The Masters: Round three recap
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 10: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan reacts to his putt on the tenth green during the third round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With round three of the 2021 Masters concluded, via a weather delay, a shift in the standings has set up an interesting final day of golf.

Hideki Matsuyama surprised a few to shoot his way up the leaderboard and leapfrog leader Justin Rose with the best score of the day. 

Here is how day three at Augusta unfolded

Hideki Matsuyama 

What a day for Matsuyama. After scores of 69 and 71 to enter the third round three strokes behind Rose at -4, the 29-year old shot a phenomenal 65 to take his total to -11.

An eagle on the 15th hole was the highlight in a day which also saw him record five birdies, four of which came along with the eagle on the back nine.

His four shot lead means a solid performance from Matsuyama on the final day will make him hard to beat, but stranger things have happened.

Justin Rose

Rose looked the man to beat after the first two rounds and with rounds seven under and level par, the Englishman looked comfortable with a three shot lead at the top of the leaderboard. 

However, another level par round on day three meant he fell four shots behind Matsuyama with Mark Leishman, Will Zalatoris and Xander Schauffele for company on -7.

Rose now has some serious work to do if he is to secure the green jacket and add the Masters to his only major win, the 2013 US Open.

Xander Schauffele

Chasing his first major tournament win, the top spot looked out of reach for Schauffele as he entered round three four shots behind the lead. 

That now may not be the case as although it could be argued that his -4 round was in vain as he still finds himself four strokes adrift, he has not fallen any further behind and a great round on the final day could see a late surge from Schauffele.

He will certainly be hoping that is the case as he looks to improve on his best Masters finish, tied second in 2019, and there is only one way to do that.

Adam Scott

While round three was full of positives for Matsuyama, Schauffele and even Rose, it was a day to forget for Adam Scott

The 2013 Masters winner already looked to be struggling having just about made the cut with an overall score of +3, but things just continued to go downhill for the Aussie. A +7 score of 79, which included a double and triple bogey, now sees Scott's total score sit at +10.

The 40-year old will be hoping to claw back a few strokes on the final day to at least make his score look a bit more respectable.

 

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