On the PGA Tour, Saturday’s third round is often referred to as ‘moving day.’ Typically it’s the round where you might see someone come from out of nowhere to suddenly being in contention. That’s not what happened in Augusta in the third round on this day, however. Dustin Johnson, one of four men tied for the lead at -9 heading into the day, mashed his foot hard on the pedal and ‘moved’ away from the field with a spectacular 65 that has him at -16 for the tournament.
That is four strokes ahead of closest competitors Abraham Ancer, Cameron Smith, and Sungjae Im, all of which are at -12. Only one man, Dylan Frittelli, an outsider from South Africa, sits at -11. That makes it two 65’s in three rounds with today’s being the lowest round by two clear shots over the closest foe, for Johnson so far, and obvious, makes him the man to beat come Sunday’s final round at the Masters. To capture that elusive Green Jacket, though, he will have to shake off some personal demons. He’s led or co-led into the fourth round at a major four times and has fallen short each time. Can he change history this go-around and ensure he doesn’t blow the lead, or will there be an upset on the cards down in Georgia?