Rose, Garcia tied for Masters lead after three rounds

If we are honest with ourselves these days, we have to admit that none of us really knows if we will see Tiger Woods play in the Masters again.

Not since a storm-struck Masters 44 years ago ended in a Monday finish had so many people shared the midway lead.

The Englishman, who has four previous top-10 finishes at the Augusta National, was level par for the round after 11, only to blitz the final seven holes. He drilled a 5-iron into 30 feet and narrowly missed the eagle putt.

The Englishman was grinding away in calm conditions at Augusta on Saturday, struggling to find the rewards to move him into contention at the year's first major.

Rose, who had the day's low round with 5-under-par 67, shares the lead with Garcia (70).

Right next to him was Charley Hoffman, playing in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three years.

Fowler is happy to be playing alongside Spieth, his close friend.

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Also two shots back are Ryan Moore (69 on Saturday) and Hoffman, who had 72. "I think I probably could have shot a 67 or 68, but just a few too many wasted opportunities". "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)". I hit some good shots on the back nine coming in.

He was five shots behind until a tee shot to the left pin on No 12 landed 5 feet from the cup, starting his run of birdies.

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. "There's wonderful storylines", Rose said. "Because it gives you the possibility of getting a break like that".

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts after making his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. They are at 6-under 210 for 54 holes.

He shot a 1-under 71 to make sure he will play in the second-last group in the final round.

"I don't think anyone is going to put themselves far enough out front where they can cruise in", Fowler said.

Lots of guys are going for "crazy good" numbers Sunday.

Spieth, undone by a quadruple bogey in the opening round, started slowly and finished strong with birdies on the 16th and 18th for a 69. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.

Two-time major victor Spieth is hoping to banish memories of last year's spectacular final-day collapse by winning his second Masters.

This is the fifth and final year of Els' exemption from winning his fourth major at the 2012 British Open.

Charging up the U.S. Masters leaderboard, Jordan Spieth stood on the 13th fairway on Saturday, turned to his caddie Michael Greller and asked: "What would Arnie do?" "We weren't going to win any awards in the last two holes with me being in the woods, but the support he (Couples) gets is incredible".

Amongst those in the chasing pack are 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott and 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel. 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).

Rory McIlroy has more work to do if he wants that green jacket to complete a career Grand Slam. He was six shots behind.

Phil Mickelson started out birdie-birdie before his round fell apart with a chunked wedge on No. 3 that led to double bogey.

  • Julie Sanders