3rd round at Masters a day of wasted chances for McIlroy
Apr 18 2017
World number eight Fowler putted solidly on his way to a hard-fought one-under-par 71, while Moore responded to the grief of losing his grandmother earlier this week with six birdies in a three-under 69.
Garcia began the round tied with Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Thomas Pieters at 4 under. Then he bogied the 14th and put his tee shot in the water on 16 and finished with a double bogey.
Rose was four shots behind Spieth entering the final round two years ago. He died in 2011 at 54.
"It's the kind of place that if you are trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down", Garcia said.
"That gets overlooked", said Stewart Hagestad, the amateur from Deepdale Golf Club on Long Island who is in this Masters and is a friend of Spieth from when they played junior golf against each other. "You just never know".
If you are into the alleged Renaissance of English golfers, then Rose is your man.
If you're wondering, no one has ever won the Masters with a triple bogey on his scorecard.
THE LAST WORD: "There's wonderful story lines". This is a place I dearly love to be part of history here. Kaymer is 10 strokes off the lead at four-over-par.
KEY TEE TIMESRose and Garcia, 1:45 p.m.; Fowler and Spieth, 1:35 p.m. Pieters was first to leave the rarefied air with a bogey at the first, but it was the 11th that removed him from the list of viable contenders.
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A birdie on the fifth was cancelled out by a bogey on the seventh, but Garcia then hit the green in two on the par-five eighth and two-putted for birdie.
"You have to be patient", Fowler said.
The first Masters since the September death of Arnold Palmer was felt everywhere around the course.
Many of those grays likely have come from Garcia's tussles with Augusta National over the years.
The Englishman, who won the 2013 U.S. Open and an Olympic gold medal past year, made birdies on five of his final seven holes, including the hard 17th and 18th.
"I have an opportunity", Rose said.
"I know more than most what can happen on Sundays around here, good and bad", Rory McIlroy said after finishing his round.
For all that happened atop the Masters leader board, it was one name just down the list that attracted most of the attention Saturday at Augusta National. And for those counting, he has gone 74 majors without a win.
His back nine was filled with pars except on the two par fives.
Despite a nine on Thursday, Jordan Spieth is right in with a chance at a second green jacket. All but for the grace of a mower set high, his ball defied gravity and stayed on the inclined bank. This time, he made birdie 4.
Spieth cranked a 4-iron, and the ball cleared Rae's Creek by plenty, settling 29 feet from the hole.
"Hopefully he will help me a little bit", Garcia said. "Thirteen obviously was one of them".
Still, with all of that talent at the top, the real favorite might be Spieth. After going up and down between holes five and nine with two birdies and two bogeys, Garcia added two birdies and hit par on the final nine holes to tie Rose for the lead.
His Masters finishes are second, first and second.
Advanatge Messrs Garcia and Rose. and a crouching Spieth, ready to pounce.
The 40-year-old American, once known for an unruly blond mullet but all cleaned up these days, squandered a chance to play in the final group today with a series of errant shots coming down the stretch.
Paired with Phil Mickelson in the marquee twosome of the day, Spieth outdid his playing partner as well as nearly everyone else.