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- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 11:13
Following a two-year drought that saw him drop out of the Top 10 in the golf rankings and miss the cut in three major championships, Fowler is tied for first place at Augusta heading into weekend play.
Hoffman will be in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three years, with one big difference. Instead of pouting, he figured out how to make par. The Big Easy had three double bogeys, and it got ugly at the end.
He was a new man with a new title: Masters champion.
"I knew that at some point bogeys were going to come", Garcia said.
Garcia led after the first three rounds and by four strokes on the final day only to lose a play-off to Padraig Harrington.
It was Woods that came out on top on that occasion, but it seemed unthinkable that 18 years later Garcia would still be seeking a first major win. In 2014 he finished 5-2-2-3 in the four majors. With no way to get it close, Hoffman played it safe and wound up with a two-putt par from 20 feet.
Fowler almost took the outright lead on 18 but his birdie putt barely missed.
He crouched in disbelief, both fists clenched and shaking, and he shouted above the loudest roar of the day.
"Ser-gee-oh! Ser-gee-oh!" the delirious gallery chanted to Garcia. "He was playing extremely well", Garcia said.
"I know that anything can happen (laughter)".
THIS SUNDAY WOULD have marked the legendary Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday. "I've been able to transition from the game to [designing courses] to charity [work], and [those are] things that I've really enjoyed being part of".
His chin was up. "If there's anyone to lose to today at least its Sergio, he's had his fair share of heartbreak", Rose told CBS Sports. "He deserves it", Rose said.
Tied going to the back nine, Garcia immediately fell two shots behind with wild shots into the pine straw bed under the trees. 6 and 8, and short par putts at Nos.
They wound up tied for the lead Saturday on a tense afternoon that set the stage for a Masters finale still up for grabs.
Everyone figured this was coming, right? Garcia has a chance to seal the win - talk about pressure! Four times he was runner-up.
Thomas Pieters has imagined himself sinking the winning putt at Augusta National countless times. But right when it looked to be over, momentum shifted to Garcia. He drilled a 5-iron into 30 feet and narrowly missed the eagle putt.
William McGirt might be the most unlikely name on the leaderboard.
Garcia birdied the 14th to cut the deficit to one. Spieth took a drop more to the left of where he chunked his second ball in the water a year ago, got on and two-putted for a 5.
Garcia safely hit the green, and Rose hit his third shot on. A wayward third shot left him with a 63-foot par attempt. After Saturday's round, we are treated to what tends to be one of the finest spectacles on the sporting diary on Sunday with the victor bagging a purse of €1,700,000 for their work over the course of four days, it tends to ne a nervy affair.
Rickie Fowler finally got to the top of the leaderboard in a major and didn't have much of a view.
Rory McIlroy was a shot further back in pursuit of the win he needs to complete the career grand slam, with Martin Kaymer another stroke back after following an opening 78 with a 68. Rickie Fowler is one shot off the lead.
Justin Rose has a two-shot lead with five holes to play at the Masters.
None of the four have ever won a major crown. In total, he's won 18 major championships since trying professional in 1961.