He needed a great round.
And he needed some help from the leader.
It all worked out perfectly for the kid nicknamed Golden Child.
Spieth made seven birdies during a 6-under 66, and Dustin Johnson, the 36-hole frontrunner, failed to make a birdie in his first 14 holes in Round 3 and tumbled down the leaderboard. Johnson bogeyed his final three holes for a 75.
All of a sudden the Spieth Slam was back on, as the 21-year-old surged from five back to only one behind heading into the final round of the Open. He is at 11-under 205. Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen and amateur Paul Dunne lead the way at 12 under. Johnson is five back at 7 under.
Spieth now has a chance to win the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same season, a feat accomplished by only one man, Ben Hogan, in 1953.
“I’m very pleased with putting myself in position,” he said. “I’ll probably be two or three back, I imagine, and going to need to shoot a similar round. Just depends on the conditions. But I’m really happy to at least get back into it.”
As it is, he's only one off the lead. Which should make him even more pleased.