'What would Arnie do?': Jordan Spieth's question before big Masters shot
Having gone into Saturday in a four-way share of the lead, Sergio Garcia kept hopes alive of a drought-breaking major win, carding 70 to stay in the lead alongside Rose.
Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Masters rookie Thomas Pieters are tied at 4-under 140 through two rounds of the year's first major.
World No.6 and 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth suffered a bogey on his opening hole and has dropped another to slump to two under.
If they actually did Tiger-proof the course, Woods went to great lengths to dominate. "I'm looking forward to it".
Now, he'll have to make up some ground on Sunday to capture a green jacket and his first major title. "Everyone has a story line". "It's the kind of place where, if you're trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down". "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night whether those missed opportunities hurt my chances". "That's all you want. I have to continue to play good, aggressive golf, as I did today".
Spieth's momentum was stunted at the 16th when he missed a seven-foot par putt to end a run of 29 holes without dropping a shot, but he could still be content with his efforts. Two groups played through before officials repaired the hole.
But neither had the round they envisioned, with Spieth carding a 3-over 75 and Fowler closing with 4-over 76. "So you know, we are going to go out there and do well again, and you know, just make sure we have a good chance coming into the last five or six holes and see what happens".
"Obviously I would like to be deep in the red, but one under is pretty good".
The Northern Irishman, 27, made a strong start with birdies on the second and third, only to be set back by three-putts on the fifth and seventh which cost him a bogey and double bogey. He finished at 4-under 212, barely missing playing in the final group at the Masters for what would have been a record fourth year in a row. Spieth made a quadruple bogey in the opening round. "A one-shot lead starting the day doesn't mean much". "Yeah, I don't think I helped him whatsoever on the round. And if I can shoot 66 or 65, that's really possible out there, it'll give me a chance". "I felt the calmest I've ever felt on a major Sunday today".
Much like Garcia, Fowler was made to dig deep at times during his one-under round of 71.
"I went to bed with my heart pumping faster last night because of (Friday's) round than I probably will tonight, because I already knew I had a chance", he said.
"Jose sent me a lovely message on Wednesday night, and you know, he has a good touch when it comes down to those things".
Adam Scott, the 2013 champion lies in seventh on three under following a 69 with 2011 victor Charl Schwartzel eighth on two under thanks to a third-round 68, one ahead of European Ryder Cup stars Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters. The 2015 Masters champion, who has a win and two runner-up finishes in his three previous Masters appearances, is tied for fourth with Ryan Moore, who posted his second consecutive 69, and Charley Hoffman (72). Pieters shot 75 and is tied with Lee Westwood at 215, two shots behind Adam Scott and one behind Charl Schwartzel, two former Masters champions.
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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". The ball actually bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down before he chipped up to tap-in range.
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