Four-way tie at Augusta

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2017

But Jordan Spieth, minus the mashie, is giving it a pretty good run.

Jordan Spieth is in title contention for a fourth consecutive year at the Masters.

Spaniard Jon Rahm and fellow competitor Fred Couples, the 57-year-old American former Masters champion, picked up birdies at the par-five second hole to get to two under and Rahm rolled in another smooth putt at the third. "You know, it would be nice to have the chance and hopefully do it". The reigning Olympic champion and 2013 US Open victor, who shared second-place honours at Augusta in 2015, hit a dazzling second-nine 31 en route to a third-round 5-under-par 67 that left him on 6-under for the tournament. Moments later, he realised the ball bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down.

Rose had the round of the day with a 5-under-par 67. And when he surveyed the landscape, he's not sure any of that matters.

Starting the day on 4-under, he struggled to go higher for much of his round. Fowler was up-and-down early but maintained down the stretch, going 2-under over his final five holes.

Needing his best golf on just about every shot in the final hour at the Masters, Garcia overcame a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff Sunday for his first major after almost two decades of heartache. It offers you a run around the par-5s. "This is by far the best I've felt in a major", Fowler said.

One such good break Garcia experienced Saturday came at the par-5 13th. I haven't swung my best this week or as good as I have the past few weeks. He also pulled off a shot from the pine straw on the 13th by telling his caddie, "What would Arnie do?" Spieth could be heard asking his caddie Michael Greller, who suggested a lay up, "What would Arnie do?". He drilled a 5-iron into 30 feet and narrowly missed the eagle putt.

He trailed by 10 strokes after an opening round marred by a quadruple-bogey at the par-five 15th, and has methodically battled his way back into contention.

"I feel so fortunate that I have been able to play many majors in a row and given myself a lot of chances. I'm going to need something like that to have a chance tomorrow", McIlroy said. Hoffman watered his tee shot at the par-3 16th and made double bogey, dropping him into a tie with Spieth and Ryan Moore at 212. He shot a respectable 71 but lost ground and is six shots back in his pursuit of the final leg of a career Grand Slam. Kaymer is 10 strokes off the lead at four-over-par.

In between is 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott (69), who had one of only two bogey-free rounds and is 3-under. Spieth has now shot back-to-back rounds in the 60s.

"It just the great players in front, and in conditions like this, it's going to be hard because you're going to have to make it happen", Scott said.

"This is exactly how you hope Augusta National plays", Rose told CBS following his round. That includes Garcia, who has had close calls in every major he has played except the Masters - until now.

"It was a good day", Garcia said.

And it's a big part of Augusta National, which could prove to be the ultimate challenge. Find out how it all goes down tomorrow in the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament.

Garcia's 70 was a major triumph for him.

Hoffman was at 7 under when he rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 13, looking very much like he would defy those who expected the journeyman player to melt away under the glare of an Augusta weekend.

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