You Oughta Know: Winner often comes from final pair


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth threw away three shots on the last two holes and a four-shot lead was cut down to a one-shot lead over Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman. Bernhard Langer, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson are all within three shots. Here are things You Oughta Know with only 18 holes remaining at Augusta National:

 The third-round leader/co-lead had won 43 of 79 Masters. Spieth (2015), Bubba Watson (2014) and Angel Cabrera (2009) are the most recent to accomplish the feat.

 The only Master champion not inside the top 10 after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr., in 1959. He was tied for 13th after three rounds.

 The Masters champion has come out of the final pairing 21 of the last 25 years.

 Spieth has now led the tournament outright for the last seven consecutive rounds. No player has won the same major in back-to-back years going wire to wire.

 Spieth is the third player in Masters history to hold at least a share of the 54-hole lead for three straight years. Ben Hogan (1952-54) and Arnold Palmer (1958-60) are the other two.

 Only one player has won two of the first three Masters starts. Horton Smith is the only one to do it so far (1934, 1936).

 Spieth is 22. The youngest to win two Masters is Jack Nicklaus. He was 25 when he won his second.

 Kaufman is a Masters rookie. The last player to win the Masters in his debut was Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. This is only Kaufman’s 18th career PGA Tour start.

 Langer is 58. His third-round 70 was the lowest score he’s shot at the Master since 2005 when he shot 70.

 Langer won his second Masters title (1993) three months before Spieth was born. He made his Masters debut in 1982.

 Langer would be the oldest player to win a major by 10 years and would be the older player to finish in the top-10 of a major.

 Seve Ballesteros was 23 years old when he won the Masters in 1980. If Matsuyama, 24, wins he’ll be the second youngest international Masters champion. No player from Japan has ever won a major.

• Day is attempting to win a second consecutive major. The last player to win the PGA Championship, then follow it with a Masters victory is Phil Mickelson in 2006.

 Rory McIlroy shot 77 and is tied for 11th place. It was his second career round without a birdie in the Masters and it snaps a streak of 80 straight major rounds with at least one birdie.

Note: Golf Channel’s editorial research unit contributed to this report.