Spieth Stays In Front At Augusta
Jordan Spieth holds a one shot lead at -3 after shooting 73 in a round that included 5 birdies at Augusta on Saturday. If Spieth, whose name has been at the top of the Masters leaderboard for the last seven rounds, can retain this position after the final round on Sunday he will be the first player to successfully defend the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2002.
If Spieth can win his second green jacket on Sunday, at 22-years-old he will also become the fourth back-to-back Masters winner in tournament history, following four-time winner Woods (2001-02), three-time winner Nick Faldo (1989-90) and six-time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus in (1965-66).
Spieth goes into Sunday with a one-shot lead on Smiley Kaufman who shot 69 today and a two-shot advantage over Hideki Matsuyama, who shot 72 today in a round that included 3 birdies and two-time Masters winner, 58-year-old Bernhard Langer, who shot 70 in a round that incuded 6 birdies, so he is on form.
Langer’s last win at the Masters was in 1993 the year Spieth was born and if Langer is on form could be a battle between different generations.
Jason Day, Justin Johnson and Danny Willett are in the next group all at Level Par and within touching distance if play starts to go their way.
Rory McIlroy, who shot 77 and is now at +2 and tied for 11th place, had his first round without a birdie since 2010 and his dream of the Grand Slam will have to wait for another year.
Bryson DeChambeau, who like McIlroy fired a disappointing 77, is the leading Amateur at +5 and a player we will see a lot more of in the future. Bernd Weisberger is at +8 and Martin Kaymer at +12.
So all to play for on the final day of the Masters and the prospect of some nail-biting golf to come during Sunday afternoon.