sport news The Masters hangs in the balance as a day of chaos leaves Scottie Scheffler ... trends now

sport news The Masters hangs in the balance as a day of chaos leaves Scottie Scheffler ... trends now
sport news The Masters hangs in the balance as a day of chaos leaves Scottie Scheffler ... trends now

sport news The Masters hangs in the balance as a day of chaos leaves Scottie Scheffler ... trends now

Moving day took a while to get off its backside and then it closed with a dance of utterly brilliant carnage. Had the orchestrators of this magnificent madness been patrons the green jackets would have launched them off the property.

But where to start? How to begin to explain the sheer wildness of a two-hour stretch at the close of the third round?

Before we get to a leaderboard that has Scottie Scheffler on top and four men within four shots of him, we should travel a long way south to Tiger Woods.

Remember Friday, when he broke the record for making the cut for the 24th time in succession and did so on one leg in the most brutal of winds? He had been a titan for 36 holes. 

A vision of teeth-gritting spirit and proof that the brain is worth more than any club in the bag. Across the next 18 he carded his worst ever score on this storied stretch of land – it took him 82 blows.

Scottie Scheffler has a one-shot lead going into Sunday after a day of chaos at The Masters

Scottie Scheffler has a one-shot lead going into Sunday after a day of chaos at The Masters

After making the cut on Friday, Tiger Woods posted his worst-ever score at Augusta National

After making the cut on Friday, Tiger Woods posted his worst-ever score at Augusta National

That might have been the old, aching body catching up with him, but what an extraordinary way to marry triumph and disaster in the space of 48 hours. Always a drama with that cat.

But it had nothing on the shenanigans at the business end. That was far more remarkable. 

A day that started with Scheffler, Bryson DeChambeau and Max Homa in the lead on six under par would eventually morph into a demolition derby in which Collin Morikawa, Ludvig Aberg and Nicolai Hojgaard also held the top spot at one point or other.

When the music stopped, Scheffler led on seven under, one better than he began and one clear of Morikawa, but that was achieved via more undulations than you would ever expect of him in his 71.

It’s worth knowing a few details here: he went as low as eight under through three, gave one back at four, and then went into a tailspin at the 10th.

As ever, he had smoked a drive off the tee, but commenced the frenzy with an approach that sailed through the green and into the crowd. A missed putt from four feet signalled a double bogey, which coincided with Hojgaard collecting his third straight birdie in the group behind to go in front.

We had a new leader and then we didn’t – Hojgaard bogeyed every single one of his next five holes. He has had a wonderful Masters debut, will resume at two under, and yet in signing for a 74 might be forgiven for flying back to Denmark overnight to sleep it off.

Collin Morikawa is hoping to win a third major title and produced a solid round on Saturday

Collin Morikawa is hoping to win a third major title and produced a solid round on Saturday

Max Homa's record at the majors is abysmal but he is just two shots back from Scheffler

Max Homa's record at the majors is abysmal but he is just two shots back from Scheffler 

Into his place briefly stepped Morikawa, a two-time major winner, who had opened on three under but then birdied each of the first three holes with a combination of hot putting and an excellent save from the sand at the second. 

Amid the bedlam he was steady – even in the growing evening breeze he was able to close with 11

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