AUGUSTA, Ga. — It’s usually not a good sign for golfers’ chances of winning a tournament when they complete their round before the leader has teed off.
Such is the state of things for golfers with ties to Georgia at this year’s Masters at Augusta National.
Most of the six Bulldogs who survived Friday’s cut and played in Saturday’s third round were either done or deep into their second nine before Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy teed off at 2:50 p.m. ET.
“It’s probably as difficult as the British Open last year, but a golf course that wasn’t, that you don’t want to play in that much wind,” former Bulldog Kevin Kisner said. “I’ve never been as ready to be done as I am right now and I’m glad I can’t make any more bogeys.”
Here’s how the UGA alumni performed on Saturday:
Bubba Watson: The two-time Masters champ started the round at 6 over. He posted three bogeys and no birdies on the first nine, once again failing to take advantage of the par 5s — a problem for him all week. He bogeyed holes 10 and 12 before birdieing the pars 5s at 13 and 15. He bogeyed the last hole to sign for a 4-over 76. He is 10 over for the tournament. Watson declined to speak with the media after his round.
Kevin Kisner: He started the round 5 over. Birdies on holes No. 3 and 6 were offset by consecutive bogeys on 7, 8 and 9. He added three more bogeys on the second nine to sign for a 4-over 76. He is 9 over for the tournament.
“Every shot is just guessing and hitting and praying,” Kisner said. “I never felt comfortable even on wedge shots all day and putts are just brutal.
Kisner, on what he learned: “You go home and have a beer and sit on the couch and laugh at everybody else.”
Patrick Reed: He started the round 5 over and things didn’t get much better than in the previous two days. He made the turn at 3 over, which included a double-bogey 6 at No. 7, and that’s how he finished. He is 8 over for the tournament.
“I wish it was blowing even harder (tomorrow,)” Reed said. “When you’re sitting as poorly down the leaderboard as I am, you want it to blow more.”
Harris English: He started the round 3 over. A run of bogey, bogey, double bogey and bogey saw him the finish the first nine 4 over, his highest nine-hole score this week. He played the second nine in par and is 7 over for the tournament.