Bright start for Bradley

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Keegan Bradley gave the players hoping to deny Jordan Spieth a first green jacket plenty of hope in the early stages of Sunday’s final round of the Masters.

Spieth held a four-shot lead over England’s Justin Rose after setting 36 and 54-hole scoring records at Augusta, but carded what could prove to be a costly double-bogey six on the 17th on Saturday.

And former US PGA champion Bradley showed that low scoring was certainly possible with five birdies in his first eight holes to climb up the leaderboard.

Bradley, who began the day two over par, bogeyed the first hole but then birdied the next three in a row and picked up further shots on the seventh and eighth to reach the turn in 32.

Defending champion Bubba Watson had also come close to an albatross on the par-five second, holing from two feet for an eagle after making a bogey on the first.

South African Louis Oosthuizen famously holed his second shot on the same hole in 2012 before eventually losing out in a play-off with Watson.

Spieth was looking to become the first wire-to-winner of the Masters since Ray Floyd in 1976, as well as the second youngest champion ever behind Tiger Woods.

The 21-year-old is five months older than Woods was when he claimed his first green jacket in 1997, but the last 21-year-old to hold a four-shot lead going into the final round was Rory McIlroy, who collapsed to a closing 80 in 2011.

A victory for Rose would make him the first European player to have won the Masters and US Open, the second English winner at Augusta after Nick Faldo and the first European winner since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

Three-time champion Phil Mickelson, who finished second behind Rose in the 2013 US Open at Merion, was looking to overturn a five-shot deficit to the leader as he did on his way to victory in the 2013 Open at Muirfield.

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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