Sergio Garcia wins first major in dramatic playoff at the Masters
Apr 11 2017 by Kelly Saunders
Rickie Fowler is another who has never won a major title, but has come second at the British and US Opens.
McIlroy believes he will need to match his best ever score at Augusta National to stand a chance of winning the Masters after a frustrating third round. It's just a fun golf course to play.
The daring paid off as Spieth rode the momentum to a four-under 68 to trail co-leaders Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia by two strokes going into the final round.
Garcia knows the golf gods aren't going to gift him his first major title Sunday at Augusta; he'll have to rely on himself and his own game to earn that elusive achievement. "I'll be able to tell you better tomorrow night if I think those missed opportunities have ruined my chances, but I just need to go out and play a good round of golf tomorrow".
This is Rose's fifth time holding the lead at Augusta after a round.
The 2015 victor Jordan Spieth will be one of the favourites heading into Sunday thanks to a four-under 68 after starting the day on level par for the tournament.
But while the other contenders faded, allowing Garcia to build an early three-shot lead, it was his playing partner that put on the heat. After dropping shots on the 10th and 11th holes to fall two shots behind Rose, Garcia pulled his drive on the par-5 13th into the left bushes.
Rose, 36, sunk five birdies in the last seven holes in his five-under-par 67 to join Garcia, who hit 70, on six under.
"If there's anyone I had to lose to, it's Sergio", Rose said.
Jordan Spieth has faded from contention. He didn't have a shot at capturing his first green jacket.
England's Justin Rose takes a lot of confidence as well as a share of the lead into Sunday's final round of the Masters. One year ago, it was his spectacular meltdown on the famous par-3 12th hole, a quadruple bogey that put the green jacket onto the shoulders of Danny Willett.
In a second round accompanied by more swirling gusts, Hoffman soared to a 75. Spieth had birdies on the sixth, eighth and ninth holes to move within two of Hoffman. He chipped up to tap-in range, turning a potential bogey into a birdie. From almost 40 feet, a two-putt for par would have been acceptable.
He knows the Augusta National. The Big Easy had three double bogeys, and it got ugly at the end. Hoffman battled for par on the last hole to stay just two shots behind. My record over the last four years reflects that.
Rose has a share of the 54-hole lead for the first time in a major. Now, Hoffman is looking to break away once more.
Day recalled a round at the John Deere Classic when he was first on the course and shot a 72 in just under 2 hours. "He was very much pressing for a lay-up there and laying up was the smart shot", smiled Spieth.
On a day famously named because of how it sets up the final round, Saturday turned out to be constantly moving day as golfers moved in and out of red and up and down the leaderboard all day.
Needing his best golf on just about every shot in the final hour at the Masters, Garcia overcame a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff Sunday for his first major after almost two decades of heartache. But Garcia hung around to come back to tie Rose for the lead with an incredible eagle on No. 15.
Spieth could make Masters history here. The two past Masters champions are paired together in the third round and early on picked up much of the large Saturday crowd.
Only ten players in total are under-par for the tournament, which includes last year's runner up Lee Westwood, rookie Thomas Pieters and three past champions (Spieth, Scott and Charl Schwartzel).
Fellow Aussie and world No.3 Jason Day is even for the day, remaining at three-over.
In nine appearances now, the only chance he has had to win was that fateful year in 2011, when he lost a four-shot lead with a round to play.
This week, Fowler feels even more ready to take that elusive step of becoming a major champion.