AUGUSTA, Ga. — Moving day, as Saturday is fondly referred to on the PGA Tour, featured lots of movement, but no one gained on the pace car.
Jordan Spieth’s five-shot lead shrank to four strokes entering the final round, but Spieth featured a deft touch on the 18th green to keep the margin from closing even further. Faced with a flop shot from over the edge of a bunker on the 18th green, Spieth considered a bump and run, but he instead took the aggressive play with the flop shot. He drained the comebacker for a par and a third-round 70.
If you missed any of Saturday’s action, we’ll catch you up entering the final round.
Fist-Pumping, Foul-Mouthed Tiger Woods Is Back
He might not be totally back, but he’s the closest thing we’ve seen to the Tiger of old in the last 18 months. On the 13th hole, he hit a horrid drive and let an F-bomb fly. After a punchout and a wedge, he somehow made a birdie after making a 20-footer. A vintage Tiger fist-pump followed along with one of the roars that rattles all the way down to Amen Corner. On Sunday, he’s paired with Rory McIlroy. That should be fun.
Jeff Knox Isn’t Invincible, But Still Awesome
Jeff Knox became a legend at last year’s Masters when he was the playing marker in the final pairing on Saturday with Rory McIlroy. Knox took down McIlroy by one stroke and was brought out this year to play with Steve Stricker. Knox, who holds the course record at Augusta National with a 61, finished with a 77, four shots behind Stricker. Still, he comes out every year as Augusta’s prized fighter to take on the pros. Not a bad gig.
Phil Mickelson Turns It On At Will
Phil hasn’t been competitive all season, but it’s the Masters, and Phil wants it. After curling in a sliding birdie putt on the 16th hole to get to 12-under, Mickelson unleashed a two-handed fist pump for the ages. He is crushing his driver and shot the low round of the day with a 5-under 67. Mickelson got bumped from the final pairing by Justin Rose’s late birdie, but Mickelson can take aim at every pin on Sunday to give Spieth a little to think about.
Dustin Johnson Lays An Egg After Eagle Binge
After three eagles on Friday, Dustin Johnson should have been set up well for a Saturday run up the leaderboard. He made the turn at 8-under, then completely botched the 12th hole in Amen Corner. He duffed a simple pitch into a bunker and recorded a double-bogey to send him down to 6-under. He would get two shots back on the 13th and 15th holes, but proceeded to give them right back on No. 17 and 18. His 73 put him 10 shots back of Jordan Spieth and out of contention.