Little-known Duval, Waldorf grab third-round fame Norman says high wind increased many scores

April 14, 1996|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- David Duval and Duffy Waldorf led the way jTC in the third round of the Masters with 69s, and they're bound to have their best finishes here.

Duval, the leading money-winner among rookies on the PGA Tour last year, is making his first Masters appearance. Waldorf, who climbed into a fourth-place tie with Scott McCarron and David Frost, tied for 39th two years ago and 24th last year.

Waldorf, 33, will complete only his third tournament of the year.

He had surgery Feb. 14 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and missed his last three cuts.

"I basically took four weeks off," Waldorf said. "I didn't play any golf. I'd say my first two tournaments, it didn't feel that great. It wasn't real painful, but it didn't feel strong, like it used to. When you weigh as much as I do, you like to have some strength there, and it wasn't supporting my swing well."

Waldorf, who's 5 feet 11 and 225 pounds, used that power to eagle No. 8 and birdie No. 9.

It's not the greens

Why did scores soar yesterday?

"It's a four-letter word called wind," Greg Norman said. "It was a lot tougher, blowing 23-24 miles an hour in places. There were situations when you just had to hit when there was a lull. The wind's holding you down or pushing you up, and you're hitting into a very small spot with a lot of speed. It chews you up.

"I was very happy [with his 71]. That's like an equivalent of shooting in the 60s. There wasn't a lot of give in the golf course. I'm sure there's not going to be a lot of give tomorrow, either."

The Lefty effect

Lefty Driesell was among the 40,000-plus patrolling the landscape at Augusta National Golf Club, and some of his speech patterns possibly rubbed off on another left-hander.

"Well, you know, I don't know," said Phil Mickelson when asked if Norman could be caught.

"What do you think? I think anything's possible, so I don't want to rule out the improbable. But as well as he's been playing, when he does make a mistake, he's recovered."

Miscellaneous

Norman will take a six-stroke lead into the final round. The biggest comeback in Masters history was made in 1956, when Jack Burke Jr. made up eight strokes to catch Ken Venturi, then an amateur. . . . Norman's Masters record of consecutive rounds under 70 ended at five. He's attempting to become the first Masters champion from Australia. . . . The most comical pairing yesterday: 6-3 Ernie Els and 5-4 Ian Woosnam. . . . For the second straight day, the par-3 No. 12 was rated the most difficult hole. . . . Ben Crenshaw pocketed $396,000 for his win last year, but Norman stands to make $450,000 this year.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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