Masters golf live updates: ‘Fatigued’ Tiger Woods finishes third round well back

Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt on the eighth green during the third round at the Masters. Photo / AP

Live updates of the third round of the US Masters at Augusta.

11.25am

Scheffler recovers from a horrible position to walk away with a bogey for a 71 and a three shot lead into the final round of the 84th Masters.

The Texan and the Florida-based Aussie will be the final pairing of Tomorrow. 22 of the last 36 Masters Champions have come from the final pairing.

Schwartzel went backwards after holing out for eagle at the 10th. Sungjae Im who finished second in the 2020 tournament along with Smith, sits in third.

Leaderboard

Scheffler -11
Smith -6
Im -4
Schwartzel -2
Lowry -2
Thomas -1
Conners -1

11.09am

Scheffler with a bounce-back birdie at the 17th to take the lead back to four but he goes well left off the tee on the 18th and is in the trees.

Schwartzel Meanwhile has had three bogeys over his last four holes and is now at two-under.

10.39am

Back-to-back bogeys for Scheffler and the lead is now three shots with three to play in the third round.

10.30am

Scheffler and Schwartzel both bogey the 14th. Smith finishes with a scrambling par on the 18th to card a four-under 68, currently the best round of the day. Unless Schwartzel has a strong finish, the Aussie should be in the final pairing Tomorrow.

Scheffler -10
Smith -6
Schwartzel -4
Lowry -3
Im -3

10.02am

Two-shot swing followed by a two-shot swing the other way. Scheffler bounces back with a birdie at the 13th while Cam Smith gets a bogey at the 16th. It’s back to a five-shot lead for the world number one.

Scheffler -11
Smith -6
Schwartzel -5
Lowry -3
Conners -2
Im -2

9.52am

Scheffler drops a shot at the par three 12th after finding the bunker at the front. Lead now at four and Smith faces a birdie attempt at the 15th to close the gap to three. The Aussie makes it – his third birdie at that hole this week.

Scheffler -10
Smith -7
Schwartzel -5
Lowry -3
Conners -2
Thomas -2
Im -2

9.30am

Cam Smith joins Schwartzel at six-under with a birdie at the 13th. Not many other players moving up in the pack. A few names dropping backwards. Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson both at one-under, have to still be thought of as contenders despite being 10 shots back.

Scheffler -11
Smith -6
Schwartzel -6
Lowry -4
Conners -2

9.24am

And a double bogey six to finish for Tiger as he cards a 78 for the third round.

He overshoots the green at 18 and lands in the seats. The chip goes by the hole and Tiger walks the ball down the slope. His return up the green leaves a seven footer for par which he misses and walks off the 18th with a six and ends the day seven-over for the tournament.

Tiger’s round

1 Bogey
2 Birdie
3 Par
4 Par
5 Double bogey
6 Par
7 Par
8 Par
9 Bogey
10 Par
11 Bogey
12 Birdie
13 Birdie
14 Par
15 Par
16 Bogey
17 Bogey
18 Double bogey

9.12am

Wow. Schwartzel from 136 yards out on the 10th hole and he holes it for an eagle. He jumps into Sole second at six-under. Scenes.

9.01am

Scheffler remains at 11-under with a par at the ninth start with a 33 on the first nine. Still six clear of second place Smith.

Tiger has a long birdie putt on the 17th, from 65 feet out, and clearly misjudges it leaving 21 feet for par.

‘That might be one of the worst putts I’ve seen from Tiger Woods,’ says the commentator. Ouch.

“I’m certain he’s fatigued.”

He goes by the hole with his par attempt and gets his second straight bogey. One hole to go. Tiger is now five-over.

8.51am

Woods drops a shot at 16. He seeded to have misjudged the wind with his tee shot at the par three and was probably a club short, finding the front of the green leaving a very long putt. Walks away with another three-putt bogey. He’s back to four-over with two to play.

Lowry drops a shot leaving Cam Smith in second on his own.

8.45am

Scheffler Picks up his fourth birdie through the first eight holes and takes his lead back to six shots. Playing partner Schwartzel also gains a shot at the par five and moves to four-under.

8.39am

Cam Smith joins Shane Lowry at five-under with a birdie at the 10th. You feel like either of those two need to gain a few more shots if they want to put some pressure on Scheffler Tomorrow.

Woods Misses a birdie putt at the par five 15th and remains at three-over.

Scheffler -10
Smith -5
Lowry -5
Schwartzel -3
Conners -3

8.23am

Nice for myself for Tiger at the 14th to remain at two over for the day, 13 shots back from Scottie Scheffler.

Scheffler has a chance to move to 11-under but his birdie attempt at the seventh rolls around the cup and doesn’t drop.

8.12am

Back-to-back birdies for Tiger as he has a 26 footer for eagle which falls short and he taps in for birdie at the 12th. Woods is now three-over.

Scheffler takes his lead to five shots again with a birdie at the sixth. The leader has three birdies and a bogey so far.

8.06am

The lead to cut again. Shane Lowry makes a birdie at the sixth to move to five-under and Cam Smith also picks up a shot at the eighth, he’s now four-under.

7.51am

Birdie for Tiger! And he does with a 14-footer right to left putt for a two at the par three 12th. A big cheer for his second birdie of the day. He’s now at four-over.

7.43am

Tiger’s putting just letting him down today. Another straight-forward five-footer goes wide and he takes bogey at the 11th to go to five-over.

‘He just looks fatigued’ says the commentator.

Leader Scheffler drops a shot for the first time today with a bogey at the fourth. Lead now back to five shots.

7.35am

Scheffler makes a five-foot birdie putt at the third and he’s now at 10-under, with a lead of six shots. Schwartzel drops a shot to move back to three-under so just Shane Lowry at four-under now.

Scheffler -10
Lowry -4
Schwartzel -3
Smith -3

7.20am

Scheffler moves to nine-under with a birdie at the par five second. Playing partner Schwartzel also makes a birdie and sits in a share of second with Shayne Lowry at five-under.

Back at the 10th and Tiger Woods walks away with a par to start the second nine. He now heads to Amen Corner.

7.08am

Scheffler looks in early trouble on the first after his approach rolls off the green but he deftly chips to within two feet and taps in for par. The world number one then smashes his drive down the second Fairway. He’s not playing conservative with a five-shot lead.

Dustin Johnson, Shane Lowry and Charl Schwartzel share second at three-under. Six players are a shot back including Defending Champion Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Will Zalatoris and Cam Smith.

Tiger drops another shot at the ninth as a testing par putt goes by the hole. Woods is now four-over for the tournament with a three-over first nine.

6.50am

Cameron Smith and 2020 Masters Champion Dustin Johnson both move to share the second with early birdies. Justin Thomas drops a shot after two early birdies and moves back to two-under. Everyone out on the course now as the leader Scottie Scheffler tees off – still with a five-shot lead.

At the par five eighth, Woods finds the Fairway bunker on the right with this tee shot and has to layup and walks away with his third straight on after that Shocker at the fifth to remain at three-over.

6.30am

Another solid drive for Tiger at the par four seventh but his approach is inexplicably well short of the green. Certainly Rust to his game which is understandable. But he bounces back with another great chip shot, this one a flip shot to get close to the green and makes the par.

The commentator says Woods looks to be laboring more than we have seen him this week. He has had a noticeable limp around Augusta.

6:18 am

Tiger stands on the tee at the par three sixth after four-putting the previous hole and he is not happy. Doesn’t help matters when he sends his ball into the front bunker. But he recovers with a masterful chip to get within a foot of the hole and taps in for par remain at three-over.

Justin Thomas the only name leaping onto the Leaderboard as he starts his round with two straight birdies through three holes to move to three-under and a share of second.

6:08 am

Trouble for Tiger with a double bogey six at the par five fifth. He’s three-putted from six feet. Woods is now three-over for the tournament. 12 shots back from the leader Scottie Scheffler who will tee off at 6.50am.

5:55 am

With the leaders waiting to make off, no one is making much of a move on Moving Day at the Masters.

The cool, Windy conditions are preventing anyone from going real low.

Only a handful of players are below par in the third round, led by Viktor Hovland at 2 under with four holes to play.

Tiger Woods is even through his first four holes after bogeying No. 1 and Bouncing back with a birdie at the par-5 second.

Scottie Scheffler came into the day with a record-tying five-stroke lead through 36 holes. Woods is nine shots back.

5 am

Tiger Woods has made his way off in the third round of the Masters, looking to slice into a nine-stroke deficit between him and 36-hole leader Scottie Scheffler.

In his first official tournament since a horrific car crash nearly 14 months ago, Woods made his 22nd consecutive cut at Augusta National.

Winning the sixth green jacket will be much more difficult.

Woods begins the round with a 1-over 145 score. Scheffler is at 8 under, five shots clear of the field and matching the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history.

Only one player who previously built such a big margin at the halfway point failed to go on to win the green jacket.

Even so, Woods believes he still has a shot in the difficult conditions.

“It’s going to be quick, and I need to go out there and put myself there,” he said. “If you’re within five or six on that back nine going into Sunday, you’ve got a chance. So I just need to get there. “

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