What looked like it could turn into a runaway Masters for Bubba Watson has quickly turned into a traffic jam. The 2012 green jacket winner started day three at Augusta National in style, carding an eagle on the par-5 second, but after that, nearly nothing went Watson’s way.
He struggled through the first nine, and fired a third round 74. Although he gave back two strokes, he still finds himself in the final grouping on Sunday. Of course, things get a lot harder, as there are now 13 players within four shots of the lead, including the man who shares the top spot, Jordan Spieth.
By this point, if you haven’t heard about Spieth’s meteoric rise on the PGA Tour, then welcome to the game. Spieth made only two bogeys to go with four birdies on Saturday, and in doing so has truly proved that he belongs in the discussion of serious major championship contenders. If he was going to be intimidated by the idea of potentially becoming the youngest player ever to win the Masters, he sure isn’t showing it. Don’t expect that to change at all on Sunday, either. For the better part of a year, the kid has had ice in his veins.
We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the best round of the day here, as well. Miguel Angel Jimenez, the 50-year-old Spaniard recorded his last top-ten at Augusta in 2008, but after canning seven birdies and just one bogey on Saturday, he’s moved into a tie for fifth place with Rickie Fowler (-5 on Saturday), and he sits just two shots off the lead. For all the youth at the top of the board, both Jimenez and Fred Couples are showing that the veterans still have what it takes to compete on this stage.
Here’s hoping that these guys can get a little bit of sleep tonight, because on Sunday afternoon, someone’s career path is about to make a dramatic change. It’s shaping up to be a phenomenal final round of golf’s most prestigious event.