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Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia share Masters lead ahead of final round

Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia share Masters lead ahead of final round”

If he wins, Spieth will set a Masters record by coming back from 10 strokes to win a jacket.

PAST CHAMPS HOVERING: Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth aren't the only past Masters winners hanging close to the top.

But, like the Patriots, Spieth didn't focus on winning before that could be accomplished. On Sunday, he has the chance to alter the narrative of his career forever. Just ask the Patriots.

"This will be a new experience for me, trying to come from behind (Sunday) at the Masters, which is pretty fun to say", Spieth said with a smirk after his third round 68, leaving him at 4-under and tied for fourth, two shots behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia entering Sunday. "More than one of those guys will keep tracking on". If Charley was going to go off the second round and continue on, there wasn't going to be much that anybody could do.

Garcia's win comes after 73 failed attempts to win the 81st Masters on his 37th birthday and what would have been the 60th birthday of his idol, two-time Masters champion and three-time (British) Open victor Seve Ballesteros, who died of brain cancer in 2011 at age 54. "I know that", he said.

QUOTEWORTHY "I know that anything can happen".

"So you've just got to roll with it and realise that sometimes you're going to get good breaks, like has happened to me a few times this week, and sometimes you're going to get not-so-good breaks".

Spieth bounced back from that disaster, especially in Friday's second round. He's got four PGA Tour wins to his name. He has followed that with 69 on Friday and 68 on Saturday to move to within two shots of the lead.

Spieth said his Masters tournament so far has been representative of his year: "It's been slow starts, and just grind it out". "Because it gives you the possibility of getting a break like that".

"That's what's so hard".

"I'm proud that I pulled that shot off", Spieth said. I was looking for 2 under a side and that's what I got. Then he bogeyed the 14th and put his tee shot in the water at the par-three 16th, leading to a double bogey. And to think he posted a nine at the par-5 15th on Thursday. If Spieth wins, he will not only have overcome a bunched field of 10 of the greatest golfers in the world but also that quad.

NOTEWORTHY No one has ever made a quadruple bogey and won the Masters. "Everything clicked into gear", said Rose. "Finishing fifth versus 10th doesn't mean much to me, so that frees me up a bit". "I plan to play aggressive because at this point, it's win or go home". I don't care that the odds are bad, Spieth is my pick. "I'm playing good golf".

"You've got to be aggressive at times, but this is a course where you've got to pick your moments". "I'm two back. I've been playing good golf, and I'm really happy with where I'm at".

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. What he also knows is the pitfalls that come with it and where he wants to land.

"It's not easy, because it's always. having a chance to win a tournament is always exciting", Garcia said of controlling his nerves as he chances that elusive major title. "To be able to have your fourth opportunity now". "I felt like after the first couple of rounds, I could have significantly lower than my score was but I've been very patient with that". So this is awesome.

Birdies on the eighth, 13th and 16th ensured McIlroy broke 70 for the first time this week and he refused to blame a limited schedule this year - caused by a rib injury - for his performance.

Yesterday, Spieth put himself in position to do just that.



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