The Masters third round featured big moves by Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth. Saturday at the PGA tournaments is traditionally known as “moving day.” April 8, 2017, was a day of movers both up and down the Master’s leaderboard.
The day began with a four-way tie for first place. Ricky Fowler, Charlie Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, and Thomas Pieters were neck and neck, with scores of 4 under par for the first 36 holes. Each, had high hopes for a productive third round, especially since none of the four had ever won a major title.
The third round of the Masters ended with a two-way tie for first, and a newcomer to the top contenders. Garcia and Rose finished with overall scores of 6 under par, after 54 holes. They will be paired together in the final round of the 2017 Masters on Sunday, April 9.
Garcia, who has never won a major in his career, he will be at Augusta for the first time. He is hoping this will be his breakthrough year, at the 2017 Masters.
Rose had the round of the day with a 5 under par 67, which vaulted him into a tie for the lead. Rose, who won the 2013 U.S. Open, is gunning for his first Master’s title. The outcome of the final round on Sunday is in doubt, as there remain five players within three shots of the lead.
Among the five players is another big mover on Saturday, Jordan Spieth. He has come back from a disappointing first round of 75 to shoot rounds of 69 and 68 putting Spieth at -4, and only two shots behind the leaders. Spieth is looking for redemption, after winning the Masters in 2015 and giving up the title last year.
The Masters is the first major tournament of each year. It is unique among the four majors in golf because it is the only major tournament, which is held at the same golf course every year. The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship are held at different courses each year.
Augusta National has been the home of the Masters since the tournament was invented by the legendary golfer, Bobby Jones in 1935. It has also been the home of showdowns from golf’s finest, for more than 80 years. A close leaderboard going into the final round promises more of the same excellence and enjoyment for golf fans.
By Daniel Osborn
Edited by Tracy Blake
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