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US Masters round 3 recap: Rain halts play but fails to halt Brooks Koepka

American Brooks Koepka remains in control at the US Masters, having extended his advantage to four shots before rain brought play to a premature end on day three.

The four-time Major champion started Saturday's delayed third round on 12-under par and he managed to birdie the second before officials called a halt to proceedings.

Koepka now has a four-shot advantage over Spain's Jon Rahm and is available at 10/11 to win his first Green Jacket.

Even with conditions deteriorating, Koepka managed to avoid any mistakes through his first six holes in round three and remains the man to beat at Augusta National.

The rain held off between the second and third rounds, but it returned with a vengeance once the players teed off again on Saturday.

The hooter sounded at 20:15 for play to be stopped immediately and there are still 29 holes to play on Sunday, something leader Koepka is unfazed by.

"I'm not too concerned about playing 29 holes. It's part of the deal," the 32-year-old said. "I'm pretty sure I'll be up for it considering it is the Masters. I don't think anybody should have a problem with that."

Rahm remains in the hunt

Even with most of the third round left to play, a pattern is forming at the top of the Masters leaderboard.

Rahm was one of 39 players who had to finish their second rounds on Saturday and he reduced Koepka's lead to two shots.

However, while Koepka handled the conditions brilliantly at the start of the third round, the Spaniard started to make some errors before the hooter sounded.

Like Koepka, Rahm birdied the second, but he then bogeyed the fourth and fifth.

Rahm had no issue with the decision to keep the players out there, and he is confident he can take the challenge to Koepka during Sunday's mammoth final day.

He told reporters: "You can't really say it was too late (to suspend play) because I don't blame them for wanting us to play as much as possible.

"It was just too bad I couldn't save at least one par on four or five, but I made a great swing on six and two great swings on seven.

"So I'm feeling confident, playing good golf and there's a lot to be played."

Rahm is 6/4 to win his first Green Jacket in what would be his second Major success following his victory at the U.S. Open in 2021.

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Bennett starting to slip away

While the spotlight is on Koepka and Rahm, amateur Sam Bennett is still on his own in third on 6-under par.

The American carded back-to-back 68s on Thursday and Friday, and he was pretty confident he could become the first amateur to win a Major in 90 years.

However, the youngster was brought back down to earth at the start of the third round when he bogeyed the first and second.

He will have to hold his own as Koepka and Rahm battle it out, and he is now 100/1 to pip them both to the title.

Patrick Cantlay, Matt Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa are all tied in fourth on 5-under par, but both Hovland and Morikawa have only played seven holes of their third round.

The chasing pack will need Koepka and Rahm to make errors on Sunday morning, and odds of 25/1 for Morikawa suggest he is the most likely to cut the gap, while Fitzpatrick, Cantlay and Hovland are all 33/1 to win the US Masters.

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