Rose, Garcia lead the way entering final round at Masters
Many of those grays likely have come from Garcia's tussles with Augusta National over the years.
Garcia then birdied the 14th and made a 15-foot putt for an eagle on the 15th.
Justin Rose stormed into contention to claim a second major title as Jordan Spieth wrote another remarkable chapter in his history with Augusta National.
Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, is alone in seventh at 3-under 213 after shooting a 69. "There are some studs at the top of the leaderboard, so it won't be easy", he said.
However, next year will be his fourth attempt at completing the career grand slam and none of the five players to have done it needed more than three tries at winning the final leg.
However, McIlroy wasted no time in getting that shot back when play resumed on Saturday in far calmer and warmer conditions that had prevailed on the first two days.
He said before this tournament began that he knows he won't be in contention every Masters, but that he believes he will be. "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this tournament, and no matter what happens at the end, we will have a chance to win with a really good round (Sunday)".
Rose's 67 was the low round of the day. "I just played so many times that I kind of feel like I'm not going to make many mistakes".
The run left Rose tied with Charley Hoffman at 6-under par. Fowler also has never felt better about his game or his chances. But I'm settling into rounds very well. It was going to cover if I struck it solid, and I just had to turn it off the tower. So I trusted in that fact. "But again you can't start going for shots that aren't there".
The four leaders - Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Peters - will tee off in about four hours on what looks like a great day for golf. He famously finished in the top five of all four major tournaments in 2014 but couldn't pull out a victory.
"But I was like, well, if that's what is supposed to happen, let it happen. But this is definitely a different position now". Take some nice, deep breaths.
"That for me is already a win, and then, you know, if we can put the cherry on top, that would be even better. That's really the only thing you can do".
The largest 18-hole deficit ever overcom to win the Masters was seven strokes by Tiger Woods in 2005 and Nick Faldo in 1990.
There is a reason why Spieth has such formidable Masters pedigree. The winds died down Saturday, but greens that Casey called "crusty" made for another challenging day.
Rose is seeking his second major title, having won the U.S. Open in 2013.
"She's like, 'You better get it out now before the kids get back, '" he said, laughing. He accomplished both and his intensity level sparked. "I didn't know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life", Spieth said. I want to give myself a chance for that to be enough. Fowler is one shot off the lead, while Spieth is part of a group at 4 under.
McIlroy had promised after round two not to be too tentative in his third round after caution cost him his shot at glory when playing in the lead pairing with Jordan Spieth at the same stage of the tournament 12 months ago.
But the players ahead of him certainly are.
Spieth was continuing a remarkable fightback after carding a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th on Thursday, the 23-year-old carding birdies on the sixth, eighth and ninth to be out in 33.
"He's probably got Seve with him right now", Canada's Adam Hadwin had said earlier on Sunday.
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He had six birdies and three bogeys for a 69. "I'm a competitor, so I like to believe in myself", he said after shooting 70. Rory McIlroy was primed to join the logjam near the top until an bad break on the final hole curbed his second-round move.
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