The Masters – Day 3 Was All About 65, 65, 65

What a crazy Day 3 at the Masters! I would never have guessed the outcome of Moving Day, but I did call the final pairing of Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy on Sunday. But, before we get to the discussion about this epic battle, I have to say that the number of low scores (65, 65, 65) was unexpected or was it?

The rain helped soften up Augusta National and the top players in the world took advantage as quickly as they could. The player to first shoot low was Tommy Fleetwood with a 66. He was well on his way to shoot a 65, but bogeyed the 18th hole. His string of 5 birdies on the back 9 was great to watch and great for golfing fans, we have seen this already this year.

The 3 – 65s by Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, and Jon Rahm were amazing. These players put pressure on Patrick Reed that would have broken most players, but he would not falter. I thought that Rory McIlroy’s chip in for eagle on 8 was the start everyone’s downfall, but that was not the case. I was happy to see Rory scramble through the back 9 and birdie the 18th hole to close the gap to 3 strokes.

Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm were the other big movers. Both played bogey free rounds and pressed their advantages. Additionally, the ball rolled their way a couple of times and because of their good fortune, they are in the thick of things today. I am not sure either has the power to overcome Rory and Patrick without any help, but history has shown that anything can happen at The Masters on Sunday.

Patrick Reed finally showed the game he always bragged about; previously, I thought he was writing checks he could not cash, but today he changed my mind. I was impressed by his ability to respond to anything thrown his way. I think his fortune really changed by his chip in for eagle on the 15th hole. It seems late in Saturday’s match, but if he goes on to win today, that will be the shot that changed his stars.

The final pairing of Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy could not have scripted any better. These two have Ryder Cup history and the anticipation of how these two juggernauts going head to head is amazing. I do not think either player will play poorly, but Rory will have to shoot another 65 to win. Patrick Reed is playing very well and I doubt he will throw his first green jacket away by making poor shot choices. Rory will to take his first green jacket and complete his career grand slam.

This year’s Masters is showcasing the top players in the world. They take advantage when they can, scramble when they must and sometimes hope for the best. But, don’t be sucked in that Augusta National will let anyone run amuck two days in a row!

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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3 thoughts on “The Masters – Day 3 Was All About 65, 65, 65

  1. Jim, you think the green jackets are going to let their track get carved up for three 65s again? I don’t. It’s going to be sunny but cool and the course is going to be set up tougher for sure.

    I think if Reed shoots 2-under today, he wins it. Just doesn’t feel like he will pull a Greg Norman and bring everyone back into it. Also great to see Rory playing with his head screwed on and making putts. He’s definitely got that fixed and is back.

    The whole tournament has been a microcosm of the way we want professional golf. There is arguably more big name talent playing simultaneously than at any other time in the past. Don’t you think?

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    • Brian

      I agree the this years Masters has been the best in years. The top 25 players have showed up and except for a couple, they have played very well. Of the group, there is always 2 or 3 players that are hot and this week it is Rory and Patrick. I think -2 for Patrick might be a good call because the course will play tougher today.

      I also like seeing new names creep up on the leader board. Players like Fleetwood, Rahm and Smith have been around for a little while, but finishing in the top 12 at the Masters will be huge for their career. Just the way the golf industry likes it.

      It is going to be fun to watch. Go Rory!

      Cheers Jim

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      • Jim, Fleetwood has some serious game and I love that sawed off finish with the knock down that he hits with his irons. I’m surprised he’s played so well at Augusta where you need to flight it high and would figure he’d be more of a favorite at The Open.

        Enjoy the day; great stuff indeed!

        Brian

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