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Masters notebook: McIlroy waiting for the Grand Slam to continue

Joaquin Neiman, of Chile, wears a tie to protect himself from the cold in the first lane during the third round of the Masters Golf Tournament Saturday, April 9, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Joaquin Neiman, of Chile, wears a tie to protect himself from the cold in the first lane during the third round of the Masters Golf Tournament Saturday, April 9, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Rory McIlroy’s wait to complete his Grand Slam career will extend until at least 2023.

It would not be his fourteenth masters who would slip the green jacket over his shoulders. The four-time Major League winner — two PGA Championships, one British Championship, and one US Open — hit the under-71 on Saturday in the third round of the Masters.

That left him first in the championship and tied for ninth, but with 10 shots behind leader Scotty Scheffler.

“You’re just trying to get out and shoot the best score possible without being reckless and without taking too much risk,” McIlroy said. “So I will try to go out and do that tomorrow. I think I got a few places with that score today and just try to go up more tomorrow and try to get in the top 10 and move on.”

McIlroy has a six-top-ten finish at the Masters, and that doesn’t include until 2011, when he drove after three rounds but shot an 80 on Sunday for a free fall all the way to a tie for 15th. He missed the cut last year.

“It’s hard to be so low there,” McIlroy said. “Anything below par is a good result. It’s just noisy. There are no easy sparrows. Even par 5 is not. It’s usually kind of, not guaranteed 4, but you feel like it’s holes you’re likely to catch. … Yes, it’s They were two tough days, and I sort of cured myself there as best I could.”

eagle on 10

14-year Augusta National went among the Eagles on the 495-yard 10th hole par-4.

Then two came within two days.

After Gary Woodland did so on Friday, Charles Schwarzl hid from fairway on Saturday. The tenth eagle was ranked tenth in the history of the masters, and this was the first year that pit was stabbed twice.

money lord

The Masters winner receives a gold medal, a green jacket, a lifetime invitation to return to the Augusta National and a sterling silver trophy.

And this year, anyone won more than ever the Masters Tournament.

Augusta National announced Saturday that this year’s tournament winner will take home $2.7 million from a total purse of $15 million. Both are championship records.

It’s an increase of nearly 30% from last year, when Hideki Matsuyama earned $2.07 million from a $11.5 million portfolio.

In terms of total dollars, it’s by far the largest one-year increase in master’s history. In percentage terms, the tournament experienced an even greater leap from 1982 to 1983, when both the portfolio and the winner’s share increased by about 40%. 1982 winner received $64,000; The winner in 1983 received $90,000.

The Masters portfolio and first place check now matches what is offered in the first two stops of the FedEx Cup Qualifiers – the St. Jude Championship and the BMW Championship.

weather waste

The lack of Georgia Peach ice cream at the start of this year’s master’s program – supply chain issues blamed – was a bit of the story at Augusta National earlier in the week.

He probably wasn’t a big seller on Saturday anyway.

Ski hats, mittens, mittens, and hand warmers were part of various kits on a cold off-season Saturday at Augusta National. The temperature for most of the afternoon was in the forties; The wind was chilly when leader Scotty Scheffler walked away at 2:50 pm and it was 43 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius), and some fans gathered under blankets as they watched.

“I have five layers,” Mark Leishman said after his tour. “And I never thought to take any of them off. Yes, you had to pack really well this week. Lucky enough, I had a good shepherd who sent me some things, and I was very warm.”

Colin Morikawa had a scalpel around his neck to try to stay warm. Schaeffler kept wearing a padded jacket between the shots.

“I have four hand warmers,” Rory McIlroy said. “It’s gotten mushy. I’ve been living in Florida for a long time now, so that’s cold to me.”

Forecasters said frost was possible in Augusta National early Sunday, although the sweltering temperature in the final round of the Masters is expected to reach a low of the 1970s.

Correspond with Texas

Apparently the Masters Club dinner is held in Georgia. But he’s a Texan who always heads up the festivities.

And if Scotty Scheffler is hanged on Sunday at Augusta National, he will be the last Texan to learn about the enduring tradition of the Masters.

He could become the 10th Texan to win the Masters title – which would expand the record for most US states – joining Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, Ralph Goldal, Jackie Burke, Charles Cody, Ben Crenshaw, Jordan Spieth and Patrick. Reed as winners of the Augusta National.

Texas, in Reed’s estimation, is a wonderful training ground for masters.

“You have to be a shooter,” Reid said. “I think that’s the most important thing about this place. You don’t have an outright lie. You always have to create something whether it’s a ball over the feet, or a ball under the feet, or a downhill lie, or an uphill lie. You have to do something. It’s not just a swing It’s in the driving range. It always has to be manipulated in some way. I feel like we can do that really well.”

Winning a Master gives someone a chance to choose the menu (and pay the bill) at the Masters Club dinner, commonly called the Champions Dinner.

Dinner – a Texas Masters champion – was first proposed by Hogan in the early 1950s. He presided over the first four of them, before giving that distinction to Nelson, a fellow Texan who had been in that position for nearly half a century. From there, the role of chief went to Crenshaw, another fellow Texan, who as part of his duties sits at the head of the table with the defending champion and presents to him.

Finish it off, and Schaeffler will secure the seat along with Crenshaw next April.

“I relied on these guys,” Scheffler said. “I’ve had a lot of advice from Ben and Jordan. These guys have had a huge impact on my life, and I’m really grateful to have their friendship. So I can’t say enough about them, you know, what they did in Golf and Texas”.

DIVOTS

She’s played the par-3 sixth hole on average on average in every Masters since 1975, but – by her standards – it was an easy Saturday. The average score on the hole was 2.962, much better than 3.311 in Round 1 and 3.112 in Round 2. Tiger Woods’ best round so far this week was 71 on Thursday. The only times he played for the Masters and didn’t have a 70 or better were in 1995, 1996, 2007 and 2012. … Adam Scott scored an 80 on Saturday, which equates to his worst ever Masters result. He also did so in the first round of the 2004 championship.

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