Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Garcia, Rose share Masters lead

Garcia, Rose share Masters lead

England's Rose and Spaniard Garcia finished one shot ahead of American Rickie Fowler and two clear of a group including 2015 Masters champion Spieth, who put together a fine four-under 68 to soar into contention. An excellent chip from there led to a birdie for Garcia.

On playing with Rose, Garcia said it would be fun but, at the end of the day, he had a job to do.

Two holes later, his tee shot was caught behind a tree and he punched a lot shot into the front bunker, his best chance at escaping with par.

Moore produced another solid round on Saturday, posting six birdies to offset three bogeys to sit alongside compatriots Jordan Spieth and Charley Hoffman on the Augusta leaderboard. He also pulled off a shot from the pine straw on the 13th by telling his caddie, "What would Arnie do?" And then he made the putts, so many that it felt as though he never missed.

Garcia entered the day with a 74.9 scoring average in third rounds at Augusta, the worst among any player in the last 30 years with at least 10 appearances. Rose sank a 12-footer on his final hole to give him a piece of the third-round lead for the first time in a major.

After an opening 75 that featured a quadruple bogey at the 15th, Spieth was 10 strokes off the lead.

QUOTEWORTHY "I know that anything can happen".

Rose and Garcia will go off in the final pairing Sunday.

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And Spieth rained birdies Saturday in a Tiger-like fashion, recording five birdies in a 10-hole stretch that catapulted him near the top of the Augusta leaderboard - again. "It was exactly how you hope Augusta would play - blue skies, firm fairways and great greens".

He believes it will be a thinking-man's game Sunday, particularly on the back nine. "I got a little loose on the back nine". The Hollywood golfer shot four birdies on the way to a -1 round on 71.

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. Garcia pitched up to within a foot for a tap-in birdie that could have easily been a bogey. Both are at 6-under par 210. He'll be paired with Rose, a friend, for the final 18 holes.

"You still have to be patient, you can't really try to get too much out of this golf course", Fowler said.

"I don't think anyone is going to put themselves far enough out front where they can cruise in".

"It's the kind of place that if you are trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down", Garcia told reporters. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.

Rose was one over par for the day after seven holes, but birdied the par-five eighth and picked up five more shots coming home in a back nine of 31. He had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his debut in 2014 before Bubba Watson overtook him. Hoffman battled for par on the last hole to stay just two shots behind.

Garcia started to show the strain, with a couple of dropped shots, but he turned his fortunes around after drawing a penalty on the par-five 13th for hitting a ball in a water hazard before recovering to make par. Adam Scott, the 2013 champ, worked his way up to 3 under and three strokes back with his second straight 69 on Saturday. Lee Westwood, a runner-up previous year, also had a 68 and was five shots back.

"It's tough protecting a lead on this golf course, because it's one where you need to play aggressive to win", said Spieth, who's chasing his second Green Jacket in three years. McIlroy twice had to settle for pars despite being in ideal position on the par 5s on the back nine, and his 71 kept him from making up any ground.

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