Augusta (United States) – Two newcomers with nerves of steel, Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Spain’s Jon Rahm, are both handily placed Saturday to create an upset as the Masters third round begins.

Pieters, who won three European tour events and finished tied 30th in the British Open, hit a four-under-par 68 in the second round on Friday to jump to the top of the leaderboard on four-under 140 on a day when more experience campaigners suffered in the brutal winds that made every approach shot a gamble at Augusta National.

“Yesterday on 15, I hit six good shots and I made a six, and that hurts really bad,” said Pieters, from Antwerp.

Pieters or Rahm, the Spaniard who is rated as one of the most exciting new talents in golf, could become the first newcomers to Augusta to win the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.But that is nothing but a statistic to Pieters.

© AFP Nezar BALOUT Thomas Pieters of Belgium, ranked 35 in the world, is in a four-way share of the Masters lead with Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman of the US and Spain's Sergio Garcia

© AFP Nezar BALOUT – Thomas Pieters of Belgium, ranked 35 in the world, is in a four-way share of the Masters lead with Rickie Fowler and Charley Hoffman of the US and Spain’s Sergio Garcia