THE GREEN JACKET is up for grabs at August today as the final round of the Masters gets underway.
All the remaining players are now on the golf course, with leader Dustin Johnson making a solid start.
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Take a bow, Cameron Smith.
He's somehow struck a peach of a shot from the woods to stick it four feet from the pin on the par-four seventh.
And he finishes the job. Outright second position for Smith now. -14 and DJ's closest challenger.
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It's all going on now, folks.
DJ's recovery from back-to-back bogeys looks to have started. He's about five feet away from a much-needed birdie… and gets it! Back to -16 for the American.
He's also got his three-shot lead back because Sungjae Im (-13) has dropped a dolly on the same hole.
Abraham Ancer continues to toil. He's +3 for the afternoon and looks to be out of it.
And don't forget Rory! His 20-footer for eagle is beautifully judged by misses by a few inches. He tucks that away for birdie and moves to -11.
The ebbs and flows of golf, eh?
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- -15 Johnson (5)
- -14 Im (5)
- -13 Smith (6)
- -10 Ancer (5)
- -10 Frittelli (6)
- -10 McIlroy (7)
ONE SHOT LEAD
Dustin Johnson's first 57 holes: 2 bogeys.
Last two holes: 2 bogeys.
The American has dropped another shot and now his four-shot lead is down to just ONE. Welcome to Sunday at The Masters.
Sungjae Im somehow manages to save par having dropped a perfect lob out of the thick stuff and landed it four feet from the pin.
BROOKS AT -9
These leaders aren't making the most of Dustin Johnson tightening up.
Sungjae Im has missed the green with his second, Rory McIlroy pars the seventh, Cameron Smith dropped a shot and Dylan Frittelli bogeys to fall to -10.
Anyone fancy winning this?
DJ IN TROUBLE
You didn’t really think this was going to be easy, did you?
Fresh from missing a 9-footer for par at 3 – DJ has banged his tee shot straight into the bunker! And those bunkers on the fifth are extremely deep.
This is getting interesting.
DJ makes his first bogey in 33 holes on the par-three fourth and his lead is back to 2.
Are the cracks appearing?!
22-year-old Sungjae Im, who doesn't seem to be fazed by anything today, nearly bags a hat-trick of birdies but his effort comes up just short.
I just had a wee look at the odds.
It makes good reading for Dustin Johnson, who is now the 4/9 favourite to collect the Green Jacket tonight.
Sungjae Im is next at 9/2 and Cameron Smith follows at 10/1. Looks a foregone conclusion if the bookies are to be believed.
MAC ON A ROLL
Rory McIlroy continues his comeback with a beautiful 20-footer at the 6th for birdie. He's T6 and -10. That 75 on day one really did kill his chances. Shame.
No real moment from the back of the field today. Abraham Ancer, JT, Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay all +1 for the day.
ANCER DROPS BACK
Abraham Ancer, my EW selection, drops a shot at the third. He moves back to -11. That's annoyed me.
Moving swiftly on, there's there's better news for Sungjae Im. He birdies his second on the bounce and joins Cameron Smith on -14.
Quite a gap appearing now. Three shots separate DJ from Im and Smith, while another three shots separate them from Ancer and glasses-wearing South African Dylan Frittelli.
That's what the great champions do.
After scrambling a five at the second, DJ is a bit heavy-handed on the third when his pitched second runs high.
Par looks the best outcome but a divine left-to-right break on his downhill putt sees him register his first birdie of the afternoon.
He's just one off the all-time Masters scoring record of -18!
WHY? WHY NOT?
- -16 Johnson (2)
- -14 Smith (3)
- -13 Im (2)
- -12 Ancer (2)
- -11 Frittelli (3)
Hmmmm. Now what do we think about this.
Australian Cameron Smith has birdied the second AND third to move to -14. He's within striking distance of DJ, who must be blissfully unaware of the challenge.
“I'll obviously need a hot start and the back nine has been kind to me all week so hopefully it can be kind one more day,” is what Smith said about his round of 69 yesterday.
You've certainly had a 'hot start', Cameron.
Nearly. DJ looks to chip his third shot on the par-five straight at the pin but he's made an error and lands straight in the sand.
Tongues start wagging, fingers are poised to slate him on Twitter… but the world No.1 scoops it beautifully and saves par. Big moment that.
Im Sung-jae, however, guides a cracking three-footer in for birdie to move to -13. Abraham Ancer should do the same but prods it wide.
The first move has been made, folks!
Cameron Smith birdies the second and moves to -13. He's in outright second-place currently having shot 67, 68 and 69.
I know, I know, I'm getting ahead of myself but DJ's tee shot has found the first cut and his skiddy second just avoided the bunker. Could be interesting…
Best start today: Schwartzel -3 through 7 (starting at 10th tee). Worst start: Wallace +7 through 8.
OK, where's the pressure coming from then?
These final day leaders usually come a cropper when someone is breathing down their neck. Obviously the absence of patrons means that might not be as bigger issue this year.
Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama pick up birdies and both move to -9, still 7 behind leader DJ.
They are joined by Justin Thomas, who must be extraordinarily frustrating for punters with a few pounds on him. He's bogeyed the easy second par-five.
I blame myself.
Having flown out of the traps and sunk three birdies in the first three holes – Cameron Champ has triple bogeyed the par-three fourth. The charge might be over, folks.
Elsewhere the brief moment of a Dustin Johnson wobble was quickly extinguished. His drive went in the sand but a lovely escape shot has seen him tickle it in for par.
Neither Abraham Ancer or Im Sung-jae could take advantage. Pars all round.
Spare a thought for pre-tournament dark horse, Collin Morikawa…
Rory… Rory, Rory, Rory.
The Northern Irishman (-8) sent his second at 2 straight into the bunker. What followed next wasn't much better as he stayed in the sand before eventually getting out and tapping in for par.
Tommy Fleetwood (-9) has no such concerns. He found the green with his second and then two-putted for a birdie.
DJ UP NEXT
The final group is now on the tee at Augusta National.
Dustin Johnson still maintains his four-shot lead in the Masters 2020.
Jon Rahm has picked up from where he left off yesterday – with frustration.
The World No.2, who went viral earlier this week when skimming the ball across the pond at the 16th for a hole-in-one, has bogeyed the first and drops back to -8.
But one player who isn't struggling is Cameron Champ. He's cooking with gas today having just sank his third-consecutive birdie.
He judges the 3rd green perfectly to make an 11-foot birdie. Champ is now T7 on -9, level with Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama and Sebastian Munoz.
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