Rose, Garcia lead Masters as Spieth lurks

Spieth, who squandered a five-shot lead with nine holes to play a year ago, will start Masters Sunday two behind joint leaders Justin Rose (67) and Sergio Garcia (70) and one behind Rickie Fowler (71).

Justin Rose of England plays his second shot on the fifth hole during the third round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. If he can keep the form he showed in the front nine on Saturday, that green jacket might just be within reach.

Pieters, a Masters rookie, and Fowler teed off first, then Hoffman and Garcia followed. "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night whether those missed opportunities hurt my chances".

"That sort of stopped any momentum I had", McIlroy said.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Justin Rose had a back-nine charge so common at Augusta National. Mickelson, at 2 over, is eight shots behind the co-leaders.

Only 10 players were under par before the start of Sunday's final round, but a thrilling "moving day" set the scene for a sunny Augusta. He chipped up to tap-in range, turning a potential bogey into a birdie. I want to give myself a chance for it to be enough.

Spieth said his Masters tournament so far has been representative of his year: "It's been slow starts, and just grind it out".

Rickie Fowler, also seeking his first major title, had two late birdies in a 71 and is one stroke back in solo third.

Fowler, a social media star who said earlier this week he probably hasn't achieved as much as he would have liked, never felt better going into the final round of a major, nor has he ever been so close to the lead with 18 holes to play.

He will be paired with Spieth in the penultimate group.

"I had José send me, obviously Seve couldn't do it, but José sent me a attractive message on Wednesday night and you know, he has a good touch when it comes down to those things".

Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole in the third round at the 2017 Masters. He also pulled off a shot from the pine straw on the 13th by telling his caddie, "What would Arnie do?" He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68. The 23-year-old Texan had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his debut in 2014 before Bubba Watson overtook him. "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)".

Pieters or Rahm, the Spaniard who is rated as one of the most exciting new talents in golf, could become the first newcomers to Augusta to win the Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

He was helped by a break at the par-five 13th, where his second-shot approach landed short and looked headed for a splash in Rae's Creek before coming to rest just above the hazard. He played 1 under the rest of the way, though he still was 10 shots worse than his score on Thursday.

Former Masters champion Adam Scott (69) is three shots back and Charl Schwartzel (68), another wearer of the green jacket, is four back.

Garcia's 20 years of major frustration include four runner-up efforts, the first of them to Tiger Woods as a teen in the 1999 PGA Championship. He was six shots behind.

He went 29 straight holes without a bogey until a three-putt from below the ridge on the par-3 16th.

  • Julie Sanders