Final round of Masters packed with 'wonderful storylines'

A 19-year-old old dazzles us with his talent and creativity, then disappoints us with his defeats, then maddens us with comments like, "I've come to the conclusion that I need to play for second or third place".

Garcia himself had said, in a moment of self-pity, that he didn't have what it takes to win a major. Sergio Garcia, who started the round tied for first, was tied with Spieth halfway through the round.

Asked if he can draw on other sporting comebacks for inspiration, Spieth made reference to the Patriots' astonishing recovery in Super Bowl LI, which saw them overturn a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons. "So you've just got to roll with it and realize 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".

Sergio Garcia ended almost two decades of major heartbreak when he beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win the US Masters yesterday on what would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, the late Seve Ballesteros.

Forget a Tiger Woods' style blowout.

It's a sentiment shared by most of the top 20 after the first two rounds here.

Garcia and Rose both carded 69 to finish tied on nine-under-par 279, three strokes clear of 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, sending the year's first major to a playoff when both missed birdie putts at the 72nd hole. He hadn't just fallen short of expectations in his career, he had become unlikable. He spent a lot of time in the world rankings' top 10. He realized he has a "beautiful life" even if he never won a major.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Rickie Fowler tips his hat on the 18th green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

"You can put a line on it and say most probably it will be the last one", Els said before the tournament started.

"It's going to be fun", Fowler said of Sunday's final round.

"They gave me a plaque, a picture, saying, 'Nothing runs like a Day, '" he said.

If you were going to bet some money on who to win then it would be hard to pick one guy, cause there so many in with a chance.

He saved par after that terrible tee shot on 13. "After 10 and 11, if you hit the right shots, you have a pretty good birdie opportunity on the Sunday pins on just about every single hole". He nearly holed his second shot at 15 but eagled to pull into a tie for the lead.

He made birdies on the 13th hole - his third of the tournament on the par 5 - and 15th to inch within a shot of the top. He tapped it wide right.

"So it's awesome. And at the same time, I've been on both sides of it now, and I like the winning side better. I felt cool, calm and collected". "I knew what I was capable of doing".

Even with a 65-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, Els shot an 83 on Saturday.

Justin Rose is back in the clubhouse with a 5-under 67 and a share of the Masters lead. He needed only one. 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".

In heaven, we can assume there was another celebration.

It figures to be quite a Sunday shootout at the Masters.

"I'm sure he helped a little bit with some of those shots, some putts", Garcia said.

  • Stacy Allen