Day three of The Masters was going alongside fairly the factor till the climate closed in, the thunder rumbled, there was a risk of lightning and the gamers had been hauled off the course.
It was all a little bit of a scunner. For these discovering the going powerful, a suspension can provide time to take inventory, regroup and collect ideas. For these making respectable headway, it may be the type of momentum stopper you’d get with a fender bender on the Washington Road.
And for these with house to fill on TV, the wi-fi, the inter-thingamabob and the good auld newspaper, it may lead to the type of padding you used to get in the shoulders of the jackets on an episode of Dynasty.
Whatever the state of affairs, you simply have to grin and bear it. For Masters debutant, Robert MacIntyre, the probability to savor each little factor about Augusta has been devoured up with appreciable relish. Even the premature adjournment of affairs would in all probability have been considered as a practice like no different.
MacIntyre’s look in the final two rounds was splendidly welcomed and rightly championed and the entrance 9 of his third spherical yesterday was the type of charming, topsy-turvy efficiency that ought to have been accompanied by its personal warning from the Georgia Met Office.
Over the course of 9 holes, this fearless left-hander scribbled down simply two pars. For the document, his outward half went like this: bogey, birdie, birdie, bogey, par, birdie, bogey, birdie, par. You definitely get your cash’s value with this intrepid younger man.
With a daring sense of journey, MacIntyre has all the time been a participant who throws caution to the wind. Augusta is a mighty adversary, however the 24-year-old has loved locking horns with it. The final couple of days has proved, as soon as once more, that the Scot has the admirable bounce-back-ability of a soccer supervisor’s cliche.
Before the horn was tooted, MacIntyre had made a six on the par-five thirteenth however, like his entrance 9, the salvage operation was swift and serene and a beautiful putt from the fringe of the 14th inexperienced dropped in for a birdie.
In the finish, a second successive 70 for a two-under tally had him lurking in the top-10. It has been an exquisite debut.
“The way I play golf, it’s aggressive,” he mentioned. “No matter where I play or who I’m playing with, I’m going after things. The way my scorecard goes, it’s a roller coaster, and it’s the way I play golf.
“I’m not here just to make up the numbers. I’m here because I got here on merit, and I’m here to win a golf tournament. If I wasn’t trying to win this golf tournament, I’d be sitting at home with my feet up watching it.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen. If I can go and shoot five, six-under par, we’ll set back and watch it all unfold. Who knows, maybe I’ll have a chance.”
When the third day was all mentioned and executed, the terrific Hideki Matsuyama had propelled himself on to 11-under with a wonderful 65 as Xander Schaufelle, Justin Rose, Marc Leishman, Will Zalatoris and others grasped at his coattails.
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Matsuyama’s again 9 of 30, which was highlighted by an eagle on the fifteenth, was an exquisite assault. The man for the land of the rising solar had mounted a rousing surge and, in his quest for a maiden main, was properly in command.
MacIntyre has emerged as one thing of a have-a-go hero. His fellow left-hander Phil Mickelson, in the meantime, has been having a go for years. At 50-years-old, the three-time Masters champion can nonetheless stir the senses regardless of the advancing years.
Mickelson’s love for the thrill of the chase stays unwavering whereas his long-standing sense of journey, artistry and cavalier recklessness stays a pleasure to behold as he courts threat and reward with a fearless disregard.
Having simply sneaked into the weekend with a three-over whole, Mickelson received himself ambling up the order with a three-under 69 which was completed with a trademark flourish.
The former Open champion discovered the bunker off the 18th tee after which plonked his second shot into the sand at the entrance of the inexperienced.
The Mickelson magic got here to the fore, although, and he produced an act of wizardry that will have had Merlin returning to the follow space in an effort to sharpen up. His splendidly managed dunt out the entice grabbed the inexperienced, spun to the flag and ended up inside a few toes of the flag. It was a wonderful par save which was a trademark of Mickelson’s mercurial majesty.
“This was a round, the first time in a long time, where I scored, where I just kept saving shots and putting it in the right spot,” he mentioned. “I didn’t really strike it as well as I did the first few days, but I scored. I got up and down a lot, and it felt good to shoot a number at least.”
The agency and quick circumstances for the eighty fifth version of The Masters has been clearly up Mickelson’s road and he added: “In my opinion, it’s set up perfectly to identify the best player, and the guys that are striking it well are up on the leaderboard, the guys that are putting it well. I love seeing it like this because you can score low, but you also need to respect it.”
There’s nonetheless life in the outdated canine but. “The challenge that gets the best out of me is trying to play and compete against the best players,” he mentioned.
Glasgow’s Martin Laird was additionally amongst the early finishers and his 72 left him on a one-over whole. On a day of delays, it was good to get dwelling and hosed.
Nick Rodger writes for the Glasgow National, a part of the USA Today Network. Hence the a number of references to “football” (which means Scottish soccer, we assume).