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Jordan Spieth ready to make dream come true at the Masters

Updated: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 20:38 | Comments

Jordan Spieth is aiming to become the youngest Masters champion ever
Jordan Spieth is aiming to become the youngest Masters champion ever

Jordan Spieth remembers practising putts to win the Masters with his friends when he was "real young."

On Sunday, the 20-year-old American could well have one for real to become the youngest Masters champion ever after claiming a share of the lead with 2012 champion Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

"You draw on memories of guys that have made the putts on the last hole, from Phil (Mickelson) to Tiger (Woods), to last year with Adam (Scott) on 18 and then on 10," Spieth said after a third round of 70 left him five under par.

"You just dream of what it would mean and how cool it would be and all those putts I hit when I was real young with my friends on trying to make it to win the Masters. I would love the opportunity to test it tomorrow."

Watson held a five-shot lead after an eagle on the par-five second but faded to a 74 to throw the tournament wide open, with 11 players within four shots of the lead.

"I'm able to take a lot of confidence out of today, a lot of positives," added Spieth, who is staying with his parents and brother in a rented house in Augusta.

Watson held a five-shot lead after an eagle on the par-five second but faded to a 74 to throw the tournament wide open, with 11 players within four shots of the lead.

"I'm able to take a lot of confidence out of today, a lot of positives," added Spieth, who is staying with his parents and brother in a rented house in Augusta.

"I wanted to get into contention, not just as a goal to get into contention, but to see how I can perform on a Sunday and that's still yet to come.

"Tomorrow is about seeing how I can control my game and emotions out on the golf course against guys that have even won here recently. They have been in the position I haven't. It doesn't necessarily mean, I don't think, that they have an advantage in any way. I think that I'm very confident in the way things are going, and really looking forward to tomorrow.

"I think the reason that I've been able to play well, I guess better than what people would say first-timers normally do is because maybe it's a different golf course than normal with how firm it is. The scores are a little higher than normal, so maybe that plays to my advantage."

Watson, who beat Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off here in 2012, said: "There were a couple of shots I thought I hit pretty good, little bounces here and there. You're going to struggle probably one day, so if this is my worst day I'm still tied for the lead, I have a great shot for tomorrow."

Asked if he will feel less pressure after his previous win, he added: "Yeah, because if I shoot 90 tomorrow I still have a green jacket.

"But it's one of those things, you're still trying to win, it's still a tournament. We want to win, so we feel pressure.

"But knowing that I was losing going into the back nine when I won, and I know that I made four birdies that year in a row, you just want a chance on the back nine. On Monday if somebody told me I would have shot two-over and still be tied for the lead, I would have taken it in a heartbeat."

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn had shared the lead when he birdied the ninth to be out in 34, but came home in 39 after dropping shots at the 13th and 15th, both normally birdie opportunities.

"I was feeling so comfortable and I took on two shots on 13 and 15 but it didn't come off today," Bjorn said. "When you walk off the golf course with 73, playing golf to something in the 60s, that's disappointing.

"But I am still in there, just three behind. I'm going to try to play 18 holes tomorrow like I did the first 10 today."

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