Fowler joins 4-way tie for Masters lead


If this was Ernie Els' final round at the Masters, he's made peace with the long-ago predictions for Augusta National success that never came true.

This is Rose's fifth time holding the lead at Augusta after a round.

"These things happen", McIlroy said.

Nicklaus and Player were both in tears on the tee box before they hit while listening to the heartfelt tribute from Masters chairman Billy Payne. He fell out of the race on the front nine by shooting a 38, then added two more bogeys and a double through 14.

"I feel I'm swinging it as good as I have been for a long time, I've done a lot of good work over the last couple of weeks and my putting feels as good as it has done in a long time". However, Hoffman could not maintain the margin with bogeys on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes.

"It was a really good day today at Augusta National", Spieth said.

Round four will be broadcast from from 20:00 (CET) on Sunday night until 01:00 on Monday morning, followed by the Green Jacket Ceremony following the conclusion of the final round.

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Jordan Spieth has faded from contention.

Spieth, meanwhile, was understandably delighted to move onto the heels of the leaders, having been 10 adrift of Hoffman after round one. He missed the cut by a single stroke.

But even a visit to the men's restroom on Augusta National is an experience. He put his tee shot in the water on the par-3 16th, and he took two shots to get out of a bunker on the 17th.

The 37-year-old is playing his 71st consecutive major championship, a streak stretching back to the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. His second shot looked to be ready to nestle into Rae's Creek but somehow the ball stayed up on the back, from where Garcia made birdie instead of a likely bogey. Sergio Garcia's first attempt goes straight down the fairway.

Trust me, it's way too much for 10 days of use out of the year, but I'm not complaining.

Day, dressed in a very eye-catching shirt, went out to almost ace the par three, 6th hole and the cap his round with four birdies in succession from the 12th hole.

Hoffman, 40, posted a seven-under par 65 in conditions described by one former Masters victor as "borderline" unplayable.

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Brian Stuard, the Zurich's defending champion, shot a 73 to finish tied for 36th 6-over 294.

Hoffman had a 7-under 65 to dominate a wind-swept opening round.

Garcia and Fowler will be seeking their first major wins.

Surging Sergio Garcia is looking to end his distinction as one of the game's best without a major title.

The Australian star has his fingers crossed that a full day of sun would firm up greens that had been more receptive and have the field potentially coming back toward him.

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

Martin Kaymer (right) shakes hands with Jordan Spieth after Friday's second round at the Masters. The two past Masters champions are paired together in the third round and early on picked up much of the large Saturday crowd.

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Indeed, Day climbed from lying 53rd at the start of his third round and headed to the clubhouse sharing 23rd place after posting a three under par 69 to get back to three over par in the year's first Major. He is now at 2-over and closing in on the quartet of leaders - Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters. He was the first to tee off in Saturday's third round and quickly found problems again with a bogey on the par-5 second.