Masters 2017: Justin Rose & Sergio Garcia share lead after day three

Rose’s 67 equalled his best-ever round at Augusta

England’s Justin Rose jumped into a share of the lead with Spain’s Sergio Garcia as the battle for the Masters intensified on day three at Augusta.

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.

Rickie Fowler finished a shot back, while Jordan Spieth carded a 68 to move level with fellow Americans Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore on four under.

Lee Westwood (68) moved to one under while Rory McIlroy (71) is level par.

Rose is one of four previous major winners in the top 10 going into Sunday’s final round, which will be live and uninterrupted on BBC Two from 19:00 BST.

Garcia, Fowler and England’s Westwood are each hoping to finally land one of golf’s four most prestigious tournaments.

Rose blooms at the perfect time

Olympic champion Rose, 36, has not claimed one of golf’s four majors since his maiden triumph at the 2013 US Open, but lifted himself into contention for a first Masters title with a stunning finish on Saturday.

The Englishman, who has four previous top-10 finishes at the Augusta National, was level par for the round after 11, only to blitz the final seven holes.

He rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th, then a 10-footer at the last, to join Hoffman in the lead.

Garcia, playing alongside the 40-year-old Californian, birdied the 15th to briefly make it a three-way tie at the top.

But Hoffman, one of four to share the overnight lead after the first two rounds, slipped behind Rose and Garcia after finding water on the par-three 16th and ending with a double bogey.

“The key for me was staying patient early in my round. For me the test was around six when I made bogey, I stayed with it and played well on the back nine. Everything clicked into gear,” said Rose.

“Patience is the key on Sunday. This is a golf course where you have to pick your moments. That will be the game plan.”

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