Spieth on the charge at 'moving day' at the Masters
There was a familiar sight at Augusta as Jordan Spieth put himself firmly in Masters contention on 'moving day'.
Spieth, the champion in 2015, started Saturday's third round at level par but was four under through 13 holes to sit just two strokes adrift of leader Charley Hoffman - his partner on the penultimate day two years ago - and joint-second with Sergio Garica and Rickie Fowler.
Since making a nine at the 15th on Thursday, Spieth is seven under and showed his quality with a stunning approach shot at nine that left a two-foot putt for birdie.
A fine par after getting out of position at 10 followed, while he also scrambled brilliantly at 12, the hole where his bid for a second green jacket fell apart so spectacularly 12 months ago.
What followed was even better as Spieth hit the green with a long iron from the pine needles at the par-five 13th - setting up a simple birdie chance.
Hoffman, who was tied for the lead after round two with Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters, continued to fare well. A bogey at six stunted the early momentum provided by two birdies in his opening four holes, but Hoffman went two clear again with a gain at nine.
Garcia missed several presentable birdie chances early in his round, but finally saw one drop from 38 feet at the fifth - only to hand the stroke back after finding himself out of position on the seventh.
The Spaniard, so often the nearly man in majors, made another gain at eight but again slipped up by three-putting at nine.
Fowler was enduring an up-and-down round. After birdieing the second, the American bogeyed three and seven before draining a 22-footer at the eighth to get back to level for the day.
Pieters struggled to get going and was one over for his round through 10, but chances were likely to come his way on the back-nine par fives given his big-hitting off the tee.
Also on three under for the tournament alongside Pieters were 2013 champion Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Ryan Moore, while Jon Rahm reached that mark before double-bogeying the 12th.
Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson each made strong starts, but were level par and three over respectively after falling back in round three.