Garcia, Rose share Masters lead

The Masters started on Thursday and the first cut was made after the second round on Friday.

Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia share the lead heading into the final round of the Masters after a dramatic third day at Augusta National.

Garcia and Rose were at 6-under 210. Can he catch Jack Nicklaus for six green jackets?

Rose, the 2013 US Open victor, birdied five of the last seven holes to shoot 67 in ideal conditions to join the 37-year-old Spaniard, this week's only player with three sub-par rounds, on six-under 210 through 54 holes at Augusta National. Belgium's Pieters, trying to become the first Masters debutante since 1979 to win the green jacket, eagled the par-5 13th and opened with his lone bogey, shot 68.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts after making a putt on the sixth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

"Yesterday's round was huge, and it was bigger than today's in my opinion, because it gave me that chance", he said.

Not to be overlooked was a 10-foot birdie chance on the 14th, and a 5-foot birdie putt he missed on No. 11, the toughest hole on the back nine. "One shot lead starting the day doesn't mean much". Rickie is a very confident player. But I'm certainly not at the point where I'm getting ahead of myself.

After Saturday's round at the Masters, it seems clear that the new era at the tournament focuses on Jordan Spieth. "So I know that; if I am able to jump out into the lead, I know that you have to keep the gas pedal down and pretend you're not".

So channeling "The King", Spieth stepped up and made a swing so ideal that he was anxious his ball was going to end up beyond the green, but it settled nicely to set up a two-putt birdie.

This is the seventh Masters for the world number eight whose best finish at the year's first major came in 2014 when he tied for fifth. "Guys can either melt down or guys can come from behind and win big".

Next best of the Australians is Jason Day, who mounted a comeback with a third round 69, but at three over conceded his shot at a maiden Masters title may be out of reach. He's three strokes back of the leaders, which isn't too far away for a player of Scott's capabilities. "Rickie's going to be searching for his first major".

Also two shots back are Ryan Moore (69 on Saturday) and Hoffman, who had 72.

Western Australian amateur Curtis Luck bogeyed the first hole on his way to a 3-over round of 75. Lee Westwood, a runner-up past year and in search of his first major title at age 43, had 68 and is five back as is Masters rookie Thomas Pieters (75).

"The wind won't be as much of a factor tomorrow so there should be more birdies", Fowler said. He led for the majority of the round, but a double-bogey on the 16th, pushed him down the leaderboard.

"And at the same time, I've been on both sides of it now, and I like the winning side better", Spieth said. "So he's going to have to play nice tomorrow and we'll get that Sunday pairing".

Could that be the case with Garcia's second shot Saturday at No. 13 than hung on a steep bank rather than bounce into the creek? It's a good place to be since the victor has come out of that group 21 of the past 26 years.

  • Julie Sanders