Jordan Spieth: ‘Patience is the key’

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Jordan Spieth takes a four-shot lead into the final round of The Masters at Augusta and the young American says remaining patient will be the key to success.

Spieth closed out his third round with a double bogey on the 17th before producing a miraculous up-and-down on the final hole to save par.

It ensures he keeps the chasing pack at arm’s length with major champion’s Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson his closest pursuers.

Spieth, now 1.40 to win The Masters, admitted after his third round that making par on the final green required every bit of mental strength he could summon.

“It was really big,” Spieth said. “It was huge. It was one of the bigger putts I’ve ever hit … I was very frustrated.

“I think I took enough time looking at that chip shot to really calm myself down and pick the right play and just trust it.”

Spieth had been in total control of the tournament but an uncharacteristic three-putt on the 17th led to a double bogey just as Rose completed a run of five birdies in six holes up on the 18th green to move within four shots of the lead.

Mickelson too had produced a surge on ‘Moving Day’ as he hit seven birdies in a round of 67 to take third spot and a place in the penultimate group for Sunday afternoon at Augusta.

Rose is 5.00 to win The Masters with Mickelson 6.50 to collect his fourth Green Jacket.

Spieth had the lead during the final round at Augusta a year ago and asked what he had learned from the experience of settling for tied-second on that occasion the Texan declared: “I’ll just take patience.”

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