MASTERS PRIMER: THIRD ROUND
LEADING: Defending champion Jordan Spieth shot his first over-par round at the Masters, a 2-over 74, but still retained a one-stroke lead over Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy at 4-under 140. It’s Spieth’s sixth straight round with the solo lead, a Masters record.
LURKING: McIlroy, seeking to become the sixth golfer to complete the career grand slam (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship) is at 3-under 141 after a 71 that tied for the best round on a windswept day at Augusta National Golf Club. Danny Lee, who played the first two rounds with former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman, is two back.
WHERE’S SMYLIE: Kaufman shot an even-par 72 and is at 1-over 145, in a tie for 15th. Former University High golfer Patrick Reed is tied for 47th at 5-over. Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, with Lafayette native Ted Scott caddying, is at 6-over.
CUT DAY: The field of 89 players was trimmed to those within 10 stroke of Spieth’s lead. That turned out to be everyone 6-over or better.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Like Spain’s Sergio Garcia the day before, McIlroy saved par after pushing his drive right into the trees on the par-4 18th. From 167 yards out, McIlroy punched out about halfway to the green, wedged to six feet and still made his four.
DID YOU KNOW: This will be the first time in a major that Spieth and McIlroy, the world’s No. 2 and No. 3-ranked players, will play together in the final paring.
DID YOU KNOW II: CBS takes over coverage of the Masters this weekend, its 61st straight year televising the tournament. Former LPGA golfer Dottie Pepper will call the action from the 13th hole this weekend. She is the first female announcer ever to call the Masters for CBS.
KEY STAT: No one broke 70 for the first time since the third round of the 2007 Masters. The stroke average was 75.022, nearly a full stroke higher than Thursday’s average of 74.090.
TV and online coverage (all times CDT):
9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. – Featured group coverage: Masters.com
10 a.m.-noon – Masters On The Range: CBS Sports Network, Masters.com
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Holes Nos. 6 and 16: Live virtual reality streaming
10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner Live: Masters.com
10:45 a.m.-5 p.m. – Amen Corner 4K coverage
11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Holes Nos. 15 and 16 coverage: Masters.com
2-6 p.m. – Round 3 coverage: CBS
THE LAST WORD: “Hitting two balls in the water, 2-under is not a bad score. I’m just happy I get to play the weekend and have a chance.” - Lee
— Scott Rabalais