“Nicely, yeah,” Fleetwood stated with fun, after which added, utilizing Johnson’s nickname, “Sadly, D.J.’s taking part in.”
Three golfers are tied for second behind Johnson at 12 beneath par: the Masters rookies Abraham Ancer of Mexico and Sungjae Im of South Korea, together with Australia’s Cameron Smith.
With softer-than-usual greens on this 12 months’s Masters, a byproduct of heavy rainfall on Thursday and of assorted November turf situations, scores have been considerably decrease. Every of the golfers in second place, as an illustration, has posted nothing however below-par rounds. When the delayed second spherical was lastly accomplished early Saturday morning, the minimize line to trim the sector was 144 strokes, the bottom in Masters historical past.
“With the situations being gentle, you could be actually aggressive it doesn’t matter what membership you have got in your hand,” Johnson stated. “You’ve acquired to be aggressive, and also you’ve acquired to assault the flags.”
Not each golfer was as assured, or as match, as Johnson.
Woods, who started the third spherical 5 beneath par, was clearly hobbled on Saturday by his unpredictable and surgically repaired again. He moved stiffly and didn’t swing with the identical fluidity he had exhibited within the first two rounds. His situation was notably noticeable when Woods went to retrieve his ball from holes, which he did gingerly and by bending solely his knees to restrict pressure on his again. Ending his spherical at even par, he was 11 strokes behind Johnson, which all however eliminates him from rivalry for a sixth inexperienced jacket.
DeChambeau, the pretournament favourite, revealed Saturday that he had not been feeling nicely and went for a Covid-19 take a look at Friday night time. Though the take a look at end result was detrimental, DeChambeau, who’s 13 strokes behind Johnson, stated he nonetheless felt beneath the climate and had been having bouts of dizziness.