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Jordan Spieth challenges big names at the top of the leaderboard in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii

Updated: Monday, 06 Jan 2014 08:20 | Comments

Jordan Spieth is on 14 under par
Jordan Spieth is on 14 under par

Rising star Jordan Spieth joined Ryder Cup veterans Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard heading into the final round as Zach Johnson let a three-shot lead slip.

Spieth, 20, carded a four-under-par 69, as did defending champion Dustin Johnson, to sit 14 under overall alongside Simpson, who had four birdies on the back nine of his 68.

Zach Johnson, meanwhile, could not consolidate the good work he had produced over the previous two days as two bogeys after the turn saw him manage just a 74 to slip to fourth at 12 under.

Dustin Johnson was heading nowhere at one over until an eagle at the ninth turned his form around, and he picked up a further three shots on the back nine.

Spieth and Simpson, meanwhile, each a carded a single bogey against five and six birdies respectively.

Behind Zach Johnson was a group of four on 11 under headed by Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker, while Masters champion Adam Scott was the leading non-American at 10 under.

Scotland's Martin Laird slipped a couple of places to 21st despite a 70, while Brian Gay had the round of the day with an eight-under 65.

At 12 over, Derek Ernst was the only man of the 30-strong field to be over par for the tournament.

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