Augusta: Gary Woodland matched an Augusta National course record with a six-under par 30 on the front nine on Saturday, leaping from 10 strokes off the pace into contention at the Masters.

USA’s Gary Woodland reacts after making an eagle on the second hole during the third round of the Augusta Masters on Saturday. Pic/AFP.

The 29-year-old American opened with a birdie, added an eagle at the par-5 second and birdied the par-3 sixth, par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth as well.

The Masters record front-nine score of 30 was set by Johnny Miller in 1975 and matched by Greg Norman in 1988, KJ Choi in 2004 and Phil Mickelson in 2009 before Woodland joined that group in this year’s third round at the year’s first major championship.