AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The latest on the Masters (all times local):
A big stumble for Tiger Woods at the Masters.
Woods putted the difficult fifth hole at Augusta National for a double bogey. In doing so, he lost 11 shots from the lead before Scottie Scheffler even teed off.
Wood’s putter was a big win the first two days, but he had a three-putt at number 1 for a bogey Saturday. Then there were big problems with No. 5.
A faulty approach left Woods 65 feet from the pin on the green. He putts a comb to within 6 feet of the cup only to need three more putts to get back down.
While the leaders wait to tee off, nobody matters much on Moving Day at the Masters.
The cool, windy conditions prevent anyone from going really deep.
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Scottie Scheffler started the day with a record five-stroke lead over 36 holes. Woods is nine shots behind.
Tiger Woods teed off in the third round of the Masters, trying to close a nine-shot gap between himself and 36-hole leader Scottie Scheffler.
In his first official tournament since a horrific car accident nearly 14 months ago, Woods made his 22nd straight cut at Augusta National.
Winning a sixth green jacket becomes much more difficult.
Woods starts the round with a 1-over-145 score. Scheffler is at 8-under, five shots from field and equaling the largest 36-hole lead in tournament history.
Only one player who had previously built up such a large lead at half-time failed to win the green jacket.
Still, Woods believes he still has a chance given the difficult conditions.
“It’s going to be quick and I have to go out and stand there,” he said. So I just have to get there.”
It’s looking like a tough day to hit rock bottom at Augusta National.
With unusually cool temperatures and a stiff breeze blowing across the course, par in Round 3 of the Masters is likely to be a good result.
Half the field has beaten off so far. Si Woo Kim made an eagle in 2nd place to get back to an even level overall, but only three other players are underperforming in the early stages of the round.
Scottie Scheffler tees off at 2:50 p.m. EDT and has built a record-breaking five-stroke lead over 36 holes.
The Masters winner receives a gold medal, a green jacket, a lifetime invitation back to Augusta National, and a sterling silver trophy.
And this year more money than anyone has ever won at the Masters.
Augusta National announced Saturday that the winner of this year’s tournament will receive $2.7 million out of a total of $15 million in prize money. Both are tournament records.
That’s an increase of about 30% from last year, when Hideki Matsuyama received $2.07 million from a $11.5 million purse.
In terms of total dollars, it’s by far the largest single-year gain in the history of the Masters. In percentage terms, the tournament saw a bigger jump from 1982 to 1983, when both prize money and winner’s share increased by about 40%. The 1982 winner received $64,000; The 1983 winner received $90,000.
The Masters purse and first-place check now match the offer of the first two stops of the FedEx Cup Playoffs – the St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship.
If Tiger Woods finishes eighth or better, he will eclipse $10 million in career Masters earnings alone. An eighth solo spot would net $465,000. Woods started this week with $9,556,069 won in his Masters career, by far the most in tournament history.
It’s sunny, it’s cool and the third round of the Masters has begun at Augusta National.
The temperature was unseasonably cool in the low 50s when play began for the day on Saturday. But the rain from earlier in the week is long gone, with only puffy clouds obscuring the blue skies over the Masters.
Scottie Scheffler goes into round three with a five-shot lead. He only tees off at 2:50 p.m. and plays with Charl Schwarzel.
Tiger Woods is nine shots back to start the day. He tees off at 1 p.m
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