The Masters: Scottie Scheffler 3-1 ahead of Cameron Smith in the final round at Augusta National | golf news

Scheffler’s nine under and three before Smith entered the final day; Rory McIlroy tied for ninth as Tiger Woods slides down the leaderboard with third-round 78 – watch live coverage from the last round of The Masters live on Sky Sports Golf

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Scotty Scheffler remains top of the leaderboard heading into the final round at The Masters

World number one Scottie Scheffler remains in pole position to claim his first major win despite seeing him advance to three strokes heading into the final round of the Masters Tournament.

Scheffler, who was chasing a fourth win in six games, entered the weekend by five shots and moved six forward during a cool, breezy Saturday at Augusta National, only to stumble along the closing stretch and sign one under one. 71.

The 25-year-old heads into the final day at -9 and is well ahead of Cameron Smith, who shot 68 rounds on the day and can jump Scheffler to the World No. 1 with a win, with Sungjae Im a. Two more hits for third.

Only seven players remained in the red after a tough day in Georgia, with Ireland’s Shane Lowry sharing fourth with Charles Schwarzl and Justin Thomas joining Canadian Corey Conners in one under.

Scheffler went up and down from wide of the opening green to keep par, then followed a close-range birdie in the second by rolling off eight feet in the third, taking him briefly six feet, only to miss from five feet and a bogey three by four.

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Lowry—playing in the group ahead of him—cut the gap to four as she breached 15 feet to the sixth jumper, with Scheffler turning from a similar distance on the same hole and tapping the five-eighth quad to recover six hits. Pillow.

Smith came into the weekend with a backsix but cut the difference by three birds on five holes from the sixth, while Lowry lost ground with a bogey in the ninth and Schwartzzel jumped into second on his own with a hole-punch eagle in the top fourteen.

Charles Schwarzl hunted for an eagle from 136 yards back to within five shots of Captain Scotty Scheffler.

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Charles Schwarzl hunted for an eagle from 136 yards back to within five shots of Captain Scotty Scheffler.

Charles Schwarzl hunted for an eagle from 136 yards back to within five shots of Captain Scotty Scheffler.

Scheffler was unable to convert a birdie’s chance on the eleventh and failed to climb up and down the next green to save the equaliser, as Smith tapped each of the five players behind the nine to temporarily close within three of the lead.

The Players Champion missed six feet to save on a par in 16th and slipped back to a six-under, with Schaeffler taking a shot in 15th but then skipping the next to slip back into the 10-under.

Scheffler responded to a bogey from three throws in the 15th minute by making a close-range jumper on the penultimate hole, only to find trees from the last tee and have to drop a penalty en route to the closing bogey.

2016 champion Danny Willett finished eighth on a par, while the Under-71 player was enough to move Rory McIlroy to ninth alongside the likes of Colin Morikawa, Tommy Fleetwood and 2020 winner Dustin Johnson.

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama was knocked out with a score of five over 77, while Tiger Woods recorded the worst round of his career, hitting four throws and four three-kicks in the third round of 78.

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