fourth hole, par-4 fifth and par-3 sixth.
Woods’ tee shot on No. 4 found the left-side bunker and he was unable to get up and down for par. Then after an excellent drive down the middle on No. 5, Tiger came up well short of the green, chipped to about 10 feet and missed another par putt.
On No. 6, he ended up short and right of the green. After chipping onto the green, he left himself another 10-footer for par. That one slid just past the hole.
That’s 18 bogeys so far for Woods, the most he’s ever had in his professional career at a single Masters.
Through five holes, he’s 2 over for the round, 9 over for the tournament.
Sunday charge? Tiger Woods birdies second hole
Tiger Woods may be too far back to challenge for another green jacket, but would it be any surprise to see him post a really low number in Sunday’s final round?
Aggressively attacking the par-5 second hole, Woods nearly held the green with a second shot that just barely cleared the front bunker. “One yard! One yard!” he yelled as the ball was in flight — and he got his wish.
From just behind the green, Woods used his putter to get close, leaving himself a tap-in birdie to get to 6 over for the tournament.
The birdie also makes this round the earliest he’s been under par in the entire tournament. He got his first birdie on Thursday at hole No. 6.
Tiger Woods begins final round with two-putt par
Clad in his traditional Sunday red, Tiger Woods has begun his final round of this year’s Masters. Woods found the left rough with his tee shot, but was able to find the green from 154 yards and two-putt for par.
Considering his putting problems on Saturday, a near-miss on his birdie attempt from about 30 feet away is a good solid start for Tiger.
2022 Masters final round betting odds
It’s no surprise that Scottie Scheffler is a commanding favorite entering Sunday. He is priced at -200 to win the green jacket, according to Tipico Sportsbook, while the second-place Cam Smith checks in at +250.
Scheffler’s odds to win entering the tournament were about 15-1 (+1500). Smith (6 under) trails Scheffler by three strokes going into the final round.
Tiger Slam clubs sell for more than $5 million
Tiger Woods wasn’t thrilled with his putter on Saturday at the Masters, but one fan was so excited with some of Woods’ old clubs that he dropped more than $5 million to get them.
The set of clubs that helped Woods win the Tiger Slam includes irons and wedges — nine Titleist 681-T irons, 2-iron through pitching wedge, as well as two Vokey wedges. One is a 58-degree wedge, the other a 60. Both wedges have “TIGER” stamped on them. The club that gets the most attention is the 8-iron because of its small wear pattern in the middle of the face.
The set sold on Saturday for $5,156,162 at Golden Age Auctions.
— Tim Schmitt, Golfweek
Heading in opposite directions
AUGUSTA, Ga. — They passed each other without fanfare Saturday afternoon at the Masters, Tiger Woods going one way, Scottie Scheffler the other, literally and figuratively.
Woods, transcending his game all week, much more than a sports headline, was on his way to shooting a disheartening 6-over-par round of 78, ending whatever distant dream he had of contending on Sunday less than 14 months after crashing his SUV, shattering his right leg and fearing that he might never walk again.
Scheffler, who had never won on tour until Super Bowl weekend and now can’t stop winning, having won three times in less than two months, brought that big lead to the first tee and never lost it, finishing ahead of the field by three strokes going into Sunday’s final round.
Even with a bogey on the final hole after hitting his drive on 18 into a massive bush, Scheffler, 25, provided such a stark Saturday contrast with Woods, 46. Scheffler is the favorite to win Sunday, while Tiger is no longer a factor in a tournament he said he believed he could win, even with a rebuilt right leg.
The difference between the two men after three rounds? A generation — and 16 strokes.
— Christine Brennan, USA TODAY Sports
Tiger Woods’ worst Masters round ever
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Perhaps it was the biting cold. The intense wind. The expected fatigue. Or, simply, a lack of concentration.
Whatever the reason, Tiger Woods did something in Saturday’s third round that he’d never done before in all of his years playing the Masters: He used his putter four times on a green.
A four-putt for double bogey on No. 5 was a snapshot of the horrors that played out for Woods on the greens. In all, he had the four-putt, four three-putt greens, and on two other occasions he was just off the green and used his putter three times.
It was the first time in his professional career that he had more than four three-putts or worse in a round. At the end, he put his signature to a 6-over-par 78, his worst score in 93 rounds at Augusta National. After posting 71-74-78, he was 7 over and 18 shots behind leader Scottie Scheffler when he left the scoring area.
“It’s just like I hit a thousand putts out there on the greens today,” Woods said. “Obviously it’s affected the score. You take those away and I have normal two-putts, I made even-par for the day. I did what I needed to do ball striking-wise, but I did absolutely the exact opposite on the greens.”
— Steve DiMeglio, Golfweek
Biggest 54-hole leads in Masters history
Scottie Scheffler has a chance to cement his place in history Sunday at the Masters, as he leads by three heading into the final round.
Tiger Woods, who won the 1997 Masters by 12 shots, entered the final day then with a nine-shot lead. Here’s a list of the biggest 54-hole leads at the Masters.
— Riley Hamel, Golfweek
The story behind a golf staple
AUGUSTA, Ga. — As catchphrases go, Jim Nantz’s “Hello, friends,” is, to borrow from another go-to expression, “Better than most.”
He’s delivered it for countless voicemail messages as well as in an episode of the hit CBS show “How I Met Your Mother.” So, how did Nantz coin his signature phrase? There’s a good story behind it that dates to almost 20 years ago.
Nantz was as close as father and son could be, and so it came as no surprise that he embraced helping his father, Jim II, endure Alzheimer’s with both strength and grace.
It was important to Nantz that his voice be in his father’s room, so he made sure his father’s assisted-living center in Houston always had his TV schedule. On his way to the 2002 PGA Championship, Nantz visited his dad and told him he was going to deliver a special coded message in the broadcast for him.
With an ever-present smile, a booming voice and a gift for gab, Nantz’s father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1995 and died in 2008, always owned a room. During the opening to the Saturday show, Nantz started the telecast by saying “Hello, friends,” an homage to his Pops, who had a knack for making fast friends.
— Adam Schupak, Golfweek
A special souvenir
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Greg Sissel of Denver was in the right spot at the right time Saturday at Augusta National to make a memory that will last a lifetime.
Sissel was in the gallery to the right of the 10th green as the final group came through in the late afternoon. He watched as Charl Schwartzel bombed a drive 344 yards, leaving a 136-yard approach that he laced perfectly above the hole, with the ball hitting about 10 feet above the hole before rolling back into the bottom of the cup for an eagle.
Schwartzel then pulled the ball from the hole and tossed it into the gallery as the patrons roared.
“We almost left to go to Amen Corner, but we decided to stay and I’m glad we did,” Sissel said. “When he threw it up, I said, ‘It’s coming our way,’ and if my friend had better hands he would have got it, but he fouled it off to me. That was the most exciting shot we’ve seen here.”
The eagle was just the 10th on the 10th hole in Masters history but the second this week as Gary Woodland did it during Friday’s second round.
— Dennis Knight, Savannah Morning News