Sport Recaps

The Masters Recap: Round 3

Hideki Matsuyama becomes the first-ever Japanese golfer to hold a lead into the next round at the Masters after hitting the only bogey-free round of the tournament so far.

(individual player scores stated in parentheses)

Matsuyama (-11) overtook Justin Rose (-7) thanks to some fantastic iron shots. For Matsuyama fans, they would have been worried after seeing him squander an eagle opportunity on the 13th by triple putting. It only got worse on the 14th after a wayward drive, and a poor second shot, but then something clicked. Matsuyama recovered to make par, eagled the 15th, and birdied 16 and 17. His iron shots were played to perfection, leaving himself easy putts. The rest of the field will know that if Matsuyama keeps up the same form, they will not be able to catch him. 

He is chased by a group of four players all at -7 – Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman and Wiill Zalatoris. A further shot back is Corey Conners, with Jordan Spieth at -5. All of whom will be hoping for Matsuyama to come back to them, and very quickly. 

Ace in the pack

Corey Connors (-6) became the second player to ace a hole, after Fleetwood in round 1. Connors’ ace on the 6th was the first one at this particular hole, since Jamie Donaldson in 2013. Tommy Fleetwood made his ace on the 16th. 

Hope no one saw that

It is important to take a minute to feel bad for Billy Horschel (+4). His iron to the green was short, and ended up in the water. In such cases, players take a penalty, but not Billy. He took off his shoes and socks to the cheers of the watching crowd. Walked up to the green to have a look and then slipped down the hill on his way to take his shot. Unfortunately, he was wearing white trousers, which ended up leaving a brown stain on his behind. At least he made par. 

Moving day worked out very well for some, and ended the chances of others. So, with a round to go, will Matsuyama finally be able to win that major title?

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