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Spieth takes hold of the Masters lead

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth (speeth) has continued his hot streak by flirting with the lowest score in Masters history.

Spieth birdied eight of his first 14 holes and finished with an 8-under 64 that puts him three shots ahead of Charley Hoffman, Justin Rose, Jason Day and 45-year old Ernie Els. The 21-year-old Spieth was challenging to become the first player to shoot a 62 at the Masters until he bogeyed the par-5 15. He closed with a birdie to cap his exceptional round.

Russell Henley and Sergio Garcia are four strokes back and one ahead of Webb Simpson, Paul Casey, Ryan Palmer and Bill Haas.

Phil Mickelson shot a 70. Defending champ Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy posted 71s, the same score that 65-year old former Masters champ Tom Watson carded.

Tiger Woods showed improvement but failed to take advantage of ideal conditions at Augusta, carding a 73 that puts him nine shots off the pace.

Spieth has won, finished second and lost in a playoff in his previous three tournaments. He had a share of the lead entering the final round of last year's Masters before Bubba Watson pulled away.

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