Masters 2014: Jordan Spieth tries to become youngest champion
Jordan Spieth's third round at the Masters was pretty spectacular. Can he hang on for the win and some golf history?
Jordan Spieth, welcome to the history books.
The 20-year-old posted a third-round 70 and became the first Masters rookie since Larry Mize in 1984 to shoot under par in his first three rounds at Augusta. The rookie who did it before that? Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.
You know what else Zoeller did in his first Masters?
And if young Spieth, who at 5 under shares the Masters lead with Bubba Watson going into Sunday, can replicate what Zoeller did that year he'll have his own spot carved out in golf history.
If Spieth wins the Masters he will become the youngest Masters winner ever, besting Tiger Woods in 1997 by a full five months.
Spieth used two birdies in his last five holes to sneak into the Masters lead. His shots belied his youth. His patience was profound.
"We could tell early on that the greens were pretty ridiculous, that's just the Masters," said Spieth to CBS' Bill Macatee. "You can't let your focus go astray for one moment."
Here's a look at his card:
If Spieth can hang on he would also become just the second golfer under the age of 20 to win a stroke play professional major in the last 100 years.
And a little slice of history is already his alone. According to Justin Ray of ESPN Spieth is the youngest golfer ever to play in the final pairing in the final round at Augusta:
Jordan Spieth would be the youngest player in the final pairing Sunday in Masters history.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) April 12, 2014
Not bad, for a youngster who I a hunch would have a big weekend.
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