Hazel Irvine presents live and uninterrupted coverage of day three of the Masters at Augusta. Commentary comes from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Andrew Cotter and Paul Azinger.
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Hazel Irvine: Hello. Stand-by for the magic Masters weekend. This
bridge crosses the creek at Amen Corner at the 12th, and it is named
after Ben Hogan, who won an event record scorer in 1953. There are
other bridges across other stretches of water. The Nelson Bridge just
round the corner, Sarazen at the 15th. There are plucks commemorating
the feats of players. When you win on this amazing course, you become a
part of the property. -- there are plaques. COMMENTATOR: Yes, sir! Oh,
wow! There it is! Oh, what a shock. Absolutely incredible. Danny Willett
is the Masters champion. When Danny Willett slips the green jacket on
the shoulders of the new champion tomorrow night, they will have
earned the hard way. Whilst it is warm, calm and serene today, Augusta
National has played tougher than it has for a decade. Since Thursday, we
have had high winds and high drama. And look at this cinema coming into
round three, we have the largest logjam at halfway in the Masters for
44 years. Sergio Garcia and his 74th major. Fearless Belgian debutant
Tommy Pieters. Olympic champion Justin Rose. 15 players are within
five shots, including four Masters champions, 57-year-old Couples, and
that 1-over par, Rory McIlroy, who needs a low round today to maintain
his herbs are becoming only the sixth man to complete a career grand
slam. What a shoot out we have in stock. We will have coverage within
the half-hour, when we get the green light. There are live streams
available from the red button and via the BBC sport website. Rory
McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, already out there. Or you
could just hang around with us, I suppose, in the company of two of
the game's greatest players. Gary Player, welcome. And former US PGA
champion, Paul Azinger. When Dustin Johnson poll that, I have expected
you to come sprinting onto that first tee to take his place. Thank
you for the welcome. When you can be 81 and as busy as you were at 25, it
is something to be thankful for. Paul, are we in for a cavalry charge
this weekend? You would think so. This is a dangerous course, so the
players that are behind need to be sensible today. You cannot go out
there and play aggressively. Every hole has the potential to take a
bite out of you. There will be moving, and we're looking forward to
sharing it with you at home. This places, as you know, the only men's
major that is played at the same venue every year. It is a chance to
see familiar sights and sounds and to catch up with old friends. This
year, one of our great old was missing.
There have been golfers with a more elegant swing, golfers have won more
than seven Majors, but there was only one Arnold Palmer. He took golf
to places and people as never before. He had a presence,
especially at Augusta, where he won the Masters four times. He was one
of the big three, together with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. They
pushed the boundaries of golf beyond belief. He remained, till his dying
day, one of the golfing fraternity, respected by players of today, and a
dear, dear friend to all from yesteryear.
And on Thursday morning, a poignant moment to start the Masters as
Arnold Palmer's green jacket was placed on the chair at the 1st tee.
Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, visibly affected. Both men did his
memory proud from the tee, as always. Gary, you have hit hundreds
of tee shots here over the years, but that must have been one of the
toughest, to strike the ball on such a morning as that. Without a doubt,
the saddest moment of my golfing career. Billy Payne was eloquent in
the way he spoke about Arnold. The public loved him, and he loved the
public. My great hero was Sir Winston Churchill, and he had a
great saying that man is make the man, which applied to Arnold Palmer.
It was never noted by anybody, but he was sitting down, needed help to
get to the first tee. Billy Noun said this -- Billy Payne said this,
and Arnold Palmer got up. And when I saw him put the jacket on the chair,
even right now, I am battling not to choke. Everything shall pass, and he
had an amazing life. He liked to smoke and pH junk. I said, you, if I
had to live like you, I would be dead at 69. -- and he ate junk. It
was a heartfelt moment. Billy Payne was attached to that moment as well,
and I thought it was handled beautifully. You struck it down the
middle, didn't you? I didn't quite catch it. It wasn't important at
that stage. But I know I can outdrive you! Mr Palmer, so deeply
associated with this place, but so too is Gary, because as a three-time
winner, and that win in 1961 really was the benchmark for worldwide
golfers, the first time that a non-American had won the Masters.
What a lifetime career this fellow has had at this wonderful venue. --
what a life and a career this fellow has had.
What a career. And there is the roll of honour at Augusta. Gary with
three wins. Alongside Phil Mickelson, Sam Snead, Sir Nick
Faldo. Of course, Gary, you won all four Majors. Where did the Masters
rank in terms of the degree of difficulty in acquiring the first of
those titles? The first was the US Open, and I always rated the British
Open number one in the world because you have to use instinct and accept
adversity, and the game started there. Here, we play in the same
place every year, so we know what to cater for. This is a paradise and
the best organised tournament in the world. I had to win the US Open to
close the grand slam. There were a host of them who never did the final
one, so that obviously is where there is the most pressure. I did
many mind setting exercises, and I went almost threw a torture cell,
which I've never really discussed with many people. Being small in
stature, I had had something different, the power of the mind,
and I had to be the fittest. These are to make things I applied
diligently as a young man, and still do. When you talk about the mind, I
think that great players seem to have the ability to redirect. I
asked Tiger what he was thinking of that putt? And he said, do you know
what I was thinking? My mum could make this pot-mac. -- this putt. I
wondered if you had redirected your way in your mind, what was required
for you to play so well. Good question. We come back to the mind.
You have seen a lot of players who are champions today and could not
play tomorrow. There is a reason. In my opinion, you either have it or
you haven't. Can you describe it? No. Everybody thinks they can. To
me, what I did, there is a fine line between arrogance and humility. I
said, I am the best full stop I believe I can make it. I have
practised like a dog. I am going to make it. You felt you deserved it? I
convinced myself, brainwash myself, that I deserved it. These fellows
today, there are four of them who have never gone this far in a major.
How do you deal with teeing off at three o'clock? The press asked me
what I did before teeing off. I said I got up at midday. I am a great
sleeper and so is my wife. I got in a tai chi position, sat in front of
the mirror like this. I said you will be waiting and it will be good
for you. You will have patients, you will never be rude. These were the
sort of things I did that were a little out of whack, if you want to
put it that way. But if you're successful, it is not out of whack.
I prepared myself. The public were screaming, kill that little South
African runner. I was ready for that. I wonder if we can transfer
some of this advice to Sergio Garcia, who has been waiting a long
time to win a major. It is always fascinating to assess the mindset of
players like this. I wonder how you assess this, what has been missing
for Sergio, and whether you feel this could be his moment. First, his
putting. There is a reason why he changed to the claw. The power of
the mind is what wins tournaments, and the putter. Not this long
driving I keep hearing about. When will people realise? Tiger Woods and
Phil Mickelson were two of the worst drivers I saw, and yet they were
welcomed by one time. If Sergio won, Latin America and the rest of the
world would benefit greatly, which we need, a shot in the arm for golf.
Rory McIlroy winning the grand slam - what a great thing that would be
for God. And I think he's destined to win that. I believe that. Jordan
Spieth, this man, this young man, who has suffered... -- that would be
a great thing for golf. Watch out for Jordan Spieth. He will never
grow to six foot, because he's always bending down. He has a
fantastic Brexiteer. He has been second before. Where is the best
viewing position on this course? Ken was out early -- he has a fantastic
record here. If you have one of these chairs and
placed it in position, it is reserved for the day. I have had
some tweets about where is the best place to sit. I would sit right
here, right in front of B12 tee. Look at that. What have you you've
got. You can look at the 11th, lovely view of that. But here, you
will see action after action. You can also see across to the 13th tee.
If I was arriving, first thing, eight o'clock, I would walk quickly
to this point here. You cannot run. It is gorgeous. HRA is, and the
patrons could be in for a treat. We have had a treat having you in the
studio today. Thank you, Gary, for dropping by. -- it really is. There
were some great names who missed the cut. Amongst them, last year's
champion, Danny Willett. He came to grief. Danny is the first defending
champion not to be with us at the weekend since my clear in 2004. He
is in good company with former champions Zac Johnson, Bubba Watson,
and the reigning European champion Henrik Stenson also missing. Seven
UK players will be with us. Justin Rose and McIlroy are the best placed
of those. In that four way tie, there will be a lot of you at home
I'm sure hoping that Sergio Garcia can finally break his duck in a
major. Will it be different for him this time? A longish putt... Four
under, a great start. Jo the course, the wait 's been playing, it is
challenging. You have to get lucky, and I have been managing to get
lucky two or three times on the right moment.
I got going again, which was nice. Garcia has found the front bunker at
the 12th. Sit, sit! What a cracking effort. It is very difficult outlier
mag. How much of a challenge is it, and how much do you enjoy that? --
it is very difficult out there. You have to hit the ball the right way.
That is a fantastic shot. Down the breeze, landing on the slope. Five
star from Garcia there. Is the intensity of the hunger to win a
major still the same as it was although she is a go? It is. There
is no doubt that I do want to get my first major. But I do have to say
that I try not to make it a problem or an issue. I am out there giving
it everything I have, giving it my best, and that is all I can really
ask myself for. Sergio Garcia. And Ken Brown has joined us. Thank you
very much. Sergio has 12 top fives. What do you like about his demeanour
and his form this time, and why might it be different for him? He is
starting to hole some putts. He is in a calm place in his life, getting
married in July, feeling good about himself. There is no doubt, everyone
has been saying it for years and years that Sergio has got to win a
major. Paul, a lot of people are hoping he can finally get over the
line. I liked his chances early in the week, for some reason. He can
ball strike with anyone, and it comes down to the putt full stop
Gary confirmed it. I look at Sergio and I think, either you learn from
your experiences or you never recover from them. As he has matured
and gotten into a better place in his luck, I think he has recovered
nicely and blood from his experiences. He has just got to get
it done. He knows he can do it. He has beaten everybody in this field
before, but you have to do it in the right spot. I hate to be a harbinger
of doom, but he has the worst round three average. Of the men in the
leaderboard, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, all
averaging sub par rounds in the third round. It doesn't look good
and you wonder if there is a mental block about Moving Day. Perhaps that
creates its own pressure. I don't think you'll be aware of that. On a
day like today, there is not a breath of wind, the sun is shining,
and you know there is a score to be had but you have to be absolutely on
your game. If Sergio were to pull it off, he would join his illustrious
Spanish compatriots. Sunday it would have been Seve's 60th birthday, and
what they moment it would be all putt if Sergio could pull it off
them. The power pairings for this third round at Augusta look like
this: Four-time champion Rory and Matt Kuchar teamed up. Speeds and
Mickelson teed off at 7:10pm. And what a composed and brilliant ball
striking partnership this is. 22-year-old Spanish new boy Jon Rahm
is playing with Fred Couples. North Carolina's 37-year-old first-time
Willie McGirt is out with Ryan Moore. An exciting combination of
Thomas Pieters Rickie Fowler, both in search of their first major
title. Charley Hoffman and Sergio Garcia will tee off at 8pm your
time. Now, there is a bit of movement out on the course. This is
Kevin Chappell, runner-up at the Tour Championship in the PGA Tour
last year. This is him at the 2nd. In fact, this is at the 8th. Seven,
I beg your pardon. That was for an eagle chance, which he would take,
and he followed up with a birdie at the 8th. He is level overall. Phil
Mickelson, this is the first. He said he needs a very hot day with a
putter. He has proven he can make things happen so often on a
Saturday. A little bit of fatigue yesterday, but in it goes to go
1-under. He would follow this, unfortunately, at the 3rd with a
double bogey. A bit of progress, only to fall straight behind. This
is Rory McIlroy, birdieing the second. He must have taken a driver
of the tee. Aggressive play, a great chance of a birdie at the 3rd. He
took it, and that put him 1-under. Makar right on the charge, it would
appear. -- McIlroy. Rory making progress, 2-under for the day.
Willie McGirt, steady through the first. All of our co-leaders are
just about to tee off in the next few moments. Let's talk about Rory
McIlroy. He has made a fast and Paul, he said he needs to be used
what he's capable of. 2011, a 65 here in the first run, and he has
produced a 66 since then. We talk about Saturday being Moving Day. For
the four guys in front, it is Proving Day. I can't imagine the
burden on the pressure he feels if he is in contention to close out a
grand slam. Gary Player went through it and describe it. It is difficult,
all in their head in the end. You have to be mentally strong. Watch
out for Rory McIlroy if he can put it together. He was going through
his clubs slowly, and he finished off by hitting some really hard
drives. I have a feeling he is going to go after the course today. He's
taking a chance, but if he plays as well as he can... He is a confidence
player. He might shoot a real low one. He was on record yesterday
saying he needs to go alone. Just going into Sunday, I know more than
most what can happen on Sunday, good and bad. I have shot 66 and 80 in
the last round, so you know, it is all about getting yourself in
position, as you said. But I feel like I need something in the 60s
tomorrow at least to get myself in there. What about Jordan Spieth? He
has been smarting after events here last year, but his record is
exceptional. Second, first, second. If it hadn't been for that quadruple
bogey on the first day, he would be a co-leaders as well. It is the
fourth year that he comes into day three in the top ten. He's an
amazing player. You can apply to him what we say about Sergio. You learn
from your experiences and you recover. He had a Masters pick-up
last year and has dealt with it face on, I feel. Jordan Spieth is a
phenomenal player. It is interesting how, at such early ages, we think
that golf is a little bit of an older man's game, but in the end, if
you really reflect back, it is the great players who learned how to
think at an early age. Jack won and open a 21, Gary Player won at an
early stage. Now Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are doing it. It is
interesting, because we never know what a player is necessarily
thinking, but these guys who have figured out how to think are playing
great. They have a strategy. Jordan knows how to think, and so does
Rory. For whatever reason, there are horses for courses too. This would
be a perfect causeway. You knows the importance of putting. He has been
talking about that. I think it will play similar to last year. Augusta
is more of a premium on being below the hole and first putt speed.
Having less than three feet as you hit your second putt is good to be
important because they are going to get very quick. It will speed up
probably a full foot. I am looking forward to it, a fun challenge.
Especially if you can putt lichen! You have had a look at pin
positions. -- if you can putt like him. He always gives himself the
best angle to putt to. The players have this pin position sheet. They
pick these up on the first tee. It shows you where the flag positions
are. If we look at number three mac, you can see it is on the front
right, four on, free from the right. Rory has just played it. Your
strategy is dictated by the pin position, where they are on the
green. You think what angle will give me the best shot? Particularly
at Augusta, it is crucial. Ideally, you can break the greens into four
quadrants, try to learn where straight is on each of the four
quadrants. Once you figure out where straight is, deep thinkers will
think the way you say, Ken, and put the ball in positions where they
have a putt up the hill. It is almost time for the last of the
pairings to go out. Sergio Garcia has only ever lead after one round
here at Augusta, and that was after the first round a good few years ago
now, so this is a new experience for him. Ironically, his playing
partner, Charley Hoffman, is in the last group for the second time in
three years, and he is the more experienced of the two. Rory, having
four Majors, he is in a good position today. He has never birdied
this 1st hole and it is one of the hardest on the course. It is the
hardest one this week, number one. A tricky tee shot. Charley Hoffman, 40
years old, how might Kiko today? I remember a couple of years back, he
was in the thick of it and did not back down. And he does not back down
when he sniffs the lead. He usually pulls a dog. He has the same amount
of wins 's Rickie Fowler on the PGA Tour. -- the same number of wins as
Rickie Fowler. Maybe Charley Hoffman is in the middle of one of those
runs. He has had a great deal of form coming, tied second at Arnold
Palmer's Invitational a couple of weeks ago, and such a well
respective ball striker. I like how compact his swing is.
I do not know how anyone handles the wind much better than that. He
follows in more of the journeyman category, you never know when a guy
gets hot like this, he's certainly capable. Here we go, the last two
out on the course, moving day, Charley Hoffman. All of the anxiety
builds up to this moment, by the time he gets to the first green, he
will probably be all right. That is not where you would like to
be at all on the outgoing nine here. Sergio Garcia. A fairway bunker on
one, two, three, you do not want to be in there, the bunkers on five, it
is hard to make par. Sergio might be able to get this out with his power.
The opening tee shot is always a settler for the day, or it will
unsettle you. It is late in the day here. Your mind does not stop. Now
you are doing what you do best. Setting up for a little phase, going
to try and started down the left and move it from left to right.
So Sergio is often running, Jason Day has come in with a good day, he
has said, there is not one hole out there in which you can relax. That
is his message today. You are quite right, there are quite a few
pitfalls awaiting these players as they head off at the start of the
third round. And there has been a little bit of movement to update you
on. And to do so, we will welcome Andrew Cotter and beat Alice. Hello,
Hazel, and lucky to be here again, on this sparkly day. Couple of days
of dodgy weather. Today it is but a good, after at cool start. The
course is in the magnificent condition. Early spring, they have
lost all of the azaleas because they all floured in February. We are
looking at Rahm at the second hole, he is a rising star, 22, he looks
older. He is one for the future. Indeed, he is from the Basque
country, Nicholson started birdie, birdie, iron birdie, took an iron
off the tee at the short par-4, for safety. This is two on the fourth.
He hardly touched that, but it is getting closer, look at that! Just
moved to the right at the last 18 inches, he must have thought he had
got it. He did. Fred Couples, 57 years old, playing with a
22-year-old, Jon Rahm. Again, just lightly touched, in it goes. He will
have a huge amount of support today and tomorrow, 1992 champion,
astonishing record around this course over the years.
McIlroy had a sparkling start. This is the 5th hole. That is a bit wide,
very wide. Nearly drove the third, chipped up, he has had a couple of
birdies already. Jordan Spieth, going alongside Phil Mickelson. And
he finds out, I think it is a birdie, no, just the par.
Paul Casey, 2-over. This is the path.
That rattled into the hole. Tiptoeing towards 40 years of age
now, Paul Casey. What a good striker of the ball over the years. Matt
Fitzpatrick. He is on the 16th. Just give you an idea where the holes
are, back right. He patted off the green yesterday, took a double
bogey. He was on the first page of the leaderboard until then.
Nicely done, hanging around, he remains 5-over. Tied for 30 Sixth
Place at the moment. A good little run. Rory McIlroy. He is at the 6th.
This is a split screen. A low-level and top-level. Ashwell Prince split
green. We have seen better ones than that.
It is in the easiest position, in the middle of the green. Very close
to the hole. It cost him a dropped shot at the 5th, back to level par.
That is one of the more difficult positions at the 5th. This is Thomas
Pieters. This is to save his par on the 1st hole.
Beautifully read but short for the Belgian on the opening hole. It has
paid far more easily than it has done on the first two days, but it
is still a tough opener. It really is not an easy green here
at Augusta, maybe the 12th, they have lots of lumps and bumps and
hollows, they jump have lots of lumps and bumps and
hollows, they and spin and go all over the place. You sometimes
wonder, is this right, it is really OK? That is the examination paper
for the week, get on with it! So to Fred Couples, on the third. Looking
for a bit of speed. That is the pin that we were pointing out was
tricky, right on the corner. Couples getting further away. A few players
taking it on with the driver, McIlroy drove to the edge of the
green. McGirt at the 2nd. The good striker. Yes, he got a good strike
on that, he struck it well. This is a tough pin, it is in a little
promontory that sticks out. He will go back down. That is fortunate, if
it sticks. It was judged pretty well. Not a lot of room to land,
though, Andrew, on so many of these greens. A foot or two away and you
can end up 40 feet away. Confirmation of how things are
going, early on in this third round. All of the players are out. You have
seen Thomas Pieters out of the form way tie after a bogey, and William
McGirt has picked one up. He is a first timer, he is placed the first
time at Augusta. Jon Rahm, the well fancied Spaniard, 1-under. Three
rookies have the chance to have a win on their first attempt. Fred
Couples, the 57-year-old has had more top tens than anyone else. Six
and counting. Extraordinary on the 25th anniversary of his win. Further
down, Soren Kjeldsen, a wonderful day. Rory McIlroy is four shots
behind, Phil Mickelson throttled -- threatened early on but he will have
to settle for level par. Paul Casey has picked up two shots so far. He
finished well outside the top ten last year. Stewart Hagestad, the
financier from New York is leading the way to restore cup.
-- the silver cup for best amateur. That was all of the balance and
cough strength in the world but just splashing out. That was unlucky to
find that stance. Let's see fearless Fred.
He pushes it through, I bent over the top, -- up and over the top. One
of them left. Fred does not really care for them. Not many do. So, to
Charley Hoffman. Garcia is waiting at the green, it is Hoffman's third.
You can see that slope that really lifts up to that first green. Garcia
has come all the way back off that. That is pretty good. Second hole.
Rickie Fowler. I do not know whether he miscued his tee shots, and the
wind has dropped, but that is a lot shorter. A lot shorter than
yesterday. That is a way to the right and short. It is on the
fairway, not a bad spot. Garcia. If I tell you that the pin on the first
is 28 yards on, he is just on the putting surface. About 88 feet.
Settle down. A nice touch, but a nice test for his putting skills on
the opening hole. A long birdie putt, relative, in fact, if there is
such a thing at Augusta. Come on, Rory, you do not want to leave any
nine footer pars. Just pot out, a bit of luck there.
-- it was just popping out, it came off the cheddar cheese sandwich!
This is to go 3-under. Hardly moved the putter back at all. Online and
in, beautifully judged. Two birdies in the opening three holes. Spieth
is on the fifth. Past the hole. He gave it a good chance. It is
going to be all par to start with. Rory McIlroy gets it in, and it is
hard work but he will walk off trying to look casual. That is a
good save. Having three patted the previous green. Nice start. Hoffman,
for his part par on the first. -- for his par on the first. I do not
like to see that, that is rude, showing no courtesy. Pay your other
man attention. I do not like the way he wondered up onto the green
either. Show your partner a bit of courtesy. So wrapped up in their own
game. Now, Rahm, two had 30 yards, this 4th hole today. -- 230 yards. A
very good start that Rahm has made. Dropped, dropped! He is asking it to
turn over. He asked if it was in the bunker, but no. That is a pretty
speedy putt from there. And here is Mickelson. A birdie at the 5th. Just
a little tickle, it needs to turn and run. Once you become a little
bit afraid, it is difficult to putt on these greens. Garcia to save par
on the first. That will settle him, right in the
middle from Garcia. He will remain in a tie for the lead.
230 yards today, this par-3. I said beauty before the ball left the club
head, was it right? They were right for line.
McIlroy, through the heat haze. A few casts, but they died away. --
some gasping. The ball is out of bounds. Rickie Fowler, after that
long second downhill, pitches up, looks good and it is good. Well
done. The stats for you, there, Nicholson
is -- Mickelson a three-time champion. He finally got that win in
2004. There we have Jon Rahm born in 1984, Freddie couples won inability
to. William McGirt led the putting stats after the first two rounds.
Pieters 's third shot of the second. Ricocheted off of the crowd. The cut
this run. -- look at this run. Look at that. Sweet, sweet, sweet shot.
Took five at the 1st, could get it back here at the 2nd. The tee shot
on the second, bunker down the right. 295 today. Avoid that and you
get a kick forward. Down the hill at it.
Fowler further birdie, to go to 5-under.
A confident, firms/ from the young man. Par birdie, 5-under. Garcia,
one has got away from him. Should be okayed there, if they are OK. I
think Azalea has been spilled, very accurate with the driver this
tournament. Pieters at the 2nd takes it for four.
One or two people have picked out as a possible winner. But not if he
does that. He's a good driver of the ball. You will see the brake on this
1's a Jon Rahm, this is one he was hoping could kick to the left and
get down to the hole, it is way out to the right. Par, birdie, birdie
start. This must be ten, 12 seats to the right and hardly touched it. He
has not played it up high, it looks like it is going right, no, it is
going right! That fooled everyone. Rickie Fowler has taken the driver
out on the third, not the biggest hitter. He shortened his driver
earlier in the year to get some accuracy and lost a bit of distance.
That is all right with a front right pin position, that is not a bad miss
at all. A birdie, no, a little on the high
side. Couples is to under at the moment. He, like so many, on the
par-5 2nd. He got a birdie. He is got a chance to get to three.
Oh, Freddie! I always think Freddie has the best cut trousers. They have
all got millions, but some of them have trousers which do not feel
well, his trousers have always fitted nicely. McIlroy from the
trees, asking it to go. He knew, he knew. It must have clipped a branch
or something. Now, Sergio Garcia hit his second shot short and right at
the 2nd hole. He is on the flat but he must be 40 or 50 yards behind
here. This is going to take a great sum but he might get it down, 20 or
30 yards short of the green. He has fired it down the right side. He hit
something very hard and kicked it on, he is going to be out to the
right. Not a bad spot to be. The bank behind the flag, he can get
close. It might have bounced in office friendly patron, because it
was outside the ropes. A couple of years ago, 2012, he said he feel
like he could never win here, he did not have what it took. He has shown
to good stuff this year. Rory McIlroy having found the front
bunker at the 7th, hello! I do not know what happened there. That could
have been a Lucy locket, a septic tank, something happened, and that
would have been a very good shot. I am sure he did not hit a stone or
other tweak or something. But that was a very serious miscue. Space,
along birdie attempt, on the 81 yard par 36. All the way, Jordan Spieth!
First birdie of the day, all pars to this point. Moved him to 1-under.
What a putter he is. He said he was still thinking about the quadruple
bogey nine on the 15th on the first round, could not get it out of his
head. But he's getting close to the lead. Rahm for par domino, no. That
first putt down and across the health fooled him and everyone else.
1-under for the round so far, not bad. Hoffman, hitting down towards
the second. It is leaking of it. -- it is leaking a lot.
Justin Rose has got to the fifth, this is his second shot. He has been
playing some beautiful iron shots. Another good shot, it moves away. A
treacherous flag position. Rory McIlroy, miles away at the 7th.
Oh, dear. Oh, dear, that is not finished. That is for bogey. Paul
Casey at the 13th. This is for a birdie four. Well, level par. Play
nicely. A similar pattern to Jordan Spieth,
but this is the part at the 6th. -- this is a four par the sixth. Such a
good start for him, double bogey at the 3rd, though. And another one
gone at the six, back to 1-over par. McIlroy putting at the 7th for a
bogey. It was a comparatively straightforward hole, and he has
made a dreadful hash of it. I do not know what happened to the third
shot, he probably shanked it, and then 3-putts. The last three holes,
he had not been happy. Way left of the said but he has got a bit of
green to play with, nice angle to this pin.
Seats together, stabbed it low. That should appear in a minute. It seemed
to be lying OK, the angle was good but he was trying to visit a bit too
much. -- trying to move it. The second shot, it will pitch up to
this very small area, it needs to stop and spin back. Sometimes they
do and sometimes they do not. Garcia's third on the par-5. Should
not present too many problems. He has left it above the hole, it does
not go back. Charley Hoffman, third shot, that
could be good. Oh, it slowed. Oh, dear oh dear extract 350 yards,
this par-4 3rd. This is a classic case of how this course can make the
best players look foolish. You try to be too fancy, he did not hit a
bad tee shot, left himself an awkward one, tried to be too fancy
and now he is really struggling. Justin Rose with a birdie attempt on
the fifth. Close but not quite, you have all of
the options down the bottom of your screen, you can watch from various
places on the course, you can even go to the range and watch nobody
playing there at the moment! Garcia hardly moved it, out to the
right. It is the par. He has played the
best goal so far. He has only dropped one shot. Fowler is the
leader but not for long. So, they're in four, one shot dropped. Paul in
the studio was saying that far more than nine conditions today, some of
the pin positions are nasty". -- there are far more benign conditions
today. Some of the print pin positions are very cruel. That is a
nice little putt. Par birdie. Come on, Charley Hoffman!
Justin Rose's tee shot on the sixth, down to this back left pin position.
Just left. Spectators coiled, ready to get out the way. Thomas Pieters
now at the 3rd. One of the overnight leaders. This putt for a birdie.
Quite a break on this. That is a need to putt. -- a more
neat putt. Let's see what he can fashion here. He's trying to get it
to the front bunker, but those branches are in front. He will chop
it and hope for a miracle. He gets it. Say, that shouldn't happen, but
it happens to some people. Right on the face of the bunker and for some
reason, it popped up on the edge of the green. And welcome to the Paul
Azinger, who joins me here. What you think of a shot like that? That
didn't happen around here much ever. He will take it. What a putt for
Rickie Fowler. He made a total mess of the 3rd hole. He only drops one
shot. The old putter is a great equaliser, isn't it? He really
played that hole poorly but got away with it. Come on, just a little.
McGirt, just to collect. It is in. Well done. -- just tickle it. He has
been around a long time, quietly making a decent living. Let's see if
Pieters can clean up this putt at the 3rd. Well holed. He has the
firepower to go around this golf course. He can dominate the par-5s.
He has that steady demeanour, seems unflappable. Over to Mickelson at
the 7th. Raised green, shallow, narrow green. Long but narrow. That
pitch spins back of the green. No, it stops. Lucky, lucky. 20 yards
short of the green. McIlroy at the 8th. A big par-5, up
the hill. That is a big boomer. That is massive. Justin Rose with this
delicate pitch, just back up the hill. He will probably try to land
this on the green. He started that right at the hole... A bit of a
misread there. Casey, at the 14th for a birdie. Long putt, though.
Well, beautifully struck, and he's on a great run at the moment, Casey.
He is creeping up through the field. Paul has got a good record here at
Augusta here over the last few years, but Jason Day almost won this
on his debut in 2011. He was out first day and has come home with a
round of 69. In the middle, look at that, towards the back end a
fantastic run of four birdies. Let's get Jason's thoughts on what is
possible out there today. Everyone is expecting low scores on
the weekend because of that conditions on the first two days.
How hard was it to get your 69 today? I had a nice stretch from 12
through to 15, so that definitely helps. I was playing some solid golf
but not really capitalising on the opportunities I was giving myself
out there, but once again, it was difficult. As the day goes on, it is
starting to get a bit warmer. It will get to just over 70 C putt
degrees today. Things are starting to run a bit more -- to just over 70
degrees today. The greens were really receptive this morning and a
little slower than what the guys will have this afternoon. Hazel
Irvine: Let's factor all of that into the mix. We see that Charley
Hoffman, having been in a four way lead at the start of the day, is now
one ahead of the pack after that early birdie. Thomas Pieters has
steadied himself to recover his ground at 4-under. The last Belgian
to lead a major did it in the 1948 Open Championship. Paul Casey is
4-under for his run today. This is the man who was tied six and tied
fourth on the last two occasions here in Augusta. He is trending in
the right direction. He was Charley Hoffman at the 3rd. -- here is
Charley Hoffman at the 3rd. No stopping... That is a fair result
from where he was. A very small area to pitch on. Thomas Pieters' tee
shot away here at the 4th, and he doesn't like it. Oh, that will be...
Actually, it is doable. It is on a slight upslope. Sergio Garcia.
Second shot, he is 4-under. He flips it up high, and it needs to stop
now. It doesn't. Again, it rolls on right past the hole. A chance for a
birdie. Justin Rose, to save par era six. I
thought he had it. Needed a nudge just a little harder. -- to save par
here at six. He has been worried about his ability to get up and down
around the greens here this week. Fowler at the 4th. 230 yards, it is
plain today. It needs a good whack with a long iron Ouray Littlewood.
-- or a little wood. Down the hill... Oh, and he gets a great
bounce, and I believe he probably played for that balance. Will it
stop? A good shot the Lee Westwood. Mickelson for a birdie at the 7th.
It is not 1 million miles away. Phil is never dull. A safe par.
Birdie, birdie, double bogey... Yes, can he do it? What a shot by Thomas
Pieters, that little bit of upslope making all the difference there.
Hoffman for three at the 3rd. Just touched it down and across the slug,
staying out left. Sergio might have been watching that one closely.
Look at the crowd, all sitting quietly. Huge crowds here again
today, as they always are. Almost a miracle that Jordan Spieth's ball
ended up here. Just the par for Jordan here at the seven. After that
tee shot, I'm sure he's happy with par. Soren Kjeldsen at the 8th. He
has done it. He is going along very nicely, 1-under par. Even reminds me
a bit of Maurice Bembridge, for the older viewers. Let's see if westward
can pay off the birdie year after that good shot at 11. In the back
door? No! How does it end up there? It is defying gravity, isn't it? It
is not moving. They only have ten seconds to watch it. But a good par
for westward from that first cut of rough over there. A scary spot to be
in at the 11. He needs to make a move, and quickly. -- at the 11th.
Back to Sergio. Who has only dropped one shot so far. Pretty remarkable
in the conditions on Thursday and Friday. One bogey. The most
consistent. This is just down the left side. Hardly touched it. That
one stayed straight. Rickie Fowler put his tee shot in
the bunker here at the 4th. Blasted out to here. What a putter years. A
birdie machine, Rickie Fowler is. -- what a putter he is. You have got to
hole putts. William McGirt at the 5th. Second shot again, and the flag
is in a flattish area. That is a good one. Unlucky that it didn't
perhaps get a little bit more spent and sit down right by the hole. The
wind is freshening. After a massive tee shot on eight, when for Green,
it left. That is a wonderful shot. -- went for the green, pulled it
left. Casey at the 15th. Having a great run. Very difficult to hold
this green. Does that mean it is good or that it is drifting? Oh, no,
what will he do now? Where is my money? -- mummy. North Carolina
native William McGirt. A good colour and aggressive putt there. He locks
it in. Suddenly, McGirt is now tied for second. Anyone who can win at
Jack's places a good player. Now, Couples. The hero of the anvil
chompers. Oh, Freddie! Charley Hoffman, 230 yards down the
hill, going with a hybrid. There is no bailout here at the 4th day.
Right at the flag is your only choice. And he has done just that.
What a magnificent shot! By the leader, Charley Hoffman. That is the
best we have seen, by a long way. A good putt. When the camera goes in
close, look at the quality of grass on the green. Superb. Sergio now.
230, probably playing closer to 225, maybe a little less than that. It is
all carried to the front of the green.
Still a mighty blow with a four iron. Great shot. A beauty. It might
feedback now. There it goes. Two of the best of the day.
Westward, two over. -- Lee Westwood. He has struck some beautiful shots
today. Just watch how he settles. He takes his time. Slowly, deliberate
backswing, and then right through the ball.
Making it look easy. And the wonderful swing of Adam Scott,
trying to foist this in the air. -- hoist.
Rory McIlroy, for birdie at the 8th, after a very fine pitch. And he just
gets it in. Beautifully done. Jordan Spieth's second shot here at
eight. He will avoid the left side here if he can. Look at that. That
might come right back onto the green. What a shock for Jordan
Spieth. He will have no idea how close that is or how it got there.
Totally blind second. Justin Rose at the seven. This is a tester, down
and across the slope. Wide and past and going. This two putting,
sometimes, if you are 10-12 yards away, it is quite an effort, quite a
feat. Westwood, after that magnificent
T-shirt, a huge bonus if he can pop this in. You don't see too many twos
at the 12th. No, no, no. You could get a three in a quite ordinary
fashion, that is a missed opportunity. He is playing so
beautifully. Paul Casey knew when he saw where this ended up what he is
faced with. Let's see how brave he can be. They are always bailing to
the right, which is smart, because about four feet past that fly, the
ball will go all the way down into the pond, then he would be forced to
drop on the other side of that pond. It is still going. Wonderful crowd,
so colourful, with the sun out. The speed of the greens is one thing
here that makes this course. Ken has been having a look. No man better!
It is the weekend, and I am on a green at Augusta again. Today, they
are quicker, certainly than the first two backgrounds. They have had
the most just sucked out. I will hit a couple of putts. Let's see where
they end up. One up there, one at a slightly different angle. Let's just
see where they go. They keep running, running, running. It is
almost going like a 90 degrees curve. The balls just hug along. You
think they will stop, but trickle on and on. With this speed up and the
greens a little firmer, you can get some adventurous putts. It is
heaven. A strange idea of heaven! Depending on your attitude! Justin
Rose, to save par here at the 7th. Not a lot in this. Confidently
holed. Casey now at the 15th. He will
settle for five. If it falls in, that's a huge bonus, but don't try
and be too fancy. The flag is way over on the far side of your screen
on the left. Quite a bit of swing from the left, but it is this speed.
-- the speed. That looks a good speed. Beautifully done. Once he had
gone through the green, you are happy with a five, which is a par.
McIlroy's second shot at nine. The hole is at the back left of the
green, sitting at a 45 degrees angle to the players. He has to carry the
bunkers if he is going to go right at it. He has played a little safe,
going for the middle tier, giving him an uphill putt. Mickelson, one
of his master chip shots, though that has got away from him. He would
have been expecting better than that. An artist's paradise. Here is
Beith. -- here is Jordan Spieth. He has tweaked it left. It squirted up
and off the bank. Hit well, good result. Great result.
APPLAUSE Finally, we get to Charley Hoffman,
on this birdie opportunity on the fourth after a wonderful hybrid to
hear. Oh, yes! A lot of conversation about Hoffman, tied for the lead
after two backgrounds. But he's not scared, and he has been here before.
Just two years ago, he played in the last group. Rickie Fowler, on the
fifth. Look at this. Another one rights to the holeside. Beautifully
judged. Sergio now, to cover up his playing partner. A weak effort by
Sergio. And that is three shortage birdie putts in a row that have
gotten away from Sergio Garcia at the start of this Saturday. Pieters
at the 5th. -- three kind of short. Very underrated hole, the fifth, I
think. This is really fast. Just touches it. It's not going to break.
It never breaks. It is one of the strait is putts on the golf course.
You cannot believe it. Wow, he says. -- one of the straightest putts on
the golf course. Paul Casey at the 16th, 1-under par. The flag today,
17 on, four in on the right on that top shelf. Not easy to get to.
Some may settle for the middle of the green and cut back up the hill
... It could have come another seven or eight yards towards us, but it
rolls back down. That has left in a treacherous left-to-right putt. It
is difficult to get close. They are way from pay dirt here. Rory
McIlroy, up the hill. One of those left back down the hill. There is
nothing easy out here. Conditions are perfect, but the course still
has teeth. You cannot relax for a minute out here. You will pay a
heavy price. It always intrigues me with McIlroy, I don't think I have
ever seen him take a practice putting stroke. Whatever the putt,
he steps up and knocks it. If he hits one of his usual ones, a bit
sharp, and catches the edge of the hole, he could be off the front of
the green. He tiptoed it in. A good save par-4. A bit of an up and down
nine holes. Level par. McGirt for par here at six. Made a
putt about this length on for birdie. Oh, and he tried to walk it
in. Phil Mickelson... That's not a hole
you want to be dropping strokes on. He missed FPU short ones on the back
nine yesterday. A momentum buster. -- he missed a few short ones. A
mere formality here for McGirt at the 6th. Lost a shot here and drops
back to 3-under par. He was Hoffman at the 5th. You want to go right at
the flag. There's no bailout. He's leaning... And it's OK. Yeah, it's
all right. It's just, you don't want to be short there at the 5th. You
almost have no chance of getting up and down. Par is a good score on
that hole. Further down the course with a
beautiful looking parsecs. Pin on the back of the green at the left.
Very hard to get it to bounce forward. -- ... Sergio has driven it
up the left-hand side on five. There is a little peer that sticks out. If
you missed the left or right, you cannot make the carry. It is a very
small they are, almost impossible to get. There was almost a peninsular
within the green. You can see the flag there at the base of that pine
tree. This is a high launch. That's OK. If it carried another
three yards, on the down slope, often it pings into the magnolia
bushes. A massive fairway here at the 9th.
For the players, a Bland blinding areas -- plan. A second shot up the
hill. The perfect spot to come in from. -- blind landing area. The top
of Justin Rose's hit. This could be, just a chip to the left, slightly
catching the wrong side. Six feet up the green and it wouldn't have
rolled back. A good spot for the par-5. Westwood, the hole is all the
way in the back left corner of the green. This is a brave effort,
2-over par, now is the time. And he just missed it. Just missed.
It's likely in the water. Casey with a tasty putt. Quite a
decent tear, a gradual tear, halfway along the length of the putt as a
turtle dives in the water. Slow. -- tier. Slower than you think. He has
judged it pretty well. Not bad. That will test his nerve. Rickie
Fowler up the hill here at six. It looked like his ball settled in 20
feet or so from the hole. It cut away, and the next thing you know, a
45 footer up the hill. A good putt for Rickie Fowler. He is looking
good on the greens. Very aggressive with the putter. Spieth, can he get
it on the edge of the ninth? Perfect tee shot. So difficult to do just
that. That is a magnificent iron shot. Write down the throat of the
flag. That pin gives very few birdies away. Suddenly, Jordan
Spieth right in the mix. Let's see if Sergio can nuzzle this
up close. He has missed three in a row, make able birdie putts. It is
like a comfortable duvet, very difficult to hold a long putt on.
How do you do! ?! The unexpected pleasure pays Sergio a visit. He
could just as easily be four circles in a row. Well done, Sergio. What
will it take the Sergio Garcia to come through? It is going to take
putts like that, I feel. You cannot win Championships with your ball
striking, you have got to hole putts. Pieters hitting this one on
the sick. Needs a bit of beef. -- the sixth. You don't want to hit it
a yard by because it is such a smelly return.
Adam Scott from miles away here for eagle.
Up the hill, downhill, across the hill a little bit.
The flag a little parcel shelf on the back of the green, a narrow
ledge. Sergio showed Charley Hoffman the
way. Good effort. Steady even Mac for Hofmann on the difficult fifth.
One clear of Sergio at the moment. Two clear of Rickie Fowler, and a
host of players on 3-under par. -- steady par for Hofmann.
On the tenth hole, McIlroy. Coming out of the right pine
needles, tricky to the right pin. He will take that. The pin on the
bright side, you have got to flirt with the right bunker to get close
to it, but OK. Justin Rose up the hill. This for
eagle. Has he? Know, but a great putt. A good two putt for Justin
Rose. He will be back in red figures.
One of those putts, you know it's left edge or just outside the left
edge. It is about picking the pace. You just feel like you have to pick
the speed you want it to go in, the angle may be even on a clock, that's
the way you want to come in, 7pm or maybe 8pm, really fast.
What a two putt for Paul Casey. Pure as the driven snow, that one. What a
beauty. I gave him this a second ago. He
doesn't prove me wrong. A good bogey for Justin.
Missed one from this sort of distance on the 12th, a testy one
through the shadows on the shelf on the 13th.
Westwood must have stopped on the bank of blasted this from the Palm,
this foreboding. Oh, yes. A bit more grass on that green this morning,
particularly on the bank on the green side than their normally is.
It is a bit briskly. Lee got a massive break there.
Just trying to chop a 7-iron, can he get his ball back to the pin? He is
admiring it. Write down the throat, good line. As you say, it is right
where you want to be, but actually, it is going to trickle away. Missing
by a foot or two of having that Ball stay there. That will be tough. So
slow back up that hill. Scott, eighth green. 1-under, this
is to move to 2-under. A past champion here. We are
starting to see a few red figures, mainly on the par fives, but
occasionally on the others. Hofmann down the hill here at six.
Another punchy looking follow through. Will that state? -- stay.
No, that is going to funnel back down. Understandable, though. You
just don't want to be passed but hole here.
HAZEL IRVINE: A reminder of how things stand. Charley Hoffman has
been leading this tournament since day one after an opening 65, and he
doesn't look like budging so far with a 1-shot advantage over Sergio
Garcia. Rickie Fowler as you were the level. The best progress amongst
those who are chasing is from Jordan Spieth. Look at that, 3-under for
today. A man that has a real point to prove after a collapse coming
home when it was in his grasp last year is right in the thick of it.
William McGirt, not going anywhere, 1-under for his round. Thomas
Pieters, great to see the Belgian up there, too.
Plus four. A bit up and down but making some birdies and some bogeys.
What an experience for the amateur. Staying up in the Crowsnest, the
little area where there are a few basic facilities.
William McGirt ran into a little trouble here at the 7th, this
downhill for a par. What a putt! What a putt.
I believe that feels every good as -- every bit as good as a birdie.
Looking from the left side of the sixth green, it gives you a sort of
feel of an uphill incline. He has got to go up. About as good an angle
to cut from, but it is a distance away. Not too much break in it.
I always feel it is a real indicator of how a player feels on the greens
as to how his speed is on putts like that. Woefully short. Let's go over
to the tenth now, Jordan Spieth. He does not like this tee shot. He
has never liked it. Sit down, ball. Sit down.
In Bubba country. He will have to get lucky. The hole is back right
will stop Jordan wants to get that on the green and out of there.
Perfect conditions here for the Masters, the sun is out, hardly a
cloud in the sky, nice temperatures, not too much breeze about.
Delightful. Hofmann's ball has the brakes on,
too. If you have a three footer down the hill, it is pretty smelly. I
liked that description. From the left-hand rough on seven, almost no
chance to put this on the putting surface.
That has shot off to the right. The patrons have been walking. He is at
the mercy now of the bounce of the ball and the kind of lie he will
get. I feel this is an important putt for
Sergio. He made the long, unexpected bomb on the last, but this will be
important for his psyche. He does die the putts in. He has got to make
sure he is firm. If he misses it, it is a putt that should go a foot past
the cut, otherwise it will dribble off hole side.
A good, aggressive putt by Sergio, a one-handed fist pump.
McIlroy down the hill at ten. That's a nice putt. Nice one at the 9th,
good one at the 10th, ten, 11th, 12, over the years, they haven't been
terribly kind to Rory. Casey... A little high point in the
green, uphill and down the other side. Not too bad. Casey plays most
of his golf on the PGA Tour these days, hardly ever comes back to
Europe. We will see what Thomas Pieters can do. Anything left of the
flag goes left. Anything right of the flag goes right. Off the green
in most cases. We'll see if it stays. Right along the collar there.
That is a very, very difficult putt. I'm sure it's been done before, but
Charley Hoffman, making a two at all the par fours, doesn't happen often.
Around in 65. That putt, you have got to be
authoritative. If you Dolly it... McIlroy at 11. He will give this a
mighty lash. A massive fairway. Wow McIlroy making his way to Amen
Corner, let's have a look. There's no nicer place to be than on Amen
Corner when the sun is out. It's just useful. It doesn't need
words. No, it doesn't, Ken. No words at
all. Rickie Fowler. A little more check than he legislated for.
Pieters and Rickie Fowler putting from opposite directions, both have
the same dilemma, uphill and downhill. If they were both walked
off the green with two putts, babe would be very pleased. -- they would
be very pleased. The seventh, one of the more difficult tee shot, if not
the most difficulty shot here at Augusta. Extremely tight.
Needs to be a 3-iron and a sand wedge to the seventh. Driver,
9-iron, or driver, wedge. Trying to peel it from left to right. Almost
impossible to get it on the green if you miss this fairway.
Rickie Fowler uphill, most of the way, and then it flattens out to the
cut. Well done. A bit orbit stronger and
you go to feet past, it goes down the hill. Well judged. Spieth's
second at ten. He must have hit a dictator. 196 yards. Easy, settle.
-- hit a spectator. There you see what he is dealing
with now. Here we go, Ken. I don't know if he
can spin this and get it close, or not. You can't see the green, it's
about eight feet above you. You can only see the surface.
Such a sensational shot. Ten out of 13 up and downs when he has missed
the greens this week, it says everything. I always found it
difficult to hit a short -- to hit 80 shot after missing a short putt.
He does it really nicely. -- to hit a tee shot after missing a short
putt. A good angle to putt from at the
night for Justin Rose. Straight up the slope.
Fiddling about with his putting grip, the way he holds the putter.
McIlroy bombed it here at the 11th. This hole is only seven from the
left, 17 on. Got to be out to write a little. He goes right at it. A
terrific shot for McIlroy. That has got to be the best of the day.
Amazing, this one uphill, too. A bit steep at up the hill. Pieters at the
7th. Good effort. Freddie does it with confidence.
Nice little birdie at the 8th, right, said Fred.
Justin with this tickler down the hill at nine.
I think it's just too far away from him when he is looking at the hole
for the putt. I have never heard about how Jordan struggles on putts
of this length, but he doesn't miss many. When a player is looking at
the hole, you figure something is going on in his head. See if he look
sad hole here. -- if he looks at the hole here. Yes, he did. It is
interesting, you take a peek at the hole, then look down. His last peak
stayed locked on the hole. Now Maggert, excuse me, Hofmann. --
Will it stay? Another foot or so and it would have been 25 or more feet
away. Instead, a good birdie opportunity. Freddie's 57 but he
still gets it out there. Second to the ninth, up the hill. I wish we
could all have as bad a back as Freddie, huh? Unlucky, that was
close to being great. Here is so Jeb's dilemma. It was where Rickie
Fowler was a member, losing it to the right to hook it. -- Sergio's
dilemma. Best miss front bunker? I think the front bunker is the best
miss, Ken. That is what he is going for and he didn't reach. Got hung up
in the first cut. That is exactly where he was trying to go.
We can still see his ball. Didn't quite see the ball. He will be
praying he has an upside there. An enormous tee shot. A bit of spin
on this. If you much, it even hole side, it will come back to you. You
need a softer three quarters shot. Middle terrace if it stops. Well,
McIlroy blasted his tee shot down the 11th with a wonderful second
here. A delicate downhill, left to right putt. Barely touched it. Oh...
He just caught the high side. Even when used if it at Augusta
National, you still have a difficult effort, a difficult putt. Spieth at
11. -- even when you stiff it at Augusta
National. Some of his players have been
answered, not all of them. He has found a bit of an upslope. He needs
eight those of Seve here. If he has a good lie, he can clip this. The
green is facing him. Looking into an upslope, not terribly inviting. You
need a good nerve. There is nothing easy about it, but it could be done.
The grass has a bit of a sheen to it. It makes it even more do able.
He has two double up and go hands back, face open. He went for a
little trick shot. I guarantee he didn't like his lie.
That has been the problem there. Ryan Moore, the green looking a bit
more burnished than earlier in the day, a few more Brown patches. We
first saw Bryan in 2003. -- Ryan. Anyone who has played this has left
himself with this one. William McGirt, long birdie putt at
eight. Beautiful. Just trickling on. Going
through the stubbly fringe, you know you must make it onto the short
stuff. It is so easy to give it just a fraction more.
Here we are on the 12th hole, and Rory McIlroy trying to decide what
he has to do. Earlier, Kevin Brown looked at the pin position on the
12th. Looking across the water is the 12th
tee back, playing 142 yards today. The pin is cut on the left side, a
small piece of parting surface. One, two, three, four, five small paces
from the front of the green, about eight behind, room behind. If you
come up short at all, if it hit the bank with a slight Mr John, a
downslope can run back into the water. It depends how much spin you
have on it. Miss the green on the left and it pitches here. It is in
with the turtles. So what are the tactics today? 142 yards, not much
more than a pitching wedge, you feel like a coward playing away from the
flag, but the percentage play is to play to the right of the flag, five
yards. If you play short, rather than in the water, you are in the
bunker. You have a chance of getting down in two from there. The widest
point of the green, not that wide, 13 or 14 paces deep, but that is the
percentage play. White of the flag, long and there is room to work with.
If you take the flag on, the possibility is therefore a
misjudgement. Argue going to be a coward, or are you going to be
brave? -- are you going to be a coward.
Well, not bad. Didn't quite get it right. Taking the flag on, but he is
making a charge. Over to seven now, Sergio Fitt par. -- Sergio for par.
To the ninth. Jon Rahm. He leads to give it a good hit up the slope.
You get so scared of quick putts for so longer then you get an uphill and
cannot believe sometimes how hard you have to hit it.
The co-leader, Charley Hoffman. The chance of a three.
He is looking pretty steady at the moment. Peter Alliss is back with
us. I find it fascinating watching them jockeying for position. Holding
ground, rattles one in. Tomorrow, I fancy, is going to be... It usually
is a fantastic day, because so many things can happen. This is one of
the most treacherous holes. It used to be a driver, 6-iron, something
like that, now it is a monster drive. Very treacherous, very
difficult. The flag is in a fairly generous position. You can see from
middle. Where has that gone? He looks anxious and he should be.
Lucky boy. The golfing gods are with speed. They must smile down on his
cherub face. He has it! The crowd way away on the
12th. Cut off from the noise a bit. McIlroy back to level par. Casey.
Oh, Paul, what are you doing back their? Come on, a nice pitch and a
putt. All your friends in Surrey. It will go back. Look at that.
You have no idea how difficult these greens are. He was away four, five
yards short but does not deserve to be cricket pitch length away.
It is not a bad bogey. Slips back to four.
Rickie Fowler at the 8th. Third shot, way back.
The flag is at the back. He has a nice one. Could have done with a
bounce forward. Jason Dufner. Long putt for birdie
on the 14th. Playing alongside Ernie Els today. Has it, has it! Look at
that back nine. Three birdies in five holes. 1-under. Justin Rose at
the 10th and a good second shot. Big swinging left-to-right here. If you
go a bit hard, it can chase on down the hill. That'll be a little bit
too bold. Westwood sizing up the second on the 15th. 215 yards. The
first couple of days straight into the wind but today, players able to
get them reasonably comfortably in two. It is a big, long iron. Not a
lot of room. Downhill a little bit. Watch the slow deliberate backswing
and then right through the ball if he gets a good one. Not sure. Not
sure. Safe. There are worse places to be down there. -- a there.
Solid enough par to start the back nine.
Casey's ball went way back down the hill, but this is for a four. Fourth
shot at the final hole. He is 1-under. He is going to have more
than one of those. A 12 footer. Jordan Spieth between the flag and
the water. Can he take advantage of that fortune?
Hoffman. Drive on the eighth. The bunker down the right.
He is hitting the ball beautifully. He has been around a few years. He
used to have long blonde hair. Many of you may remember that. Spieth for
par. It is a great walk from the 11th up
to the 12th. It is when there are people here. When you come and there
is nobody here, you wonder what the fuss is about because it is just a
huge expanse of mown grass. Almost like a playing field with a pond and
bit of water and a couple of bunkers. It does not look exciting.
When the human herbaceous borders are there, it looks different.
Spieth last year. Hitting the tee shot. Looks a little bit
disappointed, but even more disappointed when he sees it go into
the water. And then mishaps and miscalculations, mis-hits. Very
expensive learning curve. He took it back beyond the official drop zone
to get a good yardage. That was it. Done and dusted. You always do
things that you think are right at the time. It looks so simple. It
really looks so simple. You just knock it on the green. A good grip.
He wants a good grip. He is obviously twitchy, remembering last
year. But it looks the simplest thing in the world. A little bit of
wind against and a cross from the right. Sit down!
It was a bold shot. Really, really easy shot. I just said that! He
thought it was easy, too. Fowler for his four on eight. The camera
shutters go off, the ball drops. Fowler, to 4-under. Just one behind
Hoffman now. Bouncing about in those high tops. He says he tries to drop
his pace at the weekend at the Masters because then he will just go
into fast forward mode, gets a little bit excited. You do not see
many tennis players doing that at the cross over boy. Laughing and
saying, where are you going for supper tonight? I don't know. That
little Italian plays? Now, Peters for par. Got it.
A very droll fellow is Mr Peters. The driest of the dry, he is.
Deadpan. Very funny. Moore up the hill and in. A few putts starting to
drop. Isn't that a wonderful setting? The
majestic pines. Second shot to the tenth. Blue sky. Not a cloud to be
seen. The ball tip toes... No, it doesn't. It is a beautiful second
shot. William McGirt.
Moving quickly. As soon as he hit it. Still a good front nine when he
taps that in. Sergio up the hill at the 8th. Second shot. That is
flirting with the trees on the left. As he cut it, gone straight? Here it
comes. Found its way through the pine needles and onto the green. He
does not know that. Casey, can he finish by dropping just one shot?
Well done. A good five in the end for Casey and a good round. Taking
him back to level par. An outside chance. 13th tee, Rory.
Over the corner of the trees. An atomic charge, that one. Is it over
the top? Is it over the top? Just beyond the shadows. Nearly in the
next county. McGirt. A tap-in for his par. Memorial
champion last year. What interests me is how wide his
stance is for these little shots. Not just for that one on the slight
downhill, but normally very wide. He doesn't look comfortable. Fowler
does that preset, settles in. Good drive. Astonishing position he
gets into at the top of his swing, Fowler.
This was the third, that was for bogey. He has been stroking it quite
nicely with the putter. That is what you have to do around Augusta, as
Spieth did last year, until his horrors, he was hitting it ropily
but finding the cup. He certainly putted remarkably well.
Charlie Hoffman. Steady, steady, steady. Never quite sure when they
stop. It did eventually. Couples. Fighting for his party on
the tenth. And a woodpecker there. He slips back to one. Still just
inside the top ten. Spieth. This putt for three. Through the green.
Not a great chip back but all will be forgiven if this disappears.
Never looked like anything else. I tell you, if they could not putt,
they would hurdle the 70s and go straight into the 80s. Phil
Mickelson, he is back to 3-over. Westwood, up and down for birdie. So
quick away from him. That is a beautiful shot.
Sergio at the 8th. A slowish putt. Right-to-left, Marc Pugh come. He
has left it short. -- up you come. He is honing in. Fowler.
All the way back today. Very difficult to get it back to that
flag, the pin all the way back. These greens used to be Bermuda.
They changed them in 1981. Slower grass. I think the course was
designed for slower greens in all truth, but do not tell them.
Westwood for birdie. That was very well done. Conjured up a magical
shot from the sand. Happy days. Thomas Pieters, big
drive. Can he get it back to this pin? Yes, good shot. They sit around
this green and they know, they have seen it before. That was a good
shot. Pretty much pin high. I think that is bordering on unfair. I don't
see the point in that, but there we are. A lot of good fortune you have
to have to win around here. This is the chance to break away
from a tie with Garcia. Jon Rahm at the 10th, just touched it down the
hill. Did not touch it enough. Rather gave the game away because
this was to get into a tie for the lead with Hoffman. Garcia. Alongside
his playing partner at the top of the board. It is a good-looking
leaderboard, as well. It is beginning to look nice and tidy and
tight for tomorrow. Jordan Spieth is going well, congratulations to him
for recovering from a couple of golfing disasters. He always looks a
bit worried, as if he is not quite sure where it has gone. It might be
all right. Justin Rose from the front of the 11th. 500 yard par
four. It bobbled on him. Stevie Williams, the caddy for Adam
Scott. Westwood at 16. This very slow putt up the slope. He volleyed
that up there. Perfect conditions for scoring today
but the greens are starting to get a bit more fire in them. This to save
par. Well done, you have to do that. Around here you have to hole some
ten footers for par. Westwood, having come off the slope with his
tee shot and finishing at the bottom of the green has this almost
6-foot... What a good review. Look at the quality of the grass. Doesn't
that look beautiful? Wouldn't you like a lawn like that at home? All
the way. Lovely touch, well done, good save. U2- part a green and you
walk off with a sigh of relief. A nice inward nine he is putting
together. BT says somebody. -- beauty. Cantering down there.
Watch this drop inside. A user football striker. An anxious stare
but he knows. The fans were not sure because it was tight down the left,
but he knew, so he told them. Rickie. Ninth hole, Fowler. Uphill.
Slope. Goodspeed for two pars. McIlroy,
second, enormous drive, like Bubba Watson, over the trees.
He would have been thinking about the eagle and now it is a tricky one
for birdie from our and down from there. Peters, playing with Rickie
Fowler. Similar putts. They looked magnificent. The quality of the
turf, the putting and reading of the green is so difficult.
Out in 37. Won over. -- one over. This is a tester. Watch where he
aims this. Ryan Moore, just dab it down.
Halfway between him and the edge of the green.
LAUGHTER. He just didn't get it quite right.
It is only fractions and now you are made to look silly. Someone in the
crowd would say, that is the sort of thing I do.
McIlroy, a lofted club. It sounded clean but just died on
the first bounce into that slight upslope.
A magnificent tee shot, good-looking second which just goes the wrong way
and he will probably take five. Justin Rose, two short holes on the
inward nine. Flag today on the left-hand side. Murmuring in the
crowd. Online. Beautiful shot from Justin Rose.
Sit down, ball. Softly, softly. That is a stunning shot from Jordan
Spieth. One of the best. We saw Phil Mickelson do it in 2010. Rory
McIlroy can only make his five and remains level par and Spieth, that
was a beauty. This for par, no. A few cracks
appearing, but he is still near the head of affairs.
From here it is difficult to pick out the flag sometimes with the
crowd behind and the red and blue and yellow shirts and other bits of
apparel. 124 yards. You cannot spin it too
much, you have to try to take some off it. Otherwise you cannot get
close to the flag. Because that will go as Peters' did. --
almost identical to Thomas Pieters'. Can Charley Hoffman do better?
Second shot at the 9th. Co-leader. That was a good prod. A jolly good
prod. That is the way to do it. Nice tee shot but he will stay to
wonder. -- two under. Not ruling himself out of anything
today. He has hardly played this year.
For birdie at the 11th. It looks good. Oh, yes. He really has come
out of the backwards, Jon Rahm, and is taking the golfing world by
storm. 22 years old. He looks a little older than that.
Here is Fowler. Fairway wood. Justin Rose, after that beautiful
tee shot. Yes, well done, good two. A bit of a mixed bag from Justin
today but still in the hunt. Westwood, second to the 17th.
Stay, stay, stay. Welcome back, Ken Browne, who is in sparkling form.
Peter, you wake me up. Superb tee shot here. Just feeding
slightly left of the flag. Stop. Well done. Good angle.
ANDREW COTTER: Garcia. We saw this putt for Thomas Pieters. Dies away
quickly that one. Deep breathing. Every shot you play,
walking a tightrope here. Oh, my. Left. That was a wild one.
If it skids into the pine straw, it is a tough shot, anyway. Straight up
the hill for Charley Hoffman. The final group and the joint leaders.
This to take the outright lead. Sweetly done. 6-under par for
Charley Hoffman, out in 34, tidy looking card.
His fourth appearance here, the man from Vegas. Peter is -- Pieters on
the tenth. The green used to be where that big
bunker was, but they moved it all the way back as we go up to the
12th, and Rahm. A young, confident man, from 142 yards. Be careful.
Oh... Just about short enough for a
pitching wedge, but you have to get all of it, and Rahm in trouble. His
fellow countrymen also in a bit of bother. The first putt for a while
from Garcia that hasn't looked pretty.
It's like he didn't commit to it. Marginal deceleration.
That was a very unpleasant ten seconds for Spain.
Spieth up the slope at the 13th. Such a beautiful putter. Marvellous,
marvellous effort. Hunting a hole, hole path.
Phil Mickelson supporting cast member today, 3-over par. Westwood
now for his birdie on the 17th. And he has it! All the way. That was
judged into perfectly by Lee Westwood.
Westwood to 1-under par. Look at that back nine.
We saw Jon Rahm a moment ago finding the water, so options for dropping
it, and Ken had a look at them. There's a look at where the 12th pin
is cut today, front left of the putting surface. A number of players
over the years have hit the ball into the water. The flag today is
cut in that portion of the green. This is the water hazard at the
front. If you miss anywhere on the front of the green, it runs back
into the water. What are your optionss if you're ball pitches
there? Option one is you try to play it. Most often, you can't. Option
two is you can go all the way back to the tee and drop the ball there.
You can do that, because you know the sort of shot you have to play.
You just misjudged that one. Option three is where the ball last crossed
the margin of the hazard, you can go back in a straight line as far as
you would like, which is what Jordan Spieth did last. How far do you go?
You don't want to be too close to the green because you can't put any
spin on it. 75, 80 yards, and you drop your ball. This is about 80
yards, say there. Look at the lie to start with. Quite a nice lie, but
generally when you drop back here, it is on a downslope. What you don't
need to stop the ball quickly. Look what is facing you. You have the
water in front, the bank, six yards of putting service. It is eyelevel,
it is an inviting. If you miss the green, you have options. But
whatever one you take, they are not very friendly. -- it is an inviting.
Jon Rahm has gone back to a comfortable yardage. This is his
third shot. Now, now, now, shot forward off the back of the green.
Coming down over the pine needles, the Pine straw.
This looks a tight lie, the green sits above you. This will curve to
the right, almost coming back to him. Not bad. Stop will.
It was like it was slipping down a place, wasn't it.
Let's have another look at Jon Rahm's shot. This is what happens to
tee shots. You think it has gone. It sticks there and he is in horrible
trouble. A horrible shot back towards the water, but at least he
has the and down for a bogey. This for a double bogey.
The quirky swing of Ryan Moore. He's got it... Oh. I thought he was going
to do a KJ Choi and not it in the cup. Just watching the name of
Jordan Spieth creep up the leaderboard. Sergio Garcia, the
ninth. Two behind Hofmann now. This is where he hit a loose one
yesterday. All sorts of confusion. 3-wood down the left today. 1.3 but
the pain is on the right. Thomas Pieters.
Slow, slow, slow. An ounce more pace and it would have held its line. So,
Charley Hoffman, 3-wood for Charlie. Going anxiously left. It's OK. Up on
the green, Rickie Fowler. From the left little to the right
lip in about 15 inches. -- the left lip.
Rahm with his fourth shot. He's played it nicely. He's walking. Two
shots gone at the 12th Jon Rahm. It claims another victim.
Down the right. The fairway sloping from left to watch, you often find
the right rough. Not too bad. Quite often wayward from the tee, Jordan.
Little bit loose sometimes. McGirt down towards the 11th. You can see
the flag fluttering. Hold that pose. That's why. Two wonderful shots in
there from Ryan Moore and William McGirt. McIlroy at the 14th, uphill,
come on, Rory. Must be. Not quite enough pace. He said he just needed
to get within three or four today. He would be happy going in tomorrow
within three or four. At the moment, he's not quite there. It is quite
difficult to force birdies out of Augusta, because sometimes you have
to take on risks that you don't need to. Where the flag is cut on 15 it
is a sucker 's pin. Adam Scott and Justin Rose playing together.
Difficult again, Ken. Grab the grass, playing a bit lower. Sit. Oh,
please. Stop. Stop there now. Lucky, Lucky, lucky.
Pretty good. A brave one to go for the flag, you can get so close to
the right bunker, and if you pop it in there, you can get down the two.
A moment ago, Garcia with a similar shot, but from the shortest off,
174. -- the shorter stuff. Safe, but an unlikely putt Tahoma.
Like all his long putts today, he has left them short.
He will remain where he started, 2-under par.
37 years old, his first Masters. Doing very nicely. Justin Rose,
Butch holding a flag. He just stayed on the green.
Come on, come on, come on. Nice birdie at the 12th, and that to back
it up with another. Ryan Moore, sweetly into the centre
of the cup. Generally very hardest par-4 on the course, the 11th.
Slightly easier pin today than normal. An outstanding amateur
champion. Leading amateur back in 2005. Here is the 2011 champion. An
eagle for Charl Schwartzel. He is suddenly to 2-under par. Where has
that come from? He has come via a birdie and an eagle on the last two
holes. A cathedral of pines on the 11th
tee. Looking a little anxious. He has
done all right. Not the perfect spot, but you can certainly get a
swing at it. Always has something to say to his
golf ball, Spieth. Right over the flag. He asked it to go, but didn't
need to. He has left himself with a swing on that one from right to
left. Scott playing alongside Justin Rose.
This for 3-under. 215 yards, pin front right. To chase
this flag, you have got to take a risk. Bunker right. Sit! Sit! Sit!
Sit! Oh, Rory. Sit down. Sit down. Lucky. There is a pond just beyond
there. Rose has left himself this five
footer or so for his birdie. He has changed and has worked hard at which
grip to use. He uses this claw grip with a slightly heavier putter.
Usual putting grip. Such a satisfying than to become a horrible
sliding left to right putt. This is a good group, tidy players, Justin
Rose and Adam Scott. Both are 3-under now. That will do nicely
round Amen Corner. Westwood on the final hole. In the left-hand sand.
That's done well. That's done very well. A lot of sand and a fairly
square clubface, getting it to scoot up the slope. He is on a fast
finish, Westy. Garcia, a lot of left to right. In the trunk shadows.
All the uphill putts are left and short. A chance...
That back right of the tenth green, available it out 6-7 years ago. The
ability to put a flag on there, but only just.
A tricky one here for Fowler, just a few branches creeping out to
negotiate. Everything to avoid it going left.
That's a very, very good shot from Fowler, pretty much where he would
have been aiming. Two shot leave at the moment for
Hoffman -- lead. The 11th is 505, two very long holes
in a row. To the 12th, and Ryan Moore.
Leave for his par. Lee Westwood, oh... A little bit left of centre
but a brilliant up and down at a loss. 70, 77 and a gorgeous 68, he
is in with a chance tomorrow. A fabulous record here at Augusta.
Lowest round of the day so far as we go back to Garcia. This is a knee
This is going to be a skid, this one. That was superb. Playing back
to the water, you don't want much too much over the other side, and
that was classy. Trusts in his abilities. Jordan Spieth.
We said there would be a bit of movement on this one, Ken.
Sit down. Now, that is a horrible, little left to right move.
Not too many people have coped well with the birdie putts from that side
of the hole at the 12th. The third shot of Thomas Pieters,
look how much purpose he can get. This is about 35 yards.
Slides the club underneath it, looks like it is going to go too far. A
bit of fees on it -- fizz. Spieth, is this close enough for his
there at the ball while hitting it? -- for his stare.
It is unsettling, but it works for him.
I am sure lots of people have tried it at home.
After a great escape from the left trees, Rickie down the slope at the
11th. This is a Wonderbra. Sit down. -- wonder rather.
He comes here with a lot of confidence. Hoffman down the
corridor on the 11th. Just turned it left towards the
trees. That's all right. Only one top ten
in the Majors, that was his ninth here a couple of years ago. Jon
Rahm, uphill all the way at the 13th.
Fowler rolls it in on the 11th. And remains 3-under.
Gorgeous driver of the ball, Sergio Garcia. The lowest penetrating
flight. Do lofts the driver as he comes into it.
Just magnificent, a bullet. Talking about heavy putters, heavy woods as
well. He is so accurate with them. A low launch, high spin driver. He
launches low, but the spin takes it up. Jordan Spieth.
A couple of people applauding that quickly stopped.
Because he is entirely blocked out by the trees down the left-hand
side. It looks OK there, but from where the camera is filming this,
some big come the big trees. McIlroy, a little movement to his
right, but not as much as that. Nothing from the par fives on the
back nine, Ken. It is very hard to press birdies on this course.
Something has caught fire in the background. That is a big, old
cigar. A bit of breeze helping out of 14.
If you can't find the you can't get at the flag. Round it goes.
But from here at the 14th, you can take that flag on. The sound is very
sweet. Pretty good. Steve Williams back on
Adam Scott's bag. Both of them left with three putts
from no distance, for Pieters, a mix. Looking silly, and very cross.
You have to put that behind you. It is so easy for that thing to stick
with you around Augusta. Jon Rahm, boldly holed. Nice bounce back from
the double bogey on the 12th. Hazel eye from a 20-year-old, to a
43 rod, at Lee Westwood, five top top tens in his last seven
appearances at Augusta, including two runner ups. Heading for another
top ten at least, with the best round of the day, 68 with birdies at
13, 15 and 17 coming home. Just an done by a second-round 70s ever
yesterday. Still, he will take it, 1-under. Let's get a word from Lee
on that. 68 today, how well do you think you
played in these conditions? Pretty well. I did most things good. Played
a couple of exceptional bunker shots, but I am quite pleased. It is
like a traditional at Augusta on a Sunday, Lee Westwood will be
involved at the top of the leaderboard. How close do you think
you can get? It depends what the lead is at the end of the day.
Someone can go silly around the back nine and gets to eight, nine,
10-under, I will be a long way behind. But it is not easy, 16 and
17, even 18, they are all difficult holes. Even the easy ones where you
can pick up shots, you can drop shots around Augusta. The flags were
harder today. Who knows, 5-under or 6-under might lead by the end of the
day, you never know. Thank you for your time. Good luck tomorrow. Thank
you. Lee will be hosting the British
Masters later in the year. That doesn't sound good. I think he
was worried it wasn't going to carry the water. 16th, 183. Now, Hoffman.
Standing on the corner of the water here at the 11th.
You have just got to play this cagey. And it was very cagey.
An excellent shot. Exactly where he would have been aiming.
142 yards, the shortest it plays, the 12th. The flag hanging limp.
This gives you a good look of the green, water left.
Asking it to draw. It's sort of does. A bit of help from his playing
partner, which is always handy. A bird has found the microphone and is
going through his greatest hits. Now, Rose, he saw his ball wondering
all the way down there. Forced to go over those pine trees
laying up. There are a hard to follow the ball when the ball goes
over some trees. This will test his nerve after the awfulness of the
first round quadruple birdie, McGirt on the 13th.
Spieth, 28 holes now without a bogey.
Fowler, just off the back of the 12th.
That looks pretty good. That's got to hit it, go on.
5:30 over here and it is time for Paul Azinger and the voice of golf,
Peter Alice. How kind you. A lovely evening in
Augusta. The sun so high in the sky. Ryan Moore, 13th, 3-under par, third
shot. Edging up to a devilishly high, small plateau. It is a
heartbreaking position. Has he done it? Has he done it? He's done it OK.
Well, now, Rory McIlroy, you were with us on Thursday. Let's listen.
We are fine right now. OK. Hit a pretty good shot here on the
first day and it spun back in the water. Here we go again. Big divot.
Big enough for the harvest festival. A good shot. It could go in this
time. No. He really is a remarkable young man
and an amazing golfer. He took a couple of body blows in
the first two rounds. And he has come roaring back. Well done, him.
It will be a certain birdie and the crowd go ape. He is proving his
resilience, Peter. He is 22, 23 years of age now. They love it. But
keep calm, he is saying, keep calm, keep steady. I think he might walk
across the water. He was 4-over when he walked off this green on
Thursday. He is playing with Phil Mickelson, who is one of the
also-rans today. A remarkable ovation. That is
usually for a last day winner walking up the 18th hole ovation.
Out in 33. The couple of birdies coming home.
Justin Rose, he certainly has the firepower to reach in two. A much
tighter tee shot that in years past, they have added trees to the right
and left. Split the fairway. That is perfect.
He will give it a go from there, I am sure.
Got it. Very much a crowd favourite. Started beautifully and then
dribbled a few away. Huge crowd here. Around the 16th
tee. McIlroy. Has to go up the hill and
across the ridge. Oh, no. He has left himself a devilish second putt.
He will be on defence there. Birdie, birdie, birdie. Short again.
I think that is an indicator of how he feels on the inside. That is as
much as it used as it is the way he actually stroked the putt. There is
definitely a tentative spirit. Lack of confidence. He is a suspect
putter. He has been for a number of years, sadly. He has weeks when he
putts magnificently, but he is tentative.
For birdie. He had a fabulous shot in there and look at it go. So fast.
This putt for par for McIlroy. That is beautifully holed. One of the
best shots he has played today. He did not want to drop a shot there.
He has two hang on. Be in touching distance. Ryan Moore. Down and in.
Went in like a rabbit looking for his hole.
4-under par, a dark horse. Look at the crowd. Look about you, look at
the right and left. Back looking at the 15th, 16th, 17th tee.
You liked this shot, go ahead and smash it. That's why it takes five
or six hours to go around, they have a conversation on every hole, player
and caddy, every shot. Two birdies, so far, on this hole. He is after
another. Go! He has the McIlroy putt. A little
bit nearer. That is a scary shot. There is not a lot of room. If you
go along to the right, you have no chance. Speaking of scary shots.
Charley Hoffman. 142 yards. That is OK.
He is tight alongside the stream. On the 13th you have to manoeuvre one
up and onto the green. That is a very fine results. Steady, steady,
steady. Good effort. Really good effort.
Looking anxiously. Oh, he loves it. My shot. Another good chance for
Sergio. Fred Couples, 14th. But a long putt
for par. Freddie, look out. LAUGHTER,.
Oh, Freddie, you old crowd pleaser, you.
Needs to be a good drive and just a wedge if he hits it nice. Lost it to
the right. Anything is possible down there.
Poor old Ernie, he has had a dreadful day.
Long, long putt up the hill. Finishing in a blaze of glory...
Ernie, Ernie, Ernie, what a way to finish 14-over. 83. Maybe Ernie's
last one. Maybe his last hurrah. After a terrific tee shot at 15,
Justin Rose. That is nicely done. That is OK.
Hanging in there, Justin Rose. A slowish putt from the back of this
green. That is a safe three. Where is he going with this? Squirt
it through the tree and try and get it in the front bunker I fancy. Down
on the right-hand side and a pitch and a putt. Front bunker if he is
lucky. Garcia to go to 5-under. By such
margins Championships and tournaments are won and loss. I
thought that was bound to drop. But no. No, no, but OK, 4-under. He has
had a few chances today. Spieth up the hill at 16.
Rickie electing to hit a little pitch and run. A sand wedge. Way
overplayed the break but perfect touch. Easy birdie for Rickie
Fowler. Back to 4-under.
It is a good one. Adam Scott trundles it down virtually stone
dead. If these players can hold it
together for the final few holes, there will be ten, 12 or more
players tomorrow with a shout at victory.
Not a very good shot after a massive tee shot.
You get an idea of the crowds around the 16th green. It is like a giant
horseshoe. A couple of hundred feet or so lower than the clubhouse. A
testing course to walk around and this is a testing putt, but well
done, good nerve. It is becoming quite compelling now.
Bunching up. Spieth for par at 16. Oh. He looked at the hole. Mis-hit
the tee shot, which cost him. Adam Scott, that is his birdie.
Par. I thought it was a birdie. No shots dropped, still in the hunt.
Pitching it back up the hill. Careful. One of those. Struggling
for par. An important he shot for Charley Hoffman. Going with 3-wood.
They looked like he bailed to the right. Just lay up. There are all
kinds of ways to make birdie here. Just off the fairway into the loose
pine needles. Rory pops it away. You didn't see what happened with
Rory so we are not sure of his score.
We know Ken gets out and about early. He was looking at the pin
position at the 13th. Just wandering onto the 13th green and the flag is
at the back left-hand corner on a ledge, like an upturned wok. Imagine
coming to this area with a 3-iron, even a wedge. Miss it on the left,
the ball trickles off the green leaving an awkward chip. If you come
up short, on the right, there is a steep bank. You have gone six inches
off and watch where it goes, it keeps trickling, trickling,
trickling. These greens are fast this morning. It keeps going. To the
right, a tributary, you do not want to miss left, short, long, it is so
easy to drift into this right-hand stream and if you go there, you
could find anything. Daffy duck down there. Thomas
Pieters, Igor putt. Up the hill and needs to go left and no. -- eagle
stop that should be one retrieved after the poor showing at 12.
Not a lot of room. You really have to go directly at this flag.
We have seen a lot of balls down there. Frightfully difficult to
judge the speed up that hill. We have seen some massive drives at
the 13th today. Over the corner of the Pines, leaving a short iron.
Amazing to think he can hit the ball so far. Leaves him on the slope. Not
an easy second to a small target. Adam Scott is quietly sneaking into
town. Moved right up the leaderboard today. Look at that divot,
beautifully square. You could lay a dollar bill in that. Is it enough?
No. He will be down there with Justin Rose.
No bunkers at all on this hole. Green difficult enough. Long and
wide with humps and bumps, severe slopes. Look at that. Almost very
good and now it is off down the hill. It will finish I know not
where. As a player you know you don't want to make that mistake ever
on 14. They worse than a four. It looks
like a cracking drive. And it is. He has had a funny round with some
wonderful holes and a couple of lips. -- blips. On the way at 17.
Not much more than a 9-iron. This is tricky. Just lying on the pine
straw, as they call it here. You get it a bit heavy... He has pushed it
out safely to be wide part of the fairway. It came off that Lady's
need. No harm done. They used to be a flat spot, I am not sure it is
still there. That will be tricky off a slight downslope. Spieth might as
well go right at it. Nothing near the flag that can cause trouble. He
does it. Here's the bunker. Another good look for Jordan.
Never made a birdie at the 17th hole, that is interesting. Sergio is
playing with, you know that fellow he is playing with. A little bit
above his feet. Though, he does not like it. It has
gone away, has it? Water? In the creek. Charley Hoffman is away up in
the crowd. Oh, it is stuck on the bank. Maybe he can play that. He is
lucky. Years ago they did not do that. He does not know he has had a
stroke of good fortune. I don't know how that happened. You saw him pitch
and it stuck in the grass. You would not think it is longer. To stop the
ball going back in the water, but it did, and he is left... Not the
easiest of places to be, but certainly able to get a par-5 at
worst. See how Adam Scott handles this.
Easy. It is pretty good. You can spot the difference between
those two. Fowler, having drifted back. At
least 30 odd yards from the flag and big humps in the way and he has gone
the high rate, lofting it. It could come back nicely for him. He has
worked that out very well indeed. That is well thought out. Very
imaginative. How hard do you want to hit this,
Adam? About that hard. Good putt. Let's see if Justin can clean this
up. Watch out for these two tomorrow. Justin Rose is more than
capable, two shots off Charley Hoffman's lead, currently. And there
is Hoffman right here. Third shot. At the 13th. Steady, stop. And it
has. He made that look easy. Nothing easy about that shot. Dutiful, low.
-- you to fall. -- beautiful. About six yards up the hill. Playing close
to 165 yards. He does not like it. Not too bad. He was hoping for
movement to the left. Rory got unlucky here yesterday, hitting the
flag on the fly. Jordan for birdie at 17. Oh, no. You don't often see a
misread like that from Jordan. Well wide from the get go.
For eagle. Wow, he will take advantage of the great break. Tap-in
birdie for Sergio, which will get him to one shot behind Charley
Hoffman. Fowler, for par and he has done it
again. Boy, has he strangled some today. Holed certainly five, six
really good putts. The shortest probably 12 feet. And Sergio taps
in. At the end of the day a good birdie four.
Well, if that putter was running red hot, Sergio would have a nice
cushion, instead he is trailing. McIlroy to get to 1-under. Well he
shaved the whole -- hole. He has played one or two racket
shots. Rory has missed a lot of opportunities. He hated close on 11.
Did not birdie 13. He reached easily in two. He missed a short one on 15.
Six behind this man. Hoffman, a chance to get to 7-under.
Dead centre. He made that look easy. I think that would have gone in a
thimble. Suddenly, Charley Hoffman, two shots clear.
The beautiful tee shot. Beautiful tee shot.
HAZEL IRVINE: The birdie has put Charley Hoffman exactly where he was
after day one, 7-under. Sergio Garcia, perhaps the ball staying on
the bank at the 13th will be his Freddie Couples moment. Still
intact. Jordan Spieth, an incredible run from the champion of two years
ago. No champion has trailed by more than seven after 18 and he is
certainly within touch. Could have been better early on. Justin Rose is
not out of it. And Rickie Fowler, his scrambling skills have been put
to great use. There are former champions. Adam Scott, Charl
Schwartzel, who, since 2011, has only had a type for 25th, his best
progress since winning. Jon Rahm came to grief at the 12th. Freddie
Couples hanging in. 32 episodes, adventures, if you like, around
Augusta. Lee Westwood is under par. Thomas Pieters has had a torrid
round. Paul Casey a good round of 69 today. Soren Kjeldsen is trying to
become the top Dane here. Rory McIlroy will have to settle for that
1-under par round of 71 today. Seven shots behind. Brandt Snedeker, a
very good round of 69. He has challenged several times at Augusta.
Phil Mickelson has been upstaged by his 23-year-old colleague Jordan
Spieth today. He is too over with just the 18th to play. Jason Day was
the first out and a great round. The former world number one and US PGA
champion of a couple of years ago. Martin Kaymer, this place is etched
into his soul. He tried to change his swing to win here and it blew
him off course for a few years but today, a 74. Branden Grace, surely
his time to win a major will come sooner or later. There has not been
a South African winner of a major for five years, not since Ernie Els
in 2012. Back out we go to the back nine at Augusta National.
COMMENTATOR: A mighty lash from Sergio. And that's right down the
middle there at 14. So important with the front pinned to find the
fairway, and he has a long way up there. Welcome back, Ken.
With that finish where it looked like? Dead behind it. Spieth through
the shoot here at 18. Can he reach the bunkers today?
A twirl, bend over, pick up the tee. Loves it.
Second to the 15th. He is watching it with interest. Pretty good. The
further left you hit the approach, the longer the carry is over the
water. A chance of an eagle, outside chance.
This hole cut right in the middle of the green, but it sits on a bit of a
hump. We haven't seen a lot of birdies here. That's OK, but just a
little off, maybe half a club, a little less, maybe.
Most under par at the Masters, 2014, Jordan Spieth has a commanding lead.
McIlroy hasn't done too badly either.
Sneaky long is little Rickie. Weird to see a club go around the body
like that. Getting into that laid off position. It has been that way
for a long, long time. I'm sure that is a layup now. That Paul has
settled in. Sometimes important tee shots at 15 is a favour, you don't
have to take the risk playing over the water. -- that ball has settled
in. Trying to suss the wind out, I
think. It's not the easiest shot to figure,
it's blind to the player. You cannot see the bottom of the flagstick.
Uphill, just trying to get it up on the right tier. Two tiered green.
Hitting the ball right on the button all day. Sitting on 4-under par for
the round, one of the best rounds of the day. Hoffman at 14. Oh...
A bit of stick to hit a tree. That is OK. He has done well to squeeze
it between the uprights. Rose for birdie. Has he done it?
Good line. Dead centre. APPLAUSE A fantastic back nine, only one
person in front of him, that's Charley Hoffman. Only the fifth
birdie at number 17 today. I believe Sergio will be licking his chops
here. Just a short iron. Ideally landing a foot or two left of the
flag. Interesting, trying to draw it to the pin. Nothing wrong with that.
A little uphill. Some break in it. Roaring into the slope of the
fairway to hole it, so it doesn't release to the right.
A couple of those today, clingfilm over the hole.
Now, Ryan Moore, a wonderful second shot to hear. Faced with a difficult
putt down the hill, big break, left to right.
Swinging to the right. Just... Oh. It's not, is it? Oh... It's gone.
Occasionally, you can look a fool, can't you? I think that's in
experience, plain and simple. In fairness to Rahm and the rookies
this week, they weren't able to get really great practice rounds in.
HAZEL IRVINE: Rory McIlroy, his third attempt to land the green
jacket at, and with it, a career Grand Slam. A very tantalising
position for the world under two, the four time major winner. Let's
get boring's thoughts on what he needs to do to get this jacket.
What's the overriding emotion as you walked off 18? A little frustrated.
I had enough chances on the back nine and didn't quite convert. I set
myself up for a few birdies. I was in between clubs all day. When I
have hit those drives, I need to get birdies, I had chances on 11 and 14
as well. I could have been a few better, and that puts me a few shots
behind going into tomorrow. I need to get off to a fast start and keep
it going. You need to know where the leaders
finished tonight, but is it possible to make a prediction on where you
could get tomorrow? I mean, I have shot low ones here before. My lowest
round here, I'm not sure if it is going to be low enough depending on
the conditions. It depends what the leaders do. Charley has the seven
there. If he stays at that, it will be tough. But if he drops a couple
coming in, I will feel better about my chances.
One or two players have come in and said it is difficult to attack the
cause, the pin positions, the greens quickening up. Is it a difficult
balance when you consider attacking tomorrow? It is. Especially with the
conditions, there was a light breeze, but nothing to trouble us
too much. As I said before, if you can take advantage of the par fives,
you are 4-under from the first tee. I will need to play the round of my
life tomorrow to have a chance. We appreciate you coming in and good
luck tomorrow. Thank you. COMMENTATOR: Always speaks so
sincerely and nicely, Rory. He says what he thinks.
Good two putt, 4-under for Ryan Moore. His grandma died on Friday,
so I think he's been slightly inspired. I'm not sure Charley
Hoffman is pleased to be right about here after that tee. He has way over
hit that. Not a good effort at all. Settle. A total mis-hit there. 18th
green, Jordan Spieth. Not an easy one to read across the
slope. Has he managed it? Wanted to bullet it in. Just watching that
ball run out. Mickelson is another one, as it goes past the hole, it
gives you a clue as to how it will break on the way back.
Only one place for it, a magnificent scene. Look at the spectators. How
do you get that many people to be quiet at the same time, I don't
know. Hoffman now. It would be one heck of
a recovery if he could make this. Really slow. A dropped shot for
Charley Hoffman. Just one shot ahead.
Sergio with a great opportunity, too.
And a super putt, and a good round for Jordan Spieth. Steady as she
goes, 68 today, Jordan. Made a real move. Look at that clean card on the
front, three birdies, no bogeys. A 3-putt at 16, but other than that,
fabulous golf today. He did what he had to do on moving day. Proving
day. A good night 's sleep can change a lot of things in the minds
of the players. This was Mickelson finishing.
Three-time champion, finding the bottom of the cup, 71, 73, 74. He
was hoping for a bit better today. Sergio, oh. A little bit like Rory,
that one slipping past the edge. It is hard to watch Sergio shrugging
like this on the greens. It has been tough to watch. He has hit it great
today. -- struggling like this on the greens.
Oh. I think he caught it off the bottom of the club and wasn't going
to make the carry. But it was perfect.
Rickie Fowler, third shot. This is dangerous. Got to fly this at least
to the hole, maybe beyond. What it, what it. Yes. Not great,
but OK. -- watch it. A little bit left of the flag, a bit more depth
of putting surface. Backswing like he is staring
custard. Cut it on the ledge at the back, it doesn't quite make it.
There has only been one birdie at number 16 today. But not a bad spot.
From that angle, you are putting straight uphill. A relatively easy
putt from there if you finish on the bottom plateau. Now, the lovely
swing of Adam Scott. And he hates it. Very
uncharacteristic. Just a short iron in there for Adam.
Can Rickie tickle one into the cup. A few goodies when he has missed
them close. This for birdie. Right into the heart. What a player,
what a putter. Maybe the best offer course brand.
Only winning four times on the course, the same as Charley Hoffman.
But Rickie is of fine pedigree. It just seems as if it is a matter of
time before he breaks through and win is one of the big ones. He has
been top five in all four Majors in the past. Sergio at 15. Slightly
open stance, playing slightly down the left.
A good, hard bounce, but not to the left. Not too much to the left. It's
hard to tell, but you can see he is in the shadows of the pines. The
shot that brings you into trouble, gets you out, if he can draw the
next shot, you can get out. The left arm, but he still might be able to
take a crack at 15 here. Hoffman makes Fred Funk look
cricket. He drives it pretty straight. -- makes Fred Funk look
crooked. 18th, the third shot of Adelaide's
Adam Scott. A real crowd pleaser. When he looks
like he is going to far, it grabs at the right moment. Let's see if Ryan
Moore can judge this. They used to say, Ken, they pipe the
sound of the birds chirping in the trees, but I was out there the other
day and I spotted a Bluebird making that, I don't know what kind of boat
it was, other than blue. They have real birds, not speakers in the
trees. This is glorious. We have moved to
another place. Just as glorious, the 18th.
It looks like he was giving someone out in cricket there.
It's called aim point. I can't quite fathom it out, but one or two
players use it. I can't figure it out. Ryan Moore back down the hill
at 16. That either goes in or goes down
where it came from. Justin Rose now. For birdie here at 18.
Oh, yes. And a fist pump for Justin Rose. Just like that. Rose and
Hoffman tied. Round of the day over there. Look at that scorecard.
12 in. Making the most of those holes, 67 for Justin Rose.
They will be singing in the Northants clubhouse.
13th fairway, Charley Hoffman. -- 15th fairway.
Look what he has left himself there. Alcatraz. That's an horrendous place
to be. He will try to pitch that next one into the bunker.
The ever popular Adam Scott, 3-under. 2013 champion, what a
pairing that was. It's been a long time since we have
seen a player on the right part of the screen. -- the right part of the
green. It is tricky to get down in two. Sergio is OK here. A no-brainer
now, 198 yards to the hole. It is all carry. His natural shot will
draw. A lot worse places to be than that.
Lucky that he had one bounce on the green. If it carried another yacht
and hit the downside, he would be near the water.
HAZEL IRVINE: We will hear from Jordan Spieth in a little while. He
is live on the US networks at the moment. There is the situation. What
a finish from Justin Rose, former US Open champion and reigning Olympic
champion, of course. He says he wants to be a multiple major winner
to cement his legacy. He is going about it the right way. The 12th
occasion for Justin that he has contended. And very, very firmly at
the weekend. I am sure you will remember, it is a couple of years
ago, he was in the last group with Jordan Spieth, getting to 14-under
that year. That score would have won him 70 of the previous 78 Masters.
He has been very, very close, and he is right at the top now. Charley
Hoffman making his way home at the 15th. Rickie Fowler has made some
forward momentum. He has gained it in the last hole also. Five
underdog. Sergio Garcia one better than when he started out. But the
putts are not dropping for surgery, are they. Jordan Spieth making a
claim for a second green jacket. Remember his incredible record in
this place of runner-up, first, runner-up, and who knows what in
2017? He's at 4-under with Ryan Moore. Adam Scott home with 69
blows. Charl Schwartzel making a good run today. You remember his win
in 2011 where he birdied the last four holes in that incredible
Haverhill recharge the year that Rory McIlroy perhaps could and
should have won the Masters. That was some six years ago. Jon Rahm,
his challenge has faded a little. 1-under now. But he will be here for
many years to come, you sense. An incredible talent, but ready
to-year-old Spaniard. Speaking of Jon Rahm, here he is. -- an
incredible talent, the 22-year-old. COMMENTATOR: Rahm for birdie at 17.
He is an emotional feller. He blasted that. Not a very good putt.
Sometimes you want it too much. This will be for par now. Still
hanging in there. Charley Hoffman finally has some company on top of
that leaderboard with Justin Rose, 6-under par. Rahm trying to remain
1-under. Within touch, within sight of the lead.
Oh, boy. Like he was going to buy that putter in half. A little
upslope, a of landing area, Sergio Garcia generally, with his pitching
and chipping, is an absolute artiste. Let's see what he comes up
with here. As a golfer, that is something so
special. It's a terrifying shot if you are not confident. Sergio is
just a genius around the greens. He made that look a lot easier than it
was. Think of all the putts that Sergio
has let get away to this point, only one shot off the pace. Likely to tie
the lead if he can clean that up on 15. Largest comebacks in history,
coming from seven straight behind, Nick Faldo in 1990 against Greg
Norman. I talked to Faldo on the driving range this morning, he said
he was five back on the 11th hole the first year he won. Six back
during the final round the year he did win. Now, Fowler.
A very natural, self-taught parting stroke with a lot of feel in it,
Fowler. -- putting stroke. He's in a real pickle here, Hoffman
is. I don't know if there is any lie good enough, Ken, that can fly over
the bunker. He is going to try to chip it onto the back of the green.
I can't quite see the angle. That is not quite so easy either. You are
right, though, if he pitches it out to the right over the bunker, he
will give himself a two putt par, maybe. He will not go for that,
because if Heath flicks it over the green, it will run away from him.
Maybe not. I will tell you what, he is way better off than I thought he
was. I thought he was in the patrons, but he is sitting on stop
decent green grass. Will he take a chance here? -- on top of decent
green grass. It looks like he is going to have a
go, face wide open. Two waste to open the face, you can lay your
hands back or Labour face open. He is doing a bit of both. Double open.
A tricky shot. Let see if he has done it. Yeah, that's really
magnificent, isn't it. With a face that wide open, you can go
underneath it, not just in front of it. Cut it clean and it skitters
across. A huge break for Charley not to be to the right of the gallery.
All of a sudden now, he has a chance, a good chance, for birdie.
Sergio mooching around, a little bit like a caged lion. He is ready to
pounce on something. Exactly where Rickie Fowler made it from a couple
of moments ago. Charley has come a long way. He
first turned pro in 2000. He played, it is called the Web.com now. Not
sure what it was called then. Nothing to sneeze at there. The
experience of the last group he had a couple of years ago. He seems
pretty comfortable in his skin these days. He has come a long way from
that big blonde mullet. No, never had a chance. Low and too
hard. Not a good combination. A tight lipped response. Looks like
Ryan Moore may have clipped the trees. He has gone a long way back
with his second to 17. He has to go under that branch or go around it.
Big, open-mouthed bunker guarding the 17th.
Hoffman at the 15th. Bit of a wild second, very good pitch. This four a
par. This to be OK. Well done. There are moments when you are delighted
not to drop a stroke, having done so on the previous hole. If he can
finish with three pars at worst, he will have had a very good day.
Beautiful chip shot of Sergio Garcia from behind the green. It is a
little further away than it looks. Knock a hole in 4-5 feet. Just maybe
a touch of movement of the very little if it's got a bit of pace on
it. A little bit of pace. Well done.
Very good for Sergio. He has had a lot of chances today. 6-under. Going
well. Go, Richard, says somebody very
formally. Just on the very edge of the second cut. HAZEL IRVINE:
Verities, Justin Rose bidding to be the second English man in succession
to win the green jacket. This is Justin's card. What a storming
second nine. 1-under for the tournament going to the 12th and he
made birdies. A round of 67. Great playing. Rose in full bloom. Justin,
best round of the day, give us your perspective on how well you think
you played. Yes, the key was staying patient early in the round. I felt I
was playing fine. I had a poor tee shot on two which resulted in the
bogey. I felt I had to remain patient. The test was around six
when I made bogey and seven, eight, nine, just stayed with it and played
really well on the back nine, everything clicked into gear. The
par putt need 11 was the catalyst to a great run in. Patients, is that
the key on Sunday? I think so, you have to be aggressive at times. Pins
you have to take advantage of. This is a course where you pick your
moments and it worked well for me today and will be the game tomorrow.
Putting will be key and people said the greens get quicker on Sunday.
They were great today. It was a relief not having to factor in the
wind. Today, with a smaller field, they were running perfectly and I
had more confidence in the greens today. We wish you luck on Sunday.
Cheers. I am sure a lot of people at home will do that. Garcia is right
up there, leading the way. Where is it?
Well, it is a tickler. Talking about his average in the
third round that Hazel highlighted. The highest average of Saturday's
scoring. Not too shabby at the moment. As we watch Hoffman. It is a
tough pin to get close to. If you turn it over a fraction it tumbles
down to the lower half. Oh, Charley, worse than that. Wow, he says. Wet
it is. That was a while shot. It was, 25, 30 yard mistake with a
five, six, seven iron. A dreadful shot.
These swings. They tell us nothing. Everybody tried to find out why he
has gone to the left. He just caught the water and that was it.
You might see those shots when the pin is down the left half but
Charley Hoffman going to a right-hand pin, in the water and in
trouble. HAZEL IRVINE: Meanwhile Jordan Spieth is safely in the
clubhouse after an excellent 68 today. No champion has trailed by
more than seven after 18 and what a charge. Did you have a target at the
start of the day? We wanted to shoot four under and get out there and we
thought if we shot four under the lead with move to six, seven and I
would creep in and bid on it, knowing that on Sunday you can take
chances. I thought the golf course would be difficult today and it
certainly was. We had tough pins but it was nice to get it out to 5-under
out one point and we hit our goal early in the round. You have led
going into the final round of every masters you have played in. How do
you go about attacking, will there be a different strategy? I don't
think so. You have to play to win. Other places you can back off and
kind of crews, out here, if you have a chance to go for it, you have to
pull off the shot. In 2015I have that situation on 13 and I chose to
go for it versus laying up. Those are the kinds of moments that people
that win this tournament have on Sunday. For me tomorrow it is about
when those moments present themselves. Being patient, pulling
off the shot, recognising that I would know better than anybody what
can happen on a Sunday and patience is key. Charley Hoffman from the
water taking a drop. That was poor, as well. Interesting
listening to Jordan Spieth and the difference this year, if you look at
the stats last year, 145th in greens in regulation and this year fifth,
so it is clear he has improved. Keep the momentum going.
It will be a fine day tomorrow. Not only the weather, but we could well
be in for some sparkling golf. Freddie at the 18th.
Still a very decent effort. Playing alongside Jon Rahm.
Not a bad leaderboard, is it? It is leading up to a very good day
tomorrow. The weather is set fair. Coming up to 20 minutes to seven in
Augusta. They keep it tight. If this was tomorrow and it was the
situation and there could be a play-off, they run the risk of
running out of light, which I can never understand when you have a
whole day to play with. These things that could have a little bit of
padding. Here we go the 18th. Ryan Moore picks up that club. A little
bit left. There is space out there, short of the bunkers. I noticed poor
old Ernie Els had an 83 today. Early in the week he looked witty good. --
he looked pretty good. Sergio looks as if he is going to
putt this. There you get the view from the other side. Yes, he has his
three wood out. What is he going to do with this. He has got his little
baffler out. He has worked it out very well indeed. That shot has
appeared in the players' repertoire in the last ten years. When it was
first done, I know not by whom, we thought they were weird and crazy
but it came off for Sergio. Playing fairway wood or metal, whatever you
want to call it. He is urging it on, playing
alongside Thomas Pieters, who is back to 1-under. Pieters has
recovered well. He is keeping himself in with an outside chance as
we go to Charley Hoffman, who is struggling against the tide.
Suddenly with one shot, perhaps his chances of winning the green jacket
are gone. Tomorrow is another day, but he has held it together so well.
He is not inexperienced. He has won three or four big events. But that
was a poor shot and could be costly. I suppose it is experience in the
Majors. You mention just one top ten in the Majors, here, finishing
ninth. Never really been in contention.
When you play a lot of professional golf and they play for $1 billion
every week, it is not such a huge difference. He has played for ten,
15 years. It is not as if you are playing here for the first time. It
is not as if it is the heat of the Sunday afternoon.
A strange tee shot. He has got it. Well done. A couple
of shots gone to par. Now he happens to make certain he does not finish
worse than four, four. Rose and Garcia out in front. Fowler trying
to stay within one and he has putted well.
He has putted the best of everyone today. He has holed seven, eight
very good putts. This is a testing one for Sergio and well done. A
little chip down the green. The start of the third round, where
they were, and watch them move. Charley Hoffman got to 6-under.
Hoffman was out in front. And Hoffman then departed. HAZEL IRVINE:
Several former champions in the mix. What about Adam Scott, winner in
2013. Has not been in the top ten since but in touch after a round of
69 today. Yesterday you said you felt you played well, how well did
you play today? I played really well today. I hate to say it was easy
today compare to the first two but the wind was not a factor and to
stand on the 12th tee and not worry about it was nice. I wish I
converted more chances. I played solid but not all putts were
makeable. I did make a few good ones, I did not quite finish it off,
the last four holes. I would have liked to have been that bit closer.
I can sneak up on them tomorrow hopefully. If I play may be the
round of the year for me I could be in with a chance. You have been
there before. How much will that experience count? It counts for a
little bit. I know I can do it. When you have to stand up and hit shots
when there is no other option. I love that feeling and hopefully I
will get myself to that position tomorrow. We have seen so many crazy
things happen here on Sunday and hopefully it is crazy good for me.
Best of luck tomorrow. ANDREW COTTER: He has only played four
tournaments this year. He decided to play the week before the Masters and
missed the cut last week in Houston. This man will be a bit frazzled,
Peter. That was a serious mistake at the
16th. Still smiling away. Beautiful second from Thomas
Pieters. Well done. That is a good putt. He has come back well. He had
an unhappy time in the middle of the round.
An astonishing climb up the 18th. We'd talk about it. It is a good old
clamber up there. Takes it out of you at the end of the day.
Fine silks and dam from the Orient. And having a fag at the same time.
-- damask. 151 yards. Big front bunker. Sloping
green, left to right. It is so delicate. Another day it might
wander down to the right. Talking about how quickly the light fades
here. See almost a full moon copperhead. It does get gloomy quite
quickly. 150 yards, Hoffman. -- the full moon up ahead. That looked to
be straight at it. Let's remind ourselves of highlights
from Justin Rose. That would go in for a birdie and
this was the 13th. Two putts for a birdie. What a back nine. Talk about
taking advantage of the par-5s at Augusta. Birdie on 13 and here at
the 15th. What a touch from behind the green. Walking it down. And then
finding the centre of the hole once more. Another birdie, three on the
back nine. 17. One of the best second shots we had seen in here and
again dead centre. Birdie number four. His six of the day. And then
the final hole. You dream about a 3-3 finish at Augusta. It looks like
he did not like it but it was because he knew it was good. He did
not need to keep looking at it. With par at the 16th and birdie at the
17th and this birdie at the 18th, it was a 3-3- three finish for Justin
Rose. 67. Equalling his lowest round. He has done that, a couple of
times. That gave him a share of the lead.
This ball pitched well short, but did not stop, it kept going,
climbing up the hill, leaving him this six, seven yards for birdie.
Good strike. Nice four to finish. Not a bad day's work.
34 out. One dropped shot at the 3rd. 35 home. 69. Good score.
The shadows stretch out on the 17th green. Possibly the most exposed
part of the course. Not a breath of wind today. Long green, wide green.
You get the impression, how it runs through the middle. We were talking
earlier with Paul Azinger, there is not really a green on this course
you can say is easy. To William McGirt. Oohs from the crowd as it
circles and drops. 74 today. Heading in the wrong direction.
Now then, will it come round? No, it is too low. Left him one of those
awkward ones. Looking at the leaderboard there is a hint of the
Ryder Cup about it. Rose and Garcia, Fowler and Spieth just behind. A
slightly different atmosphere. Beautiful position, right in the
middle of the fairway. Go, go, he is saying. That is a club short. With
the toing and froing and reading, you can still make mistakes and that
was a club short. Blame the caddy. Ah, blame the wind. Rose and Garcia
leading. Sergio may still creep ahead.
Sliding across the crown of the green, over the top and down and if
it is too fast, too heavy, it can go four, five, six feet past so easily.
Good pace. Gosh, he has putted well. He has holed very little.
They say four for Sergio. -- it is a safe four.
He talked about how happy he is off the course at the moment and how
that puts him in good stead on the course. So many times, Garcia has
been rather woe is mean. He seems to be in a different place, as they
say. Hoffman to save par. Well done. Two shots dropped at the
short 16th. One hole left. Jordan Spieth, this was at the 6th.
Where so many players had found themselves but he found the hole.
First birdie of the day stop also birdie on the par-5 8th. And on the
ninth. The best of the day, the second to
the ninth. A tap-in birdie. 3-under par and 3-under for the tournament.
Safely through Amen Corner and to the 13th green.
That was for eagle. Fourth birdie of the day. Third shot to the 15th. You
think of that in the first round that found the water. Exactly the
same yardage, he said subsequently. Very different result and another
birdie. Bogey on the 16th, his first drop shot after 13 holes.
Fowler, a huge putt up the 18. Ernie Els, who had an unhappy day, he
holed out. Finished with a three, did big Ernie. Fowler still has work
to do. Garcia on the right-hand side. A nice angle to hit that the
bunkers and perhaps slide a little bit of them. Beautiful. A fade to
the right half of the fairway. He has sort of steady things,
Charley Hoffman. He has not let the 16th and his adventures there really
get to him. Putted on the 17th. He needs a true drive.
That is OK. Pieters at the final hole. Recovered well. If he can get
down in a couple of putts from here, or even one. Well judged. He has
fought back well. Some rather untidy holes in the middle of the round,
but in with a shout tomorrow. I was wondering how far away you can
be too realistically have a chance. McIlroy will need something
miraculous. Westwood is 1-under. Schwartzel, two. Adam Scott, three.
Rickie Fowler. He is looking to finish on five. He has holed so many
putts today. This would be the grand finale if you can pop this in. This
is a short one. He has rattled them in from everywhere. He has done it
again. He has putted magnificently. A long walk up to the scoring room.
Hoffman is second to the 18th. Back on the green. Do not go down
the hill. Can it? It mustn't. Charley does not deserve this. You
see what I mean? You have no idea. Look at that. I should write to the
Times. A little bit of evening moisture. Temperature dropping a
bit. He has thrown it to the heavens. Has
he let it slip bright? The final walk up. Sergio is still
working out what he did wrong. HAZEL IRVINE: Round three, Justin
Rose with the best of the day. His record equalling round at Augusta.
He had tied second finish to Jordan Spieth.
Sergio Garcia desperate to try to break his duck in Majors. What a
picture this is and what a prospect for tomorrow. Peter Alliss: Up onto
the green the gladiators fought. -- gladiators. They both have a lot of
work to do to get down in two. They come in all shapes and sizes. Would
you bet on them both getting down in two? Will they struggle. What would
you think? I would take one of them to get down in two. I was thinking
if Justin Rose were to win tomorrow and to go around with his Olympic
medal over his green jacket. You wouldn't have an inferiority
complex! Charley Hoffman. An awful time for him at the 16th. Of his own
making. A lot of these putts wander off to the right near the hole. If
he can get down in two, it is a job not too badly done, bearing in mind
what happened to him at the 16th. But he is still in with a chance.
Very much so. It is speed and line. Four feet left, or more coming up
the hill. It has kept going. It started to
move to the right. Five feet short. Television colleagues getting ready
for a chat. Sergio, I do not know whether he has enough club from down
there. We were talking earlier. Sergio's respotting in general --
putting in general. Struggles in terms of getting the weight right.
He has a very heavy putter. Which he likes to rock like a pendulum over
the shorter putts. Let's see if he can find the distance on this. I am
surprised so many use the claw putt from long range when they chip with
an ordinary grip. He obviously feels comfortable doing it that way. But
an ordinary grip for long putts would seem to be the answer, if you
are having difficulty judging the distance. This is long, uphill, at
halfway between him and the hole is the rise, up it comes, over the top.
And it drifts away to the right and looks perfectly flat. And they are
both faced with five, six footers. Come on, one of you, please. The
reason he went to the claw grip in 2011 was because he felt the right
hand was too dominant. He wanted to take that out of things. He
practices with a conventional grip. You seem go to it and switch to the
claw at the last minute. It has served him not to badly, but Hoffman
is first to try. There would be a big cheer if this
went in. Charley is the underdog. They like supporting the underdog.
Come on, Charley. All the way. Well done, sir.
Not a bad finish after the double bogey on the 15th. Four under. He
led after the first round, he led for a spell during this round as
well. The man from San Diego, Las Vegas now. He will be well pleased
with that. He would certainly have taken that on Wednesday night if he
had been offered that position. Now, Sergio for his four.
A little bit of movement from this one, Andrew. We have seen the
putting across the top of the green so many times. It depends on the
speed. Sometimes its wings to the left. Sometimes it's OK.
It's OK, Sergio. Well done. Well done indeed.
Get him into the final group for tomorrow as well. It will be Garcia
and Rose in the final group, chased down by Fowler and Spieth.
HAZEL IRVINE: What a prospect, matching his best ever, Sergio.
Great friends and colleagues from the Ryder Cup, up against each other
in the final grouping out tomorrow. The final pairing. Last year, Danny
Willett won Britain's first green jacket, could there be another?
Rickie Fowler just one shot behind and he will accompany Jordan Spieth.
As Andrew says, what a fantastic prospect it is for the Crown. And
indeed the patrons at Augusta National. Ryan Moore so on that
number. Adam Scott is lurking. He says he might sneak up on the
leaders. Charl Schwartzel, too, in red numbers. Paul Casey after his
round of 69 is some six shots behind now, as is Grand Slam chasing Rory
McIlroy after a 1-under par round of 71. Jon Rahm, it wasn't a Saturday
he will like to remember in a hurry, but he will learn. Phil Mickelson
started off with great intentions, a 2-over par round of 74 today has put
him in the group at 2-over. Branden Grace in the group at 5-under.
Matthew Fitzpatrick as well, tied seventh here last year. Currently
6-over, 12 shots off the pace. Some big numbers, because as we told you
at the beginning of the broadcast, the first couple of days at Augusta
were very, very challenging. 35-40 mph gusts. Marc Leishman has
challenged here before, plus nine. There is Sergio Garcia after that
round of 70 today. And a very brave putt to remain in pole position,
joint pole position with Justin Rose today. In it goes. Who knows, he
might have another go like that for a green jacket tomorrow. 37 years of
age now, Sergio. He will be married later in the year. He is in a better
space in his personal life than he has possibly been before. He has an
aura about him this year that we haven't seen before I think it is
ten years since his play-off at the Open Championship when he missed
from, oh, five feet to win the Open Championship there, and he has been
trying since to land one of these things. Four times he has been a
runner-up in Majors, more top tens and anyone in history without
winning one. Could this be the Spaniard's year? We shall see,
because your head says Rose, your heart says Garcia. Your gut tells
you that Jordan Spieth and many others may well have a say. And we
will be back at 6:30 on BBC Two right here for live and
uninterrupted coverage tomorrow of the final round. Don't fall get,
digital feeds, live features around Amen Corner, and featured groups
from 3:15. That is it, day three is over. Roll on day four. The green
jacket will be won, but who will be wearing it come the Knights
tomorrow? See you soon. -- come the night.
You are the cream of the French aristocracy.
Hazel Irvine presents live and uninterrupted coverage of day three of the Masters at Augusta.
At this stage last year, 2015 winner Jordan Spieth surged four shots clear at the top of the leaderboard, carding a six-under-par round of 66. However, the American could not capitalise on that commanding advantage and was eventually overhauled on the final day by Englishman Danny Willett.
Commentary comes from Peter Alliss, Ken Brown, Andrew Cotter and Paul Azinger.