I've got half a chance of Masters success - Lee Westwood

Justin Rose wasn't going to play second-fiddle to another great performance in 2017.

So far in this 81st Masters, the breaks have been nearly exclusively good for Garcia, who fired a third-round, 2-under 70 - nearly five shots better than his third-round average in 13 previous Saturdays at Augusta - to maintain his share of the lead. "Those are the kind of moments people who win this tournament have on Sunday". Sergio Garcia, who started the round tied for first, was tied with Spieth halfway through the round. He's finished his prior three Masters T2, 1st, 2nd. He died in 2011 at age 54. Garcia has been the most consistent player of the tournament.

"I'm just going to need the round of the year for me tomorrow". "But it would be nice to have a chance to do it".

If you are into the alleged Renaissance of English golfers, then Rose is your man. He didn't make the cut this year.

"There's wonderful story lines".

"This is a place I dearly love and would dearly love to be part of the history here", the 2016 Olympic champion told the tournament's website.

Earlier in the round, Garcia raced out to 8 under to sit alongside Rose through nine holes, before hitting two bogies on 10 and 11.

Saturday's round was like watching a high-level chess match, never quite sure who had the real advantage.

The day started with Hoffman, Garcia, Fowler and Belgian-born Thomas Pieters at four under.

What once looked like one of those tournaments where the victor would might have to just hold on has now turned into a free-for-all, and it's anybody's guess who comes out on top. He bogeyed the first hole, though he got the shot back with a birdie on the second. If he can back into contention after his rocky start in this one, it's hard not to wonder: Is every Masters going to be his to win or lose, for the next decade or longer?

Two holes later, his tee shot was caught behind a tree and he punched a lot shot into the front bunker, his best chance at escaping with par.

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"It would be special", Fowler said. It's tough protecting a lead on this golf course, because it's one where you need to play aggressive to win. That's all you want.

Hoffman had a chance to keep his distance until he ran off five bogeys in a six-hole stretch, including a three-putt from 4 feet at the par-5 eighth. Rose birdied the 16th, but on the 17th he bogeyed after Garcia had missed an easy birdie putt.

"I'm glad to get that scoring average down a little", he said. He picked up two more on the par 5s and finished with birdie putts of 20 feet and 12 feet on the last two holes for a 5-under 67.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Leading the Masters but with all sorts of big names behind him, Charley Hoffman finally seemed to sense the enormity of his position late Saturday afternoon. And for those counting, he's gone 74 majors without a win.

His back nine was filled with pars except on the two par fives. A few holes later, however, it was changed to 1 under on the scoreboard, and Garcia pointed to the board behind the 13th green. All but for the grace of a mower set high, his ball defied gravity and stayed on the incline from the water to the fringe. With a 4-iron in his hands, he reached it, then almost made a 29-foot eagle putt before tapping in for an easy birdie. On 15, he made a four-footer for birdie. "This is by far the best I've felt in a major", Fowler said. "Thirteen obviously was one of them".

"Right now, I'm pretty calm, but excited. I'm two back, I've been playing good golf and I'm really happy with where I'm at".

Still, with all that talent at the top, the real favorite might be Spieth.

No one has ever won the Masters with a quadruple-bogey on his scorecard, but Spieth put that behind him yesterday with five birdies and some par saves that were equally as important.

His Masters finishes are second, first and second. His 68 was the second-lowest round of the day, behind Rose.

Spieth played in the final group on Sunday the past three years. He will play in Sunday's final group as he targets a second second major title.

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