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South-African-born English golfer Justin Rose has cut into the lead of American golfer Jordan Spieth in Sunday’s round of The Masters.
After three rounds, Spieth remains in the lead with -16, but unlike Friday when he was leading by 5, Rose has crept up on Spieth and is now -12 in the tournament – giving Spieth a lead of just 4 heading into the fourth and final round of the tournament.
The winner of the 2013 U. S. Open, the 34-year-old Rose has never placed higher than 5th in any of his previous nine appearances at the Masters. He finished tied for 5th in 2007 and tied for 8th in 2012.
Rose recorded five birdies in his last six holes of an incredible Sunday performance which included a chip-in from the bunker on hole 16.
Spieth, who has appeared to be the prohibitive favorite since Friday, double-bogeyed the 17th and sliced his approach to the 18th green into the crowd, but would eventually recover and save par. His -16 is a new Masters record after 54 holes in the tournament, beating the record previously held by Tiger Woods and Ray Floyd.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Phil Mickelson’s is -11, due to his six birdies, Tiger Woods and #1 Rory McIlroy both scored 68s to tie for fifth with -6.