Masters expert picks: Who will win Sunday at Augusta National?
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 15:58
At even par are three past champions in Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth, all capable of grabbing this event by the throat over the weekend.
A bit of background is important at this point: Spieth has played the Masters three times, finishing second, first and second.
Hoffman was at 7 under when he rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 13, looking very much like he would defy those who expected the journeyman player to melt away under the glare of an Augusta weekend.
Garcia has never cracked 70 in a Masters third round, going a combined 38-over par in prior third rounds for an average score of 75.
Westwood finds himself still five shots adrift of leader Charley Hoffman, who still has six holes left to play.
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QUOTEWORTHY "I know that anything can happen".
Fowler spent his time in the next-to-last group hitting fairways and greens.
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Bob Harig: Jordan Spieth.
"Jordan has a special relationship with the Masters; he's going to feel great about his chances", Rose said. "That's all you want but really it starts on the back nine on Sunday", said Rose.
"I think [Augusta] is the kind of place that if you're trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down", Garcia said.
Rose could use another back nine like he had Saturday. The Hollywood golfer shot four birdies on the way to a -1 round on 71.
Garcia nudged out England's Justin Rose, who also finished on nine under par at the end of the fourth round on Sunday in Augusta, Georgia. He chipped up to tap-in range, turning a potential bogey into a birdie. But I had confidence that I would have my run. "Because it gives you the possibility of getting a break like that".
Garcia and Rose were at 6-under 210.
Spieth, the 23-year-old Texan who shot 75 to open the Masters, including an ugly nine on the 15th hole, followed his 69 on Friday with a smooth 68 on Saturday to play himself to nearly the very top of the leaderboard. Two holes later, he almost holed a wedge from the 15th fairway.
So Sunday he will be in the final group with Garcia, his friend and frequent European Ryder Cup teammate. I needed to get into the red.
"A couple of my good putts somehow didn't drop and I better keep doing the same thing and tomorrow roll them all in".
Perhaps the most daunting name at Augusta National was Spieth, who began this Masters with a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole of the opening round and was 10 shots out of the lead when he trudged off the course on Thursday.
Charl Schwartzel, who won the Masters in 2011, shot his way back into contention with a 4-under 68 Saturday to finish Round 3 at 2 under. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.
"They were all good swings and I was proud of them and I'm really happy with the way that we finished off this round to get back to red, because for a while there it was just, you know, 'What are we doing?' And I wasn't doing much wrong", Spieth said.
"Waking up and you have a chance to win your favorite tournament that you've dreamed of winning and competing in since you were a kid, and to be able to have your fourth opportunity now". He closed with hard, par-saving 7 footers on the 17th and 18th holes.
Yet McIlroy failed to concern them last night, despite an early birdie at the par-five second.
Also challenging were Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, at three under, with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another shot back. Lee Westwood, a runner-up a year ago, also had a 68 and was five shots back.
It looks like Rory McIlroy's career Grand Slam will remain incomplete. He was six shots behind. His short game had the answer for the only hiccoughs, with deft chips to set up his birdies at Nos.