Garcia wins Masters in playoff

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Rose sounded more like a golf fan planning out his Sunday TV schedule than a co-leader at the Masters prepping for the final round. Like Mickelson, but unlike Spieth for the most part, he played with a swashbuckling style.

This is the seventh Masters for the world number eight whose best finish at the year's first major came in 2014 when he tied for fifth.

Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia led the U.S. Masters on six under par and Jordan Spieth was lurking two shots back after an absorbing third round at a sun-drenched Augusta National.

But a bogey at 14 was followed by a tee shot that found water at the par-three 16th, where he eventually recorded a double bogey, and the American is level with Spieth and Ryan Moore (69) on four under.

Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, was seventh on 213 with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another stroke adrift with England's Lee Westwood and Belgium's Thomas Pieters on 215.

One constant at this year's Masters has been Charley Hoffman atop the leaderboard.

The decision seems to have paid off for the 2013 U.S.

"I knew I was playing well", he said, the green jacket draped across the Spaniard's slim shoulders.

Rose lovingly patted Garcia's cheek before they embraced. "That will be the gameplan".

Rose missed his birdie putt and tapped in for par, leaving Garcia to putt for his first major title. Ballesteros, who died in 2011, won two green jackets among his five majors, as did fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal. "We're going to go out and give it our all for him".

The only major championship separating him from a career Grand Slam is proving to be mighty elusive. I felt comfortable. I felt like I had a really good chance.

The 47-year-old South African was in last place, one behind Larry Mize.

"After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this", Spieth said.

Spieth led from start to finish in 2015 and for the first three rounds in 2016 and added: "It will be nice for a change, fun to have a new experience coming from behind".

That was the case again early in Saturday's third round at Augusta National, where Hoffman broke out of a four-way tie for first by making birdies on two of his first five holes to take a one-stroke lead over Sergio Garcia.

"We've really grinded it out to have a chance to win this tournament".

Each night Mercedes hosts guests in an elegant setting where they are entertained by golfing celebrities such as brand ambassador Rickie Fowler, who finished an intimate chat on Tuesday by signing autographs for a smitten audience. It's tough protecting a lead on this golf course, because it's one where you need to play aggressive to win.

But the putt that Moore will remember most happened at the uphill par-4 ninth hole.

Moore, 34, is a five-time Tour victor with two top 10s in majors, while Scott, Schwartzel and two-time runner-up Westwood form a formidable chasing pack. The 46-year-old dropped three more shots on the front nine as a 74 dropped him out of contention to become the oldest ever Masters champion.

Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth are leading the way at the Masters - at least in the size of their gallery.

The Northern Irishman, who needs the Masters to become only the sixth player to complete the set of all four of golf's major titles, was unable to make any real inroads in a round of 71 Saturday for level par overall.

"I had some chances on the back nine that I could have converted", admitted McIlroy.

That year, Nicklaus' caddie - his son - wore the number 89.

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