Scottie Scheffler controls the Masters while Tiger Woods posts his worst Augusta result

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler leads by three shots into the final round of the Masters but while the American had another strong day at the top, the same cannot be said for Tiger Woods

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Scottie Scheffler has them master green jacket in sight after carding a one-under-par 71 to put him three shots clear at the top of the leaderboard Augusta National.

But while he was enjoying another strong day, Tiger Woods went through a little nightmare. Saturday proved to be his toughest day of the week so far after he blasted a six over 78 on lap three – his worst finish at the legendary Augusta course.

Scheffler started the day of movement five strokes clear of the rest of the field at the top of the leaderboard and the newly crowned world No. 1 was looking to pick up where he left off with another quick start on round three.

The American star collected two birdies in his first three holes to further extend his lead, but was then brought back easily to earth after returning one with a bogey on the fourth par three.

Despite the hiccup, his birdie trail started soon after at both six and eight to leave him under for the event at 11 while the rest of the field continued to watch the No. 1 golfer roar. Scheffler looked like he was in control, but if there was one course that didn’t give up lightly, it was Augusta National.

Scoring proved a bit more difficult on the famous Georgia back nine, and after finding the front bunker on the par 3 12, Scheffler felt the course bite back as he walked away with a frustrating bogey.

Scottie Scheffler goes into the finals with a three-shot lead



Still in the clear lead, the world No. 1’s fight on Saturday seemed more with the Augusta course than his rivals as he quickly hit back to 13 with an instant birdie before hitting two with bogeys returned to 14 and 15. Meanwhile, a man who wanted to pounce on Scheffler’s stutter was the star of Thursday’s show, Cameron Smith.

Smith carded an impressive six-under par for the lead on day one, but Friday’s struggle saw him fall off the pace. Still, the Aussie star was in no mood to allow Scheffler to roll into the lead as he fought back to put some rare pressure on the leader.

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Cameron Smith kept the pressure on Scheffler


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After a set start, Smith carded five birdies in 10 holes to put him four strokes behind the leader and in contention as he went into the clubhouse with six under and within three of Scheffler. The American was heading for 16th with three bogeys in four holes, but a notable birdie on 17 restored his four-shot lead.

The drama didn’t end there, however, when Scheffler stumbled at the final hurdle after slamming his tee shot into the trees on 18 left. Still, an impressive iron shot from the jaws limited the leader’s damage to a commendable bogey after taking a penalty shot from the bushes and capping an eventful round.

At the other end of the ladder, golf icon Woods endured a much more difficult day than the previous two after scoring six-over-78s on day three. The fact that the 15-time major champion is even playing is a remarkable achievement in itself, and to find yourself in the top 20 over 36 holes was something special.

Scheffler posted a bogey on the final after hitting his tee shot into the trees


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But Augusta National’s grueling challenge clearly took its toll on Saturday after he slipped down the rankings after a poor putter round left him with seven games remaining for the tournament.

Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy was enjoying a much better day after carding his first round underperforming for the tournament. Two inconsistent days had seen McIlroy card back-to-back 73s to leave him with two overs. However, with a solid one-under par of 71, he clipped a shot from his event score before heading into Sunday.

His Irish teammate at the Olympics, Shane Lowry, is the man to fly the European flag as he sits fourth with 18 holes to play. Despite an impressive start, Lowry was followed by a frustrating back nine as he shot one over par to remain two under for the event.

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