Saturday, April 08, 2017

Jason Day happy to avoid having a worse Masters score than marker Knox

Jason Day shot a round of 69 on day 3 of The Masters which leaves him (+3) going into the final round tomorrow
Jason Day shot a round of 69 on day 3 of The Masters which leaves him (+3) going into the final round tomorrow

Jason Day admitted he feared becoming another high-profile victim of the Masters marker after carding a 69 in his third round.
Day was first out on Saturday alongside Augusta National pro Jeff Knox, who has claimed a number of notable scalps in his role as playing marker for the weekend if an odd number of players make the cut          

Knox famously "beat" Rory McIlroy by a stroke in 2014 and he has also got the better of Sergio Garcia in the past, but Day managed to avoid similar humiliation in a round that featured four consecutive birdies from the 12th.
"I just didn't want Jeff to beat me," said Day, who lifted himself to three over and inside the top 30. "I heard that he beat Rory. He said he was nervous on the first tee and in my head I'm like, I'm kind of nervous because I don't want to let my marker beat me.

"So, it was kind of neck and neck. I bogeyed the second hole and he parred it so he had a little one‑up lead there for a bit, so I'm glad I ended up carrying out the back side."
Day is making his first start since pulling out of the WGC Match Play and revealing he was unable to "comprehend being on a golf course" as his mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Day avoided being beaten by marker, Jeff Knox
Day avoided being beaten by marker, Jeff Knox

Dening Day's prognosis has improved after surgery, and the world No 3 added: "I feel like I actually I can actually play golf again, which is great, when I play like that. I kind of let things go a little bit in the middle part of my round with not really capitalising on the opportunities I had, on seven and eight especially.
"But for the most part, birdieing 12 through 15 was pretty good. Hitting that shot up through the trees onto the green at 15 was pretty good as well. I didn't have much room, but I hit a great shot there."


Charley Hoffman regains two-shot lead

early in third round at Augusta National

Charley Hoffman opened up a two-shot lead as the third round of the Masters Tournament began to heat up at Augusta National.
The American had opened with a brilliant 65 but was reined in by the field on Friday before two birdies in his first four holes moved him to six under and back ahead of the pack.
Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler remained at four under after four holes, with William McGirt also at that mark having played five.
Jon Rahm and Jordan Spieth were then four shots off the lead.
Fowler made the first move as he took advantage of the par five second, with Pieters producing a wonderful pitch to also make a gain and pick up the shot he had dropped on the first.
A poor chip on the third from Fowler dropped him back into the pack and after a smart par save on the opener, Hoffman made a nice bunker save to birdie the second and hit the front.
He then put his tee-shot on the par three fourth to nine feet and he was two ahead, with Garcia making four pars after missing a putt from similar range.
McGirt had made birdies on the second and fifth to get to four under.
Rahm made birdies on the second and third to thrust himself into contention but bogeyed the fourth in his first six holes, while Spieth made birdies on the sixth and eighth as he approached the turn.
Søren Kjeldsen was in the group at one under alongside Paul Casey, Fred Couples, Ryan Moore and Adam Scott.
World Number Two Rory McIlroy was one over par.



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