The Masters - Golf: Scheffler's Augusta lead cut

10 April 2022 19:09:29 GMTPlus10
Scottie Scheffler saw his Masters lead cut to three shots on Saturday

Scottie Scheffler's five-shot advantage at the halfway stage of the US Masters has been trimmed to three strokes and it looks set to be a thrilling finish in the battle for the Green Jacket.

The first group on Sunday goes off at 15:10 and you can follow all the action on bet365's Live Golf Tracker.

Scheffler feeling positive

The world number one - who is 1.001 to claim his maiden major victory and make it four wins from his last six starts - started to show signs of feeling the pressure with some wayward shots on the back nine on Saturday.

Scheffler had to produce a sublime recovery shot on the 18th to ensure he only dropped one stroke and the slight chinks in his armour will have given hope to the chasing pack ahead of Sunday's finale.

Despite the wobble, the 25-year-old is still in a strong position and he managed to sign for a one-under-par 71 for his third round - one of only nine players to shoot in the red on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his round, Scheffler said: "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."

Aussie hunting down Scottie

With so much at stake, will Scheffler be able to continue this superb run of form and have that Green Jacket slipped onto his shoulders come Sunday evening?

One player hoping to catch the overnight leader is Australian Cameron Smith, who bounced back from a disappointing second round to card a four-under-par 68 on Saturday and move into second on -6.

The 28-year-old has also been in great form this year - having claimed the Sentry Tournament of Champions and The Players Championship title - and he will be hoping to put some pressure on Scheffler when they go out in the final two-ball.

Smith has a warm affinity for Augusta National, with three top-10 finishes from his five previous appearances, and a quick start on Sunday would instantly ask questions of Scheffler.

The Aussie can be backed a 4001.00 to win the US Masters, while he is 2.00 to win his twoball.

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South Korean not out of the picture

If Smith and Scheffler start to get caught up in their own battle, that could open the door for South Korea's Sungjae Im to sneak up on the duo and land his first Green Jacket at odds of 4001.00.

Im battled well on Saturday in difficult conditions, as he went round in 71 blows, and he could benefit from going out second last alongside Irishman and 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry.

The 24-year-old, who is a two-time PGA Tour winner, will be hoping to send the patrons into raptures with some early birdies and give the pair behind him something to think about.

South African rolling back the years

Failing to pick out Charl Schwartzel pre-tournament as a potential contender would have been an easy thing to do, as he had missed six straight cuts leading into the US Masters and was in no form whatsoever.

However, the South African has been striking it nicely from tee to green and he sits on -2, alongside Lowry, heading into the final 18 holes and can be backed at 4001.00 to win a second Green Jacket.

Schwartzel won at Augusta in 2011, coming from four strokes behind to triumph that day, and although another victory looks unlikely, you can never rule out a former champion that has plenty of experience around this course.

Thomas and Conners round off red figures

Only seven players are under-par heading into Sunday's showpiece, with American Justin Thomas and Canadian Corey Conners completing the elite list.

The duo are both on -1, some eight shots off the pace, and while a victory looks a stretch for either of them, there is the chance they could finish in the places with a strong closing round.

World number seven Thomas has put together some good scoring runs during his last couple of holes, only to then falter at crucial stages, but he has looked more at home this year on a course that has given him issues over the years.

The 28-year-old, priced at 4001.00 to win the Green Jacket, will be playing alongside Schwartzel on Sunday and the US star is 2.00 to outscore his South African foe, who is 2.00 to win the twoball.

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