The Masters: A New Leader on Day 3

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Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA — April 10, 2021

Moving day at The Masters provided a big move at the top of the leaderboard. Hideki Matsuyama matched Justin Rose’s 1st day lead of four strokes by shooting the low round of the tournament, a 7 under par 65. The bogey-free round featured a birdie on the front nine and a spectacular four birdies and an eagle on the backside.

Hideki Matsuyama leads after Day 3 of the 2021 Masters / Photo Courtesy of CBS Sports

Often a contender in professional golf’s majors, but never a winner, Matsuyama knows success at Augusta National. In his debut at the 2011 Masters, Matsuyama was the low amateur. On Sunday morning he will tee off in the final group well on his way to earning his first green jacket.

Xander Schauffele was the other golfer who shot up the leaderboard, firing a 68 for a three-round total of 7 under par. He is tied for 2nd with Marc Leishman, Will Zalatoris, and Justin Rose who shot even par for the 2nd straight day to forfeit the lead he held through the first two rounds.

Likely Too Far Back to Contend for the Win

Corey Connors continued to cut strokes off his daily scores going 73-69-68 to move into 6th at 6 under. Jordan Spieth who shot his way into contention on Friday, moved out of a realistic position to win with an even-par 72 to stay at 5 under, 6 strokes off the lead in 7th.

Brian Harman, who started the day tied for 2nd, dropped two strokes to par and now sits 8th at 4 under.

Four strokes is a huge number to overcome on the final day of The Masters. However, anything can happen when the leaders make their way through Amen Corner. Just ask Spieth.

The Complete Leaderboard

Rank Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
1 Hideki Matsuyama 69 71 65 -11 (205)
2t Xander Schauffele 72 69 68 -7 (209)
2t Marc Leishman 72 67 70 -7 (209)
2t Will Zalatoris 70 68 71 -7 (209)
2t Justin Rose 65 72 72 -7 (209)
6 Corey Conners 73 69 68 -6 (210)
7 Jordan Spieth 71 68 72 -5 (211)
8 Brian Harman 69 69 74 -4 (212)
9 Tony Finau 74 66 73 -3 (213)
10t Robert MacIntyre 74 70 70 -2 (214)
10t Si Woo Kim 71 69 74 -2 (214)
10t Bernd Wiesberger 74 66 74 -2 (214)
13t Patrick Reed 70 75 70 -1 (215)
13t Kevin Na 75 70 70 -1 (215)
13t Henrik Stenson 73 71 71 -1 (215)
13t Stewart Cink 74 69 72 -1 (215)
13t Viktor Hovland 73 70 72 -1 (215)
13t Ryan Palmer 74 68 73 -1 (215)
13t Cameron Smith 74 68 73 -1 (215)
13t Justin Thomas 73 67 75 -1 (215)
21t Phil Mickelson 75 72 69 E (216)
21t Francesco Molinari 74 73 69 E (216)
21t Webb Simpson 70 76 70 E (216)
21t Joaquin Niemann 75 71 70 E (216)
21t Scottie Scheffler 73 72 71 E (216)
21t Jon Rahm 72 72 72 E (216)
21t Shane Lowry 71 73 72 E (216)
21t Mackenzie Hughes 72 72 72 E (216)
29t Matt Wallace 74 72 71 +1 (217)
29t Charl Schwartzel 74 71 72 +1 (217)
29t Martin Laird 74 71 72 +1 (217)
29t Bubba Watson 74 70 73 +1 (217)
29t Matthew Fitzpatrick 74 70 73 +1 (217)
29t Tommy Fleetwood 74 70 73 +1 (217)
29t Matt Jones 74 69 74 +1 (217)
29t Collin Morikawa 73 69 75 +1 (217)
29t Cameron Champ 72 68 77 +1 (217)
38t Sebastian Munoz 74 73 71 +2 (218)
38t Jason Kokrak 71 76 71 +2 (218)
38t Louis Oosthuizen 76 70 72 +2 (218)
38t Harris English 74 71 73 +2 (218)
38t Bryson DeChambeau 76 67 75 +2 (218)
43t Ian Poulter 74 73 72 +3 (219)
43t Tyrrell Hatton 71 74 74 +3 (219)
43t Abraham Ancer 75 69 75 +3 (219)
43t Michael Thompson 72 72 75 +3 (219)
47t Paul Casey 73 74 73 +4 (220)
47t Billy Horschel 76 71 73 +4 (220)
47t Christiaan Bezuidenhout 70 76 74 +4 (220)
47t Gary Woodland 73 72 75 +4 (220)
47t Brendon Todd 73 71 76 +4 (220)
52 Jose Maria Olazabal 75 71 75 +5 (221)
53 Jim Herman 76 70 76 +6 (222)
54 Adam Scott 74 73 79 +10 (226)