Leishman laments ‘it just wasn’t my day’
THE Aussie attack on Augusta was washed away on a rain-soaked Saturday when Marc Leishman's putter went ice cold and new boy Cameron Smith briefly flew the flag.
Leishman, who started the day two shots off leader Patrick Reed, failed to make a single birdie, and instead a bogey was his only alteration from par.
He signed for a one-over 73 which left him eight off the pace and his green jacket ambitions look to be on hold for a year.
Smith, 24, and in his second Masters, got hot late with three birdies in four holes on the back nine including a stunning tee shot to the 16th.
But this his driving woes returned as he closed out his round with two straight bogeys to drop out of the top 10.
"I'll be going at a few more pins tomorrow, play more aggressive. The course is starting to play really soft. I'm sure they'll do something to firm it up but we'll see what it brings," Smith said.
"I played really solid golf for 16 holes there then the driver let, me down for the last two.
"Plenty of positives today. Everything felt a lot better. I just missed a few opportunities. I thought as though I left probably three or four out there, which is a bit crap, but, oh well."
Leishman lamented not learning the ways of the waterlogged greens after putting his way to the top two through the opening two rounds.
He had countless birdie opportunities but failed to capitalise and while not out of the contest, knows only a low number, or a disaster at the top of the leaderboard, could get him a win.
"I hit a lot of good putts, just weren't going in, wasn't my day," Leishman said.
"It was pretty disappointing to not make a birdie, but I also only had one bogey, so I'm a long way back, but with a really low round tomorrow you never know what might happen."
Jason Day continued on his upwards trajectory with a 69 after rounds of 75 and 71 in the first two rounds respectively.
He'll be out early again on the final day, and despite being 13-shots out of the lead, knows Masters Sunday can produce crazy things.
"I think it's going to be a lot more attitude tomorrow than anything," Day said.
"The first two days, well actually the first day was just kind of struggling with the attitude, like I was really frustrated out there, just because things weren't happening. Then today was a lot better.
"Obviously over the last three to five years, you've seen some pretty crazy things happen, so if you can get in there and shoot like a 7 or 8 under tomorrow and post something and as long as the lead doesn't get too far away today, you never know."
Adam Scott has been a non-contender since his opening round 75, and is just searching for something that may not help him this week, but will eventually.
"I have lots to play for. I've got to try and get some momentum going my way," he said.
"And today it was nearly there, it was a couple of putts from amazing how much better a 68 feels than a 70, even if you're out of the mix and I need to start seeing some of that, because you just look at my scores, every round is like 70 to 73 or something this year. It's not horrible and it's not good, it's just average.
"I would like to kind of turn that around. So tomorrow will be a good chance for me to go out, if we have nice conditions, and shoot a good score and leave here feeling like I'm a bit of a golfer."