Positive Scheffler remains in strong position

Positive Scheffler remains in strong position

World number one Scottie Scheffler (1/2 Fav – The Masters Outright) says he is feeling “great” after a one-under-par round of 71 on Saturday lifted him to -9 in total at The Masters, three strokes clear of nearest rival Cameron Smith.

Starting his third round with a five-shot lead, Scheffler mixed four birdies with one bogey on the opening nine to maintain his strong position at the top of the leaderboard and keep the daylight between himself and the chasing pack.

However, the American showed signs of frailty on the back nine as he made four bogeys and two birdies to sign for a one-under 71, leaving him at the top of the pile but at the same time giving hope to those attempting to hunt him down.

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Speaking after his third round, Scheffler told Sky Sports: “I feel great – I definitely played some nice golf today. I made a few errors I haven’t made in the last few days but to still get around in under par in the conditions today is a pretty nice round.”

One of those players trying to catch Scheffler is Australian Smith (5/2 – Outright Winner), who signed for his second 68 of the tournament to jump into second place on -6 and move to within three strokes of the lead.

South Korea’s Sungjae Im (16/1) has sole possession of third on -4, five off the pace, while 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry (50/1) and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel (150/1) are both on -2.

Justin Thomas (66/1) and Corey Conners (150/1) are the only other two players under par, the duo on -1, while 2016 Augusta champion Danny Willett (750/1) sits in eighth position on level par.

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Author: Lucille White