Garcia, Rose share Masters lead heading into Sunday

Rickie Fowler tips his hat on the 18th green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday

Rose will be in the last duo out today at 2:45 pm (1845 GMT) with Garcia just after Rickie Fowler and 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth, who climbed up the leaderboard with a 68.

Rose was an afterthought, five shots behind, when his tee shot to a left pin on the par-3 12th dropped in 5 feet from the hole for the first of five birdies on the back nine.

Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia.

Justin Rose doesn't know what it feels like to win the Masters.

"The key for me was staying patient early in my round". Tomorrow is a huge day. "There might be a time tomorrow where the momentum goes on my side, but being able to continue that momentum and swing freely and hit the shots necessary just by focusing on where I want to hit it versus focusing on the entire round, that's what is such a challenge, and that's the challenge I'm looking forward to".

Garcia also is hoping to win his first major and end his futility in the game's four biggest tournaments.

The 40-year-old American, once known for an unruly blond mullet but all cleaned up these days, squandered a chance to play in the final group at Augusta National with a series of errant shots coming down the stretch.

Victory on Sunday would coincide with what would have been countryman Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday. He wound up birdieing that hole, and if he gets another green jacket on Sunday, that will likely be the shot that he most credits with getting him there.

"Him and (Jose Maria) Olazabal, they were both my big idols growing up", Garcia said. "So it means a lot".

"I went to bed with my heart pumping faster [Friday] night because of yesterday's round than I probably will tonight", Spieth said, "because I already knew I had a chance. It would be nice to have a chance and hopefully do it".

Going into the final round six shots adrift and with 10 players to leapfrog - and especially given the quality of those ahead of him - makes for a tough assignment. Sergio Garcia finally caught a good break in a major.

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Twenty years after Tiger made the golf world tremble with his dominance at the '97 Masters, Jordan Spieth is sending shivers through the 2017 Masters field - in his own way.

The run began with a 7-iron to two feet on the par-3 16th immediately after his water bedeviled trauma, and ended when he three-putted the 16th on Saturday, his fourth three-putt of the tournament.

Like Garcia, Worksop's Westwood has always been considered one of Europe's finest players, only to have an excellent career somewhat tarnished by the absence of a major title. Spieth didn't have to come back to win his first Masters title, but this wouldn't be the first time in his career he's chased down the leaders to win.

It won't be surprising for Spieth, who enters Sunday just two shots back of the lead, to contend. And Ryan Moore's streak of 26 holes without a bogey ended at Flowering Peach. Fowler, the first player to get to five under on Saturday, had to make a 14-footer to salvage bogey.

Also challenging were Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, at three under, with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another shot back.

Spieth won the Masters two years ago and was runner-up last year after losing a five-shot lead on the back nine. On Thursday Spieth made a quadruple-bogey nine on this particular hole, and you could sense the nervous tension in the air as he laid up again and pulled that same wedge.

Spieth played in the final group on Sunday the past three years.

This is the fifth and final year of Els' exemption from winning his fourth major at the 2012 British Open.

"I feel great. After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said. "I've been playing good golf and I'm really happy with where I'm at". I want to give myself a chance for it to be enough. He and I could potentially get off to a good start and we could really push each other. His countryman Danny Willett won the Masters previous year.

Spieth, who had birdies on three of his last four holes, was just happy to finish under par. And Fred Couples, 57, three back after opening rounds of 73-70, also had 74 and is seven back.

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