Day 3 at Augusta
Keep that card
Rickie Fowler: OK, Patrick Reed stole the show at Augusta National on Saturday, but Fowler shot up the leaderboard when he made eagle on the second hole and added five birdies as the day went on. He signed for a bogey-free 65 to get to 9 under for the tournament and within shouting distance of Reed’s lead.
Toss that card
Vijay Singh: Might be a tad unfair to rip a Champions Tour-eligible player, but the former Masters champ was a feel-good story at 1 over entering the weekend. Then he shot 79 on Saturday, falling 30 spots after failing to record a birdie despite the soft greens.
On the course with
Phil Mickelson: Give it to Lefty, who always makes things interesting no matter where he is on the leader board. Well out of contention, Mickelson began the third round with a drive into the trees and then whiffed on his first attempt trying to get back to the fairway. He punched out, missed the green and wound up with a triple bogey. Then at the par-5 eighth, Mickelson hit driver off the fairway, rolled the ball up to 8 feet and made eagle. It was the 19th eagle of his career at the Masters, and each one comes with commemorative crystal glassware. “You can never have enough crystal,” he said, adding the day “wasn’t a total loss” despite being one shot out of last place.
Paul Casey was in the first group off the tee and played alongside Augusta National club champion Jeff Knox, who typically fills in when an odd number of players make the cut. They played in 3 ½ hours, and Casey called it “the best experience I’ve ever had with a marker.” Casey found one more reason for his improved play: He slept in his 3-year-old son’s bed the past few nights in hopes of loosening up a tight hip.
• Patrick Reed on the par-5 holes through Saturday has made nine birdies, two eagles and a par.
• Justin Thomas hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation but needed 34 putts.
• Tiger Woods shot even par. He still has never turned in three straight over-par cards at Augusta.
• Bernhard Langer, age 60, was paired with amateur Doug Ghim, age 21. Showing class, the elder statesman raked the bunker at No. 3 so Ghim could study the next shot with his caddie.
Par-3, 155-yard No. 12: Augusta National’s shortest par-3 is also the toughest. But Saturday “Golden Bell” was tamed. Ten players made a birdie, six more than in Friday’s round with a full field.
Quote of the day
“As you know, six back is doable.”
— CBS analyst Nick Faldo, watching Saturday’s leader board. Faldo won his third green jacket in 1996 after Greg Norman coughed up a six-shot Sunday lead.
Tweet of the day
“Reed, Rory, Rickie, Rahm. It’s just not a ridiculous leaderboard, it’s an alliteration fan’s dream.”
— @shanebacon of Fox Sports.
No disrespect to the other 51 players, but a Patrick Reed-Rory McIlroy Ryder Cup-esque showdown in the final group of the Masters is about as good as it gets. Ch. 4 has coverage at 2 p.m.