Mize fails to card birdie in third round, shoots 79

Saturday was a bittersweet day for Larry Mize, who failed to make a birdie en route to a third-round 79.

Mize said he was happy to play the weekend, yet disappointed in his shot-making ability. This marks the 30th anniversary of Mize’s 1987 Masters victory.

“Well, it’s great,” Mize said of making the cut. “But the competitor in me – it’s just no fun to play that poorly.”

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Mize, who began the day at 6-over, opened with a double bogey on No. 1 and carded 40 on the front nine. For the day, the Augusta native hit just four of 18 greens in regulation.

“I had to scramble all day long, and it’s exhausting trying to play golf like that,” Mize said. “The conditions were great, that’s what makes it frustrating.”

When asked about his goals for Sunday, the former champion said, “Make birdies.”

“Some things were really close,” Mize said of Saturday’s round. “I was close to hitting a good shot on 3, but it comes back down the hill and I make bogey. And that’s just the way it is here. You got to hit shots just right. If you don’t hit them right, you pay the penalty.”

Mize will enter Sunday at 13-over for the tournament.

“I’ll come out tomorrow and try to have a good round,” he said. “Let’s make some birdies, have some fun and see what happens.”