AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Latest from the third round of the Masters on Saturday (all times local):
The wind is really howling at Augusta National.
Look for another day of high scores in the third round of the Masters.
With the wind blowing at 22 mph and gusting much higher, the flags are flapping and the patrons are all bundled up on a sunny Saturday, even with temperatures climbing into the mid-60s.
On Friday, no one broke 70 in a round for the first time since 2007. In fact, only four players managed to get under par.
The tough conditions didn’t seem to bother 57-year-old Larry Mize, one of three 50-year-olds to make the cut. The 1987 Masters champion started the third round with three straight birdies.
Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy tee off in the final group of the day at 2:50 p.m. Spieth, the defending Masters champion, has a one-stroke lead on McIlroy, who is looking to complete the career Grand Slam.
The third round of the Masters is underway, though the leaders don’t tee off until Saturday afternoon.
Two-time champion Bubba Watson, who needed a Jordan Spieth bogey to make it to the weekend, was the first to start after making the cut with a 6 over 150. He parred the first two holes.
Spieth, the leader and defending champ, hits the course with Rory McIlroy at 2:50 p.m.
The temperatures were in the upper 50s in the morning. The forecast calls for sunny skies and a sustained breeze of 20 mph, still calmer than the 30 mph gusts in the second round
Only four players broke par and no one broke 70 for the first time since the third round of the frigid 2007 tournament.
Maybe one of these days someone other than Jordan Spieth will sit atop the leaderboard.
The 22-year-old Texan battled through blustery conditions Friday to take a one-stroke edge over Rory McIlroy, making Spieth the first player in the history of Augusta National to have the lead all to himself in six straight rounds.
He was on top from wire to wire a year ago, capturing his first green jacket in romp, and he’s held the top spot through the first 36 holes this year.
Spieth says, ”I have two more days to give it everything I have, and that’s what we’ll do, just to try to keep myself right on top.”