Spieth’s late bogeys set up Masters showdown

World number one Jason Day has carded a 1-under-par third round to sit at even par overall and just three behind third round leader Jordan Spieth who fired a 1-over-par round to be at 3-under.

Birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th saw Spieth at one point reach 6-under overall, but a bogey on the 17th and a double on the final hole saw his lead dwindle to just one shot ahead of Masters rookie Smylie Kaufman.

Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth tees off on day three of the Masters (Credit: Matt Harris)

Spieth’s poor final hole – driving right into the trees before falling 50 foot short of the pin with an undercooked third shot – gave renewed hope to the rest of the leaderboard.

“Two under with three to go and the wind at your side, I just got really wayward from there,” said Spieth.

“I just have to absolutely throw away the finish to this round, pretend it’s a new round, everyone is tied and you have to shoot the best score to win.”

“I have to understand it’s the position I wanted to be in after 54 holes and not think about the finish to this round.”

Former two-time Masters champion, now senior tour player, Bernhard Langer, is in a tie for 3rd place at 1-under along with Hideki Matsuyama.

58-year-old Langer, who won the Green Jacket in 1985 and 1993 and is a former world No.1, was five shots adrift of overnight leader Spieth at the start of Saturday’s third round.

Dustin Johnson and Englishman Danny Willett are a shot further back at even par, alongside Day.

Rory McIlroy started the day one shot behind Spieth, but ended five back after a 77.

McIlroy was unable to put any pressure on Spieth, not making a single birdie all day as he played alongside Spieth for the first time at a major on the weekend. The Northern Irishman is five shots behind Spieth heading into Sunday, so has a chance of a remarkable comeback victory.

Only six players managed to card under-par third rounds, with Kaufman carding the best round of the day with a three-under 69.

Adam Scott carded a third round 75 to blow his chances of a second green jacket, with Scott at 7-over-par and currently in a tie for 34th position.

Scott was not the only Aussie to struggle with Cameron Smith firing an 82 which saw him slide back twenty places in to a tie for 53rd.