May 13, 2021

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Rivals on course for historic Masters rarity

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Jon Rahm and Mackenzie Hughes have signed for the same score in each of the...

Jon Rahm and Mackenzie Hughes have signed for the same score in each of the first three rounds at the Masters: 72 each day.

They've got chances at a Masters rarity.

Only four players in Masters history — Walter Hagen in 1939, Lew Worsham in 1954, Kenny Knox in 1987 and George Archer in 1989 — shot the same score in all four rounds of the tournament. Hagen had four 76s, Worsham four 74s, Knox and Archer four 75s.

Even though his scores have been the same, Rahm says his play has gotten better as the week has gone along.

"The first day was by far the worst day golf-wise," Rahm said Saturday. "I was able to get a lot of up and downs. Yesterday somewhat similar to today, just nothing that happened. And same thing today. I'm hitting good shots, and it's just not happening."

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There were two other players in the chance to join the four-of-a-kind club.

Brian Harman shot 69 in the first round and 69 in the second round, but shot 74 on Saturday. Michael Thompson opened with rounds of 72-72, then went to 75 in his third round.

Leishman challenges for lead

Meantime, officials have confirmed the Masters champion will take home $2.07 million for the third consecutive year.

The Masters released the breakdown of how the $11.5 million purse will be distributed this year, and first prize this year matches what Tiger Woods received for his win in 2019 and what Dustin Johnson got last year.

Horschel's 'incredible shot'

If someone finishes in sole possession of second place, he'll receive $1.242 million — which would be the biggest prize in Masters history going to a non-winner. Runner-ups Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith got $1.012 million apiece last year; the Masters record for runner-ups is $1,188,000, won by Rickie Fowler in 2018 and Justin Rose in 2017.

Third prize, if claimed outright, would be worth $782,000; fourth, $552,000 and fifth, $460,000. For the record, 50th place is still a nice check: $28,980.

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