Garcia grabs US Masters in play-off

All four players were seeking a first major title and knew the importance of staying close to the lead, with every Masters champion since 1990 being inside the top five after 54 holes.

The American sensation is desperate to make amends for his meltdown 12 months ago that saw him blow his second Green Jacket.

Rose, who had the day's low round with 5-under-par 67, shares the lead with Garcia (70).

This is Rose's fifth time holding the lead at Augusta after a round.

There's Jordan Spieth, who "obviously has a special relationship the Masters", Rose said.

The two-time major victor, a 2015 Masters champion who famously opened to door to Willett past year by inexplicably throwing away a five-shot lead on the back nine, carded a brilliant four-under 68 - including redemption at the 15th, where he produced a truly ugly quadruple-bogey 9 two days ago - to put himself firmly in contention.

Reynolds said Moore and Hoffman, who each opened at 150-1 odds to win the Masters, will be more comfortable playing together.

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia at the top. The reigning Olympic champion and 2013 US Open victor, who shared second-place honours at Augusta in 2015, hit a dazzling second-nine 31 en route to a third-round 5-under-par 67 that left him on 6-under for the tournament. It offers you a run around the par-5s. Hoffman has four holes remaining in his round.

That left McIlroy promising an aggressive approach to his third round as he reflected on the error of his tentative ways at the same stage 12 months earlier, when caution failed to stay the course in a last-pairing battle with Jordan Spieth. Can he catch Jack Nicklaus for six green jackets?

It's hard to know if Spieth is the favourite, even though he's two behind, because of his record here.

Spieth, who recovered with a three-under 69 on Friday, started his third round with five pars, but three birdies in four holes before the turn catapulted him into contention.

Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, made eagle at No. 15 and finished at 68. He has followed that with 69 on Friday and 68 on Saturday to move to within two shots of the lead. He cut the margin by another stroke after a birdie on the 13th hole, Spieth's third one of the week.

Els has played the Masters 23 times. Then he bogied the 14th and put his tee shot in the water on 16 and finished with a double bogey. It was his highest score in 79 rounds at Augusta National. He had to take a penalty shot to get out and his third shot landed 89 yards short of the green.

The 47-year-old South African was in last place, one behind Larry Mize.

No kidding. Another wild afternoon at Augusta National featured major rallies and big fades, sorting out the standings.

Sergio Garcia has a share of the lead after three rounds at the Masters.

But neither had the round they envisioned, with Spieth carding a 3-over 75 and Fowler closing with 4-over 76.

But it was the 11th hole that removed him from the list of viable contenders - he three-putted from five feet for a double bogey. The two players in the final group are both 3 under for the day and 9 under overall, setting up a magnificent finish at the Masters.

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

Hoffman shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a four-stroke lead. He will play with Fowler in the second-to-last group this Sunday.

The conclusion of the 2017 Masters is upon us, and the leaderboard is absolutely stacked. He tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters, who ran off four birdies on the back nine.

  • Julie Sanders