Augusta: A dramatic final-round showdown on one of golf's grandest stages was set yesterday as the 78th Masters neared a historic finish replete with omens of something magical in the offing.
Jordan Spieth, a 54-hole co-leader with fellow American Bubba Watson on five-under par 211, looked to become the youngest Masters winner at age 20 as he joined the 2012 Masters winner in the final pairing at Augusta National.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, 50, and Fred Couples, 54, were within reach of becoming not only the oldest Masters champions but the oldest champions in major golf history.
Sweden's Jonas Blixt, like Spieth, looked to become the first first-time Masters player to win the green jacket since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 and only the fourth rookie champion ever, just the second since the second Masters in 1935.
England's Lee Westwood, teased so often in quest of a major crown, lurked in a share of seventh on 214 with another chance to end a run through 63 majors without a win, the longest drought among active players.
World No 1 Woods, absent after surgery to ease a pinched nerve, looks to keep his top ranking after the Masters with those able to overtake him — defending champion Adam Scott, his fellow Australian Jason Day and Sweden's Henrik Stenson — floundering well off the pace.