Rose admits he 'didn't play well enough' on day three at Augusta

Justin Rose admits he ‘didn’t play well enough’ on day three at Augusta as he faces a showdown final round at the Masters to claim his first green jacket with Hideki Matsuyama four clear

  • Justin Rose admitted that he wasn’t at his best on day three at the Masters 
  • Rose had to scramble for par on the last three holes but says ‘it’s all up for grabs’
  • Hideki Matsuyama is in the lead and stressed every shot went how he wanted 

Justin Rose was relieved to remain in contention for the Masters after struggling to a third round of 72 at Augusta National.

Rose held a one-shot lead at halfway and moved three shots clear with birdies on the first two holes, but bogeyed the fourth and fifth before play was suspended due to an approaching thunderstorm.

After play resumed Rose briefly regained the outright lead with a birdie on the 12th, only to see Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama then eagle the 15th in a brilliant back nine of 30 on his way to a bogey-free 65.

Justin Rose admitted that he didn’t play well enough on day three of the Masters at Augusta

‘I didn’t play well enough today, simple as that really,’ admitted Rose, who trails Matsuyama by four shots heading into the final round.

‘I think all in all, to have a shot tomorrow, I’m delighted. Have that freedom to take a run at it. I’ve been playing with the lead the whole week and obviously there’s been an hour of golf where Hideki has moved out there in front.

‘All the guys chasing at seven under par are all capable of that little run that Hideki has had, so it’s all up for grabs.’

Hideki Matsuyama is in the lead and stated that almost every shot went how he intended

 Rose scrambled for par on the last five holes but says he’s delighted to still be in contention

Rose, who shares second place with Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman and Will Zalatoris, had to scramble for par on the last five holes and added: ‘That recovery on 18, I did the same on 17 and the same on 15 and the same on 14, so I was definitely pretty happy just to be able to walk into the clubhouse before I dropped another shot.’

Matsuyama, who reached a career-high of second in the world after finishing runner-up in the 2017 US Open, said: ‘This will be a new experience for me, being a leader going into the final round in a major.

‘I guess all I can do is just relax as I can tonight, prepare well and just do my best tomorrow.

‘Before the horn blew I didn’t hit a very good drive (on the 11th), but after the horn blew for the restart, I hit practically every shot exactly how I wanted to.’

Asked what he did during the delay, Matsuyama added: ‘I spent the hour just sitting in my car looking at my cell phone.’

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