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19:31

Congratulations to Scottie Scheffler, then, the 2022 Masters champion! With out query the deserved winner, one of the best participant from the start of the week to its finish. Cameron Smith pushed him all the best way … nicely, to the twelfth … whereas Rory McIlroy’s superb 64 will stay lengthy within the reminiscence, and augurs nicely for the Northern Irish star going ahead within the majors, and his persevering with seek for a inexperienced jacket of his personal. However if you shake all of it down, Scheffler was simply too darn good. And so it did turn out to be a procession in spite of everything … though as processions go, a fairly thrilling and memorable one. Thanks for studying this weblog! Nighty night time!

-10: Scheffler
-7: McIlroy
-5: Lowry, Smith
-4: Morikawa
-3; Zalatoris, Conners
-1: Thomas, Im
E: Champ, Schwartzel
+1: D Johnson, Willett
+2: Na, Fitzpatrick, MW Lee, Higgs, Westwood, Gooch, Matsuyama, Fleetwood, Kokrak
+3: MacIntyre, Varner III, Garcia, Spaun

Scottie Scheffler is awarded the Green Jacket by 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama.
Scottie Scheffler is awarded the Inexperienced Jacket by 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. {Photograph}: David Cannon/Getty Pictures

19:23

A phrase with the brand new Masters champion Scottie Scheffler within the Butler Cabin. “The shot on 3 was not one I anticipated to go in. It didn’t change the complexion of the day but it surely positively received issues rolling for me and I performed some good golf after that. I can’t put into phrases what it means to have the ability to come again right here for a lifetime. We’re going to go house and rejoice a bit of bit. I’m sort of glad I had a bit of hiccup on the final gap that made me rather less emotional so I can get via this interview!”

The 2021 champion Hideki Matsuyama then helps him on together with his new inexperienced jacket. It takes Scheffler a few goes to get his left arm into the sleeve; file that alongside the double yip on the final! However these are foolish little issues that occur when it doesn’t matter. When the stress was on, this sensible 25-year-old from Dallas, Texas delivered time and time once more.

19:14

Scottie Scheffler is just the fifth participant to win the Masters whereas ranked primary on the earth. He follows Ian Woosnam (1991), Fred {Couples} (1992), Tiger Woods (2001 and 2002) and Dustin Johnson (2020). He solely received his first event on the PGA Tour two months in the past! Now he’s received 4 wins underneath his belt: the Phoenix Open, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the World Match Play, and the Masters. As sizzling streaks go, that is off the size, although main success had been coming, even earlier than the dam broke in Phoenix: he’d completed within the high ten eventually yr’s PGA, US Open and Open. It’s truthful to say he’s been trending in the fitting path.

19:08

Whereas we watch for the interview within the Butler Cabin, a reminder of the place the main gamers completed.

-10: Scheffler
-7: McIlroy
-5: Lowry, Smith
-4: Morikawa
-3; Zalatoris, Conners
-1: Thomas, Im
E: Champ, Schwartzel
+1: D Johnson, Willett
+2: Na, Fitzpatrick, MW Lee, Higgs, Westwood, Gooch, Matsuyama, Fleetwood, Kokrak
+3: MacIntyre, Varner III, Garcia, Spaun

19:04

The hollers ring out round Augusta because the world primary celebrates a victory sealed from the entrance. Cam Smith threatened to come back at him early doorways; Rory McIlroy took a shy afterward. However he by no means let both of them get too shut, maintaining calm every time he discovered himself out of place, taking benefit when the possibilities got here round. We’ll hear from him quickly sufficient, however within the meantime, right here’s Ewan Murray’s report!

19:00

Scottie Scheffler wins the 2022 Masters!

Scheffler lets his par putt slip by on the left … then shoves the one coming again to the fitting! A barely farcical finish to an in any other case near-perfect efficiency! In goes his fourth putt, and he ends with a double-bogey six … like he cares! He indicators for his second 71 of the weekend, as the gang erupt and he embraces his spouse with glee!

-10: Scheffler (F)
-7: McIlroy (F)
-5: Lowry (F), Smith (F)

Scottie Scheffler of the U.S. celebrates on the 18th green after winning The Masters.
Scottie Scheffler of the U.S. celebrates on the 18th inexperienced after successful The Masters. {Photograph}: Mike Blake/Reuters
Scottie Scheffler hugs his wife Meredith Scudder.
Scottie Scheffler hugs his spouse Meredith Scudder. {Photograph}: David J Phillip/AP

18:57

Cam Smith’s birdie effort shaves the left lip, however he received’t get his birdie. Simply the par, and a share of third with Shane Lowry after a remaining spherical of 73. The tee shot at 12 will take some getting over, however he’ll certainly get well. Possibly subsequent yr? It’s his second shut name after 2020.

18:55

Scheffler rolls his birdie putt down the inexperienced. The ball slides to the left of the cup. Hey, no one’s excellent.

18:52

Cam Smith, having cut up the golf green, sends his second pin excessive, 15 toes to the fitting of the flag. He’ll have that for sole possession of third spot. Scottie Scheffler then sends his strategy over the flag, and he can take in the ovation as he walks as much as the inexperienced. Smith respectfully hangs again so the champion in ready can bask within the glory!

18:50

Scottie Scheffler, Masters champion in ready, sends his tee shot at 18 into the bushes down the fitting … however the ball squeaks again out into the primary minimize. Yet one more iron, and Scheffler can benefit from the stroll up the final!

Scottie Scheffler plays his shot from the 18th tee.
Scottie Scheffler performs his shot from the 18th tee. {Photograph}: David Cannon/Getty Pictures

18:43

Shane Lowry rattles in a 25-footer throughout 18, and that’s a remaining spherical of 69! He smiles wryly, maybe occupied with the triple bogey on 4, or yesterday’s fudged lay-up at 13. Both means, he’s bounced again nicely from disappointment to complete with three birdies within the final six holes. Pars in the meantime for each Scheffler and Smith on 17.

-12: Scheffler (17)
-7: McIlroy (F)
-5: Lowry (F), Smith (17)

Shane Lowry of Ireland reacts after making birdie on the 18th green.
Shane Lowry of Eire reacts after making birdie on the 18th inexperienced. {Photograph}: Jamie Squire/Getty Pictures

18:39

Scheffler wedges to 3 toes. This has been a masterclass.

18:38

Scheffler takes 3-wood off the seventeenth tee for security functions … solely to slice into the bushes down the fitting. After lengthy deliberations together with his caddy, he performs it good, taking his medication and chipping again out. No want for heroics. A textbook lesson in course administration. Smith, against this, is within the bushes down the left, however he understandably doesn’t care any extra, so goes for the inexperienced. He whips over the bushes and onto the entrance edge. Marvellous.

18:32

A two-putt par for Scheffler on 16 and he’s one step nearer to his dream. Smith goes one higher, although, rolling a left-to-right slider into the cup for an additional birdie. He’s grabbed third place again for himself, and after what he’s been via, certainly solely Morikawa and Lowry would begrudge him! A bogey end for Justin Thomas, in the meantime, and he ends the week at -1 after a second 72 of the weekend.

-12: Scheffler (16)
-7: McIlroy (F)
-5: Smith (16)
-4: Morikawa (F), Lowry (17)
-3: Zalatoris (F), Conners (F)
-2: Im (17)
-1: Thomas (F)

18:26

Scheffler and Smith knock their tee pictures to fifteen toes or so. Maybe the final banana pores and skin given the bodyswerve by the world primary. In the meantime up on 18, Charl Schwartzel makes a birdie that ensures the 2011 champion ends the week within the high ten. A 74 as we speak, and he’s stage par for the week.

18:22

Scottie Scheffler is relentless! His chip up from the again of 15 isn’t nice, rolling eight toes previous the flag, however he steers within the right-to-left roller coming again for an additional birdie. He’s received a five-shot lead with three holes to go. This is likely one of the nice Masters performances! Birdie for Cam Smith, too, who appears to have battled his means via the worst of the frustration and cuts a extra relaxed determine now.

-12: Scheffler (15)
-7: McIlroy (F)
-4: Morikawa (F), Lowry (16), Smith (15)

Scottie Scheffler reacts after a birdie on the 15th.
Scottie Scheffler reacts after a birdie on the fifteenth. {Photograph}: Mike Segar/Reuters

18:18

Corey Conners finishes within the high ten on the Masters for the third yr in a row! The 30-year-old Canadian birdies 14, 17 and now 18 to finish the day with a two-under-par 70. He ends the week at -3. In the meantime a advantageous two-putt par from distance on 16 by Shane Lowry, who had shoved his tee shot miles broad proper, 70 toes from the flag. He’s battling exhausting to maintain maintain of his share of third place.

18:14

Hats off to Scheffler, who appears decided to win in model. He’s not laying up! He attracts a 7-iron across the bushes on the left-hand facet of the fifteenth fairway and lands his ball on the inexperienced. It topples off the again, however he’s shut sufficient the place getting down in two for birdie is extra doubtless than not. Cam Smith is on in two, however he’s enjoying with out worry now, the jig lengthy up.

18:11

Birdie for Shane Lowry at 15! He’s instantly grabbed a share of third place with Collin Morikawa at -4. Again on the tee, Scottie Scheffler whistles a drive down the left of the golf green. He’ll most likely not have a path to the inexperienced from there; he’d most likely have laid up wherever he ended up, with all these pictures in his again pocket. Rory’s proper, he’s nearly actually going to come back up quick, however this might be a efficiency that blows plenty of cobwebs away. He’s not likely severely contested within the majors for some time now, however he has as we speak, and hopefully that’ll get the juices flowing. By no means thoughts subsequent yr at Augusta: be careful Southern Hills on the PGA?

18:07

Scheffler makes his birdie from shut vary at 14. No fuss. A textbook strategy to play the opening. He’s now received a four-shot lead with 4 holes to play. Smith in the meantime makes one other bogey. He’s totally dejected, a lot as you’d count on.

-11: Scheffler (14)
-7: McIlroy (F)

Scottie Scheffler hits on the 14th fairway.
Scottie Scheffler hits on the 14th fairway. {Photograph}: Robert F Bukaty/AP

18:04

Rory McIlroy talks to Sky. “I received off to an excellent begin and simply saved it rolling. It’s most likely not going to be low sufficient, however I can’t ask any extra of myself. I performed a extremely good spherical of golf. I’ll come up a pair quick, but it surely’s essentially the most enjoyable I’ve had on a golf course for a really very long time! I’m getting the grasp of this place after 14 years of attempting.”

18:00

A advantageous response right here by Scottie Scheffler, who will certainly know what’s gone down, and has simply missed a brief putt that will have additional prolonged his lead. He blooters his drive down the center of 14, then practically spins his wedge into the cup for eagle! He’ll take a look at birdie from 4 toes. Anybody hoping for a collapse to provide McIlroy the prospect of pulling on that elusive inexperienced jacket seems more likely to be sorely disillusioned. Scheffler is one cool buyer!

17:56

That was a fully outrageous bunker shot by Rory McIlroy! He couldn’t go wherever close to the flagstick, sending his ball an excellent 30 toes to the fitting, and letting the topography of Augusta Nationwide do the work. “I like Rory McIlroy,” swoons Matt Dony. “That was an unbelievable spherical, completed in cartoon model. Most likely received’t be fairly sufficient, and congratulations to Scheffler for all he’s accomplished up to now. You don’t wish to want unhealthy on individuals, however I’d adore it if this falls into Rory’s lap. Argh! Rigidity! I’m going to pour one other glass of wine.”

17:54

McIlroy flung his membership into the bunker in sheer delight earlier than wheeling off on cloud 9! The roar, little doubt, might be heard all around the course. Actually at 13, the place Scheffler pushes his quick birdie putt broad proper. This isn’t over fairly but! After which again on 18, one other pretty second as McIlroy’s companion Collin Morikawa holes out from sand as nicely. McIlroy, arms aloft, celebrates nearly as giddily as he did his personal. The pair embrace, and no matter occurs, that’s a Masters reminiscence for the ages!

-10: Scheffler (13)
-7: McIlroy (F)
-4: Morikawa (F), Smith (13)

17:50

Rory McIlroy shoots 64 and posts -7!

Astonishing scenes on 18! McIlroy despatched his second from the bunker on the left of the golf green into the massive entice guarding the fitting of the inexperienced. He then swishes his sand shot into the guts of the inexperienced, utilising the camber to convey his ball curling to the left, then rolling down the hill and into the cup! That at all times seemed prefer it was heading in, and that’s a sensational finish to an incredible spherical of golf! Only one off the course file, and he’s posted a mark that, you by no means know, could but spook Scottie Scheffler!

Rory McIlroy reacts after holing out from the bunker.
Rory McIlroy reacts after holing out from the bunker. {Photograph}: Gregory Shamus/Getty Pictures

17:47

Scheffler nips a wedge from 50 yards to 5 toes. Smith can solely ship his third shot to 25 toes, and he hammers the hosel of his wedge into the financial institution of Rae’s Creek. You may’t blame him; the frustration so brutally administered on the twelfth should be crushing. In the meantime up on 18 …

17:43

Rory McIlroy larrups his drive at 18 into the bunker on the left. He must channel the spirit of Sandy Lyle from there. Again on 13, Cam Smith, who could as nicely be hung for a sheep as a lamb, goes for the inexperienced together with his second. He doesn’t catch his 5-wood, which might be for one of the best because it stops in need of Rae’s Creek. Scottie Scheffler, in the meantime, lays up. No dangers. No level. He’s 4 pictures clear, and 6 holes away from his first main championship!

17:38

Will Zalatoris, final yr’s runner-up, makes par on 18. He indicators for a 67 that provides him the clubhouse lead at -3. In the meantime a advantageous up and down from sand on the entrance of 17 by Rory McIlroy, who was at all times out of place after sending his drive into the bushes down the left. He stays alone in second place at -6, however wants a birdie up the final, plus Scottie Scheffler to turn out to be overwhelmed with the enormity of what he’s about to drag off, if he’s to have any probability in any respect.

17:34

That is Scottie Scheffler’s Masters to lose now. His response to Smith’s tragedy isn’t nice, a very conservative tee shot that almost disappears into the azaleas again left. However his ball snags within the fringe, and he’s in a position to bundle a chip as much as ten toes. Smith in the meantime sends his third from the dropzone broad proper of the inexperienced, and doesn’t get notably shut when chipping up 4. Scheffler makes his par putt and strides off the inexperienced to the thirteenth tee, leaving Smith to overlook his double-bogey putt. A triple-bogey six, and he clatters down the standings to -4. Ten minutes in the past, Smith’s hopes had been a going concern. Now it’s throughout for him.

-10: Scheffler (12)
-6: McIlroy (16)
-4: Smith (12)

17:29

What Amen Nook offers with one hand, it takes with one other. Smith, coming off the excessive of birdie at 11, sends a dismal tee shot at 12 slicing to the fitting. Into the briny it plops. Nowhere close to getting over the creek! Cameron Smith joins an extended record of gamers to come back a cropper at Golden Bell. Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Tom Weiskopf (see No5 under), all that.

Cameron Smith of Australia reacts to his poor shot from the 12th tee.
Cameron Smith of Australia reacts to his poor shot from the twelfth tee. {Photograph}: David Cannon/Getty Pictures

17:24

Scheffler leaves his chip eight toes quick. Hmm. The door’s barely ajar … and Smith barrels via it, ramming a assured birdie putt into the cup. Large stress on Scheffler to make his par saver now … however he’s as much as it. Ice within the veins! The hole closes, however Scheffler has ensured it’s not a two-shot swing with a staunch effort.

-10: Scheffler (11)
-7: Smith (11)

17:22

The outgoing champion Hideki Matsuyama soaks up the love of the patrons as he walks up 18. He finishes his title defence by letting a birdie alternative slip by. A level-par 72. He ends the week at +2, and we’ll see him once more quickly within the Butler Cabin, draping a jacket of Pantone 342 over the shoulders of … nicely … who? Again on 11, Scheffler, with pictures in hand, lays up, seeing no level in dicing with the pond on the left and swales to the fitting. Smith has to go for it, although, and arrows one of many pictures of the day on the flag. He ends pin excessive, 15 toes from the flag. Large second arising!

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama acknowledges the patrons on the 18th green.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama acknowledges the patrons on the 18th inexperienced. {Photograph}: Brian Snyder/Reuters

17:17

McIlroy’s enjoying companion Morikawa makes birdie on 15 to hitch the group at -3. He then units up a 12-foot uphill putt for birdie on the par-three sixteenth. Rory up subsequent, and he must go shut. He whips his 7-iron into the guts of the dancefloor … however the slope doesn’t take his ball nearer to the opening as he’d have hoped. A few steps additional on, and the ball would have taken the break. Nonetheless, he’ll take a look at birdie from 15 toes.

17:14

McIlroy offers his putt from the perimeter an excellent go. He tickles it down, left to proper from 20 toes, the ball stopping a dimple’s width to the left. He squats down on his haunches in anguish. It’s not a catastrophe, however he actually wanted birdie there, to maintain the scoreboard stress up. He stays at -6. In the meantime on 17, Zalatoris is a few inches away from rolling in a 30-footer for yet one more birdie. It’s to not be. He stays at -3.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to a missed birdie putt on the fifteenth hole.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Eire reacts to a missed birdie putt on the fifteenth gap. {Photograph}: Erik S Lesser/EPA

17:11

Nope. He prods at his downhill left-to-right slider in a really ginger trend, and it rolls off to the fitting nicely earlier than the cup. He’s received a tough three footer coming again, too. You’d say this was all excellent news for McIlroy, however his wedge into 15 sticks on the perimeter behind the inexperienced, and that’s not precisely the best birdie probability. He may need to make it if he’s to publish a rating to significantly fear Scheffler and Smith, who could have but to barter Amen Nook, however they’ll have the 2 par fives to come back afterwards.

-10: Scheffler (10)
-6: McIlroy (14), Smith (10)
-3: Zalatoris (16), Lowry (11)

17:08

It seems like one other excessive end for final yr’s runner-up Will Zalatoris. He’s simply birdied six of his final 9 holes – 8, 9, 10, 13, 15 and now 16 – to rise to -3 and a share of fourth. In the meantime up on 15, McIlroy whacks his ball out of leafy trouble down the left. Successfully a lay-up. And again on 10, Scheffler hits a skinny chip up the financial institution and ten toes previous the opening. He can’t make the putt coming again, the ball at all times dying to the left, and that’s his first bogey of the day. Can Smith nail his par saver to take benefit?

17:05

… however Scheffler pulls his strategy down the swale to the left of the inexperienced! He’s not fairly into the pine straw, however with the flag tucked on that facet of the inexperienced, that’s not going to be the simplest of chips. Can he pull one other miracle out of the hat? He’ll be hoping so, particularly as Smith then calmly swishes a 9-iron to 6 toes! An ideal probability to avoid wasting an unlikely par.

17:03

It’s all wanting good for Scottie Scheffler proper now. He crashes his drive at 10 down the center, however Smith hooks wildly into the bushes down the left. He’s compelled to hack again out. In the meantime on 15, McIlroy pulls his tee shot down the left of 15. He received’t be getting on in two from there. Eagle now a pipe dream. Scheffler’s closest challengers in a wee little bit of hassle.

17:00

An excellent par for Rory on 14 to maintain his problem on monitor. His drive finds the second minimize down the left, and he’s compelled to cope with overhanging branches. He doesn’t fairly get sufficient on his punch out to achieve the inexperienced, leaving himself simply quick. Regardless of! He sends what seems like a misinterpret chip broad left, his ball practically toppling off the again left … however he’s utilizing the backstop to convey his ball all the best way round to the fitting, rolling gracefully to a cease, two toes from the flag. He tidies as much as stay at -6.

16:55

Welcome to the beginning of the 2022 Masters Match! Yep, the leaders have made it to the again 9. Right here we go, then.

Scottie Scheffler of the U.S. tees off on the 10th.
Scottie Scheffler of the U.S. tees off on the tenth. {Photograph}: Mike Segar/Reuters

16:53

Smith goes very shut with a 25-foot left-to-right roller, but it surely’s at all times lacking on the excessive facet. He’ll faucet in for par from three toes. However earlier than he can try this, Scheffler races his birdie probability broad left. A mis-read and one other probability to place additional distance between himself and Smith goes by. However he’s handing over two-under 34 nonetheless, and retains a four-shot lead.

-11: Scheffler (9)
-7: Smith (9)
-6: McIlroy (13)
-3: Im (10), Lowry (10)

16:47

Min Woo Lee, out in 30 strokes, comes again in 40. He indicators for a 70 and finishes the week at +2. A advantageous debut that places loads of expertise within the financial institution. Again on 9, each Smith and Scheffler are on in regulation, however the chief is nearer, pin excessive with a reasonably straight eight-footer begging to be made for birdie.

16:43

It’s three birdies in 4 holes for Shane Lowry, who rolls one in from 30 toes on 9. He turns in 35, and can have fever goals about that tee shot on 4 tonight. He’s -3. His companion Im is shifting the opposite means, sadly, making a three-putt bogey. He’s additionally -3 now. In the meantime on 13, McIlroy sends an excellent lengthy iron to 10 toes … then knocks within the eagle putt! He’s instantly seven underneath for his spherical … and just one shot off the second-placed Cam Smith! Eagle for his enjoying companion Collin Morikawa, too, the reigning Open champion rising to -2 general. Masters Sunday, proper right here!

-11: Scheffler (8)
-7: Smith (8)
-6: McIlroy (13)
-3: Im (9), Lowry (9)

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts after his eagle on the 13th.
Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy reacts after his eagle on the thirteenth. {Photograph}: Mike Blake/Reuters

16:39

Scheffler moderately clunks his chip up, and leaves a 17-footer for birdie. Has an opportunity to additional flip the screw on Smith been spurned? Smith will get aid from the stand behind the inexperienced, then clips a cute chip as much as three toes. That’s an excellent up and down within the circumstances, doubly so when Scheffler fails to make his birdie putt. It’s as you had been, and Smith would be the happier with the best way that panned out.

16:33

Smith chips out of the sand at 8 … then flies his strategy over the again of the inexperienced. That’s a poor shot, and Scheffler, who’s within the swales to the fitting of the inexperienced in two, and has a comparatively straightforward chip over a mound, has a critical benefit over his enjoying companion now. The lead might be getting greater quickly.

16:30

Par for Rory McIlroy on the iconic twelfth. Then he attracts a 3-wood across the nook at 13, so he’s negotiated Amen Nook with out challenge. In the meantime again on 9, Justin Thomas eases a beautiful wedge into 9 however then misses the four-footer for birdie. Irritated, he then flays his tee shot at 10 into the bushes down the fitting. It doesn’t take a lot for the wheels to come back of at Augusta.

16:27

Scheffler stripes his drive down the par-five eighth. That’s gone miles. He’ll be capable of get on in two. Smith tries to duplicate it, however sends his tee shot into the bunker on the fitting. That’ll implement a lay-up. Up on the inexperienced, Im misses a six-footer for birdie and stays caught at -4, however Lowry makes his putt from related distance to restore the final scrap of injury from that triple-bogey six on 4. He’s stage par for his spherical once more and -2 general.

16:22

Smith rolls his downhill birdie putt straight into the cup. He’s nearly as good as anybody from shut vary. A birdie … and it’s one matched by Scheffler, because the pair pull one shot additional away from the chasing pack.

-11: Scheffler (7)
-7: Smith (7)
-4: McIlroy (11), Im (7)
-3: Thomas (8)
-2: Conners (9)
-1: Willett (9), Lowry (7)
E: Zalatoris (12), Champ (12), Morikawa (11), Schwartzel (8)

16:19

Scheffler splits the golf green at 7, then lands his wedge from 130 yards proper subsequent to the opening. It spins again perhaps 4 toes. He’ll have an excellent have a look at birdie. Smith gently throws his sand wedge over the flag, permitting the slope to convey his ball to an analogous distance. However he’ll have a downhill putt, whereas Scheffler has the better uphill model. In the meantime over on 11, McIlroy sends his strategy into the brand new swales down in Larry Mize Nation. His chip is respectable, however trundles eight toes previous. He makes the saver coming again, although, and the toughest gap on the course this week is now behind him. He stays at -4.

16:11

Im Sung-jae makes up for bogey at 4 with birdie at 7, and joins McIlroy in a share of third spot. Again on 6, Smith leaves his first putt 9 toes quick, however as soon as once more makes a par putt that, underneath the present circumstances, he merely can’t miss. Scheffler rolled his first one to 4 toes, and he makes no mistake. They transfer on, as soon as once more as they had been. In the meantime JT, bedecked within the blue and yellow of Ukraine, is compelled to chip out from the bushes on 8, then pulls his strategy broad left. He clips his ball via a swale to tap-in vary, and that’s an excellent par save within the circumstances.

-10: Scheffler (6)
-6: Smith (6)
-4: McIlroy (10), Im (7)
-3: Thomas (8)

16:04

Rory McIlroy sends his second at 10 into the guts of the inexperienced. The ball topples over the again proper. Simply. Out comes the wedge … and he trundles it in from 40 toes! Birdie, and he’s positively not out of this but. Not least as a result of each Scheffler and Smith have despatched bang common tee pictures into 6, nearly identically so, the ball touchdown in the course of the inexperienced earlier than being taken 60 toes away from the opening by the slope. Placing competitors arising! Scheffler to go first, simply as he did with the chipping comp on 3. That is getting more and more absurd! That is Masters Sunday!

-10: Scheffler (5)
-6: Smith (5)
-4: McIlroy (10)
-3: Thomas (7), Im (6)

16:00

A second birdie in three holes at 7 for Justin Thomas, who strikes to -3 and should be severely cursing his opening spherical of 76. Truly, he’ll be cursing his drive at 8, too, hooking it into the bushes down the left. Again on 5, Smith is confronted with an 80-footer over an enormous ridge. For a second, it seems as if his putt goes to interrupt miles proper and topple off down the mistaken facet of the inexperienced, however he’s needed to cube with demise in an effort to get his ball to finally flip left. He leaves himself a six-footer, which underneath excessive stress he makes. Scheffler’s birdie putt shaves the opening, however the lead stays 4. On Sky, Butch Harmon suggests getting down in two putts from the place Smith discovered himself was a 50 to 1 shot. Effectively, if that’s the case, that’ll give Smith a lift. That would simply have been a two-shot swing in Scheffler’s favour. As it’s, they play on as they had been.

15:54

A break for Smith, whose drive lands between the 2 bunkers to the left of the fifth fairway. He doesn’t take benefit, although, solely simply discovering the entrance of the inexperienced, from the place two putts for par is way from sure. Scheffler knocks his pin excessive, and after a shaky begin, seems each inch the champion now. In the meantime an replace on Shane Lowry: he discovered his first ball on 4, however needed to take a drop, then dumped his third weakly into sand. He ended up with a triple-bogey six … however he’s simply rattled in a birdie putt on 6 to maneuver again into crimson figures at -1.

15:50

Golf’s a sport of two halves all proper. Having hit the flip in 30, with 4 straight birdies, Min Woo Lee makes 4 straight bogeys. He crashes again down the standings to +2, and it was good whereas it lasted. McIlroy in the meantime pars 9 to hit the flip in 32. And again on 5, Scheffler splits the golf green, however Smith could have discovered a bunker to the left. Benefit Scheffler … although we’ve already came upon how shortly issues can flip.

15:45

Scheffler pulls his tee shot at 4 lengthy and left. He leaves himself yet one more tough pitch … and but once more he’s as much as the duty! He bundles one other one as much as kick-in distance from 30 yards. He’ll tidy up for par. Smith nevertheless can’t rise up and down from the bunker on the entrance – his tee shot was a yard away from being excellent – and instantly the lead is 4. Smith has most likely been enjoying the higher golf, however Scheffler has conjured up two magnificent up and downs, on 1 and 4, in addition to that lucky chip at 3. It’s all going his means for the time being!

-10: Scheffler (4)
-6: Smith (4)
-3: McIlroy (8), Im (5)
-2: Schwartzel (6), Thomas (6)