Spieth climbs to second place in Australian Open

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Jordan Spieth overcame a disastrous start to finish eagle-birdie and move into second place in the Australian Open. Here's how things stand in Sydney, where Matt Jones leads Spieth by three shots going into the final round:

Leaderboard: Matt Jones (-10), Jordan Spieth (-7), Rhein Gibson (-5), Aron Price (-4), Lincoln Tighe (-4), Geoff Ogilvy (-3), Darren Clarke (-1), Brett Rumford (-1), Adam Scott (-1), Todd Sinnott (-1)

What it means: Jones, a one-time winner on the PGA Tour and the 36-hole leader at this year's PGA Championship, shot 68 and maintained the three-shot lead he held after 36 holes. It appeared thsat the top would be more closely bunched, but Jones birdied the last two holes, likely crushing the dreams of those at 1 under, including Aussie icon Scott. To win, however, Jones will have to stave off Spieth, the defending champion and world No. 1.



Round of the day: Spieth's 4-under 67 was a real roller-coaster ride. He bogeyed three of his first four holes and appeared totally befuddled. But caddie Michael Greller helped settle him down and gave him a goal of getting back to even par for the day through 17 holes, then he would birdie the par-5 18th to finish in red figures. Spieth did better than that, playing holes 5-18 in 7 under. He holed an 8-iron from 181 yards on the 17th for eagle, then made a two-putt birdie on the 18th. That got him within two of Jones, but Jones also birdied 18 to hike his lead to three.

Best of the rest: Jones was one of several players to shoot 3 under. he was cruising along at 1 under on the day, with four birdies against three bogeys, when he came to the 17th hole. He missed the green but took his putter and holed his third shot. Then he had to lay up on the par-5 18th, but wedged to about 8 feet and made the putt for birdie.

Biggest disappointment: Nicolas Colsaerts started the day in third place, but shot a 76 and plummeted 11 places to a tie for 14th. The Belgian made only one birdie against six bogeys.

Main storyline going into Sunday: Can defending champion Spieth, who closed with a 63 last year to win going away, make it a Down Under double?

Quote of the day: "I made a couple bad swings and a couple bad decisions, and on a Saturday you've just got to hang in there and let the birdies come to you." - Spieth on his rocky start