Augusta- American, Jordan Spieth, held onto the lead going into the final round despite a poor finish which saw him lose three shots at Augusta National on Saturday. Reports Piet Lategan.
Spieth adapted well to the treacherous conditions on course where strong winds wreaked havoc. It resulted in nearly all the players having to three-putt on the sloping greens and your life was made even more difficult if you had to putt up a ridge. Spieth kept it all together and in sync nicely until he made an unfortunate double bogey at 17 and another bogey at 18 to drop three shots in two holes. It resulted in him carding a 1-over, 73, as he dropped back to 3-under par and leading the Masters by a single stroke going into Sunday.
American, Smylie Kaufman, shot a superb 3-under, 69, as he moved under the radar throughout the tournament and he breathes in Spieth’s neck as we reach the final bend. 38-year-old German, Bernhard Langer, turned back the clock as he finds himself in contention going into the final round having shot a 2-under, 70, on Saturday to be on 1-under par for the tournament, two shots behind Spieth. Hideki Maruyama of Japan shot a even par, 72, on Saturday to also be on 1-under par as the chasing pack keeps Spieth on his toes.
Northern Irishman, Rory McIlroy, shot a woeful 5-over, 77, as he dropped back to 2-over par with his challenge of capturing another Major and with that the Grand Slam, having dissipated.
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