Rose & Garcia Share Lead Heading Into Final Round of the Masters

Posted April 15, 2017

Rickie Fowler is one shot off the pace heading into the final round of the Masters.

Rose was optimistic about his chances of claiming the coveted green jacket by winning, but was grateful just to be in with a chance. Garcia birdied the first playoff hole and Rose made bogey, after his tee shot bounced out onto pine straw near the fairway while Garcia found the fairway.

He is two shots back at 4 under, along with Ryan Moore and Spieth.

Charley Hoffman smiles as he walks off the 13th green during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

"Just fighting hard", Garcia said.

"I'm going to need my best score around here, 65, to have a chance".

"It was just about committing to what you can see and what you actually know is there". This is a golf course where you have to pick your moments. A year ago was an exception to the rule as Danny Willett came out of the third-to-last group to win.

It was a miserable day for four-times major champion Ernie Els, who was seeking his first Masters title at the age of 47. This is a place I dearly love and would love to be part of the history here. Possibly, I don't know.

The day started with Hoffman, Garcia, Fowler and Belgian-born Thomas Pieters at 4 under.

Phil Mickelson, playing with Spieth, shook up the grounds with a birdie-birdie start, but then double-bogeyed the third and watched the air leave the balloon. They both missed birdie putts on the 18th to finish 72 holes at 9-under.

He didn't do anything special except to birdie all the par 5s to offset a few miscues in his round of 71.

Fowler floundered early, finishing the 10th hole at 1 over for the day.

"We've been having a blast this week", Fowler said. "You can't really try and get too much out of this golf course". But with that being said, even when you're playing conservative lines, you still have to execute. "You still need to play smart when you have to".

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Hoffman had a chance to keep his distance until he ran off five bogeys in a six-hole stretch, including a three-putt from 4 feet at the par-5 eighth. A stunning eagle on 15 saw the Spaniard become the equal leader before Rose edged ahead again with a birdie on 16.

"I liked my confidence on the greens".

Day has struggled in recent weeks, his best finish in his last three tournaments was a tie for 23rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month. He's chasing down that elusive first major.

His back nine was filled with pars except on the two par fives. But for the grace of a mower set high, his ball defied gravity and stayed on the incline from the water to the fringe. He chipped up to tap-in range, turning a potential bogey into a birdie.

"I had some chances on the back nine that I could have converted", said the four-time major victor. "Thirteen obviously was one of them".

" I feel the time off was more of a blessing", he added. "So that right there just kind of gives me chills, because after yesterday I was really disappointed in being 10 shots off the lead".

"Fortunately for me, that bank seems to be a tiny bit longer this year, which is nice".

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

After the second round, he was four back. Subscriptions start as low as 25¢ per day. He'll enter Sunday tied with Justin Rose at 6 under.

There is no surprise that the top-ranked member of that group is Spieth, a man who has never finished worse than runner-up at this event, and has been gunning for redemption for 364 days now.

Rose has a share of the 54-hole lead for the first time in a major.

So, call Sunday's final round a coin flip.