Jordan Spieth has another Masters Sunday splashdown on No. 12

Rose reclaimed the lead at the 16th hole with a brilliant tee shot, which set up an 8-foot birdie putt that pushed his score to 10 under. His 5 under included seven birdies and two bogeys, including a clean 31 with five birdies on the back.

Spieth, who also captured the 2015 US Open, was a Masters runner-up previous year after a Sunday back-nine meltdown.

Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, was seventh on 213 with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another stroke adrift with England's Lee Westwood and Belgium's Thomas Pieters on 215. It's the first time in his four appearances that he has not played in the final group at the Masters.

Justin Rose of England and Sergio Garcia of Spain are tied for the top spot at 6 under. "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 tomorrow".

"This will be a new experience, coming from behind to try to win this", Spieth said.

"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. He was so confident, in fact, that he was one of the last players to register for the tournament.

Garcia's almost two decades of major frustration added to the building back-nine tension at the year's first major tournament, with famed Amen Corner - the tricky 11th to 13th holes winding around Rae's Creek - awaiting the leaders.

The powers-that-be at Augusta National have always been all-powerful - at least when it comes to what goes on inside the gates of their course.

"It's going to be fun", said Fowler.

As usual, that includes Jordan Spieth, two shots behind and in contention for the fourth straight year.

This week, Fowler feels even more ready to take that elusive step of becoming a major champion.

Ten players are under par heading into the final round, eight within five shots of the lead, meaning Sunday afternoon has the potential to be one of the Masters' most exciting - and pressure-packed - finales ever.

"I had some chances on the back nine I could have converted", said the world No 2.

Els has played the Masters 23 times. Fortunately for me, that bank seems to be a tiny bit longer this year. Rickie Fowler is one shot off the lead.

And his Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, who will "have a great opportunity".

"Just fighting hard", Garcia said.

After the first of those second-place finishes, by one shot to Tiger Woods at the 1999 PGA, many thought it was just a matter of time until the golfer they dubbed "El Nino" would win a major crown. His Friday 69 allowed him to bounce back from a first-day 75 that had him 10 back of Hoffman.

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