Masters co-leader Sergio Garcia ready to change major fortunes

Apr 10, 2017, 01:15
Masters co-leader Sergio Garcia ready to change major fortunes

The moment was even brought up during Garcia's press conference on Saturday evening after he moved into a share of the 54-hole lead with Justin Rose at the 2017 Masters.

The decision seems to have paid off for the 2013 U.S. Open champion as he is in prime position to grab his second major title. I think the main thing that has improved is the way I'm looking at it the last two or three years.

"You're going to have to go out and play a good round of golf, and I think there's going to be four or five guys pretty much with the same mindset tomorrow".

Garcia missed several presentable birdie chances early in his round, but finally saw one drop from 38 feet at the fifth - only to hand the stroke back after finding himself out of position on the seventh. None has ever rowed back from such a deficit, but if anyone can it is the remarkable young American, who raced into contention with a third-round 68. "No matter what happens at the end, we will have a chance to win with a really good round", said Spieth, who is showing nil scarring from the five-shot lead he blew past year with the help of that quadruple bogey-7 at the par-3,12th.

"I've shown myself many times after that I can contend and I truly feel I cannot only win one (major) but more than one".

"I know that anything can happen (laughter)". "I feel if I am healthy enough to swing at it I can play this course".

Rose, who finished second to Spieth two years ago, has recorded more birdies than any of his rivals at this course, but recognises the myriad threats that surrounds him.

Can he still run that fast and jump that high?

"Jordan obviously has a special relationship with the Masters. It's going to be a fun weekend and we're going to see a lot of great golf", said Fowler.

Rickie Fowler has played 100 rounds in Major championships and never had a lead in any of them.

"There's wonderful story lines". Defending champion Danny Willett might be the most disappointed, since he has to hang around until Sunday to put the green jacket on the victor.

"The middle part of the round yesterday was huge for me".

"I knew I needed to get going for sure".

"I was able to the hit some irons around the hole which gave me some opportunities and made a couple of putts when I needed to, a couple of breaks, par savers in there, and a couple of nice birdies". That's all you want but really it starts on the back nine.

The magic touch Hoffman displayed in gaining a four-shot lead on Thursday disappeared between dusk and dawn, which was understandable since he got news that his grandmother died on Thursday.

Former champions Adam Scott and Charles Schwartzel are three and four shots back, respectively.

A birdie on the eighth repaired some of the damage but still left McIlroy seven shots off the pace being set by Hoffman, who had birdied the second and fourth.