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The Masters 2024: Scottie Scheffler leads Collin Morikawa as Tiger Woods slips back at Augusta National

Scottie Scheffler leads Collin Morikawa; Max Homa two back and Ludvig Åberg three behind; Rory McIlroy is 10 back and Tiger Woods struggles to a third-round 82; watch Featured Groups on Sunday from 3pm via the red button or by logging in to the Sky Sports app

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Watch highlights from the third round of The Masters from Augusta National as Scottie Scheffler produced a one-under-par round to lead the tournament

Scottie Scheffler moved a step closer to a second Masters title in three years, grabbing a one-shot lead after a thrilling third round at Augusta National.

The world No 1 went into the weekend part of a three-way tie for the lead and briefly jumped two ahead with two birdies in his first three holes, only to fall two behind after dropping three shots in two holes at the start of his back nine.

Scheffler recovered to eagle the 13th and pull level with Collin Morikawa before grabbing the solo lead with a birdie on the next par-five, and he then cancelled out a bogey at the 17th to birdie the last and head into the final day on seven under.

Leaderboard after third round

-7 Scottie Scheffler (USA)

-6 Collin Morikawa (USA)

-5 Max Homa (USA)

Others: -4 Ludvig Åberg (Swe); -3 Bryson DeChambeau (USA); -1 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng); +3 Rory McIlroy (NIrl); +5 Jon Rahm (Esp); +11 Tiger Woods (USA)

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Scheffler's eagle at the 13th sends him back to the top of the leaderboard at Augusta National

The 2022 Masters champion holds a slender cushion over Morikawa, looking to complete the third leg of the career Grand Slam, with overnight co-leader Max Homa two back ahead of Masters debutant Ludvig Åberg.

A closing hole-out from Bryson DeChambeau keeps him within four of the lead going into the final day, while Rory McIlroy will start 10 back following a third-round 71 and Tiger Woods resumes in a share of 52nd after carding a 10-over 82 - his worst in a major as a professional.

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Bryson DeChambeau kept his hopes of winning The Masters alive by sensationally holing out for a birdie on the 18th hole to close out his third round

Scheffler stays on top after rollercoaster Saturday

Scheffler - going out in the penultimate group - missed with his approach to the opening green but chipped in for a stunning birdie, then took advantage of a favourable break in the trees at the par-four third to drain a 35-footer and move to eight under.

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Scheffler once again leads The Masters after shooting a one-under-par 71 in the third round

Morikawa made a three-birdie start and found himself within one of the lead when Scheffler failed to get up and down to save par at the fourth, with the two-time major winner then cancelling a bogey at the sixth to take advantage of the eighth and move tied-second with Homa.

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Scheffler reached the turn one ahead after squandering opportunities at the eighth and ninth but gave the chasing pack hope with an unexpected double-bogey at the par-four 10th, where playing partner Nicolai Hojgaard made a third straight birdie to jump into a one-shot lead.

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Scheffler made a double-bogey on the 10th hole at Augusta National to fall two shots back from the lead at the time

Both players dropped a shot at the 11th, keeping Scheffler two behind, while the logjam at the top temporarily became five players when Åberg followed a first-nine 33 with a birdie at the par-five 13th.

DeChambeau slipped back with successive bogeys, Åberg dropped a shot at the next and Hojgaard went on a five-bogey run, while Homa also slipped back with a blemish at the par-three 12th as Scheffler pulled level with Morikawa by draining a 30-foot eagle putt at the 13th.

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DeChambeau double-bogeyed the 15th hole during the third round as he lost ground on Scheffler

Scheffler took advantage of the par-five 15th to temporarily regain the solo lead but slipped back to six under as he missed a nine-footer to save par at the 17th, only to fire his approach to eight feet at the last and make the closing birdie to secure the 54-hole advantage.

"Proud of how I played today," Scheffler said. "It was a good fight out there. The golf course was extremely challenging. The greens were very firm, very fast, and it was extremely difficult again today. So probably looking for more of the same tomorrow."

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Scheffler says he is confident with how he is playing ahead of the final round at The Masters, where he takes a one-shot lead into the final day

Hope for those chasing Scheffler?

Morikawa made pars on each of his closing 11 holes to sign for a three-under 69 and ensure he will join Scheffler in the final group, with halfway co-leader Homa in third after a one-over 73.

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DeChambeau's hole-out birdie at the final hole closed a three-over 75 and pushed him fifth ahead of Hojgaard, Xander Schauffele and Cameron Davis, with England's Tommy Fleetwood one of four players sharing ninth spot.

McIlroy said he would "give it a go" on the final day, where he has the same 54-hole deficit as when he finished runner-up in 2022, although his hopes of completing the career Grand Slam look to be over for another year.

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Rory McIlroy claims he felt better about his game on Saturday at The Masters after shooting a one-under-par 71 at Augusta National but admits he's disappointed with a lack of birdies

Defending champion Jon Rahm carded a level-par 72 to stay on five over, while Woods' faint hopes slipped away as the high of securing a record-breaking 24th consecutive Masters cut was followed by the low of carding the worst round of his major career as a professional.

Woods was level par after five holes of his round but dropped six shots in his next four, with four consecutive bogeys from the 14th seeing him drop back to 11 over for the tournament and leaving just four players below him on the leaderboard.

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Watch the story of Tiger Woods' worst round at a major tournament as he shot a 10-over-par 82 at Augusta National in The Masters

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