AUGUSTA -- Between the three early bogeys, the three birdies and an eagle midway through the round, and the two bogeys late, Lucas Glover's demeanor changed very little during Saturday's third round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.
The former Clemson All-American and reigning U.S. Open champion posted his second straight 71, leaving him way off the pace at 2-over 218 heading into today's final round.
"The middle was good. The start and finish was bad, but I played well. It was a little iffy in the morning and a little iffy this afternoon, but I hit a lot of good shots and knocked in a few putts, so 1-under isn't too bad, I guess," Glover said.
Saturday was a microcosm of Glover's year. His best finish is a tie for ninth at San Diego where he had a chance to contend but "botched it on the back nine."
"It's been very average," Glover said. "I haven't put a tournament together yet. It's the same thing as last year. I worked hard and it all clicked. I'm still doing the same stuff, so when it clicks I've got to be ready."
Glover's problem, he said, is that he's "not hitting it where I'm looking. I'm not making any putts. But like I said, that could change overnight."
Glover said the biggest difference for him since winning last year's U.S. Open is that he's not playing quite as much, taking time off in an effort to stay fresh.
"Hopefully, that will pay off. I'm working hard, trying to do the right things," Glover said.
Glover said playing Augusta National is a matter of knowing when to take your chances and when to take your medicine. All his bogeys, he said, were because he missed his shot in the wrong place.
"Fifteen, I knew I had help with a good hole location. I had 191 to where I had to land it and that's a perfect 6-iron. I had good vision, because I did the same thing a couple of years ago, the same hole location, the same everything. It was one of those things. The ball landed in the right spot and got the right bounce and rolled up close," said Glover, who converted the 3-footer for eagle.
"Sixteen (a bogey), I missed it where you can't miss it in that right bunker. I had to hit a miracle shot to keep it on top, so I got what I deserved, which was 4."
Glover said his attitude for today and for the rest of the year is to "keep working, knowing you're doing the right stuff."
"I can't stink forever," he said. "But if it doesn't (get better), then I'll go back and change some things. But my good shots are still pretty good. I've just got to be patient and work hard.
"I've got to try to hit it where I'm looking, make some putts and see how many birdies I can make."
Phil Mickelson's spectacular play where he eagled 13 and 14 and birdied 15 mirrored former Coastal Carolina All-American Dustin Johnson, who played that stretch of holes the same way in the final round last year. Johnson shot 73 and tied for 30th. Johnson had four eagles last year, matching Bruce Crampton's tournament record. Mickelson also eagled 13 during Thursday's opening round.
In 1982, Dan Pohl eagled 13 and 14 and birdied 15 and 16 in the third round on his way to shooting 67. He lost in a playoff to Craig Stadler.
By the numbers
There have been a total of 21 eagles this week, including eight on the back nine Saturday. Kenny Perry, who lost to Angel Cabrera in a playoff last year, eagled 13 and 15 Saturday … The only hole that did not yield a birdie Saturday was No. l7, which was understandably also the most difficult of the day, playing to an average score of 4.458, two-hundredths of a stroke more difficult than the par-5 15th, the easiest hole … Average score Saturday was 72.585.
Westwood or Lefty?
The Masters champion has come out of the final pairing on Sunday on all but two occasions since 1990. Nick Faldo in 1990 and Zach Johnson in 2007 are the exceptions. Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson share the final pairing, teeing off at 2:40 p.m.
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