Spieth hanging on atop youthful Masters leaderboard

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Today’s final round of the Masters should be a wild one — and one where youth could be served.

Twenty-two-year-old defending champion Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) takes a one-shot lead over 24-year-old Smylie Kauffman into the final 18 holes at Augusta National Golf Club. Spieth double-bogeyed the 18th hole for a 1-over 73 total that left him 3-under for his three rounds.

Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH’-kee maht-soo-YAH’-mah), also 24, shot a 3-under-69 and is tied with 58-year-old Bernhard Langer (LAHN’-gur) at 1-under. One of the most dominant players in golf in the 1980’s and ’90’s, Langer shot a 2-under-70. Langer is a two-time winner of the Masters in 1985 and 1993.

And don’t count out reigning PGA Championship winner Jason Day, the top-ranked player in the world, as he will start the final round at even par.

Spieth is trying to become the fourth golfer to repeat as Masters champ and the first since Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002.

Rory McIlroy needs a win at the Masters to complete the career grand slam. McIlroy is not out of the picture, starting the day at 2 over par — five shots back of Spieth.

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