Garcia, Rose share Masters lead heading into Sunday
Apr 10 2017 by Marjorie Miles
AUGUSTA, Georgia Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia led the U.S. Masters on six under par and Jordan Spieth was lurking two shots back after an absorbing third round at a sun-drenched Augusta National on Saturday. Rose and Garcia, tied at 6 under, will tee off in the final group at 2:45 p.m. Fowler (5 under) and Spieth (4 under) will tee off just in front of them.
Spieth was joined at four under by compatriots Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, the journeyman who led the tournament after a sparkling first-round 65 but dropped three shots over Saturday's closing holes to slip down the leaderboard. He rolled in his 15-footer, which not only put him under par for the day, but also earned him pieces of crystal, which go to any player who makes an eagle at the Masters.
World number 3 Jason Day of Australia was so upset after his first two Masters rounds that wife Ellie was ready to slap him to snap him out of it.
"I need to play probably the round of my life tomorrow to have a chance", McIlroy told BBC Sport. "He deserves it", Rose said.
Jordan Spieth found himself in the pine straw under the trees on the par-five 13th, a position similar to that from which playing partner Phil Mickelson played a brilliant shot on his way to the title in 2010.
"I think that the key to the strong finish was the patience that I showed on the front nine", he said.
Rickie Fowler's putter saved him as he got to five under and just one off the pace going into Sunday. But it's one of these courses where you get a bit too aggressive, miss it on the wrong side and you end up not with birdie but with bogey and that gets frustrating.
Garcia hung his head in the 13th fairway when his 4-iron shot disappeared off a bank toward the tributary of Rae's Creek. Jordan Spieth tries to be the second today.
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He will be paired with Spieth in the penultimate group.
"I haven't hit it my best this week, but I know we can pull out our best stuff tomorrow", said Fowler, whose birdies on Saturday came on the four par-5s. "I feel when my game is on and sharp, I could really compete here".
Justin Rose had a back-nine charge so common at Augusta National.
"I think had I been two or three shots behind, I still would have felt that, which leads me to understand everybody's mind-set behind me". He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.
Perhaps the most daunting name at Augusta National was Spieth, who began this Masters with a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole of the opening round and was 10 shots out of the lead when he trudged off the course on Thursday. It's the first time he doesn't hold the 54-hole lead.
Asked about the two houses that the Hagestad party is renting this week, he said, "I'm supposed to be in the quieter one, so I've been going to bed". Hoffman battled for par on the last hole to stay just two shots behind. Kaymer is 10 strokes off the lead at four-over-par.
Former champions Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel were three and four shots off the pace respectively, with Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters on one under. Five-under won the green jacket a year ago.
McIlroy wasn't ready to give up hope on a green jacket to complete the career Grand Slam, though he left Augusta National on Saturday with a 1-under 71 that left him wondering how many opportunities he threw away as so many other players were cashing in. It offers you a run around the par-5s. He was six shots behind. Hoffman was gunning to be a wire-to-wire victor, but a bogey on 14 and a double bogey on 16 on Saturday knocked him out of the lead.