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Fowler, Hoffman edge ahead at sun-drenched Masters

Fowler, Hoffman edge ahead at sun-drenched Masters

Rose was runner-up to Jordan Spieth at Augusta National in 2015.

Sergio Garcia (-6) - +400 - The Spaniard has gone through a lot over his career with multiple close calls and excruciating finishes at majors.

"It was hard but it was fun", he said after shooting 70 to tie Justin Rose for the 54-hole lead at 6-under-par 210.

If you are into sentiment, or even karma, then Garcia, the native of Borriol, Spain, is your man. Sunday is the 60th anniversary of the birth of Seve Ballesteros, the most famous golfer ever from Spain and a two-time Masters victor.

Rose was optimistic about his chances of claiming the coveted green jacket by winning, but was grateful just to be in with a chance. His eagle putt missed by an inch.

He finished at 4-under 212, barely missing playing in the final group at the Masters for what would have been a record fourth year in a row. Hoffman opened with a 65 and had the biggest Masters lead after a first round in 62 years.

"Everybody has a storyline and I'm not even touching upon past champions who are right there, as well".

"I'm in a great position going into (Sunday)", said Rose, who won the 2013 U.S. Open. Here's what to know about the top seven, and remember, Sunday's coverage on CBS begins at 1 p.m. ET.

"I liked my confidence on the greens".

"You've got to be aggressive at times, but this is a course where you've got to pick your moments".

He believes it will be a thinking-man's game Sunday, particularly on the back nine. Garcia has played in 71 straight majors and hopes to shed the title of the best-ever without a major win. "It's going to be tough for someone to run and distance themselves too much, even with what you can do on the back nine". The shot at the last looked as though it was going to be a tap-in birdie.

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Day has struggled in recent weeks, his best finish in his last three tournaments was a tie for 23rd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Garcia gambled and appeared to come up a big loser when his second shot at the par-5 13th wound up short and right of the green in Rae's Creek.

He then chipped to a foot and made the birdie putt.

"Fortunately for me, that bank seems to be a tiny bit longer this year, which is nice", Garcia said.

Rose lovingly patted Garcia's cheek before they embraced. Garcia bogeyed the first two holes on the back nine, but got back within one stroke with a birdie on the 14th.

Garcia and Fowler shared the second-round lead with Charley Hoffman and Thomas Pieters of Belgium, but they fell back in the third round.

"At the end of the day, it comes down to myself", Garcia said.

Perhaps the most daunting name at Augusta National was Spieth, who began this Masters with a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole of the opening round and was 10 shots out of the lead when he trudged off the course Thursday. "You just have to roll with it and realize sometimes you're going to get good breaks and sometimes you get not-so-good breaks". He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68.

And most menacing, two shots back is Jordan Spieth, who has never finished lower than second at Augusta National Golf Club. I don't want to get ahead of myself... but I don't even know how much it would mean to join both of them as a Masters victor. He was tied for the top heading to the par-3 16th hole when he put his tee shot in the water, simply mouthing the word, "Wow". Hoffman battled for par on the last hole to stay just two shots behind. Lee Westwood, a runner-up past year and in search of his first major title at age 43, had 68 and is five back as is Masters rookie Thomas Pieters (75).

Rory McIlroy, the No. 2 player in the world, posted his first under-par round of the tournament with 71. He was six shots behind.

But it was the 11th hole where he three-putted from 5 feet, and a double bogey removed him from the list of viable contenders.

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