Justin Rose posted the lowest round on Saturday with a five-under 67 to take a share of the lead with Sergio Garcia heading in to what is set up to be a thrilling final round at the Masters.
Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole in the third round at the 2017 Masters.
Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion and Rio 2016 gold medallist, said caddie Mark Fulcher reminded him to stay patient after a bogey at the par-three sixth left him one over for the round.
He pitched superbly back onto the green but two-putted from five feet.
Sergio Garcia (-6) - +400 - The Spaniard has gone through a lot over his career with multiple close calls and excruciating finishes at majors. 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.
"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".
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Justin Rose had a back-nine charge so common at Augusta National.
Rickie Fowler is alone in third following a 1-under 71.
Then at No. 9, Spieth kept the birdie train rolling by dropping his approach to kick-in range.
"My start really gave me a bit of cushion and momentum in the right direction, and freed me up".
Jordan Spieth (-4) - +315 - How are you going to argue with this number for the King of Augusta National.
The 57-year-old has been a perennial challenger at the Masters since becoming eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.
Masters Sunday is a little different this year, because the final round showdown isn't between two or three players.
He will be paired with Spieth in the penultimate group.
"I think that at the end of the day, that's really the only thing you can do". "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night whether those missed opportunities hurt my chances".
"Yesterday (a 69 after an opening 75) was key, I had to have it, and I felt great after the round", said Spieth, who has a victory and two ties for second in his three Masters.
He pulled off a shot Saturday that would have made Arnold Palmer proud, a 4-iron off the pine straw and over the water on the 13th to 30 feet for a two-putt birdie. Two holes later, he almost holed a wedge from the 15th fairway.
We're into the moneymaking portion of this year's Masters, with 36 holes to decide the victor of the Green Jacket. 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. "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win the tournament". I didn't know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life, " Spieth said.
Three-times Masters champion Phil Mickelson birdied the first two holes but a double-bogey at the third put the experienced American left-hander on level par.
Rahm was 3 under and two off the lead entering the par-3 12th hole and thought he hit a ideal pitching wedge. A one-shot lead starting the day doesn't mean much. Lee Westwood, a runner-up a year ago, also had a 68 and was five shots back.
Spieth, who has finished only second and first at Augusta National in his career, carded a four-under par 68 and heads in to his fourth Masters tied for fourth and in with a chance to over-come the demons of previous year and win his second green jacket. Hoffman, though, rallied back after a mistake that might've unraveled many with two steady, closing pars to remain two off the lead. He was six shots behind. He is tied for 21st at 2-over 218, eight behind.