Garcia, Rose make turn tied for Masters lead

Apr 12, 2017, 01:16

Another stroke adrift is the trio of 2015 champion Jordan Spieth - proving the demons of previous year, even Thursday's quadruple bogey, are long gone - and fellow Americans Hoffman and Ryan Moore. Rose had an electric day, improving by five strokes in Round 3.

The 2015 Masters champion was all but gone after a frustrating, quadruple bogey nine on the 15th hole in Thursday's opening round.

Not all was lost - Moore, the Cascade Christian graduate, registered his best career Masters showing, finishing tied for ninth at 2-under 286.

" Like Garcia, long-hitting countryman Jon Rahm arrived at the Masters with plenty of buzz".

Arnie, of course, is Arnold Palmer, a four-time Masters champion whose death last June has occasioned memorials at almost every stop where golfers have gathered since.

He's had his chances in the four majors, too, particularly in 2014 when he was among the top five at all four majors, including a tie for fifth behind victor Bubba Watson at Augusta National.

If so, the Big Easy hardly went out with a flourish.

Rose could only punch out under tree limbs onto the fairway and scramble to make a bogey while Garcia put his approach 15 feet from the hole and, needing only two putts to win, rolled a birdie putt around the edge of the cup and in for the emotional victory, fist pumping and even punching the green in delight. He has five wins on tour, including one each in the past three years.

FADING PHIL: Phil Mickelson looked ready for a patented Masters charge Saturday when he opened with birdies on the first and second holes.

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts after making his putt on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

Pieters dropped a shot on the first hole but the other three safely negotiated the hard par-four and world number eight Fowler and Hoffman birdied the second to move to five under.

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

Hoffman seemed one of the most likely leaders to slip back, following up his 65 on Day 1 with a 75 on Friday.

But Moore gave the shot back after three-putting from 60 feet for bogey at the 11th hole.

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

Rose will be in the last duo out Sunday at 2:45 pm (1845 GMT) with Garcia just after Rickie Fowler and 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth, who climbed up the leaderboard with a 68. He tied for fourth with Thomas Pieters, who ran off four birdies on the back nine.

When Els made is debut at Augusta in 1994 experts predicted him to go on and win several Green Jackets.

The sun has been out all day, hardening greens that had been soft and receptive earlier in the week.

That's the allure of Augusta National, and it's never more appealing than when so many top players are right there with a chance.

Without a Masters badge, however, a trip to Augusta this week would be a meaningless visit to Georgia's second biggest city where Textron Specialized Vehicles, who manufacture 90 percent of the world's golf carts, is based. Spieth remained at even par through two holes. Both men lie on -6, with Rickie Fowler leading the chasing pack on -5.

The final group has teed off at Augusta National.

He was already two shots behind Justin Rose with just six holes left when his hooked tee shot at No. 13 crossed the creek and settled beneath an azalea bush.

Spieth trailed by 10 shots after the first round.