Spieth rallies Friday to finish round tied for 10th

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Saturday had something for everyone at the Masters, including the promise of more to come.

In the third round at Augusta National in the USA state of Georgia on Saturday (NZT Sunday), Rose charged from behind on the back nine to join Garcia out in front at -6.

QUOTEWORTHY "I know that anything can happen".

Augusta, U- Two newcomers with nerves of steel, Thomas Pieters of Belgium and Spain's Jon Rahm, are both handily placed Saturday to create an upset as the Masters third round begins.

Fowler came out with the best round of the day, mixing an eagle (on the par-five second hole), four birdies and a bogey. But he rights himself with a par at No. 17.

There is no room for error for Rose or Garcia, who share a one-stroke lead. And when he surveyed the landscape, he's not sure any of that matters. He's got too many friends and family with him to worry much about his prime position.

Rose is 7-under-par on the par-5s for the week. "I'm going to need something like that to have a chance tomorrow", McIlroy said.

Rose played in the final group when Jordan Spieth won in 2015 with a record-tying score, finishing at 14-under 274 that year, which tied for lowest non-winning score and has been bettered only six times in tournament history. There was no better example than his approach to the 13th from the pine straw from about 200 yards away.

And at that moment, Spieth channeled the late Arnold Palmer, asking his caddie Michael Greller, "What would Arnie do, Mike?" "I made a lot of great putts". He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.

Spieth had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his Masters debut in 2014 and was runner-up to Bubba Watson. Rose started with an even-par front nine on Saturday, but closed with five birdies on his last seven holes to race up the leaderboard and finish at 6-under for three rounds after a 67. "You know, it would be nice to have a chance and hopefully do it".

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"I'm in a good spot", he said.

Hoffman, the world number 52, was putting together another solid round until he pulled a seven-iron into water at the 16th hole and made a double-bogey on the way to a level-par 72. Phil Mickelson, 46, started the day four shots off the lead but shot 74 and is now eight back.

That won't make it any less exhausting, not with 15 players separated by only five shots. Pieters shot 75 and is tied with Lee Westwood at 215, two shots behind Adam Scott and one behind Charl Schwartzel, two former Masters champions. Absent those two big numbers, Spieth would be in great shape for a charge toward his third straight green jacket.

"I played well early on", he said.

In about five hours, there could be more clarity - or simply more chaos at Augusta National.

In 2002, he went 68-71-70 before a final-round 75 dropped him from fourth to eighth. "It's the kind of course you have to make peace with". "I'm playing good golf, and if I play my game tomorrow, I think I got a good chance". We were playing well but we weren't really making inroads towards the lead and chose to stay patient because that's the only choice that we really had.

And it's a big part of Augusta National, which could prove to be the ultimate challenge.

Sergio Garcia plays a shot from a bunker on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters. He is at even par heading into the final round.

As usual, it includes Jordan Spieth, two shots behind and in contention for the fourth consecutive year.

Spieth made putts of 26 and 13 feet for his last two birdies of the day to boost his confidence.

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