AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth has played seven competitive rounds at the Masters and he’s been inside the top five in each one.
The patrons at Augusta National have grown to know and love Spieth over the past two years, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be cheering for other players as well. Spieth knows that.
Sunday roars could reach new levels as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are paired in the third-to-last group. Woods was paired with Sergio Garcia on Saturday and shot 68 to Garcia’s 71. When Woods made consecutive birdies on Nos. 2-4 it looked like a special round was in the making, but he cooled off on the back nine and is 10 shots behind Spieth.
McIlroy shot 32 on the front nine but bogeyed two of the last three holes to shoot 68. He and Woods tee off at 2:30 p.m. ET.
When told that Woods and McIlroy are going to be paired together, two groups ahead, Spieth said, “You’re going to hear something there.”
“But especially in the group in front of us, everyone loves Phil [Mickelson]. Why wouldn’t you love Phil? He’s going to make some noise and he’s going to make a run.”
Mickelson, five shots behind Spieth, is paired with Charley Hoffman, who is six shots behind. They will tee off at 2:40 p.m. ET.
It appeared that Spieth would play with Mickelson in Sunday’s final pairing, but Justin Rose birdied the final hole to pull within four shots of Spieth.
“I would have enjoyed playing with Phil,” Spieth said. “I’ve played with Justin last week, so that’s nice. Wouldn’t have made much difference to me. Just maybe would have been a little bit louder [with Phil].”