AUGUSTA, Ga. — Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman may be a Masters rookie, but he finds himself firmly in contention at the 80th Masters after Saturday’s third round.
Kaufman shot the round of the day, a 3-under-par 69 in windy and firm conditions at Augusta National Golf Club, to put him at 2-under 214 for the tournament, one back of defending champion Jordan Spieth going to the final round.
Kaufman and Spieth will be in the final paring Sunday, teeing off at 1:45 p.m. CDT.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, the 24-year-old Kaufman qualified for this year’s Masters by winning his first PGA Tour title last October in Las Vegas.
At 1-over par after a bogey at the par-4 11th from the trees on the right, Kaufman vaulted up the leader board with birdies at 13, 14 and 16, then finished with two pars for his 69.
Kaufman will be trying to complete a rare accomplishment Sunday. Aside from the first Masters winner, Horton Smith in 1934, the only first-timers to claim the green jacket were Gene Sarazen in 1935 and Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.