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Masters co-leader Sergio Garcia ready to change major fortunes

April 28 2017, 01:52 | Van Peters

Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

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In super windy conditions, Charley dominated the competition by FOUR strokes - the biggest lead after the first round of Masters since 1941.

"It's been great and to go out, obviously, as my last amateur round at the Masters is pretty special".

And Rickie Fowler, who will "be all up for it tomorrow".

Sergio Garcia (-6) - +400 - The Spaniard has gone through a lot over his career with multiple close calls and excruciating finishes at majors.

He summed up his rundown saying, "There's wonderful storylines".

Jordan Spieth of the United States watches his shot from the fourth tee during the final round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. Rose has one major title to his name, that being the 2013 U.S. Open.

"I've got 18 more holes to prove myself", he said. The lead pairing will tee off at 7:45pm Irish time on Sunday with Garcia bidding to finally win a major in his 74th start, and on the day his compatriot and hero, the late Seve Ballesteros would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Only four others have won the Masters after taking low amateur honors - 18-time major victor Jack Nicklaus, 14-time major victor Tiger Woods, five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw. "So you've just got to roll with it and realize that sometimes you're going to get good breaks, like has happened to me a few times this week and sometimes you're going to get notsogood breaks".

"It's a coin flip, is it going to jump or come out spinny", Spieth said. He's worked to improve his fitness, health, golf game and mental approach the past six months and believes he's arrived at the ideal nexus to take the next step to major champion.

"We've been having a blast this week". Garcia is looking for his first major title. Mickelson's rise ended there.

A second day of high winds left the top pack - all seeking a first major win - level on four-under par 140 through two rounds.

For Spieth, who has entered Sunday with the lead the last two years, and closed the deal once and very much did not the second time, this will mark a new experience.

Palmer died last September but his presence has been felt everywhere at Augusta National.

Jordan Spieth has faded from contention. Spieth made a quadruple bogey in the opening round. "There's times on this course where you take your medicine and try to just walk away with a par".

This year's Masters looked like it was destined to be an all-American showdown, but instead turned into an global shootout between two of golf's biggest European household names. He bogied the first hole, got the shot back on the second. Before Saturday, his third-round average at Augusta was 75. McIlroy twice had to settle for pars despite being in ideal position on the par 5s on the back nine, and his 71 kept him from making up any ground.

Also two shots back are Ryan Moore (69 on Saturday) and Hoffman, who had 72.

Amongst those in the chasing pack are 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott and 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel.

Spieth, who had birdies on three of his last four holes, was just happy to finish under par.

While much of the attention was on Spieth's charge, Rose went about his business in typically unassuming fashion.

"It wasn't quite as adventurous as previous Masters", McIlroy said.



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