Third-Round Notes – Saturday, April 8, 2017
Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high of 72. Wind WSW 4-8 mph.
Through 54 holes, there are 10 players under par. Since 2000, there have been as many as 37 (2011) and as few as none (2007).
Justin Rose 71-72-67—210 (-6)
Sergio Garcia 71-69-70—210 (-6)
Rickie Fowler 73-67-71—211 (-5)
Jordan Spieth 75-69-68—212 (-4)
Ryan Moore 74-69-68—212 (-4)
Charley Hoffman 65-75-72—212 (-4)
Third-Round Lead Notes
The third-round leader/co-leader has gone on to win the Masters Tournament 43 (out of 80) times, most recently Jordan Spieth (2015), Bubba Watson (2014) and Angel Cabrera (2009).
So far this season on the PGA TOUR, eight of 20 54-hole leaders have been able to convert for the win. Adam Hadwin most recently achieved the feat at the Valspar Championship last month.
Dating to 1991, with the exception of Zach Johnson (T4) in 2007, Bubba Watson (T3) in 2012, Adam Scott (3rd) in 2013 and Danny Willett (T5) in 2016, the Masters champion has been ranked no lower than T2 following 54 holes.
The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 on the leaderboard after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr. in 1959 (T13).
The eventual Masters champion has come out of the final Sunday pairing 21 out of the last 26 years, with Zach Johnson (2007), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012), Adam Scott (2013) and Danny Willett (2016) the exceptions.
The largest 54-hole lead at the Masters is nine strokes (Tiger Woods/1997/won).
The distinction for having the largest 54-hole lead that didn’t result in victory belongs to Greg Norman, who held a six-stroke lead after the third round in 1996, only to finish second.
Making his 12th start at the Masters Tournament, England’s Justin Rose made seven birdies and two bogeys to post the low round of the day with a 5-under 67. At 6-under 210, he will head into the final round tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia.
Rose birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to finish today’s round.
With scores of 71-72-67, Rose is one of just two players to have avoided an over-par score through three rounds this week. Sergio Garcia opened with rounds of 71-69-70.
This marks Rose’s 12th time to hold a 54-hole lead/co-lead in a 72-hole event and first in a major championship. Of the previous 11, he converted for the win at the 2010 Quicken Loans National, 2011 BMW Championship and 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Most recently, he finished T3 at the 2015 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational after holding a share of the 54-hole lead.
In 11 previous starts at the Masters, Rose has never missed a cut and has claimed four top-10 finishes. Of those, two have come in the last two years; 2015 (T2) and 2016 (T10).
Rose is making his 62nd major championship start this week, with a collective 12 top-10 finishes. He is the winner of the 2013 U.S. Open.
Rose is the winner of seven events on the PGA TOUR, most recently the 2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Making his 19th start in the Masters Tournament and 74th in a major championship, Sergio Garcia made four birdies and two bogeys to post a 2-under 70. At 6-under 210, he will head into Sunday’s final round tied at the top with Justin Rose.
This marks the 14th time Garcia has held a lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR after 54 holes and second in a major championship (2007 The Open Championship/2). Of the previous 13, he managed to convert for the win at the 2001 THE NORTHERN TRUST, 2004 AT&T Byron Nelson, and 2012 Wyndham Championship. Since the win in Greensboro, he has been the 54-hole leader-co-leader five times, but unable to pull out a victory.
In 73 previous major championships, Garcia has collected 22 top-10 finishes, but has never won. He has collected three top-10 finishes at Augusta (T8/2013, T4/2004 and 8th/2002). He ranks second among active players to have made the most major championship starts, without finding victory. Lee Westwood is making his 76th major championship start this week.
Since 1934, most major starts without a victory:
Miguel Angel Jimenez 71
Steve Stricker 67
Garcia is the winner of nine PGA TOUR events, most recently being the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson. He has collected 19 wins internationally, most recently being the Omega Dubai Desert Classic two months ago.
Garcia is making his seventh start of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season this week, where he has not missed a cut. His best finish is a T9 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
In his seventh start at the Masters Tournament, Rickie Fowler led the field in round three with five made putts from 10-20 feet (nine attempts). He posted a 1-under 71 to get to 5-under 211 and one stroke back.
Fowler’s only top-10 finish in the Masters is a T5 in 2014. That year, he finished all four majors inside the top five.
Fowler claimed his fourth career PGA TOUR title earlier this season at The Honda Classic. In addition to the win at PGA National, Fowler finished inside the top 10 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions (T6), Waste Management Phoenix Open (T4) and is coming off a T3 finish at last week’s Shell Houston Open.
Fowler hit 7 of 14 fairways in regulation in round three and 11 of 18 greens. After leading the field in round two with the fewest putts (23), his 27 in round three was just two more than leader Brian Stuard.
On the heels of a missed cut at last week’s Shell Houston Open, 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth continues to improve with each round. After opening-round scores of 75-69, he posted a 4-under 68 in round three to get to 4-under 212. In 15 rounds at Augusta National now, this marks his 10th sub-par score.
Following his opening-round 75, Spieth was T41. At even-par 144 through 36 holes, he was T10. Now, at 4-under 212, he will head into the final round two strokes back.
Of Spieth’s eight PGA TOUR wins, he has come from behind in the final round twice; 2013 John Deere Classic and 2015 Valspar Championship.
With a win Sunday, Spieth would become the youngest second-time winner of the Masters at the age of 23 years, 8 months, 13 days, surpassing Jack Nicklaus who was 25 years, 2 months, 21 days when he won his second Masters in 1965.
Youngest second-time winners
Jack Nicklaus 25 years, 2 months, 21 days (1965)
Tiger Woods 25 years, 3 months, 8 days (2001)
Seve Ballesteros 26 years, 2 days (1983)
Horton Smith 27 years, 10 months, 14 days (1936)
The youngest player in the modern era to win three majors was Gene Sarazen who won his third major, the 1923 PGA Championship, at the age of 21 years, 7 months, 2 days. Note: Young Tom Morris won his third major (1870 Open Championship) at the age of 19 years, 4 months, 26 days.
With a win this week, Spieth would become the third youngest player to win his third major.
Gene Sarazen 21 years, 7 months, 2 days (1923 PGA Championship)
Jack Nicklaus 23 years, 6 months, 0 days (1963 PGA Championship)
Bobby Jones 24 years, 3 months, 23 days (1926 U.S Open)
Tiger Woods 24 years, 5 months, 19 days (2000 U.S. Open)
Rory McIlroy 25 years, 3 months, 15 days (2014 Open Championship)
Texas boasts the most Masters champions with 13 wins. Prior to Spieth’s win in 2015, Ben Crenshaw was the last Texas native to win the Masters.
Jack Burke 1956
Charles Coody 1971
Ben Crenshaw 1984, ‘95
Jimmy Demaret 1940, ’47, ‘50
Ralph Guldahl 1939
Ben Hogan 1951, ‘53
Byron Nelson 1937, ‘42
Jordan Spieth 2015
For the second straight day, Ryan Moore posted a 3-under 69 and is at 4-under 212, just two strokes back.
Playing the Masters as an amateur in 2005, Moore was T6 through 36 holes and T21 through 54 holes. He finished T13.
Moore is making his ninth start in the Masters this week, with a T12 in 2015 his best showing.
In 38 major championship starts before this week, Moore’s best finish is a T9 at the 2006 PGA Championship.
Moore is the winner of five events on the PGA TOUR, most recently the 2016 John Deere Classic.
In round three, Charley Hoffman remained atop the leaderboard through 15 holes until a costly double bogey at the par-3 16th dropped him to 4-under-par. He would end the day with pars at Nos. 17 and 18 to get in at 4-under 212.
Hoffman, who is making his fourth start in the Masters Tournament, opened with a 5-under 67 in 2015 to claim a share of second place after round one. He followed it with a 68 to head into the weekend in second place alone, five strokes behind Jordan Spieth. Hoffman would finish T9 after weekend scores of 71-74.
Hoffman is making his 23rd major championship start, with his T9 at Augusta in 2015 his best showing.
Hoffman is the winner of four PGA TOUR events, with his most recent title coming at last year’s Valero Texas Open.
Additional Player Notes
2013 Masters champion Adam Scott overcame a 3-over 75 in round one with back-to-back 69s in rounds two and three. At 3-under 213, he will begin the final round three strokes back. En route to his 2013 playoff victory over Angel Cabrera, he began the final round one stroke back at 6-under 210.
England’s Lee Westwood made a nine-stroke improvement from round two to round three, going from 77 to 68. At 1-under 215, he will begin the final round five strokes back.
Making his first start in the Masters Tournament, 2017 Farmers Insurance Open winner Jon Rahm has opened with rounds of 73-70-73—216 (E). He will head into the final round six strokes back. Rahm made four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey (par-3 12th) in round three.
Number attempts before a first victory at the Masters:
1, Horton Smith, 1934
1, Gene Sarazen, 1935
1, Fuzzy Zoeller, 1979
2, Jimmy Demaret, 1940
2, Herman Keiser, 1946
2, Charl Schwartzel, 2011
2, Jordan Spieth, 2015
2, Danny Willett, 2016
2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel put himself in good position for the final round, posting a 4-under 68 to get to 2-under 214. Through 54 holes in 2011, Schwartzel was four strokes back at 8-under 208. With a final-round, 6-under 66, he won by two strokes.
Reigning FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy posted scores of 72-73-71—216 (E) and will being the final round six strokes back. After 54 hole last year, McIlroy trailed Jordan Spieth by five strokes, before finishing T10.
McIlroy is making his ninth start in the Masters this week, with his three top-10 finishes coming in each of the last three years; 2014/T8, 4th/2015 and 2016/T10. His lone missed cut at the Masters came in 2010 after opening with scores of 74-77—151 (+7).
Making his seventh start at the Masters, Jason Day made the cut on the number (6-over 150) and was the first player off in round three, playing with marker Jeff Knox. Day recorded a 3-under 69 and will begin the final round at 3-over 219.
Day has collected three top-10 finishes in his six previous starts at the Masters; 2011/T2, 2013/3rd and 2016/T10. He has never missed the cut, but withdrew after round one in 2012.
Age the age of 58, 1987 Masters champion Larry Mize was the oldest player to make this year’s cut. He opened scores of 74-76-79—229 (+13). The oldest player in Masters Tournament history to make the cut was Tommy Aaron, who was 63 in 2000.
Miscellaneous Masters Notes
First timers at the Masters (19): Thomas Pieters (-1/T9), William McGirt (E/T11), John Rahm (E/T11), Stewart Hagestad (A) (+5/T32), Brian Stuard (+5/T32), Daniel Summerhays (+8/T43), Adam Hadwin (+8/T43), Curtis Luck (A) (+9/T47), Billy Hurley III (MC), Hudson Swafford (MC), Brad Dalke (A) (MC), Tommy Fleetwood (MC), Toto Gana (A) (MC), Scott Gregory (A) (MC), Tyrell Hatton (MC), Alex Noren (MC), Si Woo Kim (MC), Mackenzie Hughes (MC), and Hideto Tanihara (MC).
Players won the Masters in their first appearance: Horton Smith (1934), Gene Sarazen (1935) and Fuzzy Zoeller (1979).
Amateurs at the Masters (5): Stewaret Hagestad (+5/T32) and Curtis Luck (+9/T47), Brad Dalke (MC), Toto Gana (MC) and Scott Gregory (MC).