Masters: Scheffler and Smith set for Sunday showdown
World no.1 Scottie Scheffler takes a three-shot lead into today’s final round after shooting a one-under-par 71 to move a nine-under total at a decidedly chilly Augusta on Saturday.
The 25-year-old American, who hadn’t won on the PGA Tour until reeling off three wins in his last five tournaments, now stands poised to win his first major championship, although he won’t have it all his own way, with Players Championship winner Cameron Smith breathing down his neck and playing alongside him in the final pairing on Sunday.
The in-form Australian will be bidding for his own major breakthrough after winning the unofficial fifth major at TPC Sawgrass last month. Smith fired a third round 68 to move into contention for Masters glory on six under.
Scheffler briefly looked to be walking away with the green jacket on Saturday after firing four birdies in his first eight holes, which took his lead to six and his score to -11, but bogeys at 12, 14, 15 and 18 ensured that at least a handful of players are still in contention on Sunday.
First round leader Sungjae Im from South Korea is on his own in third on -4, while 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel are still almost in touch on -2.
Only seven players are under par for the week, with Justin Thomas and Corey Conners the only other players in red figures on -1.
England’s somewhat forlorn hopes rest with 2016 champion Danny Willett and Tommy Fleetwood who are tied 8th, but nine shots back from the leader. Rory McIlroy is a shot further back in 9th on +1, alongside Collin Morikawa and 2019 Masters champion Dustin Johnson.
Groups and starting times for Sunday’s final round of the 86th Masters at Augusta National.