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Masters dog-fight is a lot of fun for Fowler

Instead of folding up, Garcia fights back to win Masters Masters dog-fight is a lot of fun for Fowler
Melissa Porter | 17 April, 2017, 08:28

Fowler knows he faces a daunting leaderboard Sunday, from Rose and Garcia ahead of him, to 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who is in a three-way tie for fourth behind him, to 2013 Masters victor Adam Scott, who is seventh at 3 under.

Rose posted 5-under-par 67 today to finish with a 6-under-par 210 total through 54 holes at the Masters Tournament.

Spain's Sergio Garcia, who has yet to win a major tournament in 73 starts, started Saturday in a four-way tie for the lead.

Justin Rose of England, who has captured one major title and another that felt like it, put himself in position for his first Green Jacket on Saturday. "It was a reward for staying patient on the front nine". "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night whether those missed opportunities hurt my chances".

"The most important thing is I knew where I stood", Garcia said.

If you are into sentiment, or even karma, then Garcia, the native of Borriol, Spain, is your man. Sunday is the 60th anniversary of the birth of Seve Ballesteros, the most famous golfer ever from Spain and a two-time Masters victor. But if he wins on Sunday, he will be the only player in Masters history to ever lead the tournament at some point every year for four straight years. Fowler has been the best performer with the short stick so far, gaining an average of 3.8 strokes a round on the field.

If you like sentiment, or even karma, then the Borriol, Spain, native is your man. Sunday would be the 60th anniversary of the birth of Seve Ballesteros, the most famous golfer ever from Spain and two-time Masters victor.

Gold goes with green, right?

"I tried to get cute with a bunker shot", McIlroy said. I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor. "You know, it would be nice to have the chance and hopefully do it". There are 10 golfers in red numbers and another 10 within seven shots of the leaders.

"Anything can happen on a Sunday at Augusta", said early finisher Jason Day, who had 69 but is nine shots off the lead. His only major win came in 2013 at the U.S. Open.

He was close to the same spot where Phil Mickelson, his playing partner in Saturday's third round, went for broke on the par-5 hole in the final round in 2010 and went on to win, guaranteeing a place for that shot in Masters lore. After a bogey at No. 6 and a birdie at No. 8, he came alive on the back nine with five birdies: Nos.

Jordan Spieth is in contention at the Masters.

Spieth had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his Masters debut in 2014 and was runner-up to Bubba Watson. He will play with Fowler in the second-to-last group this Sunday. Instead of leading, Hoffman is joined by Spieth and Ryan Moore at 4 under. He'd also bogeyed No. 14, and played his final five holes in 3-over.

Also challenging were Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, at three under, with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another shot back. Lee Westwood, a runner-up previous year and in search of his first major title at age 43, had 68 and is five back as is Masters rookie Thomas Pieters (75).

If you are into the alleged Renaissance of English golfers, then Rose is your man.

Spieth, undone by a quadruple bogey in the opening round, started slowly and finished strong with birdies on the 16th and 18th for a 69.

"I take a lot of confidence from the fact that I played in the final group with Jordan in 2015 and played well", he said. "So you know, we are going to go out there and do well again, and you know, just make sure we have a good chance coming into the last five or six holes and see what happens". "I've been playing good golf and I'm really happy with where I'm at". "I'm going to need something like that to have a chance tomorrow", McIlroy said.

He's not a big hitter like Dustin Johnson, or even a match off the tee for co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. Last year, the Masters was won by Danny Willett.

"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.