Final round of Masters packed with 'wonderful storylines'

Masters 2017 Danny Willett

But now he's the Masters champion after winning what turned into a match-play shootout in a play-off with Justin Rose.

And those were just the co-leaders in the largest 36-hole logjam at the Masters in 44 years.

Garcia, who hopes to end his major drought Sunday on what would have been the 60th birthday of the late icon Seve Ballesteros, opened with three birdies and played even from there to stake his claim to the top. "Bogeying the last three holes didn't help and those could have easily been pars".

A par on the opening hole was his first of the week, albeit slightly disappointing after a drive of 348 yards was followed by a mediocre approach, but the 27-year-old then reached the par-five second in two and recorded a straightforward birdie. Just his luck, the ball bounced softly off the bank and stayed up, and from there the Spaniard hit a tough chip to tap-in range to turn potential bogey into a birdie.

America's eighth-ranked Fowler eagled the par-5 second, sinking a bunker shot, and added four birdies against a lone bogey to fire the day's low round of five-under par 67. His pitch from 50 feet behind the 13th green came up 15 feet short.

There is too much golf left. "There's wonderful story lines", Rose said. The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 on the leaderboard after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr. Fowler also has never felt better about his game or his chances.

'I feel I'm swinging it as good as I have been for a long time, I've done a lot of good work with Michael Bannon over the last couple of weeks, my putting feels as good as it has done in a long time.

Jordan Spieth, trying to bounce back from his back nine meltdown in the Masters past year when he had a five-shot lead in his title defense, carded a 68. Holes in ones, pine straw shots between the trees, etc. The swashbuckling Arnold Palmer after all did not win four Green Jackets and 62 PGA Tour titles playing it safe. He made a 5-foot putt. Two holes later, he almost holed a wedge from the 15th fairway. The 23-year-old Texan had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play in his debut in 2014 before Bubba Watson overtook him. And for those counting, he's gone 74 majors without a win.

The Cascade Christian graduate feasted on the par-5 holes, making birdie on all four of them for the first time in nine Masters trips.

He admitted that he felt it was his tournament to win but knew that it wasn't that simple. "I have to continue to play good, aggressive golf, as I did today".

Jordan Spieth (6th) put together a second consecutive sub-70 round to get to within two shots, tied with Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, who led the first two days and most of Saturday before his tee shot on 16 found water and led to a double bogey. World number two Rory McIlroy was on level par with England's Paul Casey.

That won't make it any less exhausting, not with 15 players separated by only five shots. Spieth has now shot back-to-back rounds in the 60s. I was hitting plenty of club (4 iron), but it was one of those things that the ball just came out really soft.

"The course offers you a run around the par-fives", Rose told reporters. Garcia is looking for his first major title. "It's the kind of place where, if you're trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down". "It was a reward for staying patient on the front nine".

Anything can happen on Sunday at Augusta National.

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