Garcia, Rose share Masters lead

England's Justin Rose jumped into a share of the lead with Spain's Sergio Garcia as the battle for the Masters intensified on day three at Augusta.

Justin Rose's late run has him tied for the lead with Sergio Garcia heading into the final round of the Masters.

Will it be Rose or Garcia take home the Green Jacket?

This was the first major playoff for Rose while Garcia had lost his only prior major playoff to Ireland's Padraig Harrington in the 2007 Open.

"I felt like I had an opportunity (on Saturday) to shoot something in the 60s that would have got me closer to the lead today and I didn't quite do that".

"I was his biggest cheerleader, just being really good friends with Rickie". The Hollywood golfer shot four birdies on the way to a -1 round on 71.

"Not going to beat myself up whatsoever over today", said Spieth, who birdied three of his last four holes to tie for 11th at 1 under. Moments later, he realised the ball bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down. In fact, this week, no hole has been tougher than the first which played into the gusty wind the first two rounds.

"You can't just start to gung-ho it around here and go for shots that aren't on".

Jordan Spieth (speeth) has climbed into contention despite opening with a 3-over 75.

That gave the 37-year-old Spaniard two putts from 12 feet for the victory, and his putt swirled into the cup.

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Rose and Garcia are both a 6-under through 54 holes.

"I haven't hit it my best this week, but I know we can pull out our best stuff tomorrow", said Fowler, whose birdies on Saturday came on the four par-5s.

KEY STATISTIC This is the fourth time Garcia has played in the final group at a major, and the first since the 2007 British Open at Carnoustie.

Spieth said he needs some time to regroup. "There's nothing that says I'm going to play bad or that I should play bad". Then chipping and putting kind of went sideways on me.

World No.6 and 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth suffered a bogey on his opening hole and has dropped another to slump to two under. He drilled a 5-iron into 30 feet and narrowly missed the eagle putt. He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.

"I feel great. After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said. The 2015 Masters champion, who has a win and two runner-up finishes in his three previous Masters appearances, is tied for fourth with Ryan Moore, who posted his second consecutive 69, and Charley Hoffman (72).

Other holes at Augusta National are more famous and adorn artwork but few are more hard than the par-4 first hole.

Only 10 players remained under par, all of them separated by five shots.

There are only ten players under-par overall, with former Masters winners Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel on -3 and -2 respectively.

Garcia also had an answer for a three-putt bogey at No. 9: he marched to the 10th tee and proceeded to hit all but one fairway on the second nine and all but one of the greens in regulation. He was six shots behind. Mickelson, at 2 over, is eight shots behind the co-leaders. And it was Jose Maria Olazabal, who won the Masters in 1994 and 1999, who sent him a text on the eve of the Masters telling Garcia to believe and "to not let things get to me like I've done in the past".


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