AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Their week at the Masters began with a practice round together amid widespread anticipation that they might once again conjure the magic that spurred them to a combined seven green jackets.
But Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will start the final round out of contention and will tee off hours before the leaders on Sunday.
Woods, 42, shot an even-par 72 Saturday and stands at 4-over par, tied for 40th through 54 holes. Mickelson, 47, shot a third-round 74 and is 7 over, tied for 50th. Leader Patrick Reed is at 14 under.
“I didn’t play the par-5s well and I didn’t hit a lot of good iron shots,” said Woods, who notched a pair of top-five PGA Tour finishes in the weeks leading up to the Masters. “It was the same as yesterday. … I’m hitting so many good putts, they’re just not going in. But I’m not hitting it close enough. I’m not getting up there and not taking advantage of the par-5s and consequently a good round is even par.”
“I don’t have it,” added Mickelson, who won the WGC-Mexico Championship two weeks before the Masters. “It’s frustrating being out there. But it’s still Augusta. I’m trying to make due. But it’s just frustrating to be out there playing when you know you don’t have a chance.”
Mickelson will tee off with Chez Reavie in Sunday’s third twosome at 10:20 a.m., EDT. Woods will be in the eighth twosome with Rafa Cabrera-Bello at 11:10 a.m.
The final five pairs will be:
2 p.m. – Justin Thomas/Jordan Spieth
2:10 p.m. – Bubba Watson/Marc Leishman
2:20 p.m. – Henrik Stenson/Tommy Fleetwood
2:30 p.m. – Rickie Fowler/Jon Rahm
2:40 p.m. – Patrick Reed/Rory McIlroy