Jazz to group with Morikawa on Masters Sunday


Published on November 15, 2020

Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond will be hoping to finish strongly in The Masters today after slipping back with a three-over-par 75 on Saturday.

The Thai star, who impressively made the cut with rounds of 69 and 71, is now at one-under-par 215 for the tournament – a fine performance for a young man making his maiden appearance at Augusta National.

World number one Dustin Johnson from the United States takes a four-stroke lead into the final round.

Jazz was undone by a poor start. He bogeyed the first and third and then doubled the fifth – where he pulled his second shot left of the green, chipped short and three-putted.

But he bravely gathered his composure of that, playing the remaining holes in one under with birdies on seven and 15, before dropping a shot on the last.

Jazz has been paired with American star Collin Morikawa, winner of this year’s US PGA Championship, in the final round. They tee off 9.34 pm Singapore time with Charles Howell III from the United States, on tee 10.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 14: Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 14, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Johnson accelerated away with a bogey-free 65, his second of the week, to lead on 16-under.

The American, chasing a first Green Jacket, equaled The Masters’ record lowest score after 54 holes. He had an incredible start to his third round, thanks to an eagle on the second and birdies on three, four and seven.

South Korea’s Sungjae Im, Abraham Ancer of Mexico and Australia’s Cameron Smith are tied second on 12 under.

“I have been playing really well, I just need to get a few putts to drop,” said Johnson, who tied for second last year.

“It was a really good day, I have been swinging well all week. Even after getting off to a good start, I tried to stay patient and be aggressive when I could.

“There are so many really good players around the lead, I am going to have to go out and play well if I am going to win. I have to go out and execute.”

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 14: Dustin Johnson of the United States reacts after making a par putt on the 18th green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 14, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

American Tiger Woods posted a second successive 72 that keeps him at five under for the tournament.

“I can’t win it from where I am but I can make birdies and sweep in for a top-10 finish,” he added. “I just need to make birdies – I haven’t made any this week.

“Today was a long day but I still had my chances.”

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