By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – World quantity two Justin Thomas was the choose of some as the person to beat midway by means of the Masters, and a powerful begin to the third spherical on Saturday appeared to justify those that favored him.
Thomas’s spherical got here aside spectacularly with a triple-bogey at the par-five thirteenth, a grotesque butchering that each one however ended his possibilities at Augusta National.
He botched his third shot into the Rae’s Creek tributary, and compounded his distress by three-putting, one among a number of gamers to misjudge the velocity on that inexperienced after rain had slowed it.
“I probably just got stuck behind it trying to lift it in the air, and I just chunked it,” Thomas mentioned of his water ball.
“Then I kind of boned the chip shot.”
He carded three-over-par 75 and fell 10 strokes behind Japanese chief Hideki Matsuyama.
Thomas final November flirted with competition within the ultimate spherical right here, earlier than ending fourth.
He arrived right here with a sizzling hand after profitable the distinguished Players Championship final month.
Thomas lamented that he struggled after a one-hour-plus mid-round rain delay.
“I was playing great before the delay,” he mentioned.
“I just couldn’t adjust to the green speeds when I got back out. Everybody had to adjust to it, and I just didn’t do it as well as everybody else.
“It simply sucks to shoot your self just about out of it in a 10-hole stretch.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both; modifying by Jonathan Oatis)