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by Sophia Chen
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At the Masters event in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday they announced plans to finish the golf competition that had been delayed by bad weather. The 3rd round will pick back up at 8:30am, and if it goes according to plan then the last round starts at 12:30pm with some golfers playing from both the 1st and 10th holes.

Friday and Saturday’s bad weather made it so that nobody got to play. Brooks Koepka who is leading the game by four strokes, must now play 30 holes on Sunday — 12 from the third round he didn’t finish and 18 for the final round. Fortunately, there won’t be as much rain anymore and maybe even some sunshine in the afternoon.

It has been over 37 years since the Augusta National golf tournament finished on a Monday. On Saturday, around 3:25 in the afternoon, bad weather has caused the event to be put on pause. It started to rain heavily just before lunchtime and soon enough puddles developed all over the green field, which was not safe for players. So everyone had to stop playing until further notice.

At 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time, the horn blew and the officials said that everyone has to stop playing because it was still too rainy outside. So everyone will come back bright and early on Sunday morning to complete the third round of the tournament with Brooks Koepka leading by four shots over Jon Rahm. After we finish off the third round, we’re immediately going to jump into the last round of golf before sundown and hope to be done before it gets dark.

Sunday’s weather looks much better, with temperatures reaching the mid-60s and the sun shining in the afternoon. The Masters golf tournament this year will have a prize money of $18 million, up from last year’s $15 million. The person who wins will get a big chunk of that – $3,240,000 – which is more than what the whole prize was at the Masters 25 years ago ($3.2 million).

The money prizes at the big golf events, called ‘purses’, are really high. The PGA Tour’s purse is the highest at $20 million. The Players Championship has a purse of $25 million which is even more! The PGA Championship last year had a purse of $15 million, while the U.S Open was at $17.5 million and the British Open’s purse was the lowest, not quite reaching $14 million.

Brooks Koepka is doing really well in the rainy third round of the Masters and is leading by four strokes over Jon Rahm. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, is close behind at fifth place but 8 shots behind Koepka who’s presently at 13 under par. Collin Morikawa follows in third place, six shots back at 7 under par.

At 11:15am, LIV star Brooks Koepka is in the lead at the Masters tournament, ahead of Jon Rahm by two shots. On the other hand, amateur Sam Bennett isn’t doing too well and lags behind by seven shots.

Despite the rain, golfers will start playing the third round at 11:30am. They will be grouped together in threes and play in both the front and back nine of the course. Tournament workers are trying to fit as much golf as possible because more bad weather is expected later.

Amateur Sam Bennett is 8 under par, which means he’s four strokes behind. First-round leader Viktor Hovland shot a 73 so he’s now seven shots behind and tied for fifth place with Collin Morikawa.

Rahm started the day with 9 strokes under par until nine holes and tried to get closer to the lead but failed after getting a “bad” shot on 18th hole while it was raining heavily. As a result, he was still two shots behind Koepka who had already finished his second round before Saturday morning. Koepka will be well-rested for third round.

Tiger Woods made it through for the 23rd year in a row, which tied a tournament record. Fans are hoping that he can have another great win and get his sixth Masters title, but he is currently behind by 15 strokes. The biggest comeback ever was when Jack Burke Jr. managed to overcome an 8-shots gap to beat amateur Ken Venturi back in 1956.

It was raining all day and the ground was really wet, making it tough to play golf. Shane Lowry said that if someone scores less than 70 in this bad weather, then it will be considered a good score. Out of 18 players who were playing before, 12 managed to get through the cut. At 10:35 a.m. Tiger Woods did something amazing which made some more history at The Masters.

On a chilly, rainy morning, Woods made his 23rd straight cut at the Masters despite ending the bad-weather interrupted second round with two bogeys in a row. This ties the record shared by Gary Player and Fred Couples. Since becoming professional Woods has never failed to make it through the Masters’ cut line. Woods finished up with a 1 over 73 – which was considered below the probable cut line of 2 over 146. However, when Justin Thomas misplayed a hole on 17th resulting in a bogey, this changed to 3 over – meaning Woods just scraped through!

At 10AM, Tiger Woods might not make the cut in the Masters tournament for the first time ever. He just added two bogeys to his score and finished the second round with a 1-over 73 which brings his total so far to 3-over 147. His spot for playing during the last two rounds was given away when another golfer (Thomas) missed getting a birdie at hole #18, and Thomas failed to make it also because of a bogey he made on that same hole.

Right now, Tiger Woods is not doing well enough in the Masters to play for the last two rounds. If Justin Thomas or Sungjae Im lose another stroke when they finish playing, then he will be able to play again because it would lower the cut line from 2 over to 3 over.

If this happens, Woods will tie Gary Player and Fred Couples’ record of 22 straight times making it in to the weekend at the Masters. At 8:30 a.m., it looks like Fred Couples will still get to play during the rest of the tournament no matter what.

Fred Couples, who won the 1992 champion, just made a bogey in his second round, which put him at 1 over for the tournament. If that stands, this makes him the oldest player to make the cut of Augusta National (beating Bernhard Langer’s 2020 record by 3 and a half months). This is also Couples’s 31st time making a career cut, which is close behind Jack Nicklaus’s 37 cuts.

At some point in the past, Couples managed to make 23 cuts at the Masters in a row. That tied him with Gary Player for most times doing that. Tiger Woods can join them if he makes the cut this Saturday. He still had 6 holes left during the cold and rainy weather and needs to be 2 under par so he can pass. As a professional golfer, Tiger Woods has never missed out on a cut before.

The Masters is still going on and players are now trying to complete the second round before they start the third round. The temperature outside is cold, it’s drizzling and there could be rainstorms throughout the day. This morning at 8am, the second round started back up after 3 pine trees were knocked down from a storm. Brooks Koepka has currently taken the lead with 12 under par and Jon Rahm is closely behind him.

Friday had two times of stopping. The first time was for 21 minutes and the second time everyone finished their day. Before the second stop, three giant trees fell close to the 17th hole, but luckily no one was hurt by them.

The weather predictions for the rest of the weekend say it will be raining with temperatures only in the 50s.

Rahm started his second round three strokes behind Koepka with nine holes still to go. Viktor Hovland, who was tied for the lead in the first round and was 6 under par, as well as Cameron Young who was 5 under par, had not finished their second rounds yet.

Tiger Woods was wearing a hat and a coat to keep warm as he hit some shots in the early morning light. He was two strokes over par, which meant he had chance to make it through but only seven holes left. If he can do this then it will be his 23rd straight time playing at the Masters tournament, meaning that he has never missed out since becoming a professional golfer. This would also match Gary Player’s and Fred Couples’ record who have also played in 23 consecutive Masters Tournaments.

Golfer Sam Bennett, who won the U.S. Amateur championship and finished his second round at 8 under par, may have set a new record for the best 36-hole score by an amateur in the Masters tournament — even better than Ken Venturi’s 1956 achievement of one shot better. Unfortunately, Louis Oosthuizen did not finish his second round due to an injury and had 7 over before withdrawing from the tournament.

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