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Scheffler carries the lead into the final round of the Masters as play resumes at Augusta National

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LA Post: Scheffler carries the lead into the final round of the Masters as play resumes at Augusta National
April 14, 2024
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The final round of the Masters got underway at warm, sunny Augusta National on Sunday, where Scottie Scheffler began with a one-shot lead over Collin Morikawa and a two-shot advantage on Max Homa as he chases a second green jacket.

Morikawa is trying to win the third leg of the career grand slam. Homa is trying to win his first major championship.

Tiger Woods was in the third pairing off the tee after shooting his worst round in a major, a 10-over 82 on Saturday. The five-time champion is playing his 100th round at the Masters with Neal Shipley, the only amateur to make the cut this year.

The fierce winds that made Friday such a grind are gone now. But temps were expected to hit the mid-80s, and a golf course that was already playing firm and fast could become even tougher as the day wore on and it dried out even more.

Six players had at least a share of the lead at one point during a wild third round Saturday, and there was a five-way tie for the lead early on the back nine. Scheffler made an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 1-under 71 that left him with the lead over Morikawa, the two-time major champion who has largely disappeared from the elite in golf.

Morikawa made two tough pars to finish off a 69 on Saturday, making him the only player to break par all three days at this Masters. Morikawa hasn't had a top 10 since the first week of the year, but he believes he found a swing key on Monday, and his switch of putters have the first round has put him in position to win the green jacket.

Homa has gone 32 holes without a birdie and was only two behind after a round of 17 pars and one bogey for a 73 on Saturday. Xander Schauffele has gone 25 holes without a bogey, leaving him five back after his third-round 70.

Bryson DeChambeau looked to be on the verge of a meltdown when he drove into the trees right of the 18th fairway Saturday, but he punched out to the short grass and then hit wedge from 77 yards that spun back into the cup for a birdie.

That capped a rollercoaster third round and set up what should be a dramatic conclusion to the Masters on Sunday.

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