Hideki Matsuyama is now the leader in the Masters by four strokes, as he pursues his first major championship.
Justin Rose had been the wire-to-wire leader until the back nine, but to do that throughout the entire tournament is a very rough task.
It's not that he played all that badly on Saturday. In fact, none of the players who are four shots behind Matsuyama lost any strokes to par. It's just that the Japanese star played so incredibly well, carding a 68.
And while we're talking about it, Xander Schauffele has placed himself in position to pounce should anyone falter. He shot a 68 as well on Saturday.
Before we go any further, we should point out that BetOnline allows you to feast on Live Betting throughout the final round of the Masters (just look for it in the top navigation bar), and if you haven't done Live Betting during a golf tournament, you have not yet lived.
But they also have a proposition for Round 4, as of course, Matsuyama is a favorite over everyone else:
Hideki Matsuyama -120
The Field +100
It is important to point out that Matsuyana is not a guy coming out of nowhere. He's got five PGA Tour victories, and this includes two World Golf Championship events, which he won with a lot of room to spare. He has been as high as #2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
He was the low amateur at The Masters in 2011.And in 2015 he finished fifth at Augusta. He has a sixth-place finish in the British Open, top top fives in the PGA Championship, and was co-runner-up in the U.S. Open in 2017. In other words, he is probably one of the better players on tour who has yet to win a major.
Well, yet anyway.
To say that he is "in command" may be a bit presumptuous, considering the history of leaders at The Masters.Obviously they haven't all failed on the final day, but it is a fact that they can never really breathe easily. Remember that they will have to negotiate "Amen Corner" and that is going to be a challenge for everyone, especially the 12th hole, where you can hit it into the creek and literally destroy yourself.
Among the guys at 7-under, perhaps the most intriguing is Will Zalatoris, who only two years ago had to play in qualifying rounds just to get into events on the Korn Ferry (developmental) Tour, then rose to the top of the money list there and won a ticket to the 2020 U.S. Open, where he finished tied for sixth. He has never won a PGA Tour event. And now he is tied for second place in the Masters. His presence on the leader board brings into play one of the props at BetOnline, which pays +2500 if anyone playing in their first Masters were to win. Zalatoris fits that category. Fuzzy Zoeller is the only player since 1935 to do that.
It would feed everyone's sense of drama to look at "The Field" in this prop, because that would mean things are likely to be exciting to the end. And that may well happen. But if you are looking at this in terms of value, a guy with a four-shot lead with 18 holes left to play probably has more than a 54.5% chance to finish ahead of the rest of the field.
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