Masters Leaderboard Update: Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth Locked In Back-and-Forth Battle On First Nine

By Brandon Raper
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What a day Sunday at the Masters is shaping up to be. Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson began the day locked in a tie for first place, and after the first nine holes, they’re essentially back right where they started.

Spieth, looking to become the youngest green jacket winner since Tiger Woods in 1997, made four birdies in his first seven holes, including a ridiculous hole-out from the greenside bunker on the par-3 fourth. After that, the wheels started to fall off a bit, as Spieth bogeyed the eighth and ninth. When Watson made birdies to make the turn, the lead swung four shots, to a two-stroke advantage for Bubba.

For Spieth, it looks like the biggest challenge he’s going to have ahead will be maintaining composure in light of the ever-rising pressure. He’s already been seen groaning visibly and slamming a club after a poor shot, but at the same time, that fire is part of what makes him one of the best young players in all of golf. If he can turn a bit of the momentum back in his favor, certainly anything is possible.

For Watson, who by comparison is the grizzled veteran, he’s been here before. He said as much in his post-round press conference on Saturday, where the overall message seemed to be “I’ve already got a green jacket, so what’s the worst thing that can happen?”

Of course, we all know better. Both of these men, as well as players like Matt Kuchar and Jonas Blixt, who are both just a few shots in mind, want nothing more than to be wearing that green jacket in a few hours’ time. As usual, this tournament is absolute must-see golf.

Brandon Raper is the lead golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.

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