Rose, Garcia lead the way entering final round at Masters

His best Masters finish was sharing fourth in 2004.

Putting more efficiently than anyone in the field and taking care of the big moments, Fowler of Murrieta shot 5-under-par 67 in the gusty sunshine and joined a four-man scramble for the tournament lead.

Garcia and Rose were at 6-under 210. So to answer your question, I would say, first of all, hitting greens in regulation, I thought we've done a great job of - especially yesterday in the conditions, I hit maybe 15 of them.

"It was a joy to play today", said Rose, who captured the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion and the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last summer.

Garcia has been taking a methodical journey to what he hopes is his first-ever major championship.

Rose played in the final group when Jordan Spieth won in 2015 with a record-tying score, finishing at 14-under 274 that year, which tied for lowest non-winning score and has been bettered only six times in tournament history.

Reynolds said Moore and Hoffman, who each opened at 150-1 odds to win the Masters, will be more comfortable playing together. "I sort of got the balance right today, but I didn't take my opportunities when I could have". That's all you want but really it starts on the back nine. "I think had I been two or three shots behind, I still would have felt that I was in great position going into tomorrow, which leads me to understand everybody's mindset behind me".

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, hits to the seventh hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Ballesteros, who died in 2011, won two green jackets among his five majors, as did fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal.

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Tiger Woods may not be playing this year, and Dustin Johnson may have dropped out before his first tee shot.

Had he taken two of them, he would have been within four of the lead and in real striking distance. Fowler fired a 1-under 71 that leaves him one shot off the lead, and Hoffman is two shots back after carrying a four-stroke advantage into Friday's round.

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler don't know what it feels like to win a major. Sergio Garcia, who started the round tied for first, was tied with Spieth halfway through the round.

In a game that needs players with visibility, it will be hard to avoid Fowler if he goes ahead and wins this Masters championship.

Justin Rose is back in the clubhouse with a 5-under 67 and a share of the Masters lead. Hoffman was gunning to be a wire-to-wire victor, but a bogey on 14 and a double bogey on 16 on Saturday knocked him out of the lead.

Western Australian amateur Curtis Luck bogeyed the first hole on his way to a 3-over round of 75. Lee Westwood still is in contention at 1-under, as his Thomas Pieters, who also is 1-under.

"(I) could've stolen a couple more (shots)", he said.

Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Adam Scott are four strokes back. "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this tournament, and no matter what happens at the end, we will have a chance to win with a really good round (Sunday)". Good shots were rewarded, but if you got sloppy you could get on the wrong side.

"He has a good touch when it comes down to those things", he said. "So he's going to have to play nice tomorrow and we'll get that Sunday pairing".

But the top of the leaderboard entering Sunday's final round at the Masters is a marketer's dream, loaded with some of golf's biggest stars. A year ago was an exception to the rule as Danny Willett came out of the third-to-last group to win.

"After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said. Mickelson, at 2 over, is eight shots behind the co-leaders.

  • Joanne Flowers