Spieth not surprised to see Langer in contention


Seeing Bernhard Langer's name at the top end of the Masters leaderboard may come as a surprise to many, but current frontrunner Jordan Spieth takes a different view.

The two-time winner at Augusta shot a two-under 70 on Saturday to move within two of Spieth heading into the final round, with Langer now tied with Hideki Matsuyama in third place.

Only Smylie Kaufman, who lies second, produced a better round than the 58-year-old as he looks to add to the green jackets he won in 1985 and 1993.

Spieth does not believe the German's challenge is a shock, though, especially given his form on the seniors tour.

"I think it's incredible," Spieth told a news conference. "I would say I'm surprised except for doesn't he win most every tournament on the Champions Tour? 

"We watch him all the time on TV and he's a guy that certainly knows how to close, and close here. 

"He's a force to be reckoned with and you can't think of it being his age or that this is from my perspective, you can't think of this as an amazing story or this is his age. 

"He's just another competitor who's fully capable of shooting a really solid round and winning this tournament again, which would be something afterwards. 

"But while it's happening, I've got to expect that he's going to come back tomorrow and play a strong round. I think it's really cool what he's doing, but again, I find it hard to say that it's surprising."