Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Rose joins Garcia at top of Masters leaderboard heading into final day

Rose joins Garcia at top of Masters leaderboard heading into final day

"The course was in magnificent shape, and it was there for the taking in the sense that if you played great golf, you were rewarded, but still had enough teeth that if you weren't on your game it was going to get you", said Justin Rose, who shot a low-round of the day 67 to land in a first-place tie at 6-under par.

Prior to Saturday, his third-round average at Augusta was 75.

As the two leaders fought out a topsy-turvy race the finish, 2013 Masters victor Scott was back in the club house 8 strokes behind Rose at 2 under for the tournament.

If you are into sentiment, or even karma, then Garcia, the native of Borriol, Spain, is your man. Sunday is the 60th anniversary of the birth of Seve Ballesteros, the most famous golfer ever from Spain and a two-time Masters victor. I have an opportunity.

"I took advantage of the par fives - 8, 13, 15 - and stole a couple more", Rose said. "You have to go out and play a good round of golf".

"Everybody knows with this back nine, anything can happen", Hoffman said.

Garcia, the most vexed player without a major in his generation, hung his head when a 4-iron from the first cut of rough on the par-5 13th came out soft and disappeared into the tributary of Rae's Creek in front of the green.

And Spieth rained birdies Saturday in a Tiger-like fashion, recording five birdies in a 10-hole stretch that catapulted him near the top of the Augusta leaderboard - again.

Day has struggled in recent weeks, his best finish in his last three tournaments was a tie for 23rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month. Garcia made a chip and a putt for a birdie.

Fortunately for me, that bank seems to be a tiny bit longer this year.

For the fourth year in a row, the 23-year-old Spieth has a good chance to win the Masters.

That gave the 37-year-old Spaniard two putts from 12 feet for the victory, and his putt swirled into the cup.

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Garcia and Rose were at 6-under 210.

Also looking to break his major duck, Rickie Fowler is in the group behind at five under par, alongside Jordan Spieth on four under.

"Tomorrow all those guys are going to stumble, when you've got Spieth and Fowler and Rory, [plus] some [players] the non-golf media don't know as well, but the Charley Hoffmans and William McGirts, those guys are tough".

The second-to-last group today, off at 2:35 p.m., will feature good friends Spieth and Fowler.

"We're in a positon now where we", Spieth said, "I think, can go out there and win this thing".

If Spieth wins after trailing by 10 after 18 holes, it would be the best 54-hole victory fightback in Masters history.

Not with six players within four shots of the lead, and eight more within five shots. Two holes later, he almost holed a wedge from the 15th fairway.

"Waking up and you have a chance to win your favorite tournament that you've dreamt of winning and competing in since you were a kid, and to be able to have your fourth opportunity now ..."

"I'm going to need my best score around here, 65, to have a chance".

Jordan Spieth (6th) put together a second consecutive sub-70 round to get to within two shots, tied with Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, who led the first two days and most of Saturday before his tee shot on 16 found water and led to a double bogey. Adam Scott, the 2013 champ, worked his way up to 3 under and three strokes back with his second straight 69 on Saturday. Lee Westwood still is in contention at 1-under, as his Thomas Pieters, who also is 1-under.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, a four-time major champion trying to complete a career grand slam by winning the Masters, close with a bogey to shoot 73 Friday.

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