“Well, yes,” Fleetwood said with a laugh, and then added using Johnson’s nickname, “Unfortunately, DJ’s play.”
Three golfers are tied for second behind Johnson in the par 12: Masters miscreants with Abraham Aniser of Mexico and Sungje Im of South Korea, Cameron Smith of Australia.
With soft-to-normal greens in this year’s Masters, a by-product of heavy rainfall on Thursday and various November turf conditions, scores were significantly lower. For example, every second-placed golfer has posted nothing but below-par visits. When the second round was completed early Saturday morning, the cut line to trim the field was 144 strokes, the lowest in Masters history.
“With conditions softening, you can be really aggressive no matter what club you have on hand,” Johnson said. “You want to be aggressive, and you have to attack the flag.”
Not every golfer was as confident or fit as Johnson.
Woods, who started under third round five, was clearly fond of his unexpected and surgical repair on Saturday. He proceeded rigidly and did not swing with the same fluidity he had displayed in the first two rounds. His position was particularly noticeable when Woods went to recover his ball from the holes he had made, only by bending his knees and bending his knees to limit the strain on his back. Even finishing his round, he was 11 strokes behind Johnson, which puts everyone out of contention for the sixth green jacket.
DeChambe, the Pretreuse favorite, revealed on Saturday that he was not feeling well and went for the Kovid-19 on Friday night. Although the test result was negative, Johnson has 13 strokes behind, DeChambo said he still felt under the weather and had symptoms of dizziness.