Justin Rose stretched his lead to 3 strokes early in Saturday’s third spherical of the Masters with three-time main winner Jordan Spieth on his heels and Canada’s Corey Conners leaping into rivalry with an ace.
Rose, who began the weekend with a one-stroke lead on seven-under 137, started with back-to-back birdies, sinking a clutch 12-foot putt on the opening gap at Augusta National.
The 40-year-old Englishman rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 second to succeed in 9-under.
Spieth birdied the second to hitch a pack in second on 6-under.
The electrifying second belonged to Conners, who aced the 180-yard par-3 sixth. He watched the shot bounce twice and roll into the cup.
Conners had began his cost with birdies on the par-5 second and par-4 third and answered a bogey on the par-4 fifth with the ace. the thirty third in Masters historical past and simply the sixth on the sixth gap.
The world quantity 43 adopted with a birdie on the seventh to hitch Spieth in a second-place pack at 6-under.
It was the second ace of this yr’s Masters. England’s Tommy Fleetwood aced the par-3 sixteenth on Monday for the primary.
It’s the seventh time in Masters historical past there have been two or extra aces within the occasion yr, with the document of three coming in 2004 and 2016.
Swirling winds have been anticipated to develop extra brisk forward of late-afternoon storms when the ultimate teams will likely be on the again 9 of what has been a lightning-fast format.
Rose, twice a Masters runner-up, received his solely main title on the 2013 US Open. The world quantity 41 has led or shared the Masters lead after seven profession rounds, probably the most of any participant by no means to win a inexperienced jacket.
“Day three plays pretty difficult here at Augusta National,” Rose stated. “You just have to keep hitting the shots.”
Rose is attempting to develop into the sixth wire-to-wire Masters champion after Americans Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), Ray Floyd (1976) and Spieth (2015).
Augusta National introduced prize cash figures Saturday with the identical totals as the previous two years, the winner taking house $2.07 million (1.7 Euros) from a complete purse of $11.5 million.
Thomas, the 2017 PGA Championship winner, will overtake Dustin Johnson to develop into world primary if he wins the inexperienced jacket after 2020 Masters champion Johnson missed the reduce.
Spieth snapped a four-year win drought final week in San Antonio. Only twice since 1960 has a participant received the Masters the week after a US PGA Tour victory — US left-hander Phil Mickelson in 2006 after a triumph in Atlanta and Scotland’s Sandy Lyle, who received at Greensboro the week earlier than taking the 1988 Masters.
Zalatoris might develop into the primary participant to win the Masters in his debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
“If I’m stupid enough to think I can play here, then I’m stupid enough to think I can win it,” Zalatoris stated.
– Horschel falls on rear –
Early Saturday starter Billy Horschel had a tricky time on the par-5 thirteenth gap.
After plunking his second shot into Rae’s Creek in entrance of the inexperienced, the American eliminated his footwear and walked barefoot down a greenside slope, then slipped and fell on his rear.
Horschel rose, brushed the grass off his white pants and stepped into the water, then punched his third shot onto the inexperienced on the way in which to a par.
South Korean Kim Si-woo, who broke his putter on the fifteenth gap Friday and used a 3-wood to putt on 4 closing pars, has a alternative putter — one which helped American Pat Perez win at Mayakoba in 2016.