Saturday 1 October 2016

McIlroy fails to catch fire as Spieth takes narrow lead into Masters final day

Published 10/04/2016 | 00:46

Rory McIlroy didn't make a single birdie on day three of The Masters as he carded a five over par round of 77 to slip down the field.

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His playing partner, Jordan Spieth, looked set to take a four stroke lead into the final round after 16 holes, but a bogey-double bogey finish means he will only have a one shot advantage on -3 tomorrow.

McIlroy never got going all day, bogeying the 3rd, 7th and 10th with a double bogey on 11, which leaves him in a tie for 11th on +2.

In contrast, Spieth was able to methodically build his lead by making five birdies before his error-strewn finish.

His late blip means he is just one shot ahead of American Smylie Kaufman, who is in second on -2.

58-year-old Bernhard Langer carded a great round of 70 to grab a share of third along with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.

Spieth is aiming to win his second straight Masters title tomorrow evening while McIlroy will hope to make a charge up the leaderboard in order to win the tournament and complete a career Grand Slam.

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