Fowler sits 3rd at Masters: 'Right where I'm supposed to be'
- Author: Stacy Allen Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 1:16
There are quite a few certainties at the Masters - Amen Corner, green jackets, fast greens, pimento cheese sandwiches. "You can't really Jordan-proof it", Spieth said, per Myers. With a 4-under 68 on a sun-drenched Saturday in the 81st edition of the Masters, the 2015 champion made his presence known and moved onto the first page of the leaderboard.
"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.
Spieth, who has finished 2-1-2 in his only three Masters appearances, has battled back after being 10 shots from the lead after the first round.
Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, was seventh on 213 with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another stroke adrift with England's Lee Westwood and Belgium's Thomas Pieters on 215.
Pieters was the first to leave the rarefied air at the top of the leaderboard.
Justin Rose is back in the clubhouse with a 5-under 67 and a share of the Masters lead. "I'm nearer than I was, but who knows?" "No matter what happens, we will have a really good chance to win this with a good round (Sunday)". "At this point, it's win or go home".
Rose had the low round on Saturday.
Rose, who started the day three off the lead, set the clubhouse lead for Garcia to match after an excellent back-nine around Augusta.
"I knew I needed to get going for sure. That was by far the most resilient I've ever been on a golf course in my life", Spieth said.
"It was key, it was necessary, I had to have it", Spieth said.
"I'm going to need my best score, around 65". He left the first putt 12 feet short and had a three-putt double bogey. "I feel great on the golf course". I was hitting plenty of club but it just came out soft. So I trusted in that fact. I was looking for 2 under a side and that's what I got.
"I had some chances on the back nine that I could have converted", said the four-time major victor. Hoffman, though, rallied back after a mistake that might've unraveled many with two steady, closing pars to remain two off the lead. "But this is definitely a different position now".
"But I've got to go out and play good golf tomorrow, that's all that matters in the end". He is 0-for-73 in majors.
And Garcia managed to finally hold his Saturday-at-Augusta demons at bay with a decent round of 70 for a 6-under total. Take some nice, deep breaths.
"My mentality has changed a little bit, the way I'm taking things, particularly this week at Augusta", he said. Or, he could try to go for the green - like Phil Mickelson did with chutzpah in 2010 en route to victory - and maybe make an eagle. One year ago, it was his spectacular meltdown on the famous par-3 12th hole, a quadruple bogey that put the green jacket onto the shoulders of Danny Willett.
He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th, then a 10-footer at the last, to join Hoffman in the lead. He bounced back with a birdie and stayed in the lead. Saturday at the PGA tournaments is traditionally known as "moving day". He accomplished both and his intensity level sparked. I mean, I don't want to get ahead of myself.
"It was just about committing to what you can see and what you actually know is there". Rickie Fowler begins the day 5-under and will be paired with Spieth in the final round.
There is no surprise that the top-ranked member of that group is Spieth, a man who has never finished worse than runner-up at this event, and has been gunning for redemption for 364 days now.