The world number one Dustin Johnson is after a gala performance on the third round before his first victory at the Masters in Augusta. The American played a round of 65 on the par 72 course and set the tournament record after 54 holes with a total of 200 strokes.
In addition, the 36-year-old is the first player in Masters history to have managed a round of 65 or better twice in a tournament. At the beginning he had played seven strokes under par.
Johnson, who only returned to the tour at the beginning of November after a corona infection, has four strokes ahead of the trio Im Sung Jae (South Korea), Abraham Ancer (Mexico) and Cameron Smith (Australia) before the final day. At the halfway point of the traditional tournament, a quintet around Johnson was still in the lead.
“I have a lot of self-confidence. Tomorrow I have to do it again,” said Johnson: “I’ll have to play really well again if I want to put on the green jacket.”
Defending champion Tiger Woods (211 strokes), on the other hand, no longer has realistic prospects of victory. The golf superstar played a 72 on the third day and dropped to 20th place. After Woods started the tournament with a personal record on Thursday, another triumph seemed within reach. With his sixth victory in the cathedral of golf, he would catch up with record winner Jack Nicklaus and with his 83rd success on the US tour with Sam Snead.
Bernhard Langer remains solid after record
Germany‘s golf idol Bernhard Langer (214) continued to be solid after his age record. He finished his third round with a 73 and is in 36th place. The 63-year-old from Anhausen made the cut as the oldest player in Masters history. He particularly benefited from his 68 gala round at the start on Thursday.
The favored US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau has no more chances of winning after health problems like Woods. With a total of 213 strokes, he is far behind. “I felt dizzy on the second round. I didn’t know what was happening, it was weird,” said the US golfer, who barely made the cut. A corona test in the night from Friday to Saturday was negative, and people around him had also tested negative.
The US Masters had been postponed from April to November due to the corona pandemic. This year it will be played without spectators.