Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters heading in to final day
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 1:26
A thrilling final day of the Masters is in store after Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia claimed the third-round lead, with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth heading a star-studded chasing pack. "I plan to play aggressive at this point".
And Spieth, of course, has a roller coaster of stakes to play for on Sunday.
Palmer died last September but his presence has been felt everywhere at Augusta National. "I feel like I've played 13 well all week and got nothing out of it, and today I feel like I got a nice break". "I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both my idols as a Masters victor".
Unsurprisingly it was a par-five which played the easiest, with the 13th regaining its title from the opening day. "I'm looking forward to it".
"I think it's going to be a long, hard-fought day", Fowler said.
"Even after a couple of bogeys I was still positive that there were a lot of holes I could get to".
"My mentality has changed a little bit, the way I'm taking things, particularly this week at Augusta", he said. I'll just try to take my chances, birdie the par fives, birdie some of the other holes and try not to make too many mistakes. "It's going to be a good time, and Jordan and I are going out and having some fun". He had a bogey on the second hole but rebounded with a birdie on the third.
Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, is alone in seventh at 3-under 213 after shooting a 69. This time, he will start Sunday's final round two shots adrift of Justin Rose, and yet he believes that slender deficit could work to his advantage. In this year's third-round he shot a 2-under-par 70 to put himself in serious contention to win his first (and astonishingly overdue) major title on a Sunday that would have been Seve's 60 birthday.
One day after the first four-way tie at the halfway mark in a Masters since 1973, there's still hardly any breathing room at the top.
The 23-year-old American birdied the par-three sixth hole, sunk a 20-foot putt at the eighth and produced a sumptuous iron shot into the ninth green to get to three under.
The strong start was erased midway through his front nine, though, with a bogey on 5 and double-bogey on 7.
He had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, but on the back nine, he had two birdies and seven pars. The 2015 Masters champion vaulted up the leaderboard Saturday, shooting a four-under-par 68 to put him into a tie for fourth place. I was just in between clubs on both those holes and took the wrong one on both and left myself in awkward positions.
World number two Rory McIlroy made a fast start on Saturday but was unable to maintain momentum and ended up at level par.
"I had a great chance on 11 and 14".
Redemption could potentially be on the cards, with Spieth one of three players who will head into the final round two shots off the lead. "I know that; if I am able to jump out into the lead, I know that you have to keep the gas pedal down and pretend you're not".
The 27-year-old battled back from being three over par after eight holes to card an opening 72, but subsequent scores of 73 and 71 meant a closing 69 left the four-time major victor well off the pace on three under par.