The Masters 2015: 3rd Round
AUGUSTA, Ga. - If Jordan Spieth goes on to win the Masters, remember the up-an-down he made on the 18th hole Saturday.
Coming off a double bogey at No. 17, Spieth flew his approach into the gallery behind the green. He had to chip over a bunker and didn't have much green to work with, but he managed to get the ball within 10 feet of the cup. He rolled in the par-saving putt, ensuring he went to the final round with a four-stroke lead over Justin Rose.
"It was really big. It was huge," Spieth said. "It was one of the bigger putts I've ever hit."
He conceded that he got away from his game plan after making birdies at the 15th and 16th holes, which gave him a commanding seven-shot lead and making him only the second player after Tiger Woods to reach 18-under par at the Masters.
Spieth started looking at the scoreboard, and he made the decision to go with a driver off the tee at 17. He wound up hitting into the trees, failed to reach the green with his second shot, flubbed a chip and three-putted for a 6.
He was in trouble again at 18, but managed to escape.
Now, it's on to Sunday, where Spieth will be playing in the final group for the second year in a row. The 21-year-old was leading in his Masters debut before he faded down the stretch, settling for the runner-up spot behind Bubba Watson.
Spieth knows that some of the guys chasing him, including Phil Mickelson (five shots behind) and even Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy (both 10 shots back) will get huge cheers on Sunday.
"Especially in the group in front of us. Everyone loves Phil. Why wouldn't you love Phil?" Spieth said. "It's about just throwing those out of my mind, not worrying about it, not caring, setting a goal and being patient with the opportunities that are going to come my way."