Masters day three: Dustin Johnson matches 54-hole record
Dustin Johnson had a place in the record books and a second major title in his sights as he took a commanding lead into the final round of the 84th Masters.
The world number one fired an eagle and five birdies in a flawless third round of 65 at Augusta National to finish 16 under par and match the 54-hole scoring record set by Jordan Spieth in 2015.
A closing 69 or better would see Johnson surpass the 72-hole record of 18 under, shared by Spieth and defending champion Tiger Woods, who was the last world number one to win the Masters in 2002.
Australia’s Cameron Smith, Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Korea’s Sungjae Im were Johnson’s nearest challengers on 12 under, with Ancer and Im attempting to become the first players to win the green jacket on their tournament debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
Tweet of the day
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee detailed Rahm’s unusual par on the 15th in round two, the Spaniard chipping in for par after opting not to go for the green in two, then hitting his third shot over the green and leaving his first pitch short of the putting surface.
Quote of the day
Bryson DeChambeau gave an interesting explanation for dropping shots on the 17th and 18th in his second round, an interesting one in the slot NetBet odds too.
Shot of the day
Dustin Johnson’s eagle on the second in round three was not captured by the television feed, but Matt Wallace’s from earlier in the day was not a bad substitute.
Round of the day
Dustin Johnson began the third round tied for the lead but separated himself from the pack with a stunning 65.
Statistic of the day
Tiger Woods fans could dare to dream thanks to this strange coincidence, but his chances of a successful title defence disappeared with a third round of 72.
The par-five second hole was again the easiest, playing to an average of 4.533 thanks to two eagles and 29 birdies.
The 18th played as the toughest hole with an average of 4.383, yielding just four birdies, 21 bogeys and three double bogeys.
On the up
Dustin Johnson’s chances of a second major title as he opened up a commanding lead.
On the slide
Lee Westwood: From winning the Race to Dubai to sitting outside the top 100 in the rankings
The Englishman needs a good end to the regular season if he is to make the DP WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP at Jumeirah in Dubai.
Japanese golfing hero Hideki Matsuyama’s top five PGA Tour victories
Following his victory on home soil in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP we take a look at the 29-year-old’s finest PGA Tour moments.
Mallorca champion Jeff Winther nearly missed final round due to bathroom drama
Winther’s six-year-old daughter had to come to the rescue.
Jeff Winther claims maiden European Tour title with Mallorca victory
The 33-year-old Dane finished one shot clear of Sebastian Soderberg, Pep Angles and Jorge Campillo.
Hideki Matsuyama triumphs on home soil to take ZOZO Championship title
Matsuyama finished five shots clear of runner-up Brendan Steele.
Hideki Matsuyama one shot in front heading into final round of ZOZO Championship
The 29-year-old Japanese held a three-shot advantage at one stage down the back nine.
Matt Wallace remains in contention at ZOZO Championship after strong finish
Wallace was two over par for his first 15 holes at Narashino Country Club but birdied the 16th, 17th and 18th to add a 69 to his opening 65.
Matt Wallace two shots off the lead after first round of the ZOZO Championship
Home favourite Hiroshi Iwata led the way on seven under.
Collin Morikawa looking forward to having fans back in Japan
The American is racking up the miles as he contends at the start of the PGA Tour season and the end of the European Tour campaign.
Rory McIlroy’s 20 PGA Tour wins: From the breakthrough in 2010 to THE CJ CUP last week
The Northern Irishman was supreme at the weekend, holding off the challenge of Rickie Fowler and Collin Morikawa in Las Vegas.