Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, pumps his fist after making par on the second green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Darron Cummings
April 12, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) In what is becoming routine, Jordan Spieth teed off Sunday in the final group of the Masters.

This time, he had a four-stroke lead.

The 21-year-old Texan, who was tied for the top spot going to the final round a year ago, had a bit of a cushion after setting a 54-hole scoring record at Augusta National with a 16-under 200.

Justin Rose was Spieth's closest challenger and playing in the final group of a major for the first time. Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson was five shots behind, while Charley Hoffman, at six back, was the only other player within single digits of the leader.

In all likelihood, they are the only ones with a chance to win the green jacket.

The lone player to rally from as far as 10 shots down on the final day to capture a major championship was Paul Lawrie at the 1999 British Open. Of course, that tournament is best remembered for Jean van de Velde's epic collapse on the 72nd hole.

Spieth has been here before. In his Masters debut, he built a two-stroke lead with 11 holes to play before Bubba Watson rallied for his second Masters title in three years.

''I think the good thing for him is he's already experienced it once,'' said Rory McIlroy, who was 10 shots down as the final round began. ''He's played in the final group at the Masters before. It didn't quite happen for him last year, but I think he'll have learned from that experience.''

Watson began the day 15 shots behind, with no chance of joining Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only repeat Masters champions.

Spieth stumbled a bit at the end of the third round, making a double bogey at the 17th hole that at least provided a glimmer of hope to his challengers. For the most part, it's been total domination by the youngster, who opened with an 8-under 64, also set a 36-hole scoring record and was trying to become the second-youngest player to win the Masters behind Woods.

Speaking of Woods, he played in the third group from the end with McIlroy, the world's top-ranked player. Woods was also at 210, along with Dustin Johnson, Kevin Streelman and Kevin Na.

If Streelman could somehow rally, he would be the first player to take the Masters after winning the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday.

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