Garcia takes share of Masters lead as Hoffman falters

England's Justin Rose takes a lot of confidence as well as a share of the lead into today's final round of the Masters.

Meanwhile, Fowler, a 36-hole co-leader, hung in with a one-under 71 and is in third, a stroke behind. I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor.

They're all in the mix, along with a cast of others, entering what should be a dramatic final round Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club. He's tied for 10th at even par with fellow Masters winners Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson.

Garcia, who is making his 19th appearance at The Masters, has come close to winning a major championship, having finished in a tie for fourth at Augusta in 2004, a tie for third at the US Open in 2005, and second at both the British Open (2007 and 2014) and the PGA Championship (1999 and 2008).

Sunday is a big day for William McGirt, who has remained among the leaders for three days.

"I'm certainly looking for my first green jacket. I have to continue to play good, aggressive golf".

Spieth said he's merely grateful for the chance after his hard opening round that included a 9 on the par-5 15th hole. 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18.

After a 272-yard drive gave him a peek at the green around the towering Georgia pines, he stuck his approach 2 feet from the flag for a tap-in.

"It would mean a lot", Garcia said of the possibility of ending his major drought on the birthday of Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54.

"Having a chance is the best thing - and winning it, I'm sure it's unbelievable". So you do have to calm yourself down, not get ahead of yourself, take some nice, deep breaths. And then, you know, just try to cope with whatever comes your way the best way possible.

"Jose sent me a handsome message on Wednesday night, and you know, he has a good touch when it comes down to those things". "We are not going to have much wind so it's going to be fun". "I look at every hole as a tough par". "I've got a long way to go before I worry about that".

"I'm just going to need the round of the year for me tomorrow".

Hoffman, who had nine birdies in the opening round, had just two on Friday to go with five bogeys to shoot 75.

He won four of the final five regulation holes at the tournament, all with birdies, to get into the play-off before another birdie on the first play-off hole completed quite an incredible comeback. "We hit a lot of good golf shots but didn't really make the majority", Willett said.

"That sort of stopped any momentum I had", McIlroy said.

  • Julie Sanders