'What would Arnie do?': Jordan Spieth's question before big Masters shot

'What would Arnie do?': Jordan Spieth's question before big Masters shot

'What would Arnie do?': Jordan Spieth's question before big Masters shot

Rose and Garcia wound up tied for the lead Saturday on a tense afternoon that set the stage for a Masters finale up for grabs.

Rickie Fowler, another of the co-leaders, shot 71 to sit at 5-under, and will play in the second-last group with Spieth.

On a gloriously sunny day in Georgia, this third round rattled and hummed and finished with a couple of European heavy-hitters muscling a way to the top: Sergio Garcia, perhaps believing that his time has finally come on a Sunday that would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday, and Justin Rose, already with a US Open title to his CV, shared the 54-hole lead on 201, six-under-par.

"I take confidence from playing in the final group with Jordan in 2015 and only losing to a record performance". Then he bogeyed the 14th and put his tee shot in the water at the par-three 16th, leading to a double bogey.

Fred Couples (70), a 57-year-old former Masters champion, 2013 US Open victor Justin Rose (72), red-hot Spaniard Jon Rahm (70) and Ryan Moore (69) stood three shots off the pace.

Spain's Sergio Garcia, who has yet to win a major tournament in 73 starts, started Saturday in a four-way tie for the lead. What does Garcia, who was runner-up to Tiger Woods that year, think about when he sees that clip today? "I didn't know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life", Spieth said. "You just never know".

If you are into a Renaissance of English golfers, then Rose is your man. Last year, the Masters was won by Danny Willett. He didn't make the cut this year. He shook off having been 10 shots behind on Thursday, he shrugged off having been right on the cut line and he sloughed off the terrible memory of past year. This is a place I dearly love to be part of history here. "I'm nearer than I was, but who knows?" In super windy conditions, Charley dominated the competition by FOUR strokes - the biggest lead after the first round of Masters since 1941.

Saturday's round was like a high-level chess match.

Pieters was the first to leave the rarefied air at the top of the leaderboard.

"You have to be patient", Fowler said. "You can't really try and get too much out of this golf course".

"I played well early on", he said.

Given his home state, you could say he is as bold as a Texas Hold 'Em player.

I hit some good shots on the back nine coming in. 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Could that be the case with Garcia's second shot Saturday at No. 13 than hung on a steep bank rather than bounce into the creek?

Charley Hoffman had a birdie on the ninth hole to make the turn with a two-stroke lead in Saturday's third round at the Masters. He went wire-to-wire to win in 2015.

His back nine was filled with pars except on the two par fives.

Two-time major victor Spieth is hoping to banish memories of last year's spectacular final-day collapse by winning his second Masters.

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. Two holes later, he almost holed a wedge from the 15th fairway. "But every time I chipped it close I missed the putt or I didn't chip it close enough and I'd still miss the putt", said Fowler.

"Obviously I would like to be deep in the red, but one under is pretty good".

Still, with all that talent at the top, the real favorite might be Spieth.

In 2015, Spieth won in record-setting fashion, and unless you've been living in a cave for the past 12 months you know that he was on his way to repeating a year ago before making a quadruple bogey at the par-3 12th in the final round. His third-round 68 matched the second-lowest of the day. The ball stayed up and avoided a watery resting place, though, and Garcia got it up and down for one of his four birdies on the day.

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