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Spieth leads Masters into final round

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Jordon Spieth leads Masters in Augusta Jordon Spieth leads Masters in Augusta Jordan Spieth will go into the final round of the Masters defending a four-shot lead over England's Justin Rose with three-time champion Phil Mickelson heading a charging pack behind.


Rose conjured up five birdies in his last six holes, including a chip-in from the bunker on 16, to close a gap that had been up to seven shots and remain in the hunt for his first Green Jacket.

Spieth's late wobble - he double-bogeyed the 17th - sets up an enthralling Sunday afternoon after a low-scoring thriller of a third day saw contenders rise and fall in their pursuit.

The young Texan's two-under-par 70 left him on 16 under, a new Augusta record after 54 holes, and kept him on track to become the second youngest Masters champion in history behind Tiger Woods.

And Woods' record score of 18 under, made in his epoch-changing debut win in 1997, is also in danger from a performance that for most of the first three days has borne striking similarities.

But Rose is on his tail after fighting back from a dropped shot on the first and another on the fifth to storm through the back nine, draining a horrible downhill birdie putt from the fringes on the last to go clear in second.

Mickelson's five-under 67 puts him on 11 under, his six birdies igniting the galleries around the sun-baked course, with Woods and world number one Rory McIlroy tied for fifth on six under.

All three piled the pressure on the precocious Spieth until late dropped shots hurt McIlroy and Woods, with Mickelson missing another birdie putt by a fraction on the 18th.

Not since Ray Floyd in 1976 has a Masters champion led from start to finish, indicative of the way this course can snare and punish even a man in rare form.

The history of the tournament is also littered with the tales of players who blew big final day leads - Greg Norman spurned a six-shot advantage in 1996, McIlroy four in 2011.

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