A Soaked Third Round At The Masters

As expected the third round of the Masters was rain soaked. Except for an hour or so in the morning, the rain pelted all the players. Very few were able to handle the wet conditions because of the unknown factor of how the wetness would affect chipping and putting. For the most part, Augusta National held up very well until it was time to call for a rain delay. The leaders still have 12 holes to play on day 4 and as expected, they will be heading off early in order to finish this years Masters. The wet rainy weather is supposed to be gone by Sunday morning to be replaced with cool sunny skies. The change might help most of the players, but unless Brooks Koepka faulters, I do not see anyone catching my on Sunday afternoon.

A couple of Masters records were set yesterday. The first was by Freddie Couples being the oldest player ever to make the cut. At 63 years young, Couples became the oldest player to make the cut in Masters history. He carded rounds of 71-74 at Augusta National for a 1-over total through 36 holes. Congratulations to Freddie.

The other record was set by Tiger Woods. Making the  cut at the Masters, he ties for the most consecutive cuts made at this famous tournament at 23. Woods has never missed the cut at Augusta National as a professional. What an amazing feat considering the physical challenges Woods has faced over the past few years. Congrats to Tiger!

The final day of the 2023 Masters can go two ways. A boring watch Brooks Koepka continue to play his way to his 5th Major. If he wins this year’s Masters, Koepka will have completed three legs of the career grand slam. That is a great achievement and should not be overlooked.

The other way events could unfold on Sunday at Augusta National is for someone to make a huge run (wouldn’t it be nice if it was the amateur Sam Bennett) with Koepka staying at 13 under or even sliding back a few strokes. I am not sure this is more likely than Koepka running away the green jacket, but on never knows.

The 2023 Masters is marred with poor weather. Unfortunately, it is the real story so far and there is nothing anyone can do to change this fact. To be fair to the leaders, they have adapted and played well and should be given a great deal of credit for their success. Unfortunately, it does not added to the excitement of this year’s first Major when one player runs away with the title. Regardless, day 4 should be fun to watch….I think.

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


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