Rose and Garcia lead the Masters going into final roundBy Kelly Sanders Apr 13, 2017
We all know what happened previous year as he fell apart late and effectively coughed up his second straight green jacket. Both men lie on -6, with Rickie Fowler leading the chasing pack on -5.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Augusta National's 12th hole got Jordan Spieth again.
Adding to the drama is the fact that Sunday's final round falls on what would have been the 60th birthday of his idol, countryman Seve Ballesteros, a two-time Masters champion who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54. But it was Garcia who flirted with the lead only to falter. "You know, it would be nice to have a chance and hopefully do it".
If you like English golfers, then Rose is your man. He not only won that honor but was the first Mid-Am champion to even make the cut.
"There's wonderful storylines [heading into the last round]", Rose said. Fowler could win his first Green Jacket with a great day on Sunday. "But I have loved every minute of being here and I'll come back somehow". Starting in 2014, he has gone 4-4-7-5 at the 12th.
Pieters was the first to leave the rarefied air.
He pulled off a shot Saturday that would have made Arnold Palmer proud, a 4-iron off the pine straw and over the water on the 13th to 30 feet for a two-putt birdie.
Rahm had four birdies and one double bogey on Friday, and doesn't seem to know that he's too young to be in contention at the Masters.
Fowler floundered early, finishing the 10th hole at 1 over for the day.
However, after making a birdie on the par-five second, the Northern Irishman three-pu tted the fourth from 95 feet and had to scramble to save par on the next two holes.
Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale
For the fourth consecutive gathering at Augusta National Golf Club, Spieth became a fixture on the famous white scoreboards. After an opening-round 75 which featured a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th, Spieth was 10 shots adrift of leader Hoffman.
Fowler said he did himself no favors with his chipping and putting. "I'm playing good golf". You still have to play smart when you have to. For me the test was around six when I made bogey, I stayed with it and played well on the back nine.
"I'm in a great position", he said.
Garcia has never cracked 70 in a Masters third round, going a combined 38-over par in prior third rounds for an average score of 75. - Jason Day, who played with Augusta National member Jeff Knox because he was the first player off Saturday morning and is not allowed to play alone.
Only one player - Craig Stadler in 1982 - shot as high as 75 in the first round and went on to win. Day started at 6-over par after shooting 74-76 his first two days to fall 10 shots behind. But a wild second shot sprayed the patrons to the right of the green, leaving a treacherous third shot over a bunker. However, luck was on his side when he just managed to avoid going into Rae's Creek at 13 before recovering with a fine chip that set up a birdie. On 15, he made a 4-footer for the birdie.
On the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods' record-setting victory, which he led by nine shots after three rounds and turned the final round into a formality, this isn't expected to be a runaway. "Thirteen obviously was one of them".
"I think it's a really good thing", said Fowler, who birdied all four par 5s in the third round and is at 5-under 211. I wasn't quite good enough.
Though, Spieth's overall point remains questionable. His best Masters finish was sharing fourth in 2004. His 68 was the second lowest round of the day, behind Rose's 67.
KEY TEE TIMES Rose and Garcia, 1:45 p.m.; Fowler and Spieth, 1:35 p.m.
He will be paired with Spieth in the penultimate group. He had five or so "coin flips", or shots out of the rough, and he lost all five of them.
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