MASTERS PRIMER: FINAL ROUND
LEADING: Defending champion Jordan Spieth holds the outright lead for a Masters record seventh straight round at 3-under par 213 despite making bogey-double bogey on the 17th and 18th holes. Spieth shot his second straight over par round, coming in with a 1-over 73.
LURKING: Former LSU golfer Smylie Kaufman, a Masters rookie, shot a 3-under 69 to climb into solo second place at 2-under 214. Two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer, at age 58, is another stroke back at 1-under 215, tied with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett are at even par. In all, 15 players are within six strokes of the lead.
LOUISIANA TIES: Former University High golfer Patrick Reed shot a 75 and is tied for 38th at 8-over. Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, with Lafayette native Ted Scott on the bag, went out first with a non-competing marker and shot 76 to end up in a tie for 48th at 10-over.
SHOT OF THE DAY: One-over par playing the par-5 13th hole, Kaufman faced a 227-yard shot over Rae’s Creek to the hole. He launched a 4-iron shot into the middle of the green and two-putted for birdie, setting off a string of three birdies in four holes to vault him into contention.
HOW’S THE WEATHER: A chance of early frost will give way to clear skies and temperatures in the upper 60s. There’s no forecast of rain and only light winds.
DEFEND THE CROWN: Spieth is trying to become the fourth back-to-back Masters winner ever. The others were Jack Nicklaus (1965-66), Nick Faldo (1989-90) and Tiger Woods (2001-02).
MAIDEN VOYAGE: Kaufman is trying to become the third Masters rookie to win. Aside from inaugural Masters winner Horton Smith in 1934, the only two are Gene Sarazen in 1935 and Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
TURNING BACK TIME: Langer is trying to become the oldest major champion by 10 years. The oldest was 48-year-old Julius Boros in the 1968 PGA Championship.
KEY STAT: Kaufman is the only player to break 70 the last two rounds.
KEY PARINGS (all times CDT):
Kaufman and Spieth, 1:45 p.m.
Langer and Matsuyama, 1:35 p.m.
Day and Johnson, 1:25 p.m.
Willett and Lee Westwood, 1:15 p.m.
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. – Final round coverage: CBS
6 p.m. – Green jacket ceremony, Masters.com
THE LAST WORD: “I know how important it is. I'm just going to go out there and just do my best. I think that's all I can do tomorrow, and just not try to force it and just try to have some fun.”