Masters 2017: Justin Rose shares lead with Sergio Garcia after third-round's best score

Rose erased an eight-stroke deficit last week to win the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Augusta National provided much calmer conditions Saturday afternoon after two days of swirling breezes.

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia finished the third round tied for the lead at 6 under after storming up the leaderboard on the back nine.

Rose, who began the day three shots back, recorded the low round of the day (5-under 67) when he birdied the par-4 18th. Rose birdied five of his last seven holes to shoot a 31 on the back nine.

"This is exactly how you hope Augusta National plays," Rose toldCBS following his round."Great shots were rewarded, but mid-irons out of the rough were difficult. (Now), I will only think as far forward as tomorrow’s first tee."

Garcia probed around the leaderboard all day while watching others make bogeys and birdies around him. The 37-year-old Spaniard, still seeking his first major title, birdied holes 13 and 15 to climb into a tie for the lead at 6 under.

"(I fought hard), and my swing didn't feel quite as good as yesterday, but I hung in there," Garcia said following Saturday's round. "At the end of the day it's about staying patient."

Rickie Fowler took another step towardhis first major win by firing a 1-under 71 with four birdies and three bogeys in Round 3. Fowler struggled to hit fairways and greens, but he made a number of pressure putts to finish the day at 5 under.

Jordan Spieth grabbed everyone's attention Saturday. The 2015 Masters champion surged up the leaderboard with a 4-under 68 to finish his round at 4 under. Spieth has now shot back-to-back rounds in the 60s.

"I felt great coming off of (Friday's) round and I continued that momentum (Saturday)," Spiethtold CBS."I’m in a great position heading into (the final round) to make some noise.

"I recognize on this course that you usually don't need as low as you think. You have to play like Arnold Palmer out here. You have to hit the shots necessary to give yourself a chance at birdie."

After a brutal double-bogey on the par-3 16th hole, Charley Hoffman settled for an even-par 72 Saturday to finish at 4 under. Hoffman had climbed to 7 under for the tournament, but he bogeyed No. 14 and then hit his tee shot in the water at 16.

Ryan Moore joined Spieth and Hoffman at 4 under after shooting a 3-under 69 Saturday. Moore, who doesn't often contend in majors, finished Round 3 with six birdies and three bogeys.

Adam Scott, one of many former Masters champions in contention this week, shot his second consecutive 3-under 69 Saturday to head into the final round at 3 under. He has not recorded a bogey since No. 17 in Round 2.

Charl Schwartzel, who won the Masters in 2011, shot his way back into contention with a 4-under 68 Saturday to finish Round 3 at 2 under. His round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 15th hole.

Lee Westwood, who is still searching for his first major championship win, shot a 4-under 68 to climb back into red figures at 1 under. He finished with six birdies Saturday, including three in his last six holes.

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After starting the third round tied atop the leaderboard, Thomas Pieters struggled a bit witha 3-over 75 Saturday. The Belgian bomber will head into Sunday at 1 under, still with an outside chance at snatching his first major victory.

Rory McIlroy failed to make the big move he needed to get back into contention. The four-time major champion shot a 1-under 71 in Round 3, and iseven-par for the tournament.

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