“When you start thinking about how Scottie Scheffler plays, how he scrambles, you can’t help but think about that parallel (with Seve Ballesteros).” – Brandel Chamblee
“This guy is a born, natural competitor… he doesn’t overcomplicate the game and he focuses on the things that are really important, and that is getting the job done.”- Paul McGinley
“The course isn’t going to lay down by any means, but it’s going to be open for a 65 or 66 and an opportunity to charge and put a score on the board.”- McGinley
Sunday’s Live From The Masters Final Round Coverage Begins at 9 a.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 9, 2022 – GOLF Central Live From The Masters continued its comprehensive coverage surrounding the 2022 Masters with post-round reaction and analysis on GOLF Channel immediately following the third round of play.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (-9) holds a three-shot lead over 2022 PLAYERS Champion Cameron Smith (-6) heading into the final round.
Sunday’s Live From The Masters coverage on GOLF Channel begins at 9 a.m. ET, and post-round coverage will air on GOLF Channel immediately following the conclusion of play.
The Masters – Third Round Leaderboard
On Final Round
Paul McGinley: “We knew it was going to be a war of attrition and it was going to be a battle of hanging in there (through Saturday). But we also knew that come Sunday, the temperatures would go up to the mid-70s, the natural Sunday pin positions…they want roars, they want cheers, they want people potentially charging through the field…I’m expecting the pace to change a little bit. If I’m a player, I’m really analyzing the change of speed and pace tomorrow. The course isn’t going to lay down by any means, but it’s going to be open for a 65 or 66 and an opportunity to charge and put a score on the board.”
Rich Lerner: “We came in wondering if Smith and Scheffler were threatening ‘the establishment,’ the big names we talk about at every major. It looks like we’re going to leave here confirming that suspicion. The superstars, for the most part, just did not show up, and these guys are playing some ball.”
On Scottie Scheffler
Brandel Chamblee: “As much as Scheffler’s form would have presaged what he’s doing this week, more importantly, he went into the media center on Tuesday and let the whole world know that he was not taking this great golf for granted…you just never know when the faucet is going to get turned off, when the magic is going to go away…he has the right perspective mentally.”
McGinley: “It’s a lot more exciting now than it was an hour ago…we saw some great golf from Scheffler, particularly on the front nine…but getting over the line is never going to be easy. Pressure does a lot to players, but I was also impressed with how he kept his composure on 18. That was a brilliant five. It could have been a seven or an eight…if he wants to win this tournament tomorrow, he has to break 70.”
Chamblee: “It’s been a windy week…as much about scrambling as it is about ball-striking…they were referencing 1983 as the worst of the west winds, the worst of the Saturdays that you’ve ever seen here…the eventual winner was Seve Ballesteros. When you start thinking about how Scottie Scheffler plays, how he scrambles, you can’t help but think about that parallel.”
On Cameron Smith
McGinley: “This guy is not going to back down. We know that. We’ve seen this before, we’ve seen him hunt (players) down and we’ve seen him win from the lead. This guy is a born, natural competitor with a brilliant short game really well-suited to playing Augusta National. I think this is a really exciting setup for tomorrow.”
Chamblee: “I don’t know of another player that I’ve ever seen that seems impervious to pressure other than Cameron Smith. I’ve never seen him succumb to pressure…tomorrow is obviously a lot about talent, but it’s also about who’s the most relaxed out there.”
McGinley: “I look for the competitiveness more than anything else because that is the glue. That can override some technical inefficiencies. When I look at this guy, that’s what I see…this guy won the Sony Open two years ago after starting Thursday morning with bogey-triple bogey. He caught Brendan Steele in the last day, finally caught him and beat him in a playoff…he doesn’t overcomplicate the game and he focuses on the things that are really important, and that is getting the job done. That is shooting a score. I have no doubt that he’s got Scottie Scheffler in his sightlines. He’s forming a strategy for what he’s got to do tomorrow. Not overanalyzing, not putting too much pressure, but he loves the battle. Just like Tiger Woods.”
On Tiger Woods (7-over, T-41)
Lerner: “Don’t know that we have ever seen him putt as poorly as we did today…when he walked off the green after a 78, the highest score he’s shot at The Masters, the patrons cheered as if he shot 68.”
Chamblee: “On the whole, I would be very bullish about Tiger going forward this year. It couldn’t be a worse day for him…a day like this would be terrible for your touch…you think about being away from the game, how rusty you would be…the inaugural year of this tournament was 1934 and Bobby Jones hadn’t played golf in four years. He played that year…he had 136 putts. I have never heard of a great professional golfer having that many putts…and I’ve never seen Tiger Woods putt like he did today, but I’m definitely bullish on the rest of the year for him.”
McGinley: “I’ve seen enough this week that we should be really excited about the summer ahead. We’ve got three major championships coming up and you can get your bottom dollar that he’ll be competitive in at least one of them…I put a lot of that down today to competitive rust.”
Chamblee to McGinley: “I have to give you your due (on Tiger’s performance). You said it from day one…as much as you got the 17th hole wrong at TPC Sawgrass, you got this one right.”