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Scheffler relishing ‘great fight’ on final day at Augusta

The World number one holds a three-shot lead over Cameron Smith heading into the final round at Augusta.

Kieran Quaile
Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 9, 2022 Scottie Scheffler of the U.S. reacts after chipping onto the 2nd green during the third round REUTERS/Brian Snyder     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Leader Scottie Scheffler is ready for a “great fight” at The Masters on Sunday. World number one Scheffler holds a three-shot lead over Cameron Smith heading into the final round at Augusta National.

The 25-year-old will tee off today at nine under with a first major triumph in his sights and the American is looking forward to the challenge.

“It should be a great fight. Obviously, Cam is a tremendous player, and he’s got a fantastic short game, and he’s coming off a huge win at The Players,” Scheffler said.

“Both of us are in good form, so I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge of playing with him tomorrow.”

Difficult course conditions at Augusta

“Little bit of different conditions on the golf course. I’m sure they will keep the green nice and firm, but the wind will be a little lighter. I’m not sure how much lighter it will be, but I think we are both looking forward to the test and the challenge,” he added.

“Playing in the final group is always so much fun, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Smith targeting major title

World number six Smith is also targeting a first major title. Speaking about what it will take to win, Smith said: “Shoot the lowest score out there again tomorrow probably. No, I think preparation. I think it’s not going to be as windy tomorrow.

“Typically here on Sunday, especially the back nine, you can use plenty of greens to your advantage and have plenty of birdie opportunities.

“Again, just stay aggressive into the greens and just keep hitting quality shots.”

Sungjae Im is four under in third place, with Shane Lowry and Charl Schwartzel a further two strokes back.


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