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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Entertainment | By Johnnie Parsons

Gold medalist, bridesmaid in the lead for the green jacket in Augusta

Gold medalist, bridesmaid in the lead for the green jacket in Augusta

On the 20th anniversary of Tiger Woods' record-setting victory, which he led by nine shots after three rounds and turned the final round into a formality, this isn't expected to be a runaway.

A tradition like no other: The Masters clings to its ban on cellphones, even as golf's other major championships and tours allow fans to stay connected when they're out on the course. This time, he will start Sunday's final round two shots adrift of Justin Rose, and yet he believes that slender deficit could work to his advantage.

That's nothing new at the Masters, since the world of Augusta National has been dominated by single figures in the past. "It's going to be a good time, and Jordan and I are going out and having some fun".

"I think it's going to be a long, hard-fought day", Fowler said.

For the first time at Augusta, he will not play in the final group on Sunday, but most likely will be contender.

The former will be ruing a double bogey on the 16th hole, after finding water, which prevented him from ending the day with a share of the lead.

The Globe's most recent sports headlines delivered to your inbox every morning. Forty times in the 80 previous Masters, the victor was the third-round leader or co-leader.

Garcia made a 7-foot par putt on the 18th hole to earn a spot in the final pairing with Rose, at 2:45 p.m. I mean, I don't want to get ahead of myself.

Posting the best round of the day, Rose went 5-under on Saturday and proved that he could tame Augusta National at its fastest.

FADING PHIL: Phil Mickelson looked ready for a patented Masters charge Saturday when he opened with birdies on the first and second holes.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Rory McIlroy was in great position - on the leaderboard, in the fairway, on the green - to make a run in the Masters.

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There is a similar "dam the torpedoes" quality to Spieth's play and the 23-year-old Texan seems to have the same unique bond with Augusta National that Palmer had.

"It wasn't quite good enough", McIlroy said. "And now obviously we just need one more day of it and probably a couple breaks to go our way".

Certainly not with some of the top golfers in the world nipping at Rose's heels.

Lee Westwood recovered from a disappointing second round to fire a brilliant four-under-par round of 68 to move into red figures for the week.

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.

"I still feel like I'm right in this tournament".

The last time Puyallup's Ryan Moore stepped foot in the state of Georgia, he almost won the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, losing in a sudden-death playoff to Rory McIlroy.

"After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", said Spieth. Things began to click and I had my run.

"I know that anything can happen", said Spieth.

"Everybody has a storyline, and I'm not even touching upon past champions who are right there as well". It's tough protecting a lead on this golf course, because it's one where you need to play aggressive to win. In this year's third-round he shot a 2-under-par 70 to put himself in serious contention to win his first (and astonishingly overdue) major title on a Sunday that would have been Seve's 60 birthday.

I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor. "Rickie is a very confident player - he's going to be all up for it tomorrow". Sergio's going to have a great opportunity. "These are wonderful story lines".

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