Watson, Spieth share 54-hole lead at Masters


Bubba Watson began the day with a three-shot lead, but things got interesting. Here's how the standings look heading into the final round of the Masters, where Watson shares the 54-hole lead with Jordan Spieth:

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-5), Jordan Spieth (-5), Matt Kuchar (-4), Jonas Blixt (-4), Miguel Angel Jimenez (-3), Rickie Fowler (-3), Lee Westwood (-2), Jim Furyk (-2), Thomas Bjorn (-2)

What it means: Watson eagled the second hole and at one point led by five shots on the first nine. But he struggled with the putter throughout his round, making five bogeys and failing to capitalize on the final three par-5 holes at Augusta National. His quest for a second green jacket will now have to go through Spieth, who carded a 2-under 70 to tie Watson as he looks to re-write the history books in his first Masters appearance.

Round of the day: Jimenez was one of six players over the age of 50 to make the cut, and he made the most of the opportunity during the third round. The Spaniard notched seven birdies against a single bogey, a run that included four second-nine birdies and a 3 on the difficult par-4 11th. Jimenez began the day 10 shots off the pace, but after a 6-under 66 he starts the final round in a tie for fifth, just two back.

Best of the rest: Fowler seemed out of contention after a second-round 75, but bounced back with a 5-under 67 to give himself a realistic chance at nabbing his first major title. He carded six birdies against a lone bogey, and two years after watching his good friend Watson win a playoff at Augusta, he has a great opportunity to join him at next year's Champions Dinner.

Biggest disappointment: Adam Scott appeared to be in ideal position after 36 holes, but the defending champion stumbled out of the gates Saturday and carded a disappointing 4-over 76. Scott bogeyed the first hole and then made a double bogey at No. 4 en route to an outward 40. He made two birdies coming home, but beegins Sunday six shots back.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: With all due respect to the 2012 champ, the story right now is Spieth. At 20, he could become the youngest Masters champion ever - breaking a mark set by Tiger Woods in 1997 - and would be the youngest major champion in 83 years. He'd also become the first Masters rookie to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. A remarkable rise through the ranks for Spieth could reach meteoric heights with a win on Sunday.

Quote of the day: "You can't let your focus go astray for one moment. It was about being patient, knowing that bogeys were going to come, and take advantage of the par 5s." - Spieth