Justin Rose
Justin Rose is tied for the lead at Augusta thanks to a third-round 5-under 67

England's Justin Rose will head into the final day of the 2017 Masters tied for the lead after a terrific display of patience and poise on Saturday (8 April). The reigning Olympic champion and 2013 US Open winner, who shared second-place honours at Augusta in 2015, hit a dazzling second-nine 31 en route to a third-round 5-under-par 67 that left him on 6-under for the tournament.

Such an impressive performance saw Rose equal his lowest-ever score at The Masters. The 36-year-old has claimed four top-10 finishes in 11 previous starts at the year's opening golf major and has now given himself a real chance of following Danny Willett as the second Briton in succession to claim a prestigious green jacket.

"The key was staying patient early in the round after I saw others getting off to good starts," he told BBC Sport. 'For me the test was around six when I made bogey but then I clicked into gear on the back nine and the par putt on 11 was the catalyst.

"You've got to be aggressive at times but this is a course where you've got to pick your moments. That worked today and will be the game plan tomorrow."

Level with Rose is Sergio Garcia, who putted nicely to hold for par at the final hole to return to the clubhouse at 6-under. The Spaniard is still searching for his first major triumph at the 74th attempt and victory could be wrapped up on what would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday.

Confident American Rickie Fowler, another player in pursuit of his maiden major title, was not at his striking best but still managed to produce a round of 71 that leaves him just one shot behind the leaders. Charley Hoffman sits two strokes back after falling out of the lead for the first time since Thursday after posting a four-under 68 that included a very costly double-bogey at the par-three 16th.

Lurking menacingly alongside compatriots Hoffman and Ryan Moore on 4-under is Jordan Spieth, who enjoyed an extremely productive 'Movers Day'. The two-time major winner, a 2015 Masters champion who famously opened to door to Willett last year by inexplicably throwing away a five-shot lead on the back nine, carded a brilliant four-under 68 - including redemption at the 15th, where he produced a truly ugly quadruple-bogey 9 two days ago - to put himself firmly in contention. Per the Golf Channel, he is seeking to become the first player in almost 120 years to win a major after being 10+ shots back after the first round.


"We wanted to shoot four-under today and thought if we did the lead would move to six or seven and I'd creep on it," said the resurgent Spieth. "I thought the golf course would be difficult today but it was nice to get out to five-under and hit our goal in the end.

"In order to win this tournament you have to play to win. At other places you can back off a bit and cruise, here if you have got a chance to go for it you have to pull off the shot. Those are the moments that people who win this tournament have when they play on the Sunday. Moments present themselves - it is about being patient. I know better than anyone what can happen on a Sunday."

Two other former Masters champions feature prominently on a star-studded leaderboard, with Adam Scott at 3-under and Charl Schwartzel one shot further back. Lee Westwood and Thomas Pieters are both 1-under, while Rory McIlroy admits he will need to produce the "round of his life" to win tomorrow after a third-round 71 left him at even par. Also six shots off the pace are Paul Casey, Soren Kjeldsen, Matt Kuchar, William McGirt and Jon Rahm.