As he took a commanding lead into the final round of the 84th Masters, Dustin Johnson had his sights set on a spot in the record books and a second major title. In a perfect third round of 65 at Augusta National, the world number one shot an eagle and five birdies to end 16-under par and set the 54-hole scoring record set in 2015 by Jordan Spieth.
Johnson would exceed the 72-hole mark of 18 under shared by Spieth and defending champion Tiger Woods with a closing 69 or better, who became the last world number one to win the Masters in 2002. Cameron Smith of Australia, Abraham Ancer of Mexico and Sungjae Im of Korea were Johnson’s closest rivals at 12 under, with Ancer and Im seeking to become the first players to win the green jacket in The Day’s TweetI think Rahm just made par with the old driver-wedge-wedge game on 15. – Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) November 14, 2020 In round two, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee identified Rahm’s rare par on 15. After opting not to two-putt the green, the Spaniard chipped in for par, then hit his third shot over the green and left his first pitch short of the putting surface. Day QuoteLove him or loathe him, good quotes are given by Bryson. “For some reason, “wet ground and water has always been my nemesis” was his rationale for bogeying the 17th and 18th. Phil Casey (@pcaseysafc) November 14, 2020 In his second round, Bryson DeChambeau offered a fascinating explanation for falling shots on the 17th and 18th. Shot of the Day From 286 yards to 4 feet. Matt Wallace of England leaps to -4 with an eagle on No. 2 #themasters pic.twitter.com/j5RdnCyJyS- The Masters (@TheMasters) November 14, 2020 Dustin Johnson’s eagle was not captured by the TV broadcast on second in round three, but Matt Wallace’s from earlier in the day was not a bad substitute. Round of the Day For the 54-hole leader, the second 65 of the week. #themasters pic.twitter.com/b3eGFmuLEO- The Masters (@TheMasters) November 14, 2020 Dustin Johnson began the third round tied for the lead, but with an outstanding 65th, pulled away from the field. Status of DayJack Nicklaus 1986: 33rd in world rankings, 23 years after first Masters victory, searching for 6th green jacket, T-17 after 36 holesTiger Woods 2020: 33rd in world rankings, 23 years after first Masters win, searching for 6th green jacket, T-17 after 36 holes. Green jacket, T-17 after 36 holes- Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) November 14, 2020 Thanks to this odd coincidence, Tiger Woods fans might dream, but with a third round of 72. his chances of successfully defending his title faded. Easiest holeThanks to two eagles and 29 birdies, the par-five second hole was again the easiest, averaging 4,533. The 18th was the most difficult hole, averaging 4,383 and producing just four birdies, 21 bogeys and three double bogeys. Dustin Johnson’s chances of a second major title on the way up as he opened a commanding lead. On the way down, after the on-fire Spaniard, Jon Rahm’s mood stumbled to a third round 72, including a seven on the eighth.