Justin Rose won gold in the 2016 Olympic Games.
While much of the attention was on Spieth's charge, Rose went about his business in typically unassuming fashion. The Spaniard is still searching for his first major triumph at the 74th attempt and victory could be wrapped up on what would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday.
There are wonderful story lines in a major championship. Our golf expert, Kyle Porter, is choosing Fowler to win the green jacket, and controlled play like he displayed Saturday is a big reason why.
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. Justin Rose's third strike is better landing on the green. I am getting more comfortable here. "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night whether those missed opportunities hurt my chances".
"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".
With Rickie Fowler, another of the four halfway co-leaders, posting a 71 to get to five under and 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth moving into contention on four under with a 68, the final day of the first major of 2017 looks set to be an intriguing battle of golf's heavyweights that Irishman McIlroy will be desperate to get amongst. Many times he's been in contention at the Masters, only to play himself out of it.
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Rose, who was three shots off the lead entering Saturday's third round, finished with a 5-under-par 67. "It's fun when playing with one of your good buddies". A pair of very bad wedge shots led to a nine on the par-5 15th hole, a score that sent him plummeting off the leaderboard.
The day started with Hoffman, Garcia, Fowler and Belgian Thomas Pieters tied for first at 4 under. Only four others have won the Masters after taking low amateur honors - 18-time major victor Jack Nicklaus, 14-time major victor Tiger Woods, five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. He said he is not about to go down quietly. This is, by far, the best I've felt in a major. I mean, I don't want to get ahead of myself.
And Garcia managed to finally hold his Saturday-at-Augusta demons at bay with a decent round of 70 for a 6-under total.
One such good break Garcia experienced Saturday came at the par-5 13th. Garcia stretched the margin to two strokes with another birdie at the third, driving the ball just short to the green, pulling off a delicate chip and knocking in an 8-footer. This is a place I dearly love to be part of history here. There were several key moments when he executed shots or made putts to keep his round going north, instead of south as it had so often happened in the past.
However, after making a birdie on the par-five second, the Northern Irishman three-pu tted the fourth from 95 feet and had to scramble to save par on the next two holes.
However, after a bogey at the 14 Hoffman suffered a horror-show 16 hole - finding the water and carding a double bogey to drop back to four-under and two shots back of the leaders.