World number one Scottie Scheffler heads into tonight’s final round in pole position with a healthy three shots advantage. Scheffler is only 18 holes away from claiming his first majors’ victory and Kshs 310 million.
If he wins tonight he will become the fifth top ranked golfer to win the Masters following in the footsteps of Ian Woosnam, Fred Couples, Tiger Woods (twice) and Dustin Johnson. It will be his fourth victory on the PGA Tour having won three titles – the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Phoenix Open – in a span of 42 days to depose Jon Rahm as the world number one.
Scheffler is the fifth player ranked world no. 1 to hold the 54-hole lead at the Masters. All the previous leaders apart from Greg Norman, completed the job successfully to be crowned champions. He finished third in the opening round Thursday but has topped the leaderboard in the last two rounds and is the only player in the field who has shot under-par in each round.
But can he handle the pressure?
Scheffler is considered the calmest and most consistent player on the Tour at the moment. However, a run of four bogeys in the final seven holes yesterday which cut his lead to three could be a sign of rising temperatures. Cameron Smith who shot the best round of the day yesterday is his closest challenger. Smith has a good run at the Masters where he finished runner-up in 2020. In his other appearances, the Australian has finished in 5th, 51st and 10th. If he wins tonight, he will have a completed a majors’ double after winning the recent Players Championship.
If he falters, Scheffler will join the disgraced company of five players who threw healthy 54-hole leads and missed the Green Jacket- 2016 Jordan Spieth (5 shots lead), 2011 Rory McIlroy (4 shots lead), 1996 Greg Norman (6 shots lead), 1979 Ed Sneed (5 shots lead) and 1956 Ken Venturi (4 shots lead).
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The Masters Tournament broadcast details
Sunday 10 April
17:15: Day 4, second feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
17:30: Day 4, early coverage – LIVE on SuperSport Golf
21:00: Day 4, main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Golf