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Golf: Watson, Spieth begin final-round Masters drama

US prodigy Jordan Spieth and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson teed off in Sunday's final pairing at the 78th Masters as tension built for a back-nine showdown at Augusta National. Spieth, the 54-hole co-leader with fellow American Watson on five-under par 211, looked to become the youngest Masters winner at age 20 and the first tournament newcomer to capture a green jacket since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Golf: European hopes alive at Masters

Hopes of a first European winner at the Masters in 15 years were alive after Saturday's third round with five players under par and within range of joint leaders Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson. Leading the way is Swedish rookie Jonas Blixt, who has surprised many at Augusta National this week with the quality of his golf, and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, who has surprised many that he is still competitive at 50.

Golf: Amen Corner plays havoc with Woodland at Masters

Gary Woodland matched an Augusta National course record with a six-under par 30 on the front nine Saturday, but formidable Amen Corner dashed his hopes of winning the 78th Masters. The 29-year-old American leaped from 10 strokes off the pace at three-over when the day began into contention with an epic front side and began the back nine with a birdie to pull level for second at four-under for the tournament. Woodland opened with a birdie, added an eagle at the par-5 second and birdied the par-3 sixth before running off three birdies in a row starting at the par-5 eighth.

Golf: Woodland equals record Masters with front-nine 30

Gary Woodland matched an Augusta National course record with a six-under par 30 on the front nine Saturday, leaping from 10 strokes off the pace into contention at the Masters. The 29-year-old American opened with a birdie, added an eagle at the par-5 second and birdied the par-3 sixth, par-5 eighth and par-4 ninth as well.

Golf: Woodland makes early run at Masters

American Gary Woodland was five-under par through eight holes in Saturday's third round of the Masters, leaping from 10 strokes off the pace onto the leaderboard at Augusta National. The 29-year-old American opened with a birdie, added an eagle at the par-5 second and birdied the par-3 sixth and par-5 eighth as well. That put Woodland on two-under for the tournament, level for seventh at five adrift of leader Bubba Watson with the leader still nearly two hours from teeing off in the final group.

Golf: Watson leads, Woodland wows at Masters

Gary Woodland showed the rest of the field how three-stroke leader Bubba Watson could be reeled in as Masters third-round action got underway Saturday at a baking-hot Augusta National. In a blistering display of shotmaking, Woodland matched the Masters record of 30 for the front nine, generally regarded as being the harder of the two nine-hole stretches. And when he birdied the 10th to move from three over at the start of the day to four under, he was tied for second, three shy of Watson, who was still 90 minutes away from teeing off in pursuit of his second green jacket.

Golf: Magic marker beats McIlroy over 18 at Masters

Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy's luckless week at the Masters continued Saturday when he was beaten over 18 holes at Augusta National by Jeff Knox, the non-competing marker playing alongside him. Two-time major champion McIlroy, the last of 51 players to make the cut, was the first man out in the third round and was assigned Knox, a veteran of such situations, as a playing partner to keep score and aid the pace of play.

Golf: Jimenez seeks Masters win for the ages and aged

Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the best round in Masters history by an over-50 player Saturday and put himself in position to become the oldest major winner in golf history. The 50-year-old Spaniard, known for his ponytail and penchant for smoking cigars even while practicing for his round, fired a six-under par 66 -- the best round of the week at Augusta National -- to stand on three-under 213 after 54 holes.

Golf: Record-tying Woodland sizzles, fizzles at Masters

Gary Woodland matched the low front-nine in Augusta National history with a six-under par 30 Saturday, but formidable Amen Corner dimmed his hopes of winning the 78th Masters. The 29-year-old American leaped from 10 strokes off the pace at three-over when the day began into contention with an epic front side and began the back nine with a birdie to pull level for second at four-under. "I was trying to birdie every hole. I was trying to ride the momentum coming in," Woodland said.

Golf: Bubba hangs on as Kuchar, Europeans rise at Masters

Bubba Watson began the back nine with a birdie to cling to a one-stroke lead in Saturday's third round of the Masters as Matt Kuchar joined the group chasing him. Watson, the 2012 Masters winner, made four bogeys in his first seven holes Saturday, more than offsetting his eagle at the par-5 second at Augusta National. But his birdie at 10 put Watson on six under with Kuchar, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Sweden's Jonas Blixt on five under and American Jim Furyk on four under.
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