I need round of my life to win says Rory McIlroy
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 4:58
Garcia himself had said, in a moment of self-pity, that he didn't have what it takes to win a major.
"The first two days you had to be patient to stay in it, and today I made some good par saves to keep the round going", said Fowler, who finished fifth or better in all four majors in 2014, but does not have a top-10 result since. Sergio Garcia received the kind of break that allowed him to wonder if maybe the golfing gods are finally on his side after all these years.
"This tournament was just not for me", said the South African, a Masters runner-up in 2000 and 2004.
"To wake up with a chance to win your favorite tournament and to have a fourth opportunity now, I didn't know going into my first one if I'd have five chances in my life". His rally took off on Saturday with five birdies on a 10-hole stretch for a 68 to leave him just two back heading into the final round.
An errant tee shot at the 14th wound up on the pine straw right of the fairway, his view of the green obstructed by several trees. Rose started with an even-par front nine on Saturday, but closed with five birdies on his last seven holes to race up the leaderboard and finish at 6-under for three rounds after a 67. His short game had the answer for the only hiccoughs, with deft chips to set up his birdies at Nos.
Garcia said it was simple: his mind was free of his Augusta demons. There's exceptions like Jordan Spieth, that he played one, he nearly won it and then the next one he won. His approaches land 34 feet, 4 inches from the hole, on average.
LEADING Justin Rose (67) and Sergio Garcia (70) were at 6-under 210. Also an afterthought was Rickie Fowler, who started one shot behind and shot 76.
And most menacing, two shots back is Jordan Spieth, the 2015 victor who has never finished lower than second in three previous appearances at Augusta National.
The second-to-last group today, off at 2:35 p.m., will feature good friends Spieth and Fowler. The swashbuckling Arnold Palmer after all did not win four Green Jackets and 62 PGA Tour titles playing it safe.
"I don't think anyone is going to put themselves far enough out front where they can cruise in".
Jordan Spieth faced an important decision on Saturday at the par-5 13th at Augusta National Golf Club. There are 10 golfers in red numbers and another 10 within seven shots of the leaders. Two holes later, he almost holed a wedge from the 15th fairway.
Spieth, 23, won the Masters two years ago and was runnerup last year after losing a five-shot lead on the back nine. Having a chance of winning a major and winning here at Augusta, it's extra exciting.
"I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor", he said.
But Hoffman, one of four to share the overnight lead after the first two rounds, slipped behind Rose and Garcia after finding water on the par-three 16th and ending with a double bogey. He is now just two strokes off the lead. "We made our goal which was to shoot four (under par) which was going to give us a chance tomorrow".
As former victor Charl Schwartzel (-6) made a push along with debutant Thomas Pieters (-5) Matt Kuchar (-6) stole the show and got the crowd going with a sensational hole-in-one on the 16.
As usual, the contenders include Jordan Spieth, two shots behind and in contention for the fourth straight year.
Charl Schwartzel (two under), Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters (both one under) are next in line, with Rory McIlroy hopes of a career grand slam of golf majors slipping after he could only get to even for the tournament.