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Summary

  1. Jordan Spieth leads by one on -4
  2. Rory McIlroy on -3; Piercy, Lee -2
  3. Willett, Lowry level; Day +1, Rose +2
  4. Players on +7 miss the cut

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By Stephan Shemilt and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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And that, my friends, is where we part ways. After a topsy-turvy day at Augusta, we have two real heavyweights at the top of the leaderboard.

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy will be the last out of the traps on Saturday. Before then, no fewer than 32 men are within six shots of the lead.

Moving day could see some big moves. Join us then.

'Spieth will never be as big as Woods or Mickelson'

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

USA Today's Christine Brennan has been telling BBC Radio 5 live sports extra that Jordan Spieth's profile in his home country will never eclipse that of fellow Americans Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

Brennan does not think the Texan, 22, seeks the limelight in the same way as Woods, a four-time Augusta champion.

“I would say he doesn’t care about public attention – that’s kind of the allure of Jordan Spieth.”

Adam Scott has birdied the last. The former champ will sleep on four over. Brooks Koepka is three shots better off. This time, we really have finished.

Andrew Magee

American PGA Tour winner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"You just never know what to expect when you come here. It looked like yesterday. It looked like 68 would be scored but has been nowhere near that."

Woah, woah, woah. I've totally gone too early. There's still one group out there. My apologies to Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka. Although, to be honest, only Koepka is making an impression. He's one over.

Andrew Magee

American PGA Tour winner on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I think anybody within six shots has a chance. It is only Saturday."

Latest scores

-4: Spieth (After 18 holes)

-3:  McIlroy (18),

-2: Lee (18), Piercy (18),

-1: Matsuyama (18), Snedeker (18), Kjeldsen (18)

Selected others: Par: Dechambeau (A) (18), Lowry (18), Garcia (18), Willett (18) +1: Day (18) +2: Rose (18), Casey (18), Westwood (18) Donaldson (18) +3 Poulter (18), Stenson (18) +7: Mickelson (18).

Daniel Berger, who was as high as second yesterday, ends the 36th hole at level overall. Very much in the mixer. Wales' Jamie Donaldson, forever known as the man who sealed the Ryder Cup, is two over, the same score as Justin Rose.

That, my friends, is how they will all sleep tonight.

They are finishing off on the long evening, the last three men doing the last dance in the fading light. Rose, for par, sees a big move from left to right and sends it by. That'll be a drop on the 18th.

Rose looks to have had a little more luck than DeChambeau. He chips out. I'm not sure if there was a drop in there or not. There wasn't. If he can get up and down, he'll make par.

Not again? Justin Rose is on the 18th. He's in what can only be described as Bryson DeChambeau country.

Spieth now leads #TheMasters for a 6th consecutive round The first player to do so since Arnold Palmer (1960/61)

Spieth now leads #TheMasters for a 6th consecutive round The first player to do so since Arnold Palmer (1960/61)

Phil Mickelson will not be here for the weekend. The three-time champ gives his birdie putt a good chance but it scoots by on the the right of the hole. The birdie needed goes begging, it's par for a total score of seven over. He'll miss the cut by one.

Tough day but excited to play the weekend and match with little man! #MastersWeek #twinning #whatwillweweartmrw

Tough day but excited to play the weekend and match with little man! #MastersWeek #twinning #whatwillweweartmrw

Two-time champion Tom Watson, who bowed out of his final Masters with a 78 to finish eight over: "Playing the Masters has always been the rites of spring. I played the Tour and won the tournament. It was always exciting to prepare and play in the tournament.

"Today was my 43rd time playing and it was a pity I didn't totally stink up the joint! I was disappointed I didn't make the weekend but it is not a bad way to go out.

"The fans were really very generous with their applause, it was a pleasure. To finish playing at Augusta with my friends and family watching - that's the way to go out."

Tom Watson
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Mickelson, all grey with a white cap, in shadow and aiming towards a green bathed in warm evening sunshine. He wants it to go left, it goes left, but too far. It's a monster from there to make the cut.

Phil Mickelson
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Amateur Bryson DeChambeau, who finished on level par: "I just hit a couple of bad drives. I had been driving good and unfortunately messed up but that’s golf, I won't worry about it, I am looking forward to the weekend.

"It was awesome. I enjoyed Jordan's company out there, I learned a lot out there it was quite fun.

"It is impossible to know how much this experience will help. I think going forward it will, I just don’t know how much. I am looking forward to the weekend, it is something I can't wait to do."

Phil Mickelson has just played his tee shot on the 18th. He needs a birdie to make the cut. Behind him, the final group is playing the 17th.

'It was really, really tough'

More from Jordan Spieth: "The greens significantly changed. On the back nine today that wind really dried them out. There was spots where they were crusty. If there is no water on them tomorrow it will be a bit ridiculous.

"Today was my learning experience for the week. It was really, really, tough to hold it together. When greens are crusty and they are that fast it is tough to make the two or three footers. It was a grind on each hole, emotionally it gets you going a little. I think the person who walks the tallest will win next over the next couple of days."

Leader Jordan Spieth on -4, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was a couple of strokes higher than I was looking for, par was a good score today. Playing holes 11 and 12 with two pars and also being couple under early, it was a couple higher than the goal. It was a bit disappointing but it is pretty much a new tournament coming our way over the weekend."

Hideki Matsuyama bogies the last, but is still one of the few players to get round the course today in level par or better. He started at one under, he ends at one under. Three off the lead.

Jay Townsend

Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Spieth and McIlroy are both fantastic young players. I think that the only worry is they get caught up with each other and play against each other. There are a lot of good players out there."

Just joining us? Where have you been? The headline is this. Jordan Spieth leads Rory McIlroy by one shot. They'll play together tomorrow and you can watch it all on BBC Two from 19:30. It will be a belter.

I'm not entirely sure what Brandt Snedeker is getting at there. If you can shed any light, then please do.

If Jay Townsend is right, then no fewer than 32 players will sleep tonight thinking about handing in their measurements for a Green Jacket on Sunday evening.

Jay Townsend

Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"I think anyone within six shots is in with a chance over the weekend."

There are three groups still out on the course. Of all the players still out there, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama is the best-placed. He's two under playing the last. American Dustin Johnson is level and Justin Rose is in the pack on one over. The leaderboard is looking very congested.

Today’s 74 is @JordanSpieth's first over-par round in 10 career rounds @TheMasters Has now led the last six straight rounds.

Latest scores

-4: Spieth (After 18 holes)

-3:  McIlroy (18),

-2: Lee (18), Piercy (18), Matsuyama (16)

-1: Snedeker (18), Kjeldsen (18)

Selected others: Par: Dechambeau (A) (18), Lowry (18), Garcia (18), Willett (18) +1: Rose (14), Day (18) +2: Casey (18), Westwood (18) +3 Poulter (18)

Paul Casey is done too, a tough back nine seeing him come home in 40. 77 overall, five over for the day, two over overall. He's six off the lead.

Paul Casey
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DeChambeau drops three on the last

Bryson DeChambeau's horror 18th is over with a seven. It was a day that promised so much, and even that blip on the last doesn't spoil what is a very good position. The amateur has gone round in level par and is even overall.

Jason Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau
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Jay Townsend

Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It was a tough day. Spieth didn't give much away. He still has the lead. It is not really shooting yourself in the foot but he will be disappointed."

Spieth ends on -4

Excellent, excellent putt for Jordan Spieth on the last. Maybe as much as 15 feet. He's scrambles home in 74, a two-over round, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy. Those will duke it out in a proper slobberknocker tomorrow. Spieth on four under, Rory on three under.

Jordan Spieth
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Bryson DeChambeau looks livid, as if matron has just told him he must have a bath this evening. His fifth shot (I think) is a chip from just off the front to past the pin. Two putts from there would be a result.

Jay Townsend

Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Spieth has looked very edgy today. It is a day he will want to forget."

Jordan Spieth
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Spieth in the bunker. He'll do well to get this near the hole. A puff of sand, a skid on, at least 12 feet past. If he misses that, Rory McIlroy will have a share of the lead.

Jay Townsend

Former American professional golfer on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"That is a phenomenal result from DeChambeau. He played a massive high cut. He has got a shot to get it within ten feet of the hole."