Rose, Garcia lead Masters as Spieth lurks

By Means Of AUGUSTA, Georgia

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia led the U.S. Masters on six beneath par and Jordan Spieth was lurking two pictures again after an absorbing 0.33 round at a solar-drenched Augusta National on Saturday.

England’s Rose and Spaniard Garcia finished one shot ahead of yank Rickie Fowler and two clear of a gaggle together with 2015 Masters champion Spieth, who put collectively a Fantastic four-underneath 68 to soar into rivalry.

Spieth was joined at four-underneath 212 By Way Of fellow-American Citizens Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, the journeyman who led the match after a sparkling first-spherical Sixty Five however dropped three pictures over Saturday’s closing holes to slide down the leaderboard.

Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, conjured up seven birdies, including a pair at the final two holes, in a day’s absolute best spherical of 67.

“The path will give you a run across the par-fives,” Rose told journalists.

“I took advantage and the closing two birdies put the cherry on the cake. It was once a reward for staying patient on the entrance nine.”

Garcia, 37, played a bogey-free back 9 featuring two birdies to card a 70 whereas world quantity eight Fowler, like the Spaniard bidding for his first main title, signed for a 71.

He was once helped By Way Of a damage on the par-five Thirteenth, the place his 2d-shot approach landed brief and seemed headed for a splash in Rae’s Creek before coming to leisure Just above the hazard. An Incredible chip from there led to a birdie for Garcia.

“It was nice,” Garcia said. “It was once laborious however it used to be fun to play smartly again, to move thru a Saturday at the Masters with an opportunity at profitable and to be up there going into tomorrow.”

EXCEPTIONAL FILE

Spieth put himself in position to proceed his PHENOMENAL FILE on the Masters, which he won in 2015 and finished tied second in 2014 and 2016.

The 23-yr-old American birdied the par-three sixth hole, sunk a 20-foot putt on the eighth and produced a sumptuous iron shot into the ninth inexperienced to get to three below.

He safely negotiated Amen Nook, where he came to grief spectacularly within the final round final 12 months, and picked up additional birdies at the par-five 13th and Fifteenth holes earlier than shedding his only shot of the day on the par-three 16th.

“I Feel nice,” stated Spieth who has fought back from a gap Seventy Five. “After the first round I Could Not ask for a lot better than this. We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win the match.”

Hoffman, the sector quantity Fifty Two, was once placing collectively some other strong round except he pulled a seven-iron into water on the Sixteenth gap and made a double-bogey as a way to a degree-par 72.

Additionally challenging had been Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 winner, at three beneath, with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa any other shot again.

England’s Lee Westwood, runner-up final year, shot 68 to complete at one below along with Belgian Thomas Pieters, the joint overnight leader who struggled to a scrappy Seventy Five.

World quantity two Rory McIlroy made a rapid start on Saturday however was once unable to take care of momentum and ended up at degree par.

It used to be a miserable day for four-instances main champion Ernie Els, who was once looking for his first Masters title at the age of 47.

The South African carded a dismal round of 83 to drop out of competition in what’s more likely to be his remaining look at Augusta.

(Modifying By Andrew Both and Larry Superb)

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