Sun, Apr 9, 10:46am by Head Editor
Englishman Justin Rose has stormed to outright favouritism for the US Masters after shooting five late birdies in the third round. A day that lived up to its name of “moving day” with several of the game’s stars making their move.
The World number 14 was unstoppable on the greens, and will head into the final round with plenty of momentum. He’s a $3.75 favourite, and made a big birdie on the 18th which he could well have to do again on Sunday (Monday AEST) to win the tournament.
Sergio Garcia has put his horrible third round average of three over par behind him to post a two-under 70 which gives him a share of the lead. He is in a great position to claim his first major at $5.50.
After shooting a five-under round of 67 in the second round, Rickie Fowler finished with a one-under 71 to make sure he will play in the second-last group in the final round. He has never won a major title, but has come second at the British and US Opens. He’s at $5.
One shot back is Fowler’s countrymen Jordan Spieth – who won the green jacket in 2015 and then led by five shots in last year’s final round before losing by three after a quadruple bogey on the 12th – is right in the mix at $4.50 after shooting a third round 68.
Having trailed the leader by 10 shots after an opening round of 75, Spieth could make history if he goes on to win. He will smash the previous comeback record of Tiger Woods (2005) and Nick Faldo (1990), who both triumphed after being seven shots back after one round at Augusta.
Another man who is well in contention is Australia’s Adam Scott, who signed for his second consecutive round of 69, to be just three shots off the lead. The world number nine hit 15 of 18 greens as he surged up the leaderboard.
Sportsbet has the Queenslander at $13 in their live market to repeat his heroics of 2013 when he became the first – and only – Aussie to win the coveted green jacket at Augusta.
Fellow Queenslander Jason Day took advantage of the pristine morning conditions while playing in the first group off, to shoot a 69, which included a stretch of four consecutive birdies starting at the par-3 12th. The world number three is still nine shots back though, at three over par.
Aussie amateur Curtis Luck fell back in the race for low amateur honours, handing three shots back with a 75 to finish 54 holes at nine-over. The 20-year-old trails American Stewart Hagestad in the race for the Silver Cup – awarded to the leading Amateur – by four shots.
Overnight co-leader Charley Hoffman got to seven under in the middle of his round before stumbling late. He’s now at $23 in the live market after shooting a double-bogey on the par-four 17th. He’s two shots back at four under.
Sportsbet Live Market- US Masters
Rose, Justin $3.75
Spieth, Jordan $4.50
Fowler, Rickie $5
Garcia, Sergio $5.50
Scott, Adam $13
Moore, Ryan $15
Hoffman, Charley $23
Mcilroy, Rory $29
Schwartzel, Charl $36
Westwood, Lee $51
Rahm, Jon $67
Pieters, Thomas $67
Casey, Paul $151
Mickelson, Phil $201
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