Saturday Preview — 79th Masters Tournament — Augusta National Golf Club — Augusta, Georgia —
Expect more difficult conditions at The Masters Saturday for round three action at Augusta National Golf Club.
Jordan Spieth (14-under) enjoyed a five-shot lead overnight but the weekend has arrived. The field has been trimmed — no amateurs made the cut. Moving Day takes on a special place this week at The 79th Masters.
Look for some players to take the gloves off and make a run at Spieth, who is searching for his first major title and has yet to close a 54-hole lead.
Spieth tees off with Charley Hoffman at 2:55 p.m. local time in the final pairing just before Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose — both 7-under and T-3. Many eyes will be on the 2:35 p.m. pairing featuring Paul Casey (7-under) and three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson. Phil is eight shots back at 6-under, but can certainly trim the lead before Sunday’s final round.
Johnson opened the week as a 16-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com, while Phil was 22-1. Spieth was the second-best choice at 10-1 odds behind McIlroy’s 5 1/2-1 listing.
Fans will enjoy some high-profile duos Saturday including defending champion Bubba Watson playing with World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who is trying to complete the career Grand Slam with a victory. They tee off at 12:45 p.m. local time.
Thirty minutes later: Tiger Woods, who appears to be back after rounds of 73-69 and Sergio Garcia — paired together again.
CBS Sports has the coverage all weekend.
Other Golf News:
- McIlroy has just one Top 10 effort in five tries at Augusta National.
- Seven of the last nine champions at The Masters have been in their 30s and four of the last five champions won in come-from-behind fashion in the final round.
- Hoffman is the longest shot on the betting board among the contenders through 36 holes. Hoff came into the week as a 200-1 selection. Although he won earlier this season in Mexico, his best major effort has been a T-27 in 2011. Hoff led the Valero Texas Open two weeks ago after round one.
- The LPGA Tour returns to action next week at the LOTTE Championship in Oahu, Hawaii. The event features a Saturday final round. Michelle Wie is the defending champion.
- The Champions Tour hosts the Greater Gwinnett Championship next week at TPC Sugarloaf in Georgia.