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?
*Starts on hole No. 10 | All Times ET