Things are looking Rose-y, and Justin the nick of time!
England’s Justin Rose shot a third round 67 to equal his best of the tournament and move him up into second place, just 4 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth (US). The Englishman didn’t get off to the best of starts with bogeys on the 1st and 5th to put him 2-over through the first 5. Birdies on the 7th and 9th got him back to level par but it was the back 9 where Rose blossomed, birdieing 5 out of the last 6 to see him 5-under for the day.
Records galore, but Spieth’s lead drops to 4
Tournament leader Jordan Spieth saw his 5-shot half-way lead reduce by one as a wobbly finish left us all on the edge of our seats. 3 birdies and 2 bogeys saw the American out in 1-under, which by the 14th had reduced to 3-under. Looking relaxed and in control, it was the 17th that saw some uncharacteristic errors creep in, as well as Spieth’s first double-bogey of the tournament. After a steady drive down the last, Spieth sliced his approach shot into the crowd, and had a very tricky shot to get up and down for par – which under the pressure he did incredibly well to make.
Managing to keep it together, a round of 70 left him 2-under for the day, and 16-under for the tournament. Saving par on the last meant Spieth would make the record books yet again, by breaking the 54 hole record at the Masters previously held by Tiger Woods and Ray Floyd – and kept him on track to become the second youngest Masters champion in history behind Tiger Woods.
Three times Masters champion Phil Mickelson (US) carded his best round of the tournament with 7 birdies and 2 bogeys to finish 5-under for the day. This sees him move up into 3rd position and more importantly, get to just 4-shots off the lead. England’s Ian Poulter and Justin Rose matched Mickelson’s score to see them tie for the round of the day. Failing to have broken 70 in the first 2 rounds, a bogey free 5-under sees Poulter move to 4-under for the tournament and in a 6-way tie for 12th. Sharing the tie for 12th, Australia’s Jason Day was disappointed with his round of 1-under telling BBC’s Richie Persad, “I wouldn’t be surprised if I have a new putter tomorrow.”
After excellent opening rounds of 2-under and 5-under, a 1-over par round sees Dustin Johnson (US) in a 5-way tie for 5th alongside Rory McIlroy (NR) and Tiger Woods (US). Both McIlroy and Woods left it till the 3rd round to shoot their best rounds of the tournament at 4-under par. Despite moving in the right direction, it looks as if McIlroy has left it too little too late to become the sixth man in history to complete the career grand slam – there’s always next year!
With 20 of the last 24 winners coming from the final pairing it’s a knocking bet that Jordan Spieth or Justin Rose will clinch the title. Not since Ray Floyd in 1976 has a Masters champion led from start to finish, not exactly what you want to hear if you’re Jordan Spieth, or is it? Having led going into the final round of the 2014 Masters, and finishing runner up, who knows? Will we see history repeat itself? Or will we see Spieth make history? There’s only one way of finding out…and that’s watching!
Who do YOU think will win the illusive green jacket?
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