Garcia, Rose share Masters lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Sergio Garcia continues to own a share of the Masters lead through three rounds, but he's keeping different company atop the leaderboard.

Justin Rose birdied five of his last seven holes for a 5-under 67 that leaves him tied with Garcia at minus-6. Rose sank a 12-footer on his final hole to give him a piece of the third-round lead for the first time in a major.

Garcia's best save became a birdie on 13 after his second shot disappeared off a bank toward the tributary of Rae's Creek. The ball actually bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down before he chipped up to tap-in range.

Garcia began the round tied with Rickie Fowler, Charley Hoffman and Thomas Pieters at 4 under. Fowler fired a 1-under 71 that leaves him one shot off the lead, and Hoffman is two shots back after carrying a four-stroke advantage into Friday's round. Pieters had the worst round of Friday's co-leaders, a 75 that puts him five shots off the pace.

Jordan Spieth has climbed into contention despite opening with a 3-over 75. Spieth followed Friday's 69 with a 68 to pull into a tie with Hoffman and Ryan Moore at minus-4.

The worst round of the day belonged to Ernie Els, whose five-year Masters exemption is set to expire. Els signed off on an 83 that puts him in last place at 14 over and 20 shots behind.

 

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