Spieth will need resilience again to win Masters

He's two shots out of the lead held jointly by Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. Another shot back is 2011 victor Charl Schwartzel.

Charley Hoffman hits from a bunker on the second hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. We kind of knew that we were being tested at that point in the tournament. Instead, Spieth opened with bogeys on two of his first three holes. He could have won in two putts but rolled it in for a birdie. He died in 2011 at age 54.

"It's fantastic. To do it on his 60th birthday and to join him and Olazabal, my two idols in golf my whole life, it's something wonderful", Garcia said as he was presented with a famous green jacket by 2016 champion Danny Willett in Butler Cabin. Jordan Spieth, who's gone second-first-second in his first three Masters, fought back from an opening 75 to climb into contention at 4-under 212.

Sergio, if you don't know, is the Spanish golfer who's been one of the world's best almost 20 years now.

If you like English golfers, then Rose is your man.

A year ago, Fowler missed the cut.

"That was a two-shot swing", Rose said. I'm looking for my first Masters, my first green jacket. This is a place I would dearly love to be part of history here. There are wonderful story lines in a major championship.

Rose's best Masters finish was second in 2015.

The Spaniard and Englishman began the final round sharing top spot on the leaderboard, with American young guns Rickie Fowler and 2015 victor Jordan Spieth in hot pursuit. Hoffman lost his lead when he made double bogey on No. 16. Five-under won the green jacket a year ago.

Garcia pulled three shots ahead Sunday with two early birdies and a bogey by Rose at the fifth.

"You have to be patient", Fowler said.

"I really am getting more comfortable. You know, you can put yourself in bad positions even trying to play the safe spot".

Garcia further emulated Olazabal by becoming the first champion since him to eagle a hole on the back nine, the new champion carding his at the par-five 15th, the same hole his hero achieved the feat on his way to his first win in 1994.

Justin Rose is one good day from Masters nirvana.

Trouble has followed Garcia throughout his major career. The Spaniard has the worst average (74.92) of any player in the third round of the Masters since 1990, but exorcised those demons Saturday with a 2-under 70.

Rose could use another back nine like he had Saturday. On 15, he made a 4-footer for the birdie.

"I feel great. After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said. "Thirteen obviously was one of them". "I was very happy with the way I struck the ball". "I think I probably could have shot a 67 or 68, but just a few too many wasted opportunities". And I did, I was two yards into the rough so many times and it makes a huge difference on controlling the distance out of the rough.

Still, with all that talent at the top, the real favorite might be Spieth.

NOTEWORTHY No one has ever made a quadruple bogey and won the Masters.

His Masters finishes are second, first and second. After the third, he was two back after a 4-under 68 that included a tribute to Arnold Palmer.

Instead of faulting himself, Rose was quick to praise Garcia on his performance - especially over the final five holes. Fowler and Spieth in the penultimate group.

  • Julie Sanders