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NOTES AND QUOTES – GOLF CENTRAL LIVE FROM THE MASTERS ON GOLF CHANNEL AND PEACOCK (THIRD ROUND)

“At this stage, you’d have to say it’s a two-horse race. They’ve really separated themselves from the field.” – Paul McGinley on Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm

“How are you going to beat a guy who is hitting his irons like that, scrambling like that, and doesn’t have a three-putt?” – Brandel Chamblee on Koepka

*Programming Alert* - GOLF Central Live From The Masters Airs Sunday Morning at 7 a.m. on GOLF Channel and Peacock

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 8, 2023 GOLF Central Live From The Masters continued its comprehensive coverage surrounding the 2023 Masters with post-round reaction and analysis on GOLF Channel and Peacock following third round play on Saturday. Play was suspended Saturday afternoon due to inclement weather.

GOLF Central Live From The Masters will preview the remainder of the third and final rounds of the 2023 Masters with a 90-minute edition on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. ET on GOLF Channel and Peacock, prior to the resumption of play at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Sunday’s regularly-scheduled primetime Live From The Masters will air on GOLF Channel and Peacock following tournament coverage, providing post-round reaction and analysis from Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

The Masters – Third Round Leaderboard

PlayerTotalThru
Brooks Koepka-136
Jon Rahm-96
Sam Bennett (a)-66
Patrick Cantlay-513
Matthew Fitzpatrick-511
Collin Morikawa-57
Viktor Hovland-57

*third round in progress

On Brooks Koepka (-13, Leader)

Brandel Chamblee: “You’re looking at a man who through the first two rounds had zero three putts. He has putted beautifully. His iron play gets the star treatment, but he was in the top five of strokes gained putting. How are you going to beat a guy who is hitting his irons like that, scrambling like that, and doesn’t have a three-putt?”

Paul McGinley: “From tee to green, he has been brilliant…from what I have seen so far, he seems to be on it. He seems to be well-concentrated and focused, his game is brilliant…it all seems to be there. At this stage, you’d have to say it’s a two-horse race. They’ve really separated themselves from the field. The Irish bookies are giving 90 percent probability that (Koepka or Rahm) will win. They don’t give money away over there, believe me (laughing).”

Jaime Diaz on potential impact of a Koepka win: “I already view Brooks as having one of the best streaks ever. If he can extend that and have longevity…he’s up there with at least among modern players, the top four or five.”

On Jon Rahm (-9, 2nd)

Chamblee: “It’s going to come down to who manages their miss the best, and I thought the 4th hole was pretty telling…the one place you really couldn’t afford to miss it was in the right bunker, or worse yet, right of it…Jon Rahm missed the green well to the right…I realize he’s a great player and he’s done great things, but I’m talking about playing better on Saturday or Sunday than the golf that got him there…it’s going to come down to who manages the misses the best and scrambles the best.”

On Scottie Scheffler (-3, T-14th)

Chamblee: “He has just putted horribly. He’s last in the field. He’s hit it fine…watching him four-putt the ninth green in the second round from about 12 feet, I couldn’t believe it.”

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