After the great 66, professional golf player Bernd Wiesberger completed the third round of the US Masters in Augusta on Saturday (local time) with 74 strokes (2 over par) and fell back to tenth place overall. The Burgenlander holds 2 under par after three rounds, but still has the chance of a top result and a red-white-red major record on the final day. The clear solo leader was the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama with 11 under par.
Matsuyama took seven shots from leading Justin Rose on the third round, which was interrupted for 75 minutes due to an impending thunderstorm over the Augusta National Golf Club. The Englishman lost the top position and fell back to second place. Rose holds seven strokes under par, as do the Australian Marc Leishman and the two US golfers Xander Schauffele and Will Zalatoris.
Wiesberger played with US superstar Jordan Spieth on Saturday and got off to a good start on Moving Day with an early birdie. Overall, however, the Austrian no longer played as confidently from the tee as before. Already on the five it was sticky when Wiesberger had to play the ball twice to the right out of the forest, in the end also flipped over the green and only “saved” a double bowey (+2 strokes) thanks to a strong putt.
In the notorious Amen-Corner (lanes 11 to 13) Wiesberger even started with two bogeys in a row on the 10 and 11, but for the first time this year he managed to win a stroke on the famous 12, the very precise par 3 over Rae's Creek . While Spieth also had problems, but always saved himself with real “magic strokes”, Wiesberger played his round mixed but fiercely finished. Only on the final 18 did he have to deliver another stroke.
Nevertheless, in his sixth Masters participation, the Burgenlander now has a good chance of achieving his best result in the major tournament in Augusta, which is endowed with 11.5 million dollars. In 2015 he was 22nd as the best debutant at his premiere, after ranks 34 (2016) and 43 (2017), followed by 24th place in 2018. In 2020, the Burgenland was only 58th.
At the side of the South Korean Woo Kim-si, Wiesberger even went for the Austrian major record on Sunday (from 7:50 p.m. CEST, live Sky), which Markus Brier still holds in 12th place since the British Open 2007. He hoped that this brand would soon be wiped out, golf pioneer Brier told the APA a year ago. “Then I finally have the question behind me.”