Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Fowler not able to put pressure on leaders at Masters

Fowler not able to put pressure on leaders at Masters

Justin Rose birdied five of his final seven holes Saturday and tied Sergio Garcia for the lead after 54 holes of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion whose back-nine Sunday meltdown a year ago cost him a repeat crown, fired a 68 to share fourth on 212 with fellow Americans Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, a co-leader until finding the water at the par-3 16th and making double bogey.

Rose's best Masters finish was second in 2015. He is now in prime position to win a green jacket.

Sergio Garcia continues to own a share of the Masters lead through three rounds, but he's keeping different company atop the leaderboard.

"I have an opportunity".

Garcia also is hoping to win his first major and end his futility in the game's four biggest tournaments.

Rose could use another back nine like he had Saturday.

As the two leaders fought out a topsy-turvy race the finish, 2013 Masters victor Scott was back in the club house 8 strokes behind Rose at 2 under for the tournament.

He was five shots behind until a tee shot to the left pin on No. 12 landed 5 feet from the cup, starting his run of birdies. Moments later, he realized the ball bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down. He missed that for a three-putt bogey.

"I don't think I helped him whatsoever on the round", Spieth said.

"This is a place I dearly love and would love to be part of the history here", said the 36-year-old, who was joint second behind Spieth in 2015.

Garcia, the 37-year-old Spaniard making his 19th Masters appearance, is leading the tournament for just the second time. But he was still in a four-way tie for the lead, and it looked as though he had regained his form when he birdied two of the first four holes Saturday. Fowler fired a 1-under 71 that leaves him one shot off the lead, and Hoffman is two shots back after carrying a four-stroke advantage into Friday's round.

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.

Paired with Phil Mickelson in the marquee twosome of the day, Spieth outdid his playing partner as well as nearly everyone else.

"After the first round, I couldn't ask for better than this", he said.

"I had some chances on the back nine that I could have converted.

We got three more majors this year and certainly excited for having another chance to try and win one". Justin Spieth, Ryan Moore and Charley Moore are right there at -4. On No. 15, he made a 4-footer for birdie. Rose shot up the leaderboard with birdies on five of his last seven holes, and three of his last four.

"Waking up and you have a chance to win your favorite tournament that you've dreamed of winning and competing in since you were a kid, and to be able to have your fourth opportunity now".

"I don't want to get ahead of myself but it would mean ..."

Yet McIlroy failed to concern them last night, despite an early birdie at the par-five second.

Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, is alone in seventh at 3-under 213 after shooting a 69.

After that 9 led to an opening-round 75, Spieth found himself 10 shots behind the leader.

His back nine was filled with pars except on the two par 5s.

He shot 74-73-74-73 for a final score of six over.

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