Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finaleBy Kelly Sanders Apr 11, 2017
The smart money was on Jordan Spieth, two shots back, who was playing with Rickie Fowler, who began one shot behind.
A pack on three-under included 2013 Masters victor Adam Scott of Australia, 2013 US Open victor Justin Rose of England, Americans Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.
McIlroy believes he will need to match his best ever score at Augusta National to stand a chance of winning the Masters after a frustrating third round.
Justin Rose posted the lowest round on Saturday with a five-under 67 to take a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia heading in to what is set up to be a thrilling final round at the Masters.
After an opening-round 75 which featured a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th, Spieth was 10 shots adrift of leader Hoffman.
Garcia, who has recorded 22 top-10 finishes in majors without success, has the added incentive of being able to claim a first title on Sunday, which would have been the 60th birthday of two-time champion and fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros.
For the fourth consecutive gathering at Augusta National Golf Club, Spieth became a fixture on the famous white scoreboards. But after a wedge and a steely par-saving putt from Garcia, Rose missed a six-foot birdie attempt and what looked like a possible four-shot lead instead was just two.
Rose hit a ideal drive and was slightly over the back of the green about 25 yards from the hole on his second shot. Garcia would par the hole, but would go on to birdie the three other par-5s on the day and finished the day tied for first at 6 under par.
Jordan Spieth and Augusta National are a couple.
Now he's in a six-way tie for 11th place on 216 and will need something exceptional to challenge for the title against England's Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia of Spain.
Fowler joins 4-way tie at the top in Masters
William McGirt had a bogey on the opening hole of the second round of the Masters after just one to start the tournament. This type of spot is nothing new for the 37-year-old Spaniard, but he hasn't exactly shown he thrives in it.
He will play with Fowler in the second-to-last group this Sunday.
Charley Hoffman smiles as he walks off the 13th green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.
Garcia moved out to a quick lead by birdieing the first and third holes.
"Like I said [after the second round], when you go out there and do your best, there's nothing else you can ask yourself for". The Englishman shared second at the Masters in 2015 behind Spieth. "I just played so many times that I kind of feel like I'm not going to make many mistakes". Rose followed a bogey at 5 with three straight birdies, the last of which appeared to spook Garcia, who missed at short birdie putt at the eighth hole that would have kept him in the lead alone.
This year, it was a crooked number on a birdie hole in the first round.
Former world No. 1 Jason Day has struggled at the Masters this week, shooting 74-76 the first two rounds and surviving to the weekend right at the cut line of 6-over par.
"If I had any option to try and do something creative, I certainly would have done so", Rose said.
"You're thinking 'I want to be in the afternoon tee times, ' but once again, it's an opportunity".
Summerhays' eagle on the par-5, 510-yard 13th hole paced a 1-over-par 73 final round, and the Farmington native finished with a four-day total of 9-over 297 for 46th place in the tournament. "I thought the golf course would be hard today but it was nice to get out to five-under and hit our goal in the end".
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