Masters 2017: Lee Westwood makes push for dream Augusta win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 19:46
Charley Hoffman finally cracked.
England's Justin Rose shares the Masters lead with Spain's Sergio Garcia after the third round of play at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Garcia's pivotal holes were a stunning 38-foot birdie putt at No. 5, which had three-putt written all over it; a huge break when his second shot into the par-5 13th green was heading for a tributary of Rae's Creek, only to have the ball hang up on the steep bank (he chipped on and made the birdie putt) and then at No. 18 when an indifferent iron shot left him with a 58-foot putt. Our golf expert, Kyle Porter, is choosing Fowler to win the green jacket, and controlled play like he displayed Saturday is a big reason why.
"I'm certainly not getting ahead of myself", Rose said. "I sort of got the balance right today, but I didn't take my opportunities when I could have".
No one ever played more majors as a pro - 70 - before winning a major for the first time.
"I putted beautifully today", Scott said. Sunday would have been the 60th birthday of Seve Ballesteros, Garcia's mentor and countryman, who passed away at the age of 54. "It really meant a lot".
"Jordan has a special relationship with the Masters; he's going to feel great about his chances", Rose said.
"I know that anything can happen", said Spieth. "But it would be nice to have a chance to do it".
On the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods' record-setting victory, which he led by nine shots after three rounds and turned the final round into a formality, this isn't expected to be a runaway. That group includes world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who was only five shots behind despite not shooting under par either of the first two rounds.
"I know better than anyone what can happen on a Sunday".
Next is Spieth, who opened with 75.
They wound up tied for the lead Saturday on a tense afternoon that set the stage for a Masters finale that's up for grabs. "It's going to be a good time, and I think if the pairings work out properly, it will be Jordan and I going out and having some fun". Spieth didn't have to come back to win his first Masters title, but this wouldn't be the first time in his career he's chased down the leaders to win.
Charley Hoffman (-6) has a two-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia after a birdie at No. 9. Then he bogied the 14th and put his tee shot in the water on 16 and finished with a double bogey. Pieters bogeyed the first hole but not another one the rest of the day, carding three birdies and an eagle on 13.
"You've got some studs up there", said Spieth, looking at the leaderboard. Spieth continues to impress after a tough quadruple bogey in Round 1.
This is just another typical Sunday at the Masters for Spieth, who has finished second, first and second in his three starts. "We made our goal which was to shoot four (under par) which was going to give us a chance tomorrow". "My lowest round here, I'm not sure it's going to be low enough".
INCREDIBLE STAT: Spieth was 4-over par after his fourth hole Friday before he turned his tournament around. It's a good place to be since the victor has come out of that group 21 of the past 26 years. Last year, the Masters was won by Briton Danny Willett. The 2013 champion is two-under for his round and for the tournament. Couples shot 74 and is tied for 17th at 1-over 217, while Mickelson also shot 74 with a double at the par-4 third and fell into a tie for 21st at 2-over 218.