AUGUSTA, Ga. – An eclectic mix of challengers will take aim at Dustin Johnson in the final round of the Masters.
They hail from Mexico and South Korea, Australia and South Africa. Two of them are Masters rookies. Another is playing on the weekend at Augusta National for the first time. None of them has a lot of experience at this sort of thing.
Murderers' Row, they’re not.
Mexico's Abraham Ancer, South Korea's Sungjae Im and Australia's Cameron Smith were at 12-under 204 through 54 holes, four shots behind Johnson's pace-setting score.
South Africa's Dylan Frittelli was another shot back.
Ancer and Im are playing the Masters for the first time, which doesn't bode well for their chances. Other than the first two tournaments in the 1930s, Fuzzy Zoeller is the only player to win the green jacket on his first try — and that was 41 years ago.
Frittelli is just a notch above a rookie. His only previous Masters appearance was in 2018, when he shot 77-74 to miss the cut.
Smith is a bit more qualified. This is his fourth Masters, and he did tie for fifth in 2018. But he was hardly a contender, going to the final round 11 shots off the lead. He moved up the leaderboard with a closing 66 that still left him six strokes behind winner Patrick Reed.