Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

Instead of folding up, Garcia fights back to win Masters

Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

12, 13, 15, 17 and 18.

Jordan Spieth is in title contention for a fourth consecutive year at the Masters. Hoffman opened with a 65 and had the biggest Masters lead after a first round in 62 years. If he had a bogey instead of quadruple on Thursday, he would be leading by one stroke.

"Everybody has a storyline and I'm not even touching upon past champions who are right there, as well".

The duo will be the final pairing to take to the course tomorrow, but the Europeans will come under significant pressure from a growing cast of Americans.

TELEVISION 1 p.m.to 6 p.m. today, CBS Sports. Spieth, though, started clawing back with a birdie on No. 16 to reframe his focus and, although he was 10 shots down, he had confidence he could contend.

"I have an opportunity", Rose said. "You know, you can put yourself in bad positions even trying to play the safe spot".

He believes it will be a thinking-man's game Sunday, particularly on the back nine. "You're going to have to go out and play a good round of golf, and I think there are going to be four or five guys pretty much with the same mindset".

The continually-underrated Rose had been biding his time before he got hot on the back nine. Jason Day had a 1-under 71 to finish on 2-over.

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. With a 4-iron in his hands, he reached it, then almost made a 29-foot eagle putt before tapping in for an easy birdie.


Fortunately for me, that bank seems to be a tiny bit longer this year. "They didn't give up, felt the momentum and when the momentum was on their side they ran with it and continued to press and get better and better".

Garcia and Rose will play in the final group. Spieth was 10 shots off the lead after the first round, but he backed up his 69 on Friday with a 68 on Saturday, which included five birdies and only one bogey.

Rickie Fowler leads the chasing pack on -5. He will be paired in the final group with Rose, one of his friends.

"We're in a positon now where we", Spieth said, "I think, can go out there and win this thing". I'm not going to do it, but no, I think about it all the time.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, watches his chip shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

And most menacing, two shots back is Jordan Spieth, who has never finished lower than second at Augusta National Golf Club. The 23-year-old Texan had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his debut in 2014 before Bubba Watson overtook him. Now I have a chance of winning the tournament I dreamed of as a kid. "I went to bed with my heart pumping faster last night than it probably will tonight because I already knew I had a chance and we did what we needed to do today". He's tied with Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, who led after the first round and shared the lead after two. He put his tee shot in the water on the par-3 16th, and he took two shots to get out of a bunker on the 17th.

He was helped by a break at the par-five 13th, where his second-shot approach landed short and looked headed for a splash in Rae's Creek before coming to rest just above the hazard.

Also challenging were Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, at three under, with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another shot back. He was six shots behind. The ensuing double bogey dropped him out of the lead and he finished his round at 4-under. Mickelson shot 39 on the front and 74 for the round, leaving him in a tie for 21st and eight shots behind.

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