Play was suspended at 5:30 p.m. Friday because of darkness with a four-way tie for first. No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Justin Thomas, Abraham Ancer and Cameron Smith sat a single stroke ahead of the rest of the field.
Rory McIlroy is on his sixth attempt to complete a grand slam. Coming into the second round, he was three over par. However, he shot a bogey-free second round with five birdies, finishing six under for the day and three under in total.
Over 40 golfers needed to finish the first 18 holes, ultimately creating two very different tournaments. Some players were competing on the typical Masters schedule while others are racing against the sun after waking at the crack of dawn to finish.
Follow the third round below.
Leaders (Updated: 5:16 p.m. ET)
1. Dustin Johnson -16 (F)
T2. Abraham Ancer -12 (F)
T2. Sungjae Im -12 (F)
T2. Cameron Smith -12 (F)
5. Dylan Frittelli -11 (F)
6. Justin Thomas -10 (F)
T7. Sebastian Munoz -9 (F)
Tiger Watch: Tiger Woods continued to stay in the middle of the leaderboard after a relatively quiet second day. On Friday, he shot all pars, a bogey and a birdie. He kicked off Saturday morning with seven pars (four consecutive to open the morning and three consecutive to close the second round) and a birdie on No. 15.
Woods had a roller coaster start in Round 3, finding the bunker on both No. 1 and No. 2. He stayed even through 18 holes thanks to a bogey on No. 11 followed by birdies on No. 12 and No. 15. He’s five under for the tournament.
Bryson Watch: Bryson DeChambeau has struggled despite shooting two under in the first round. He tallied four birdies on Friday; however, he matched each with a bogey. DeChambeau even shot a triple bogey on No. 3. Despite opening his morning with three birdies and a par, he finished his last two with bogeys. He’s even, and will play the rest of the weekend.
DeChambeau finished Saturday three under for the tournament thanks to four birdies, back-to-back ones to close out the third round. He had a single bogey, an improvement from his six in Round 2.
The 27-year-old did admit that he’s been feeling under the weather, saying he doesn’t feel 100% after completing his second round. He got checked for COVID-19 on Friday evening, and tested negative.
“I was feeling something a little weird two nights ago,” DeChambeau said after finishing his second round Saturday morning, “and I came out [Friday] and was fine for the most part. As I kept going through the round, I started getting a little dizzy. I don’t know what was going on, a little something weird.
“…I just feel kind of dull, and I’m out there just not fully aware of everything and making some silly, silly mistakes for sure.”
5:16 p.m. ET – Dustin Johnson made history in multiple ways on Saturday. He tied Jordan Spieth’s 2015 record for lowest 54-hole score in the history of The Masters. Johnson’s score of 65 is the lowest in the third round by a 36-hole leader since Tiger Woods in 1997. He’s the first player in Masters history with multiple rounds of 65 or better in the same week.
4:53 p.m. ET – A majority of the field has finished, including Woods, who had a silent Saturday, and DeChambeau, who worked to redeem himself after a rough first two rounds. Johnson, who has a single hole left, is on track to make history on Saturday evening. This will also mark the first night that the 2020 Masters has finished a round in a single day.
4:12 p.m. ET – Patrick Reed shot two birdies in a row followed by a bogey on No. 17. He sits at 10 under with a single hole to go, tied for sixth. With three holes to go, Johnson still holds a three-stroke lead at 16 under, the second player in the history of The Masters to reach 16 under during the third round. Im is working towards closing that gap, alone in second with 12 under after a birdie on No. 15 and par on No. 16.
3:40 p.m. ET – Bernhard Langer is two under through 54 holes, becoming the first player age 60 or older to be under par through three rounds at the Masters since Tom Watson in 2010. He finished the day one over for the third round. Koepka moves to No. 18 at eight under par on the week, three under for the day.
Johnson hit yet another birdie—his fourth of the day—with five holes remaining. He’s currently 15 under. In 2015, Jordan Spieth set the record as the only player in the history of The Masters to reach 16 under during the third round.
3:05 p.m. ET – Johnson is halfway through the course and still leads five under for the day, 14 under for the tournament. If he continues down this path, this would be his 10th consecutive round under par at The Masters, tying Tiger Woods’s all-time tournament record (2000–02).
Im chipped in his third birdie of the round with seven holes to go.
2:35 p.m. ET – Johnson is on the cusp of potentially setting a new 54-hole record at the Masters, which was set by Jordan Spieth at 16 under in 2015. He’s currently 14 under with 10 holes to go.
Rory McIlroy hit a birdie on No. 6, which moves him to six under. Jon Rahm hit a tree trying to put his ball back into play, and had to take an unplayable.
2:00 p.m. ET – Thomas moved to a solo second following a birdie on No. 6 while Tiger made his first birdie of the day at No. 12 after a bogey on No. 11, moving him to four under.
Johnson continues to power through the third round, extending his lead with a birdie on No. 7. It’s his third of the day.
1:35 p.m. ET – After seven consecutive pars to open his third round, Woods bogeyed No. 8 to fall to four under. Although Koepka opened his first three holes at two under, he has played his last five at two over. Rory McIlroy hit a birdie on No. 12 (his fifth of the day), pushing him to five under on the round and eight under on the week. He’s currently T9. Meanwhile, Matsuyama putted a long birdie on No. 6 to move him within four of the lead.
1:00 p.m. ET – Thanks to an eagle on No. 2 and birdie on No. 3 and No. 4, Dustin Johnson leaps to a 13-under lead, pushing his lead to three.
12:35 p.m. ET – With everyone who qualified now teed off for the third round, there was briefly a nine-way tie for first. Now, Dustin Johnson has sole ownership over the lead at 11 under. Meanwhile, Brooks Koepka is four away from the lead while Woods is six away at five under
Andy Ogletree is the low amateur in the field after a birdie on No. 12.
12:00 p.m. ET – Woods continues to hit even with par through four holes. Louis Oosthuizen led the field in strokes gained approach through the first two rounds. According to 15th Club’s Justin Ray, “players to lead in that statistic the last five years at The Masters have finished 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st.” Currently, he’s one over for the day after a bogey on No. 2.
11:25 a.m. ET – Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy and Fowler are the only ones under par so far this round, all being one under early. Woods was able to recover after finding the bunker on No. 2, shooting par.
11:05 a.m. ET – Woods opened up his third round with firing the ball into a bunker, ending with par on No. 1. He found the bunker, again, on No. 2, and is searching for the green. Rickie Fowler also followed an up-and-down pattern on No. 1 to find par. He’s four under.
10:40 a.m. ET – The third round is underway, and Tiger Woods is slotted to tee off within the next few minutes.
10:20 a.m. ET – The second round is complete, and there is a five-way tie for first. It’s the first time in any major championship that the top three players in the official World Golf Rankings are tied for the lead at the end of any round, according to CBS Sports.
9:35 a.m. ET – After three consecutive pars to close out the second round, Tiger Woods is four under and tied for 17th.
9:00 a.m. ET – Rahm hit only 23 putts in the second round, his career-best in any major championship round. Meanwhile, whether DeChambeau makes it to the third round or not depends on the players who are still finishing out the second round. He’s currently even, right where the cut line is currently.
8:45 a.m. ET – Shane Lowry chipped in a birdie up and over the slopes on No. 14 while Scottie Scheffler finished his second round with a chip-in birdie to reach five under. Patrick Reed, a previous champion, is tied for sixth after a birdie on No. 16. He’s within a single stroke of the lead.
8:15 a.m. ET – Matt Wallace jumped to four under with an eagle on No. 2, going from 286 yards to just four feet away. Rahm missed the green on No. 15 with his third, but he chipped it in from behind the green to make par and stay nine under.
7:45 a.m. ET – Jon Rahm birdied on No. 13 to get to nine under with five holes to go to complete Round 2.
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