Dustin Johnson leads headed to Masters Sunday

The Masters

By: Ron Mintz

Dustin Johnson took a  four-stroke lead, and tied the Masters Tournament scoring record for 54 holes at 16-under par at Augusta National on Saturday.

With five birdies, an eagle, and no bogeys, Johnson shot a seven-under-par 65 in Saturday’s third round to take an impressive four-stroke lead over the field entering Sunday’s final round.

The record for the lowest four-round Masters score is 270, or 18 under par, set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and tied by Jordan Spieth in 2015. Johnson seems on his way to breaking that record and winning his first green jacket.

However, it is hardly over. Four strokes on Sunday at the Masters is big, but it can fade away somewhere between No. 1 and Amen Corner.

Johnson has had a great year but his record for closing majors while holding the 54-hole lead is 0-4.  Hopefully, he won’t think of that tonight, although the media reminded him of it in his post-round interviews.

Reminded of those losses after his round Saturday, Johnson said, “If I can play like I did today, I think it will break that streak.”

Third-Round Leaderboard
Dustin Johnson 65-70-65—200 (-16)
Sungjae Im 66-70-68—204 (-12)
Abraham Ancer 68-67-69—204 (-12)
Cameron Smith 67-68-69—204 (-12)
Dylan Frittelli 65-73-67—205 (-11)

Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith can become the first player to record four scores in the 60s in one year at the Masters, as they have three already, and Johnson will have to play with them chasing the title as well.

Sungjae Im who plays every week on the PGA Tour is a machine and he can, and has gone low in big moments like this.

In other words, it’s not over till it’s over.

Notes

World No. 2 Jon Rahm (72) and No. 3 Justin Thomas (71) fail to break 70 for the first time in three rounds; each
player held a share of the 36-hole lead and enters the final round outside the top five

Tiger Woods enters the final round in a tie for 20th after an even-par 72

Amateurs to make the cut: Andy Ogletree (T36/-2), John Augenstein (T50/E)

Johnson, Ancer, and IM tee off Sunday morning at 9:29 am

CBS will televise the final round from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. ET.

 

Ron Mintz @MintzGolf 

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