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Rose, Garcia on top at Masters after 3rd round

Rose, Garcia on top at Masters after 3rd round

He's not a big hitter like Dustin Johnson, or even a match off the tee for co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

There is a memorable clip of Garcia from the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah, where he is running and hopping down the fairway after a recovery shot. But now he was determined to go for the green with a 4-iron.

In search of a second green jacket in three years, Spieth showed his class and wrote another chapter in his remarkable record at Augusta National to post a four under 68 and move to four under for the tournament, just two off the lead going into the final day.

Jon Rahm was two under, having followed birdies at two and three with a dropped shot at four, while Jordan Spieth was among several players four off the lead.

That's what Jordan Spieth said his second-round 69 at the Masters gave him - a chance, in poker parlance - after he took a quadruple-bogey 9 in the first round.

One constant at this year's Masters has been Charley Hoffman atop the leaderboard.

Justin Rose won gold in the 2016 Olympic Games.

"You've got to be aggressive at times, there's certain pins you've got to take advantage of but this is a golf course you've got to pick your moments", Rose told Sky Sports. "That will be the gameplan".

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

References to the late Seve Ballesteros, who would have celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday.

Fowler was part of a four-way tie for the lead when the third round started Saturday.

Sergio Garcia had plenty of reasons to believe it would go on that way forever. Now, though, Garcia is older, wiser, engaged to be married, and more prepared to get the job done this time.

"I'm excited about the challenges that this weekend is going to bring and hopefully I'll step up to them and I'll be able to be up there on Sunday with a solid chance at winning this handsome tournament".

"Throughout his career, he just hasn't been a finisher", Sherman said. "This is by far the best I've felt in a major".

He'll play alongside great friend Spieth, who has finished no worse than second on his three visits to Augusta.

Only 10 players remained under par, all of them separated by five shots. After a bogey at No. 6 and a birdie at No. 8, he came alive on the back nine with five birdies: Nos.

"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". His shot off the pine straw at 13 to set up a birdie that brought memories of Phil Mickeslon in 2010, who was there to witness Spieth's mimicking Saturday.

The English player is looking to win his second major title and his first masters tournament. How about Spieth, Moore or Hoffman? Lee Westwood, a runner-up previous year, also had a 68 and was five shots back. That put him one clear of Fowler, Pieters, Garcia and William McGirt, who was two under for the day through five.

Jordan Spieth faced an important decision on Saturday at the par-5 13th at Augusta National Golf Club. "We weren't going to win any awards in the last two holes with me being in the woods, but the support he (Couples) gets is awesome". He was tied for the top heading to the par-3 16th hole when he put his tee shot in the water, simply mouthing the word, "Wow". Fred Couples did what he usually does and fade on either Saturday or Sunday to fall out of it. Rory McIlory shot one over to be at even par.


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