World number 1 Dustin Johnson came out all guns blazing to start his third round. Beginning in a five-way tie for the lead, Johnson opened with two birdies and an eagle in his first four holes to stretch out a lead. He finished his day with a bogey free 7 under, 4 shots clear of his nearest competitor and he ties the 54 hole scoring record at the Masters, set in 2015 by Jordan Spieth.
This will be the fifth time Johnson has had the 54 hole lead or co-lead in a major, however, his only major title to date, was a come from behind win at the US Open in 2016.
There are 3 currently tied for second place, two of which are Masters rookies. The South Korean Sungjae Im and Mexican Abraham Ancer. The pair shot a 68 and 69 in their third rounds to reach a total of 12 under. 4 shots back of world number 1, they will have to get to a quick start tomorrow to pressure the leader.
36-hole co-leader and Queenslander Cameron Smith remains in contention with a 3 under 69. Smith spent most of his round stuck in neutral, however, beginning his round with 12 straight pars, he never found himself out of the tournament. Smith finished with 3 birdies coming home to cap off a solid round and sits four back.
Pre-tournament favourite Bryson Dechambeau made the cut on the number, despite bogeying the last two holes of his second round. Dechambeau claimed to be feeling unwell on Friday night, having spells of dizziness, he submitted a coronavirus test, which came back negative. He finished his third round 3 under, and sits 13 back with one round to go. The even par cut line is the lowest in the history of the masters.
Last years champion Tiger Woods remains at 5 under par for the tournament with a score of 72 in the third round. After being 4 under through his opening 9 holes of the tournament, Tiger says the condensing of the rounds due to weather delays hasn’t helped his body. Most notably playing 26 holes today.