3rd round at Masters a day of wasted chances for McIlroy

Fowler, who shot 71 Saturday, trails leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia, who are both 6-under.

He safely negotiated Amen Corner, where he came to grief spectacularly in the final round past year, and picked up further birdies at the par-five 13th and 15th holes before dropping his only shot of the day at the par-three 16th. He's playing in his fourth Masters and has never finished worse than second on the leaderboard. He was tied for the top heading to the par-3 16th hole when he put his tee shot in the water, simply mouthing the word, "Wow". He simply has to vow to take the good with the bad and let the cruellest bounces roll off his back, or something like that. 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18. Schwartzel won a shootout at the 2011 Masters by making birdie at each of the last four holes.

But Jordan Spieth, minus the mashie, is giving it a pretty good run.

Spieth has played three Masters, winning the Green Jacket once and finishing runner-up twice.

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth are leading the way at the Masters - at least in the size of their gallery. In super windy conditions, Charley dominated the competition by FOUR strokes - the biggest lead after the first round of Masters since 1941.

Another stroke adrift is the trio of 2015 champion Jordan Spieth - proving the demons of past year, even Thursday's quadruple bogey, are long gone - and fellow Americans Hoffman and Ryan Moore.

Spieth pointed to the 69 he shot on Friday as the round that got him back into contention. On Sunday, Knox is expected to tee it up with Ernie Els. "I thought the golf course would be hard today but it was nice to get out to five-under and hit our goal in the end".

Instead of reveling in who was playing at Augusta National, the focus was on the people not there. Then he chipped up and three-putted to end up taking the same number of strokes as the number of innings in a baseball game.

However, the 37-year-old needed a vast improvement on his third round scoring average of 74.92, which includes an 81 last year and no scores in the 60s. "We fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this golf tournament".

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AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 8 Charging up the U.S. Masters leaderboard, Jordan Spieth stood on the 13th fairway on Saturday, turned to his caddie Michael Greller and asked: "What would Arnie do?" 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 shot 69. Garcia is looking for his first major title. He finished with a 75 and is five shots back at one under. The popular American shot four birdies and three bogeys for a 71, and sole third place. His countryman Danny Willett won the Masters previous year.

England's Justin Rose shares the Masters lead with Spain's Sergio Garcia after the third round of play at the Augusta National Golf Club.

He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th, then a 10-footer at the last, to join Hoffman in the lead. He was tied with Garcia, Fowler and Pieters after 36 holes.

The day started with Hoffman, Garcia, Fowler and Belgian-born Thomas Pieters at four under.

It certainly fired up Mickelson, who opened with birdies on the first and second holes to move to 2-under as those watching applauded wildly.

He got up and down from off the green for a birdie, then followed up with a birdie on 15, and holed a pressure par-putt on the last to finish at 6-under. Could Fowler over take the final pairing?

Former world No. 1 Jason Day has found his stride at Augusta National. Spieth ended the first round ten shots off the lead.

Charley Hoffman, the first-round leader and second-round co-leader, had a two-shot lead with five holes to play Saturday.