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New York Post
8 Apr 2023


NextImg:Masters suspends play for second straight day as rain halts third round

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The weather woes continued on Saturday for the Masters, which was suspended at 3:15 p.m. with the third round in its early stages.

 One day after second-round play was suspended for the day after high winds blew three large pine trees down near the 17th tee and 16th green, tournament officials stopped play on Saturday when sustained rains simply left too much standing water on the greens.

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 The tournament, which was able to complete the second round before noon Saturday, will resume Sunday morning, complete the third round and likely send threesomes off both the first and 10th tees for the final round.

 At the time of the latest stoppage, Brooks Koepka, at 13-under par, was leading Jon Rahm (9-under) by four shots and 23-year-old amateur Sam Bennett (6-under) by seven shots. Koepka, Rahm and Bennett, playing in the final group, were through six holes of their third round.

Third-round played was suspended at the Masters on Saturday.
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 Patrick Cantlay, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland were all 5-under par. Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Russell Henley, Jason Day, Cameron Young and Joaquin Niemann were all 4-under. 

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Tiger Woods, who made the cut on the number at 3-over par, struggled badly early in his third round and was 6-over par through seven holes and standing in last place among the players who made the cut.

 Koepka called the conditions, with temperatures in the high 40s, the steady rain and wind “obviously super difficult.’’

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Masters leader Brooks Koepka
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 “The ball’s not going anywhere,’’ he said. “You’ve got rain to deal with, and it’s freezing cold. It doesn’t make it easy. You’ve got to make some pressure putts. You know it was going to be a difficult day. You’ve just got to grind through it and try to salvage something.’’

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 The suspension leaves the leaders with 29 holes to play on Sunday.

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Hideki Matsuyama hits the ball in the rain at the Masters.
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 I’m not too concerned about playing 29 holes or however many holes we’ve got left,’’ Koepka said. “It’s part of the deal. I’m pretty sure I’ll be up for it considering it is the Masters. So, I don’t think anybody should have a problem with that.’’