Play was suspended at The Masters in the third round Saturday after golfers endured rain for nearly an hour. The tournament was also suspended Friday and the second round was finished Saturday morning.
Tiger Woods made the cut Saturday – for the 23rd time in a row – finishing the first 36 holes at 3-over. The streak of making the cut ties the tournament record shared by Gary Player and Fred Couples.
He currently sits in last place with a score of +9.
Woods began the day with a chance to play the weekend and was comfortably above the cut line when he made a birdie on No. 15. But he bogeyed the last two holes and had to wait for the cut line to move.
Brooks Koepka (13-under) is on top of the leaderboard. He holds a four-shot lead over Jon Rahm. Amateur Sam Bennett is alone in third at 6-under.
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The Masters called the tournament off on Saturday after golfers endured 45 minutes of rain in the third round. Players wore beanies and their caddies held umbrellas over them as they tried to navigate the wet conditions.
The call was made at 3:15 p.m. ET, about two hours after the final groups teed off.
The third round will resume Sunday.
Tiger Woods is currently in last place with a +9 score. Brooks Koepka leads the field with a score of -13.
Things didn’t get better for Woods on the next hole. He teed off on the par-3 No. 16 and his shot yet again found the pond. He took his penalty drop and finished with his second double bogey in as many holes.
Woods is 6-over in the third round and up to two bogeys and two double bogeys through seven. He’s 9-over for the tournament and currently in last place. He appears to be struggling physically amid the torrential downpour.
This year, the total purse of the 2023 Masters is $18 million, up $3 million from last year.
The winner will take home $3.24 million. Last year’s winner Scottie Scheffler collected $2.7 million for his three-shot win over Rory McIlroy.
And the rest of the players who did not make the cut will receive money ranging from $44,280 on down depending on their scores. If scores hold up, Tiger Woods would be collecting a check near the bottom of the money range.
Here is a breakdown of the cash:
Tiger Woods isn’t the only one wet. His ball found the water on the par-5 No. 15. He had an opportunity to settle with a bogey but his putt attempt came up short on the soaked green. It marks Woods’ first double-bogey of the tournament. Through six holes in the third round, Woods has two bogeys and now a double bogey.
He grimaced and was visibly in pain as he labored to walk the course.
Woods is 4-over in the round and seven-over in the tournament, good for 54th place after making the cut into he weekend.
Tiger Woods started the third round of the Masters on Saturday afternoon with the rain coming down around him. The five-time champion teed off at hole No. 10 with Thomas Pieters and Sungjae Im. He was wearing a vest and a beanie over his hat to keep warm.
Woods hit a bogey on the hole to bring his overall score to +4, placing him 53rd.
He’s made the cut in 23 consecutive Masters tournaments, tying the record.
American amateur Sam Bennett has got off to a Cinderella start at Augusta National in his first-ever Masters appearance. After two rounds, the 23-year-old sat in third place at 8-under, only four strokes behind leader Brooks Koepka.
Bennett is within striking distance of becoming the first-ever amateur to win the Masters, but he got off to a rough start on the third round on Saturday. He hit a bogey on No. 1 and No. 2 to bring him to 6-under for the tournament. Maybe it’s the inclement weather? Maybe it’s nerves? But Bennett rebounded on No. 3 with a par.
He’s slipped to fourth place and is tied with American Phil Mickelson and Norwegian Viktor Hovland. Koepka sits atop the leaderboard at 13-under for the tournament.
Scottie Scheffler is seeking to defend his Masters title. On Saturday, the American star rebounded from a shaky Friday performance that left him with a score of +3. He started the third round Saturday at tee No. 10 and was able to bring his score to -1.
The 2023 Masters Tournament has been a mixed bag for members of LIV Golf competing against the PGA Tour stars they abandoned for the Saudi-backed league.
For Brooks Koepka, things couldn’t be going better. The four-time major champion has his sights set on No. 5 after ending his second round atop the leaderboard.
Here’s the LIV golfers who made the cut at the Masters:
- Brooks Koepka: -12
- Joaquin Niemann: -4
- Phil Mickelson: -4
- Patrick Reed: -3
- Dustin Johnson: -1
- Harold Varner III: -1
- Abraham Ancer: -1
- Cameron Smith: Even
- Mito Pereira: Even
- Talor Gooch: +2
- Thomas Pieters: +3
— Jace Evans
Tiger Woods made the cut by the skin of his teeth after a rain delay pushed the end of the second round to Saturday morning. This is his 23rd straight time making the cut at the Masters.
The five-time Masters champion will continue play Saturday afternoon in the third round at 1:06 p.m. ET from tee No. 10. He will play in the last wave of the day with Thomas Pieters and Sungjae Im.
Tiger Woods’ streak of 23 straight made cuts at the Masters came to fruition after the five-time champion finished the first 36 holes at 3-over-par. The consecutive cuts ties the record shared by Gary Player and Fred Couples.
Woods began the day with a chance to play the weekend and was comfortably above the cut line when he made a birdie on the Par 5 No. 15. But he bogeyed the last two holes and had to wait for the cut line to move as Justin Thomas finished with two straight bogeys to secure Woods’ spot.
Brooks Koepka (12-under) goes into Saturday’s action on top of the leaderboard after Friday’s action was suspended due to inclement weather. He holds a two-shot lead over Jon Rahm. Amateur Sam Bennett is alone in third at 8-under, followed by Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland at 6-under.
Woods’ approach on No. 17 was an adventure as his tee shot went wide right on the par-4 440-yard hole, but battled back to get within six feet of a par, and he missed it, going back to 2-over.
On 18, another par-4, Woods hit the ball left of the fairway and was left with a 50 foot for par.
Woods finishes his second round at 1-over with two birdies and three bogeys and will likely need players above him to falter to get a new projected cut line so he can play through the weekend.
On the updated leaderboard, Jon Rahm is still two shots from the lead after bogeying 16. Brooks Koepka remains the 36-hole leader at 12-under.
Woods had a chance to make up some ground on the 550-yard Par 5 15th hole, and hit the fairway on his first shot, leaving him 277 yards from the hole. He made a 27-foot put for birdie to give him some breathing room and gave the crowd a nice fist pump. On 16, one of the five holes that has played over par through two rounds, Tiger made a seven-foot putt for par and sits at +1.
Rahm, who finished Friday three shots off the lead, got off to a good start, making birdie on the Par 3 No. 12, and making pars on No. 13 and 14.
Woods got through 12 holes during Friday’s round and started early on Saturday trying to stay above the cut line. On the par-5 No. 13, Woods got in good position with a chance for a birdie from 15 yards out, but settled for par and remains at 2-over. On 14, he made a four-yard put to save for another par.
It appears that Fred Couples will be playing the rest of the weekend at the Masters.
The 1992 champion finished his second round with a bogey, leaving him at 1-over for the championship and inside the projected cut line. That would make the 63-year-old Couples the oldest player to make the cut at Augusta National, beating the mark that Bernhard Langer set during the 2020 tournament by about 3 ½ months.
It also would be the 31st career cut for Couples, trailing only Jack Nicklaus’ record of 37.
– Associated Press
Some of the golfers who have yet to complete their second round have hit the course at the Masters on Saturday after play was suspended on Friday due to inclement weather. Tee times have not been posted for the third round.
A second golfer who plays on the LIV tour has withdrawn from the Masters. Louis Oosthuizen, who has one PGA Tour win, the 2010 British Open, won’t finish the weekend due to injury.
The South African completed 17 holes of his second round and finished at 7-over, mostly likely missing the cut anyway. Kevin Na, a fellow LIV golfer, withdrew after nine holes on Thursday.
Six other LIV golfers, including four who haven’t completed their second round, are in danger of missing the cut, based on the projected cut line of 2-over.
Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters got very lucky Friday afternoon when the three trees that crashed to the ground near the 17th hole missed dozens of fans gathered nearby.
Yet no more than 90 minutes after the incident, the Masters announced that ticket gates for spectators would open as scheduled Saturday morning at 7 a.m. In other words, fans will be back on the grounds in droves and it will be business as usual at the first men’s major golf tournament of the year.
Clearly, the leaders of Augusta National are gambling that in the midst of severe weather that is expected to continue throughout Friday evening, including heavy rain and high winds, all their other trees — thousands of them — are safe and stable and nothing like this will happen again.
— Christine Brennan
ESPN is set to air the restarted second round action beginning at 8 a.m. ET. CBS will have live coverage of the Masters from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. ET.
The second round is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. ET Saturday morning, with the third round to follow — though more rain and storms are in the forecast for the entirety of the day.
Brooks Koepka is back. But given which side of the professional golf schism he landed on, you better catch him while you can.
Even if Koepka wins this Masters for his fifth major championship — and it’s looking pretty good with a three-shot lead in the clubhouse when officials suspended the round due to inclement weather — the next time you’ll see him (or won’t see him, more likely) will be later this month in Adelaide, Australia, or the following week in Singapore. Back to the easy, breezy LIV Golf anti-grind that is so obviously beneath his talent and incapable of satisfying his hunger to be remembered as one of the greats of all time.
It would be a welcome development if golf has entered a second era where Koepka feels like a threat every time he tees it up at a big event. He’s that electric of a player and competitor. But in golf’s current fractured state, he only gets four chances a year to beat the players he most wants to beat.
— Dan Wolken
With the cut line currently standing at 2-over par, 10 members of the LIV Golf Series would make the cut as things stand entering Saturday.
Koepka, of course, is a shoo-in, and Phil Mickelson and Joaquin Niemann are in excellent shape after finishing their second rounds at 4-under. Patrick Reed also sat at 4-under with four holes remaining in his second round, while Cameron Smith was 2-under through eight holes.
Dustin Johnson and Harold Varner III both finished their second rounds at 1-under, Abraham Ancer is 1-under with six holes remaining, Mito Pereira was Even following the second round and Talor Gooch was 1-over with just the 18th hole to play.
The Masters will pare down the field after the conclusion of the second round, with the low 50 players and ties qualifying for the final 36 holes.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most Masters cuts made with 37, followed by Fred Couples and Gary Player who each made the cut 30 times.
— Fletcher Page, Augusta Chronicle
No exit at the 2023 Masters is more surprising than that of Rory McIlroy.
As he heads home to Florida, McIlroy, who needs only a Masters win to complete the career grand slam, will be burning with fury — though not at others — after carding a 5-over through two rounds and missing the cut. He sets a high standard for himself and at Augusta National, he fell woefully short.
The world No. 2 has missed only two cuts since the 2022 Masters. One came at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in August, and he went on to win the PGA Tour’s $18 million playoff prize two weeks later. The other was last month at the Players Championship, which he followed with a strong third-place showing at the WGC-Match Play. He won’t yet care what will follow this Masters disappointment.
— Eamon Lynch