Spieth Sets 54-Hole Scoring Record at Augusta

Jordan Spieth hits out of the bunker on 10 at Augusta National, goes on to finish -16 and set 54-hole scoring record. Photo Courtesy of Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

Jordan Spieth hits out of the bunker on 10 at Augusta National, goes on to finish -16 and set 54-hole scoring record. Photo Courtesy of Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

 

By: Kayla Mortellaro

Another day and another record broken by Jordan Spieth at the Masters. Day three at Augusta National saw similar soft conditions with calm winds that allowed Spieth to march around shooting two under, 70, and break the 54 hole scoring record. At -16 (200) after round three, Spieth’s total beat Raymond Floyd and Tiger Woods’ previous record by one stroke. Spieth showed some vulnerability during the round but maintained his poise to shoot his third consecutive round under par. At day’s end, his card included seven birdies, three bogies and one double bogey. The gap on his lead was closed to four strokes by 2013 US Open Champion Justin Rose who shot a five under, 67 in round three to land at -12 and in second place. Catapulting up the leaderboard was three-time Masters winner, Phil Mickelson who also shot five under, 67 and sits in third place at -11. Vying for his first major championship, Spieth, will have some formidable opponents gunning him down. The question now for Spieth is can he handle the pressure of a Sunday afternoon around Amen Corner? So far, the 21-year-old has shown confidence and perseverance in the face of adversity. But Sunday at Augusta can create a whole different atmosphere, especially with proven winners chasing and loud cheers echoing through the trees. World number one Rory McIlroy and four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods will play Sunday’s final round together as they both landed tied for fifth on the leaderboard at six under par after shooting third round 68’s. Woods hasn’t had back-to-back rounds in the 60’s at Augusta since 2005 but his game on Saturday afternoon looked as good as it has been in years. Woods still hit some errant shots, but he had all the recovery shots in his bag and continued to make key putts. The crowd was treated to something special on hole no. 13 when Woods hit a very errant tee shot that received a lucky bounce that all in all resulted in an opportunity to still make birdie; which he did. The fist- pump sent the crowd in to a frenzy and sparked a familiar Tiger-like prowl. He closed with a bogey on 18 and is 10 shots behind the leader, but overall, the 2015 Masters has proven Woods is healthy and so is his game. McIlroy was in danger of missing the cut on Friday after nine holes of play but has since gone nine under in his last 27 holes. Just like Woods, McIlroy is 10 strokes behind Spieth but has four majors to his credit and might be able to mount a charge that sends rippling cheers throughout the course. The 2015 Masters has been all about Spieth and the records he is breaking. The question now for Sunday afternoon is can he capture his first major championship? And his first career victory while holding the 54-hole lead?

Full Leaderboard

*Starts on hole No. 10 | All Times ET
POS MOV PLAYER OVERALL THRU RND R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 -

Spieth, Jordan

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-16 2:50 PM 64 66 70 200
2 1

Rose, Justin

-12 2:50 PM 67 70 67 204
3 3

Mickelson, Phil

-11 2:40 PM 70 68 67 205
4 2

Hoffman, Charley

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-10 2:40 PM 67 68 71 206
T5 2

Johnson, Dustin

-6 2:10 PM 70 67 73 210
T5 14

McIlroy, Rory

-6 2:30 PM 71 71 68 210
T5 3

Na, Kevin

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-6 2:20 PM 74 66 70 210
T5 3

Streelman, Kevin

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-6 2:20 PM 70 70 70 210
T5 14

Woods, Tiger

-6 2:30 PM 73 69 68 210
T10 7

Casey, Paul

-5 2:00 PM 69 68 74 211
T10 2

Matsuyama, Hideki

-5 2:10 PM 71 70 70 211
T12 7

Blixt, Jonas

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-4 1:50 PM 72 70 70 212
T12 -

Day, Jason

-4 1:40 PM 67 74 71 212
T12 4

Haas, Bill

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-4 1:30 PM 69 71 72 212
T12 17

Johnson, Zach

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-4 1:50 PM 72 72 68 212
T12 -

Oosthuizen, Louis

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-4 1:40 PM 72 69 71 212
T12 21

Poulter, Ian

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-4 2:00 PM 73 72 67 212
T18 1

Garcia, Sergio

-3 1:10 PM 68 74 71 213
T18 15

Mahan, Hunter

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-3 1:30 PM 75 70 68 213
T18 10

Moore, Ryan

-3 1:10 PM 74 66 73 213
T21 9

Cabrera, Angel

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-2 12:50 PM 72 69 73 214
T21 14

Els, Ernie

-2 12:50 PM 67 72 75 214
T21 2

Henley, Russell

-2 1:00 PM 68 74 72 214
T21 9

Schwartzel, Charl

-2 1:00 PM 71 70 73 214
T25 8

Fowler, Rickie

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-1 12:40 PM 73 72 70 215
T25 13

Scott, Adam

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-1 12:20 PM 72 69 74 215
T25 26

Tringale, Cameron

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-1 12:40 PM 71 75 69 215
T25 6

Watson, Bubba

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-1 12:30 PM 71 71 73 215
T25 8

Wiesberger, Bernd

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-1 12:30 PM 75 70 70 215
T30 3

Koepka, Brooks

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E 12:10 PM 74 71 71 216
T30 1

Noh, Seung-Yul

E 12:00 PM 70 74 72 216
T30 11

Reed, Patrick

E 11:50 AM 70 72 74 216
T30 1

Simpson, Webb

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E 12:00 PM 69 75 72 216
T30 21

Stenson, Henrik

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E 12:10 PM 73 73 70 216
T30 21

Westwood, Lee

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E 12:20 PM 73 73 70 216
T36 3

Bae, Sangmoon

+1 11:50 AM 74 71 72 217
T36 3

Hoffmann, Morgan

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+1 11:30 AM 73 72 72 217
T36 3

Kirk, Chris

+1 11:20 AM 72 73 72 217
T36 7

Ogilvy, Geoff

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+1 11:20 AM 74 70 73 217
T36 9

Palmer, Ryan

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+1 11:10 AM 69 74 74 217
T36 3

Senden, John

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+1 11:30 AM 71 74 72 217
T42 15

Bradley, Keegan

+2 11:00 AM 71 72 75 218
T42 9

Kuchar, Matt

+2 11:10 AM 72 74 72 218
T42 30

O'Meara, Mark

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+2 10:50 AM 73 68 77 218
T42 23

Willett, Danny

+2 11:00 AM 71 71 76 218
T46 13

Compton, Erik

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+3 10:30 AM 73 72 74 219
T46 13

Dufner, Jason

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+3 10:40 AM 74 71 74 219
T46 5

Stricker, Steve

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+3 10:50 AM 73 73 73 219
T46 13

Walker, Jimmy

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+3 10:40 AM 73 72 74 219
50 1

Lahiri, Anirban

+4 10:30 AM 71 75 74 220