AUGUSTA, GA (April 8, 2017) -- Another steady round was turned in by Stewart Hagestad on Saturday and the former USC golfer now holds a four-stroke lead in the race for the Silver Cup.
During the third round at Augusta National Golf Club Hagestad shot a 2-over 74 and he will begin the final round at 5-over. Hagestad bogeyed the opening hole before bouncing back with a birdie on No. 2, the first of his three on the day.
Following a run of pars Hagestad carded his second birdie of the round on No. 8 to make the turn in 1-under 35. On the homeward nine the soon to be 26-year-old held it together the best he could with four bogeys and his final birdie on the 15th.
Long of the green and right after his second shot on No. 15, Hagestad hit a beautiful flop shot that rolled 10 feet past the cup. After just missing a birdie putt on the hole in the second round Hagestad wouldn't miss again jarring the putt and celebrating with a fist pump.
Hagestad, who made history this week by becoming the first U.S. Mid-Amateur winner to make the cut, has played the par-5's in an impressive 5-under this week without a bogey.
That par-5 bogey almost came during the third round if it hadn't been for some gutsy play. In the trees and sitting on the pine needles after his drive Hagestad elected to hit driver and run it down the fairway into a layup position. From there the Southern California native was able to get up-and-down for par.
“It really just came down to trying to keep it as low as I could,” Hagestad told Golfweek. “Just kind of bunted a little driver out there and, candidly, I think that I thought about the two of them and I was kind of 50/50 in my head and thought the crowd would get a nice little kick out of hitting driver from the straw.”
Hagestad will take one last spin around Augusta National on Sunday beginning at 11:40 a.m. EST and alongside Daniel Berger.
The only other amateur out of the five that began the week to make the cut was Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com No. 1 Curtis Luck . A native of Australia, Luck posted a 3-over 75 in the third round and he is 9-over. Luck started slowly but did respond with birdies on the 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th holes.
Luck will begin his final round at 10:35 a.m. playing with James Hahn.
-Golfweek contributed to this story