Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia tied for Masters lead heading into final round
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:58
At the Masters, Spieth has recent memories of both.
If you like sentiment, or even karma, then the Borriol, Spain, native is your man. Sunday would be the 60th anniversary of the birth of Seve Ballesteros, the most famous golfer ever from Spain and two-time Masters victor.
Justin Rose was bloodied but unbowed after losing to Sergio Garcia in a dramatic playoff at the U.S. Masters on Sunday.
Spain's Sergio Garcia, who has yet to win a major tournament in 73 starts, started Saturday in a four-way tie for the lead.
English golfer Justin Rose and Spanish rival Sergio Garcia head into the final round of the Masters out in front with a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler in a tight contest with just five shots separating the top 10.
The highlight of an otherwise frustrating day was Spieth's finish. And when he surveyed the landscape, he's not sure any of that matters.
Much like Garcia, Fowler was made to dig deep at times during his one-under round of 71.
"I think it's going to be tough for someone to really run and distance themselves too much, with the possibilities of what you can do on the back nine", he said. Spieth felt good about his chances while playing catch up.
"I have an opportunity", Rose said. Instead, Spieth opened with bogeys on two of his first three holes. By then, he already was squarely back in the mix with a few good bounces and his frightening touch on the greens.
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. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68. In 2016, Spieth squandered a big lead when he hit into Rae's Creek twice on his way to a quadruple-bogey 7 at the 12th.
Only one player - Craig Stadler in 1982 - shot as high as 75 in the first round and went on to win.
Moore will play in the final round with Hoffman, who had been in the lead since an impressive opening 65 in blustery winds, but dropped three shots over the closing holes on Saturday on the way to a 72.
"Having a chance of winning a major and winning here at Augusta, it's extra exciting. I'm going to need something like that to have a chance tomorrow", McIlroy said. But Garcia can't take advantage also missing his shot at claiming his first ever major.
Only 10 players remained under par, all of them separated by five shots.
A pack on three-under included 2013 Masters victor Adam Scott of Australia, 2013 US Open victor Justin Rose of England, Americans Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.
England's Lee Westwood, runner-up previous year, shot 68 to finish at one under along with Belgian Thomas Pieters, the joint overnight leader who struggled to a scrappy 75. And there is always the chance a late run could challenge whoever may be up top. "They don't have to play with a guy who has won major championships".
"Fortunately for me, that bank seems to be a tiny bit longer this year, which is nice, " Garcia said, "because it gives you the possibility of getting a break like that". "But at the end of the day, that's part of the game".
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The Masters, also commonly known as the Masters Tournament or US Masters, is a professional golf tournament that takes place every April.