Rose, Garcia on top at Masters after 3rd round

While the 54-hole lead is shared by Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia at 6-under par 204, Spieth surged into the storyline with a third-round 68 that left him two shots off the lead and with a chance to win for the second time in three years. Then Spieth ripped his second shot over the creek and to within 29 feet of the hole, setting up a two-putt birdie.

So McIlroy is six back of the co-leaders Rose and Garcia. I have an opportunity.

Rose, who also birdied the eighth, said he felt his strong finish to the third round coming.

"You're going to have to go out and play a good round of golf, and I think there's going to be four or five guys pretty much with the same mindset".

Rose had the round of the day with a 5-under-par 67.

Rickie Fowler is one shot off the pace heading into the final round of the Masters.

The 2015 Masters champion had a run of five birdies in 10 holes to get himself to a stroke behind leader Charley Hoffman late in third round. Moments later, he realized the ball had bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down it. Spieth flipped his club, tipped his cap and tapped in for another birdie.

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Jordan Spieth is in title contention for a fourth consecutive year at the Masters.

Greller responded, "Hit it to 20 feet". He will be paired in the final group with Rose, one of his friends.

Spieth, who has finished 2-1-2 in his only three Masters appearances, has battled back after being 10 shots from the lead after the first round.

McIlroy was only six shots behind, but he had 10 players ahead of him - Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, enough of them to make it hard to expect all of them to stumble on Sunday. He will be paired with Jordan Spieth (4-under) in the final round.

"As any tournament, I just like to get within three or four shots on a Sunday afternoon".

He's had his chances in the four majors, too, particularly in 2014 when he was among the top five at all four majors, including a tie for fifth behind victor Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

Jordan Spieth made an impression as he strolled off the 18th green Saturday with a 4-under total and confident grin. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.

A shot behind is Jordan Spieth, the 2015 green jacket victor who's never finished lower than a tie for second in three Masters appearances. He had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his debut in 2014 before Bubba Watson overtook him. "I didn't know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life", Spieth said.

Hoffman has been just barely hanging around since his spectacular 65 in Round 1, and he fell two strokes off the pace Saturday with a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole after hitting his tee shot into the water. Hoffman, who shared ninth past year, birdied the second and fourth holes but stumbled with a bogey at the par-3 sixth only to right himself at the ninth.

Tied for the tournament lead midway through his second round, he stumbled to a dispiriting bogey on the 10th hole.

Former Masters champion Adam Scott (69) is three shots back and Charl Schwartzel (68), another wearer of the green jacket, is four back. Five-under won the green jacket a year ago.

Rory McIlroy has more work to do if he wants that green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam. Mickelson shot 39 on the front and 74 for the round, leaving him in a tie for 21st and eight shots behind in his bid to become at age 46 the oldest Masters champion.

  • Julie Sanders