So far there have been several records fall, some due to the continuing participation of Gary Player in the Masters at the age of 72. Most starts (51), most total strokes (11,900), most consecutive starts by an international player (35 from 1974 through 2008), and longest competitive span by an international player (52 years from 1957 through 2008) are a few.
In addition to his records, other players are working to hold a place in the Masters records books. Ian Poulter became the 11th player to score a hole-in-one on No. 16. Retief Goosen became the eighth with an eagle on No. 10. Steve Flesch became only the fourth player to score no higher than a 4 in the second round with 5 threes and 13 fours.
And more could topple today. A few big ones are up for grabs. For example, no player has every finished the Masters with four rounds in the 60s. A lot have gotten close, 23 different players a total of 27 times, but no one has been able to pull it off. Three players, Fred Couples (1992), Phil Mickelson (2001) and Arnold Palmer (1964), have gone into the final round with three rounds in the 60s, only to miss by one and finish with a 70.
Also, the lowest subpar total on the par 4 holes is 8 under set by Tiger Woods in 2001. Through three rounds this year, Trevor Immelman is at 10 under par on the par 4 holes. Where most players make up ground on the par 5s, Immelman seems to be excelling on the par 4s.
But, the final round has started with scores in red and in green. Some players are making a move up the leaderboard while others are falling to the course and the pressure. Predictions? Not from this corner, there’s still too much golf to play, and too many things can happen on a breezy afternoon on Amen Corner.