Justin Rose doesn't know what it feels like to win the Masters. He shot a respectable 71 but lost ground and is six shots back in his pursuit of the final leg of a career Grand Slam.
As usual, the contenders include Jordan Spieth, two shots behind and in contention for the fourth straight year. He had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his debut in 2014 before Bubba Watson overtook him. His double-bogey 5 on the par-3 16th was his downfall. He missed that for a three-putt bogey.
England's Justin Rose jumped into a share of the lead with Spain's Sergio Garcia as the battle for the Masters intensified on day three at Augusta.
NOTEWORTHY No one has ever made a quadruple bogey and won the Masters.
The day started with Hoffman, Garcia, Fowler and Belgian-born Thomas Pieters at four under.
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"New experience for me, coming from behind on Sunday at the Masters, which is kind of fun to say". "And protecting the lead, you don't want to play aggressive".
Rose could use another back nine like he had in the third round.
He then chipped to a foot and made the birdie.
He pronounced himself "extremely pleased" with the Saturday result, which included a birdie at the par-5 13th hole that came after he ripped a 228-yard four iron over Rae's Creek and nearly made the eagle putt. Moments later, he realized the ball bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down. In particular, a stunning bogey-free homeward run of 31 - which featured five birdies in his closing seven holes - had the Englishman zoning in on the lead on moving day. "Because it gives you the possibility of getting a break like that".
The 37-year-old Spaniard finished off his round by clenching his fist when a 7-foot par putt dropped into the cup for a 70.
Garcia and Rose were neck-and-neck the entire day. The Spieth-Fowler pair will be one of the most closely watched twosomes on a Sunday at a major championship in recent times.
Rickie Fowler leads the chasing pack on -5.
He will be paired with Spieth in the penultimate group. "If I play my game tomorrow, I think I've got a good chance".
"I didn't feel like I had been doing much wrong and I just look up and it just wasn't landing where I thought it would". "You have to go out and play a good round of golf".
When he got to No. 15 this time, he yelled at his errant tee shot but still recovered and made a tap-in birdie.
McIlroy blistered drives of more than 300 yards in the fairway on the two par 5s on the back nine at Augusta, and both times walked off with pars.
Nothing irritated him more than the fifth hole.
"Waking up and you have a chance to win your favorite tournament that you've dreamt of winning and competing in since you were a kid, and to be able to have your fourth opportunity now".
"After the first round I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said.
Former U.S. Amateur champion, Ryan Moore has quietly compiled consecutive rounds of 69 and is tied with Spieth on four-under, as is Charley Hoffman, who had pulled ahead of the pack at one point on Saturday, but came unstuck with a double-bogey on the 16th, following a disastrous tee shot into the water.
He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th, then a 10-footer at the last, to join Hoffman in the lead.
Only 10 players remained under par, all of them separated by five shots. Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champ, is at 213.
In all of the elbowing to manoeuvre a way towards the summit of the leaderboard at this US Masters, Rory McIlroy got pushed around and left behind.