Fowler, Hoffman Edge Ahead at Sun-Drenched Masters

Fowler, Hoffman Edge Ahead at Sun-Drenched Masters

Fowler, Hoffman Edge Ahead at Sun-Drenched Masters

I feel like every time I tee it up here I have a real chance to win.

And Rickie Fowler, who will "be all up for it tomorrow".

I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor.

Not only was this easily Moore's best third-round score at the Masters, it was the first time he ever broke par on a Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club.

The two-time major victor, a 2015 Masters champion who famously opened to door to Willett previous year by inexplicably throwing away a five-shot lead on the back nine, carded a brilliant four-under 68 - including redemption at the 15th, where he produced a truly ugly quadruple-bogey 9 two days ago - to put himself firmly in contention.

One such good break Garcia experienced Saturday came at the par-5 13th.

"I'm excited about the challenges that this weekend is going to bring, and hopefully I'll step up to them and I'll be able to be up there on Sunday with a solid chance at winning", Garcia said. "If somebody gets hot on the front nine tomorrow that's not myself, I'll know to stay in there, stay patient, you just never know. I feel like I play as aggressive as anyone around here", he said.

"The course offers you a run around the par-fives", Rose told reporters. He saved his best round for Sunday with a 69 that included four birdies and a lone bogey. Around this place it is heightened even more because you can hear what is going on around you, if someone has made a birdie or eagle on the back nine. The finish was a bonus, hitting it close on 17 and on 18 to get it on the right level.

"I'm glad I took the (Saturday) scoring average down a little bit", Garcia said.

Justin Rose says patience was the key to a blistering back nine that has laid the groundwork for a "fun day" on Sunday at the Masters.

So how would his Ryder Cup experience shape how he approached his next visit to Georgia for the year's first major championship at the Masters Tournament this week? "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win the tournament". "So you do have to calm yourself down, not get ahead of yourself". And then, you know, just try to cope with whatever comes your way the best way possible.

"I think it's going to be tough for someone to really run and distance themselves too much", he said on Saturday. He had a 71 on Saturday with four birdies and three bogeys after shooting a 67 on Friday.

"We've been having a blast this week", Fowler said. "I set sort of a positive goal going forward to start making some birdies".

"I thought it was a really good round today", Spieth said.

The 12th hole proved problematic once again for the 23-year-old, who came to grief in spectacular fashion at the same hole while leading the tournament in the final round last year with a quadruple-bogey. The former US Open victor, and Olympic gold medallist recorded birdies on his final two holes, in a back-nine of -5, to book his spot in Sunday's final group.

The 27-year-old battled back from being three over par after eight holes to card an opening 72, but subsequent scores of 73 and 71 meant a closing 69 left the four-time major victor well off the pace on three under par. It hasn't done me much good yet!

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