Garcia, Fowler among leaders in four-way gridlock
A thrilling final day of the Masters is in store after Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia claimed the third-round lead, with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth heading a star-studded chasing pack.
There was ample opportunity during the third round of the Masters tournament on Saturday for Sergio Garcia to be, well, Sergio Garcia.
Garcia, who began the day in a four-way tie at the top, had a steady 70 and rolled in a 7-footer for par on the 18th to maintain his share of the lead. We all know what happened a year ago as he fell apart late and effectively coughed up his second straight green jacket.
"But I've got to go out and play good golf tomorrow, that's all that matters in the end".
If you like English golfers, then Rose is your man.
"The key was staying patient early in the round after I saw others getting off to good starts", he told BBC Sport.
Rose could use another back nine like he had in the third round.
Much like Garcia, Fowler was made to dig deep at times during his one-under round of 71.
Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls followed Spieth for the first eight holes, and tweeted that the Dallas native exchanged fist bumps and high-fives with fans after his tee shot at No.6, before he drilled the long putt.
Rose was one over par for the day after seven holes, but birdied the par-five eighth and picked up five more shots coming home in a back nine of 31. The ball actually bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down before he chipped up to tap-in range. His short game had the answer for the only hiccoughs, with deft chips to set up his birdies at Nos.
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Spieth said his Masters tournament so far has been representative of his year: "It's been slow starts, and just grind it out".
Garcia and Rose were at 6-under 210.
Phil Mickelson looks over a shot on the second hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.
A clearly frustrated McIlroy said on Saturday night he would need to surpass his best round of 65 here if he was to make up the six shots he trailed Garcia and Rose going into the final round. He will be paired in the final group with Rose, one of his friends.
"I don't want to think past the first tee tomorrow, although it's nice to imagine what might happen right now".
Some players lurking within striking distance of winning include former Masters winners Adam Scott, who is 3-under and only three shots off the lead, and Charl Schwartzel, who is 2-under and only four shots back. It wound up in the pine straw, and he had to pitch out since his second shot to the green was blocked by trees. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.
Jordan Spieth is 4 under through 13 holes to tie for second, two shots behind Hoffman.
Nothing irritated him more than the fifth hole.
Charley Hoffman was able to keep his nose ahead for much of the day before a late meltdown saw him drop back to a tie for fourth alongside Spieth and countryman Ryan Moore.
The Englishman, who has four previous top-10 finishes at the Augusta National, was level par for the round after 11, only to blitz the final seven holes.
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