Spieth 'always beating me' - Kaufman

Smylie Kaufman recalls almost always losing out to Jordan Spieth, but the former will get a chance to turn the tables on the biggest stage at the Masters.

Kaufman, a Masters rookie, carded a three-under 69 at Augusta in the third round and finds himself just one shot off the lead following Spieth's poor finish.

A one-time winner on the PGA Tour, Kaufman remembers playing against Spieth in junior golf and knows the challenge awaiting him in the final group on Sunday.

"He's probably 1000-0. He's always beating me," Kaufman said.

"Granted, he was so much better than I was as a junior and amateur. I was kind of a late bloomer in that regard. Just kind of kept on getting better.

"As soon as I realised my potential, I really started to improve and just sort of absorbed information as I went. I stuck to a plan and just stayed committed to it and worked really hard at that plan."

Kaufman enjoyed a superb third round, mixing four birdies with a bogey to put together a 69 - the best score since Thursday.

Most may consider the 24-year-old a surprise challenger at the year's first major, but not so the man himself.

"The golf course plays really hard. I tend to play well on hard golf courses," he said.

"I'm driving the ball really well right now and if I'm going to get on the greens just as much as everybody else, I think that I'll have a pretty good opportunity to be in contention, which doesn't surprise me."

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