Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia among four sharing lead at Masters


Fowler is relishing the prospect of playing in calmer conditions over the weekend. Ballesteros, who died in 2011, won two green jackets among his five majors, as did fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal.

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"A one-shot lead starting the day doesn't mean much", Rose said.

Just like that, Hoffman's name slipped off the top line of the leaderboard - a spot he had commandeered with a brilliant 7-under 65 in treacherous winds on Thursday, giving him a four-shot cushion and biggest lead after the first round of the Masters since 1955.

"I started poorly and I dropped a shot on the third which is one of the easiest holes on the golf course today, but I went two, three, two on four, five and six which is making a lot on the field".

Adam Hadwin is the only Canadian to make the cut.

"It's going to be fun", Fowler said of Sunday's final round.

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Once the error was discovered, Garcia was put back at 2-under. By then, he already was squarely back in the mix with a few good bounces and his frightening touch on the greens.

The 40-year-old American, once known for an unruly blond mullet but all cleaned up these days, squandered a chance to play in the final group at Augusta National with a series of errant shots coming down the stretch.

The 23-year-old PGA Tour star, who has finished no worse than tied for second during the last three Masters, enters this year's edition just two shots back heading into Sunday's final round. "And as you go a bit deeper in your career, you want to contend in majors".

Hoffman was still at a healthy three-under-par for the tournament but he was clearly struggling with the pressure of leading the charge.

Rallying in the third round, Spieth's Moving Day was in jeopardy of stalling as he found his drive on the pine straw to the right of the fairway, 230 yards away from the hole on the first of two par 5s on the second nine. McIlory is only three strokes back of fifth-placed William McGirt. 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18 to come home in 31.

Sergio Garcia plays a shot from a bunker on the 12th hole during the second round of the 2017 Masters. But he made three straight bogeys over the sixth, seventh and eighth holes to hold a one-stroke lead over surging Sergio Garcia. That group includes world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who was only five shots behind despite not shooting under par either of the first two rounds. He's made six birdies since and crossed into red numbers.

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.

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And one that has never been a favorite of Sergio Garcia. The run ended with a bogey on the par-3 fourth hole.

Former Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who retired in January while citing his health, was spotted on the course for the second consecutive day.

Spieth said his Masters tournament so far has been representative of his year: "It's been slow starts, and just grind it out".

The only problem? The scorers at Augusta National didn't know that. He's finished fourth or better at each of the sport's biggest events and registered a pair of top-five results in the U.S. Open and The Open Championship past year. That would spell the end of defending champion Danny Willett's tournament, with the Englishman now at seven-over after battling to a six-over round today.

Willett took an 8 on the opening hole.

Not knowing where it had landed, he hit a provisional tee shot.

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