S. Koreans struggle to move up leaderboard at Masters

By (공용)코리아헤럴드
  • Published : Apr 12, 2015 - 10:02
  • Updated : Apr 12, 2015 - 11:47

The two South Koreans left standing at the Masters struggled to move up the leaderboard at the first major championship of the men's golf season on Saturday.
Noh Seung-yul and Bae Sang-moon both shot an even-par round of 72 at Augusta National Golf Club. Noh, playing in his first Masters, started his day with a double bogey before making three birdies against one bogey, and is sitting at even par for the tournament, good for a six-way tie for 30th.
Bae, playing at Augusta for the third time, mixed in four birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey. He is one-over for the tournament and is tied for 36th with five others.
A South Korean has yet to win the Masters.
Jordan Spieth, who set a 36-hole Masters scoring record by reaching 14-under through Friday, led for the third straight round at 16-under after an up-and-down day of 70.
Justin Rose, aided by five birdies on the back nine, shot a 67 on Saturday to reach 12-under, putting himself in a sole possession of second.
Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters champ, is another stroke behind after also shooting a 67.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the former and current world No.1s, each shot a 68 and are tied for fifth at six-under. Woods is playing in his first tournament since early February. McIlroy is gunning for his first Masters title, which would also complete his career grand slam. (Yonhap)