Former world No. 1 Jason Day 1st off on Saturday

He even got a fortunate break - yes, Sergio Garcia had that happen in a major - when his second shot on 13 dipped into the hazard, but stayed up on the shaved bank above the creek.

"Being in position going into Saturday here at the Masters is going to be special", Hoffman said.

Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, is alone in seventh at 3-under 213 after shooting a 69.

Fowler is desperate to land his first Major title, but admits he will calm himself down and go slow in a bid not to get over excited.

We are already halfway through The Masters, with two days of action having taken place. "I plan to play aggressive because at this point, it's win or go home".

"I had a great chance on 11 and 14".

England's Justin Rose will head into the final day of the 2017 Masters tied for the lead after a terrific display of patience and poise on Saturday (8 April).

England's Lee Westwood, runner-up previous year, shot 68 to finish at one under along with Belgian Thomas Pieters, the joint overnight leader who struggled to a scrappy 75.

"People talk about Augusta so much".

Day recalled a round at the John Deere Classic when he was first on the course and shot a 72 in just under 2 hours.

"In order to win this tournament you have to play to win".

The four-time major victor, who needs to win a green jacket to become the sixth player to complete a career grand slam, hit a superb pitch to three feet but missed the par putt to leave himself five shots off the lead.

"That sort of stopped any momentum I had", McIlroy said. "All in all it's not that bad". Let us know who you think will finish on top of the day three leader board in Augusta? "There were a couple times when it literally flipped 180 degrees". Like Mickelson, but unlike Spieth for the most part, he played with a swashbuckling style.

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson would become the oldest victor in Masters history two months before his 47th birthday by taking his fourth green jacket. "I'm still within five of the lead going into the weekend with better conditions on the way. I'm playing well", Mickelson said.

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.

It was five years ago at this tournament that Garcia uttered these immortal words: "If I felt like I could win, I would do it".

Fowler came out with the best round of the day, mixing an eagle (on the par-five second hole), four birdies and a bogey.

The 23-year-old Texan is a cool customer away from the course, but in the heat of competition, he sometimes launches into a running commentary on how he's playing. "I have to play incredibly well".

"I've shot low ones here before".

"After finishing 12th here in 2012, Garcia famously claimed he was not good enough to win a major, but said on Friday: "'I was frustrated then but I probably didn't accept things as well as I should have.

Hoffman has largely struggled since opening the Masters with an impressive seven-under 65 in the first round, which doesn't inspire confidence in his chances of continuing to contend into the final round.

  • Salvatore Jensen