By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – The third round at the Masters began beneath a blanket of clouds on Saturday, with thunderstorms forecast as prone to arrive late within the afternoon whereas the leaders are on the again 9.
Not a drop of rain has fallen all week at Augusta National, permitting officers to get the course into the popular agency situation for essentially the most exacting check.
Halfway chief Justin Rose, at seven-under-par 137, tees off at 2.20 p.m. native time (1820) with rookie Will Zalatoris.
Weather forecasters predict a few 60% likelihood that storms will go by the realm at about 5 p.m. earlier than clearing out inside a few hours.
Englishman Rose compiled 9 birdies on the again 9 within the first two rounds, tied for essentially the most at the Masters within the final 30 years.
In the method he grew to become the primary participant to guide outright after every of the primary two rounds since Jordan Spieth in 2016.
There have been 5 wire-to-wire winners at Augusta National — Spieth in 2015, Raymond Floyd (1976), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Arnold Palmer (1960) and Craig Wood (1941).
Winner of 1 main in 66 appearances, the 2013 U.S. Open, Rose has a wonderful file at the Masters with out closing the deal.
Of his 5 top-10 finishes, he got here closest to incomes a Green Jacket in 2017, struggling a playoff loss to Sergio Garcia.
Ten gamers are inside three photographs of Rose beginning the round, together with Zalatoris and fellow American Brian Harman, who’re one behind, with Spieth and Marc Leishman two again.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Toby Davis)