Garcia intends to take a better frame of mind into this weekend than his defeated statement reflected five years ago.
SERGIO GARCIA: I'll say so. "I've shown myself many times after that, that I can contend and I can truly feel like I can win - not only one, but more than one". "So you know, I'm excited about the challenges that this weekend is going to bring, and hopefully I'll step up to them and I'll be able to be up there on Sunday with a solid chance at winning, at winning this lovely tournament".
The 28-year-old has had some big moments in golf, winning prestigious tournaments like the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship in 2015.
The last time there was a four-way tie for the lead at the halfway point of the Masters was in 1973, when Bob Dickson, Gay Brewer, J.C. Snead and Tommy Aaron were tied at 3-under 141.
"Being a part of a major, it's exciting already. I didn't know going into my first one if I would have five chances in my life", Spieth said. "I've been playing good golf and I'm really happy with where I'm at".
"If we can put the cherry on top", Garcia said, his follow-up delivered with not a hint of urgency, "that would be even better".
Augusta National has a traffic jam atop the leaderboard heading into the third round of the Masters, a logjam that will likely take the entire weekend to untangle.
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He's posted 22 top 10s in majors in his career and is probably too good to be another Colin Montgomerie and not win one. He had a four-stroke lead over all of the other competitors, which is the largest lead in Masters history in 62 years.
Rory McIlroy stood five strokes off the pace. The world no. 2 sits one over par after carding 73 in a round where he recorded five bogeys, but just about managed to keep himself in contention.
Jordan Spieth, trying to bounce back from his back nine meltdown in the Masters past year when he had a five-shot lead in his title defense, carded a 68.
Three-times Masters victor Phil Mickelson (73) had two late bogeys and was a further shot back along with former champions Jordan Spieth and Australian Adam Scott, who both posted 69.
"I feel unbelievable support out there", Garcia said. He bounced back from a bogey behind the 13th green by firing a 3-iron across the water and into the wind to the 15th green for a two-putt birdie.
Garcia, 37, played a bogey-free back nine featuring two birdies to card a 70 while world number eight Fowler, like the Spaniard bidding for his first major title, signed for a 71.
A bogey on the fourth was the first blemish to the scorecard.
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So channelling "The King", Spieth stepped up and made a swing so ideal that he was anxious his ball was going to end up beyond the green, but it settled nicely to set up a two-putt birdie.
"I'm just going to need the round of the year for me tomorrow".
For them - and any great athlete, really - winning is the only thing that matters, the only thing that anyone remembers.
To those saw him play the hole (he made bogey on a three-putt), it was thought he had committed a rule violation that resulted in two penalty strokes. "Fortunate enough for me I made a good amount of birdies today so I counteracted that".
England's Lee Westwood, runner-up previous year, shot 68 to finish at one under along with Belgian Thomas Pieters, the joint overnight leader who struggled to a scrappy 75.
From patrons at the golf course to people following the Masters Tournament through one of the digital platforms, two assumptions arose from an incident involving Sergio Garcia on the 10 hole of the Augusta National Golf Course during Friday's second round. "I'm certainly looking for my first Masters and my first green jacket".
The misfortune began when his tee shot did not go in the bunker right of the fairway.
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"He has a good touch when it comes down to those things", he said. After heavy winds on Thursday and Friday died down, Saturday was warm and sunny with minimal wind to make it easier to play the course.