2016 Masters Update: McIlroy closes margin on Spieth

Rory McIlroy
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The golfing deities have blessed the fans with quite the setup for the 2016 Masters.

Two of the top golfers in the world, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, will not only play together over the weekend; the two will also be the final pairing of the third round.

The Masters lead belongs to Spieth for the sixth consecutive round, but the wind factored in has cut his lead down. After two early birdies, Spieth shot the final 14 holes at 4-over. A par-saving putt on the 18th green cemented the one-shot lead over McIlroy.

No golfer broke 70 on Friday, which happened for the first time since 2007, though McIlroy was content with a 1-under-70 on the day. A late boost was much-needed, as McIlroy shot the last seven holes in a 3-under and is breathing down the neck of Spieth.

It was a crucial day for Rory, to say the least.

“It’s only the second day, there’s still two days to go,” McIlroy said. “But it’s a great round and it’s nice to be up there near the lead going into the weekend, instead of on the cut line and having to battle back from where I found myself the last couple years.”

As the two young, elite golfers stand neck-and-neck, the leaderboard remains congested.

Heading into Saturday, the reigning Masters champion in Spieth is four shots under par. Tailing closely behind lies McIlroy at 3-under, but that’s not the only company. Both Danny Lee and Steve Piercy are trying to match pace at 2-under, while Brandt Snedeker, Soren Kjeldsen, and Hideki Matsuyama are all one shot under par.

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