Augusta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Jordan Spieth shot a two-under-par 70 for the second straight day for a share of the lead Saturday after three rounds at the 78th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.
The 20-year-old Spieth, who will try to become the youngest winner in Masters history, recorded his third consecutive sub-par round in his first start at the 7,435-yard Augusta National to finish at 5 under through 54 holes.
If he wins, Spieth would also be the fourth player to win the Masters in his first appearance at Augusta National aside from being the youngest.
Watson, the 2012 champion, had won just once in eight tries when holding the 36-hole lead.
Spieth will be in the final pairing with Bubba Watson, the 36-hole leader who started the day with a three-shot lead but stumbled with a 2-over 74 to bring the field back into the mix.
The two will have plenty of pursuers as Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt are one shot back, while Miguel Angel Jimenez and Rickie Fowler are two shots off the pace.
Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn are at 2-under, with Justin Rose, Kevin Stadler, Fred Couples and John Senden are at 1-under.
Earlier, Jimenez posted the low round of the week at the Masters with a 6-under 66, finishing 54 holes at 3-under-par 213.
The Spaniard became the third player that is eligible for the Champions Tour to shoot 66 at Augusta. Ben Hogan was the first to do so in 1967 and Fred Couples also did it in 2010.
Jimenez, who has two top-10 finishes in 14 previous Masters appearances, birdied the third and fifth, both par-4s. Those two birdies moved him to plus-1, and he remained there with four straight pars from the sixth.