McIlroy beaten by a Masters marker

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Whenever the 36-hole field is an odd number, the first player has the option to be paired with an Augusta National member. That's how Jeff Knox got to play with Rory McIlroy on Saturday.

Kansan Gary Woodland ties front-nine record at the Masters, finishes day at par

For 10 holes on Saturday, Gary Woodland, the Topeka native and former KU standout, had taken Augusta by storm, seizing the moment with a record-tying 6-under 30 on the front nine. Woodland would give four shots back in the final eight holes and finish the day at even par after firing a 3-under 69, but he won’t soon forget his historic front nine.

Jeff Schultz: Short takes from the Masters

1. TIGER WHO? Not only is Tiger Woods not in Augusta, his record for being the youngest Masters champion ever (21 years old in 1997) is in danger. Jordan Spieth, still three months away from drinking age, has a share of the third-round lead with Bubba Watson at 5 under. How's this for consistency: 71-70-70. His 70 actually was the lowest score in the final seven pairings Sunday. Everybody from Watson to Matt Kuchar to Fred Couples has marveled at Spieth's play and certainly his poise. But as we've learned through the years, a Masters Sunday tests the nerves at a whole different level. If Spieth wins, he would be the youngest winner of a major since Tom Creavey (a few months younger than Spieth when he won the 1931 PGA). The youngest majors winner ever was Young Tom Morris (17 in the 1868 British Open).