Catch all the action as The Masters draw near to a thrilling conclusion on a Sunday in Augusta National. Dustin Johnson appears to have one hand on the Green Jacket after a staggering round of 65 yesterday prompted him to advance four shots over the field. However, World No. 1 has squandered a 54-hole lead at the majors on four separate occasions, which will certainly provide hope for a crowd of competitors in the chase.
Mexico’s Abraham Anser and South Korean Songjay M are both newcomers in Augusta, yet still share a tie for second place with Australian Cameron Smith heading to the final round today. Immediately behind them lurk Justin Thomas and John Ram, who will be deeply disappointed after Saturday’s dirty mistakes that made them lose ground on the Leader.
For Rory McIlroy, it appears it is already too late to decisive his career in the Grand Slam, with an opening round of 75 still reeling from his chances despite impressive 66 and 67 lead in response to that which saw the Northern Irishman rise to the top ten. The defending champ, Tiger Woods, has already reluctantly accepted he’s out of reach, with about 11 rounds separating him from Johnson. Follow all the events live from Augusta below:
THE MASTERS 2020: McIlroy makes a Birdie at eight
Nice eighth punching weight to McIlroy, who found green in two parts and that’s nothing more than a kick bird. He is below Level 3 on his tour so far and goes up to -11, only four shots in the back from the captain.
Tom Kershaw15 November 2020 16:18
THE MASTERS 2020: Johnson responds on 6
This is much better on the sixth than Johnson. A bullet in par-3 stops dying right after the pin and it will catch a glimpse of Birdie. A rare mistake from Im, too, who flies his ball over the back. There’s a problem for Smith at seventh. He pays his career terrifyingly and he will be very lucky to have a line in the green through the trees.
Tom Kershaw15 November 2020 16:15
THE MASTERS 2020: Johnson misses!
This has become a Johnson miniature crisis, and we’ve never seen anything before. He strikes a superb approaching fifth to give himself ample opportunity for unexpected ups and downs. The knockout, however, is not convincing, and it slips away on the low side. Bullets belong to only one!
Tom KershawNovember 15, 2020 16:09
THE MASTERS 2020: Johnson finds BUNKER at the age of five as SMITH BOGEYS
Trouble in the leading group in fifth place. Smith’s approach flies to the back of the green, and he can’t get a tough chip to die near the hole that’s a ghost of the Australian. Back to -13. But Johnson is in all kinds of trouble. His leadership found the bunker and he could only get out in the driveway. He will be very lucky to escape without another ghost here.
Tom KershawNovember 15, 2020 15:57
THE MASTERS 2020: Johnson Buggy IV
Things are really fun now. Johnson’s low blow deflects toward the underside of the hatch and catches the lip. He is walking very fast to fall and this is the ghost of the leader. I can’t sink the knockout but nonetheless, Johnson’s lead has been halved in a four-hole space. The misery continues, and another bullet is dropped.
Tom Kershaw15 November 2020 15:50
THE MASTERS 2020: A spirited spot for JOHNSON AT 4
Johnson chooses to shoot from the sidelines at four, but his ball takes a terrible hit, and that kills speed completely. He will have a nerve hit to save the equality.
Tom Kershaw15 November 2020 15:45
The MASTERS 2020: MCILROY moves to -10
Very nice from McIlroy even at number 3 in sixth. His shot on the tee safely found the green as he rolled into a jumper strike from 19 feet. This takes him to -10 and tied for sixth place.
Tom KershawNovember 15, 2020 15:42
THE MASTERS 2020: IM STRAIGHT AT THE FLAG on 4
Brilliant from Im, who walks straight over the fourth tee and flies with a long iron to bird range. It also gets better when he’s rolling down the ramp towards the flag. Johnson’s effort comes short on the sidelines at the front of the green, but has to run into some issues up and down from there. More trouble for Eagle, though, who finds sand.
Tom KershawNovember 15, 2020 15:40
THE MASTERS 2020: Johnson responds to Birdie
This is a huge hit from Johnson. It was always achievable, but it would do miracles for his nerves. He only has a slide in the third green, but it runs 12 feet past the flag. It takes time to study it and manages the break perfectly. This is his first bird of the day after what he felt was a slight wiggle in the second. Im not complain about the bird, though. The South Korean newcomer joins Smith at -14.
Tom KershawNovember 15, 2020 15:37
THE MASTERS 2020: No nerves to SMITH
Smith finds himself on his first nerve test on 4th, where his shot finds the green bunker. He rose to the challenge brilliantly, though, using the ramp to his advantage as the ball ran into the gimme range. He is definitely the most likely to catch Johnson at the moment. Meanwhile, Ancer drops a bullet in the third after finding the stash with a header.
Tom KershawNovember 15, 2020 15:33
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