Masters co-leader Sergio Garcia ready to change major fortunes

Jason Day or Australia gives his club to his caddie Colin Swatton on the 17th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday

'I really thought we had it going': How Jordan Spieth's first round at the Masters quickly unraveled

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia will take a one-shot lead into the final round of The Masters.

For the first time in his already storied four-year career at the Masters, Jordan Spieth is in the chasing position going into Sunday.

Now, after flirting with the lead during a Saturday 68, he is tied for fourth at four under par, two shots behind Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.

Garcia's fellow halfway leader Rickie Fowler was a shot behind, with Spieth another stroke back alongside compatriots Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman. Now, a second Masters title is right there in front of him.

Here are the best highlights from Round 3 at Augusta National. "There's times on this course where you take your medicine and try to just walk away with a par".

But, all eyes are on 2015 champion Jordan Spieth. Scott is a green jacket victor from 2013, and he's finished in the top five at least once in every leg of the career grand slam.

If Saturday is moving day at the Masters, Jordan Spieth is moving in the right direction.

While Rose, who is playing in his 12th Masters, is thrilled to be at the top of the leaderboard after three rounds, he knows all too well that no lead is safe.

Garcia, who has made a tournament-low five bogeys in 54 holes, shot 70 to maintain a share of the lead he held after 36 holes with three other players.

He steadied himself with a 69 on Friday and then broke out big on Saturday.

Rose was four shots behind Spieth entering the final round two years ago. Spieth admitted it wouldn't have been such a bad idea, noting that in the previous two years he had gotten up and down for birdie to that same hole location. On Sunday, Knox is expected to tee it up with Ernie Els.

A birdie on the eighth repaired some of the damage and after a good chance went begging on the 11th, McIlroy holed from 20 feet to pick up another shot on the 12th.

"This is exactly how you hope Augusta National plays", Rose told CBS following his round.

He went 29 straight holes without a bogey until a three-putt from below the ridge on the par-3 16th. Els, 47, was in last place at 14 over, one behind Larry Mize.

"We've really grinded it out to have a chance to win this tournament".

Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts after making a putt on the sixth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. Spieth crept back near the top of the leader board after a dismal 75 on Thursday. So to answer your question, I would say, first of all, hitting greens in regulation, I thought we've done a great job of - especially yesterday in the conditions, I hit maybe 15 of them.

"Him and [Jose Maria] Olazabal, they were both my big idols growing up", said Garcia, considered perhaps the best player never to have won a golf major.

On Friday, he showed he is no flash in the pan with a mature recovery that gave him a share of the lead after a round of 68.

Currently Fowler is the closest to the duo, with the American scoring four birdies and three bogeys during his third round, leaving him a shot adrift. Last year, the Masters was won by Briton Danny Willett.

And the 23-year-old Texan, who has finished second, first and tied second in his three Augusta appearances, put himself in the frame again with a nerveless third-round display. Hoffman battled for par on the last hole to stay just two shots behind.

The 40-year-old American, once known for an unruly blond mullet but all cleaned up these days, squandered a chance to play in the final group today with a series of errant shots coming down the stretch.

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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