• June 8, 2023

The Masters: Brooks Koepka pulls four clear of Jon Rahm before third round suspended at Augusta National

Jon Rahm waits to play in the rain on the 18th hole during the weather-delayed second round of The Masters

Jon Rahm waits to play in the rain on the 18th hole during the weather-delayed second round of The Masters

Brooks Koepka extended his Masters lead over Jon Rahm to four shots before the third round was suspended due to a waterlogged course at Augusta National.

Koepka held a three-stroke overnight advantage after a bogey-free 67 but saw his lead reduced to two when Rahm – one 39 players returning early on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds – posted a two-under 70 to move to 10 under.

Tournament organizers put groups out in threesomes and off a two-tee start to try and make up for lost time, with heavy rain falling for the majority of a cold and breezy third day and greenkeepers regularly attempting to remove standing water from several greens as conditions worsened.

Koepka was one under through six holes and four clear of Rahm, who had slipped back to nine under after back-to-back bogeys at the fourth and fifth, when officials suspended play for the rest of the day at 3.15pm local time (8.15 pm BST) due to a waterlogged course.

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