Justin Rose ties Sergio Garcia for lead
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 17:50
Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion whose back-nine Sunday meltdown previous year cost him a repeat crown, fired a 68 to share fourth on 212 with fellow Americans Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, a co-leader until finding the water at the par-3 16th and making a double-bogey.
Rose was an afterthought, five shots behind, when his tee shot to a left pin on the par-3 12th dropped in 5 feet from the hole for the first of five birdies on the back nine.
He will be paired with Jordan Spieth (4-under) in the final round. I'm a major champion, but I'm looking for more.
"He has a good touch when it comes down to those things", he said. "Hopefully he helps a little bit tomorrow from up there and tomorrow we'll have something good to celebrate". Good shots were rewarded, but if you got sloppy you could get on the wrong side.
A year ago, Fowler missed the cut.
If he can handle the pressure after 19 years of trying, a long stint of being rebuffed at this level of golf, on Sunday, he'll stand a chance. "It doesn't feel out of place". I feel good about everything. "I don't think anyone will put themselves too far out in front where they can cruise in". I haven't swung my best this week or as good as I have the past few weeks. "I think all of us did".
He safely negotiated Amen Corner, where he came to grief spectacularly in the final round past year, and picked up further birdies at the par-five 13th and 15th holes before dropping his only shot of the day at the par-three 16th. He shot a respectable 71 but lost ground and is six shots back in his pursuit of the final leg of a career Grand Slam. I love any chance I get to come here.
Former world No. 1 Jason Day has started the third round of the Masters, just not where he had hoped when the week began.
Hoffman shot 65 on Thursday, one of the top rounds in recent Masters history considering the winds, and led by four.
Charley Hoffman had a birdie on the ninth hole to make the turn with a two-stroke lead in Saturday's third round at the Masters. He had it to as low as 7-under Saturday before faltering to a third-round 72, though, leaving him two shots out of the lead at 4-under. He had a bogey on the second hole but rebounded with a birdie on the third. I gave myself a chip and a chair. It was a bad one. I was able to regroup and make a couple pars coming in, two birdie looks. "The course was in magnificent shape, and it was there for the taking in the sense that if you played great golf, you were rewarded, but still had enough teeth that if you weren't on your game, it was going to get you".
Spieth put himself in position to continue his extraordinary record at the Masters, which he won in 2015 and finished tied second in 2014 and 2016.
"I may as well swing freely", he said. "I guess the golf course was Tiger-proofed at one point". That's all you want but really it starts on the back nine on Sunday. I don't overpower it. My fairways hit is 55 percent.
Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, fired four birdies on a bogey-free front nine to reach one-under, while American Ryan Moore fired a 69 to reach the clubhouse on 143.
Ryder Cup partners Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters complete the top-ten on -1.
Adding to the drama for Garcia is the fact that Sunday's final round falls on what would have been the 60th birthday of his idol, Seve Ballesteros, a two-time Masters champion who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54. "I'm going to need something like that to have a chance tomorrow", McIlroy said.