Jason Day having a good 3rd round at the Masters

Carla Harmon
April 9, 2017

"I've shown myself many times after that I can contend and I truly feel I cannot only win one (major) but more than one". He is now at 2-over and closing in on the quartet of leaders — Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters.

Saturday had something for everyone at the Masters, including the promise of more to come.

Masters rookie William McGirt, of Spartanburg, who was second after the first round, is tied for 11 at even par after shooting 74 on Saturday that included bogeys on Nos. He had a bogey on the second hole but rebounded with a birdie on the third. The three-time champion had started with back-to-back birdies on the first two holes but has since posted four bogeys to make the turn two-over for the day and three-over for the tournament.

The American looked like he was playing a different course to the rest with a run of four birdies in a row on the back nine to finish on seven-under par and a lead of four shots.

We have Sergio Garcia chasing his first major title, playing in the final pairing with the Olympic gold medalist and 2013 U.S. Open victor Justin Rose.

There is too much golf left. He recalibrated his attitude to make the most of a way-too-early start time. "That game plan worked well for me today and I'm sure it will again tomorrow".

Rose and Garcia are tied for the lead at 6-under-par 210, while Fowler is a shot back at 5 under, and Spieth is in a group with Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, who led after the first two rounds, at 4 under.

Spieth put his tee shot on the par-5 13th hole onto the pine needles, leaving himself 230 yards to the green off the rough surface. By then, he already was squarely back in the mix with a few good bounces and his frightening touch on the greens. 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18.

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth are leading the way at the Masters - at least in the size of their gallery. The Spaniard is in a happy place in his personal life and that has translated into his recent play. He went wire-to-wire to win in 2015.

Pieters turned in a record performance as a rookie in Europe's Ryder Cup defeat past year and is certainly not phased about trying to become the first player to win on their Masters debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

This is the fifth and final year of Els' exemption from winning his fourth major at the 2012 British Open. "A one-shot lead starting the day doesn't mean much".

Only 10 players remained under par, all of them separated by five shots.

If this is the week McIlroy vanquishes his Augusta demons and claims a green coat, he'll have to do it in dramatic fashion, storming back from a five-shot deficit.

"It's been a tricky 12 months and we haven't played great golf, but by the same token if you look at the career we've had, we've not really had a slump in form in two years", Willett said.

That's the allure of Augusta National, and it's never more appealing than when so many top players are right there with a chance.

A bit of background is important at this point: Spieth has played the Masters three times, finishing second, first and second. "It's heightened even more, just because you can hear what's going on around you", McIlroy said about the roars and groans of Augusta's massive galleries. "I really know the course very well", Couples said.

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