Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Fowler sits 3rd at Masters: 'Right where I'm supposed to be'

Fowler sits 3rd at Masters: 'Right where I'm supposed to be'

Will it be Rose or Garcia take home the Green Jacket? Spieth, who lost the chance of a second-straight green jacket in a blink of an eye previous year, is looking ominous after carding birdies at the sixth, eighth and ninth holes.

Rose, who made seven birdies and had the day's best round (67), nearly felt as though he won the Masters two years ago when he shot 14-under 274 and finished second behind Spieth's record-tying score of 270.

This is Rose's fifth time holding the lead at Augusta after a round. Now, a second Masters title is right there in front of him. Then he bogeyed the 14th and put his tee shot in the water on No. 16 for a double bogey.

Justin Rose charged from behind on the back nine at Augusta National. He picked up two more on the par 5s and finished with birdie putts of 20 feet and 12 feet on the last two holes for 5-under 67.

Of how he turned a round that was going nowhere around, Rose remarked: "The course offers you a run around the par 5s".

After 11 holes, Hoffman seemed to be going to pieces.

They wound up tied for the lead Saturday on a tense afternoon that set the stage for a Masters finale that's up for grabs.

Legs that could carry Garcia to a green jacket on Sunday.

If Saturday is moving day at the Masters, Jordan Spieth is moving in the right direction. It's the first time in his four appearances that he has not played in the final group at the Masters.

He steadied himself with a 69 on Friday and then broke out big on Saturday. He cut the margin by another stroke after a birdie on the 13th hole, Spieth's third one of the week.

Ernie Els will play with a marker today in what could be his final round at the Masters.

Former world No. 1 Jason Day has found his stride at Augusta National. He suffered a double bogey at the tricky par three on Sunday.

"I took advantage and the last two birdies put the cherry on the cake".

The 47-year-old South African was in last place, one behind Larry Mize. "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this golf tournament". Spieth crept back near the top of the leader board after a dismal 75 on Thursday. I think the main thing that has improved is the way I'm looking at it the last two or three years.

Coincidence or foreshadowing? Garcia arrived at Augusta to find that his caddie's bib number was 89, the same as Danny Willett's a year ago and the same as Jack Nicklaus' in his famous 1986 sixth Masters title.

If you're wondering, no one has ever won the Masters with a triple bogey on his scorecard.

Hoffman had a birdie on the ninth hole to make the turn with a two-stroke lead in today's round. He was tied with Garcia, Fowler and Pieters after 36 holes. He finished at 4-under 212, barely missing playing in the final group at the Masters for what would have been a record fourth year in a row.

KEY TEE TIMES Rose and Garcia, 1:45 p.m.; Fowler and Spieth, 1:35 p.m.

In about five hours, there could be more clarity - or simply more chaos at Augusta National.

Spieth said his Masters tournament so far has been representative of his year: "It's been slow starts, and just grind it out".

It certainly fired up Mickelson, who opened with birdies on the first and second holes to move to 2-under as those watching applauded wildly. He drilled a 5-iron into 30 feet and narrowly missed the eagle putt.

There is no room for error for Rose or Garcia, who share a one-stroke lead.

"I feel great. After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said. He is now at 2-over and closing in on the quartet of leaders - Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters.

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