Jordan Spieth had a seven-shot lead during the third round at the Masters and looked to be unstoppable, but the 21-year-old stumbled coming home and now we have plenty of spice heading into the final round at Augusta.
What it means: Spieth nearly put this tournament out of reach, but a sloppy double bogey on 17 gave new life to the rest of the contenders. He still made history by shooting the lowest 54-hole score in Masters history, but now two major champions go to bed knowing they still have a chance at the green jacket. Rose closed with five birdies in the last six holes to knock Mickelson out of the final pairing. That's significant since 20 of the last 24 Masters winners have come out of the final tee time. Spieth walked off 18 with some momentum, however, after a gutsy up-and-down for par. Hoffman also closed strong with birdie on 18 to stay in the hunt.
Round of the day: Rose, Mickelson and Ian Poulter tied for the low round of the day with 5-under 67s. Lefty made seven birdies against two bogeys, and he was able to briefly cut Spieth's lead to four with a 41-foot birdie on the par-3 16th that curled into the back of the hole. Spieth increased his lead again with birdies on 15 and 16, but a double bogey on 17, and Rose's 20-foot birdie putt on 18, cut it back to four strokes.
Best of the rest: Woods and McIlroy are 10 strokes back and likely out of it, but it's a testament to both that they're currently tied for fifth. McIlroy was fighting to make the cut on the back nine Friday, but the world No. 1 made an eagle and four birdies to easily make the weekend, and he tied Woods with a 4-under 68 in Round 3. Woods continued to show incredible improvement Saturday with six birdies and two bogeys. They will be paired in the final round.
Biggest disappointment: A day after making three eagles, Dustin Johnson came undone on the back nine for a 1-over 73. He chunked a pitch shot into the front bunker on the par-3 12th, which led to a double bogey, and closed with bogeys on 17 and 18.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: Spieth is still in control of the tournament, but he's got a bigger task on his hands. Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, won't go down quietly, and Mickelson, a three-time Masters champion, will be flag hunting all day. But every time Spieth has made a mistake this week, he's bounced right back. After finishing T-2 last year at Augusta, Spieth said he learned all about being patient. He's proven that through three rounds. On Sunday he will once again be put to the test.