Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

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Rickie Fowler thinks his confidence levels are at an all-time high, boosting his belief that he can secure his first major championship at the U.S. Masters on Sunday.

FADING PHIL: Phil Mickelson looked ready for a patented Masters charge Saturday when he opened with birdies on the first and second holes. He led for the majority of the round, but a double-bogey on the 16th, pushed him down the leaderboard. He trailed the leader by 10 shots after an opening round of 75 - if he goes on to win, he will smash the previous comeback record of Tiger Woods (2005) and Nick Faldo (1990), who both triumphed after being seven shots back after one round at Augusta.

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"That sort of stopped any momentum I had", McIlroy said. "It was fun to play well again, to go through a Saturday at the Masters with a chance at winning and to be up there going into tomorrow".

And he did it by emulating 1994 and 1999 champion Jose-Maria Olazabal, the last player before him to eagle the 15th on the final day en route to victory.

"I'm in a great position", he said. This is a place I dearly love to be part of history here.

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

Saturday's round was like watching a high-level chess match, never quite sure who had the advantage.

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Spieth, who had birdies on three of his last four holes, was just happy to finish under par.

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Fowler floundered early, standing 1 over for the day through the 10th. He and Justin Rose will begin the final round on 6 under, one clear of Rickie Fowler with Augusta's perennial challenger Jordan Spieth among those a stroke further back.

"It just the great players in front, and in conditions like this, it's going to be hard because you're going to have to make it happen", Scott said.

"It's the kind of place that if you are trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down", Garcia said.

On Sunday's performance the world number 11 added: "I knew I was playing well".

LEADING Justin Rose (67) and Sergio Garcia (70) were at 6-under 210. While all eyes were on Hoffman's struggles and Garcia's scrambling, he mostly escaped notice until he birdied Nos.

But Rose charged back into the lead later on in the front nine.

Garcia's score was almost five shots lower than his career average in the third round at Augusta.

That's nothing new at the Masters, since the world of Augusta National has been dominated by single figures in the past. And for those counting, he's played 74 majors without a win. Could that be the case with Garcia's second shot Saturday at No. 13 than hung on a steep bank rather than bounce into the creek? On 15, he made a four-footer for birdie. From almost 40 feet, a two-putt for par would have been acceptable.

Rose was four shots behind Spieth entering the final round two years ago. "Thirteen obviously was one of them". "And I'm very optimistic I'm going to make a good run". I don't hit - my fairways hit is 55 percent. Garcia said after his round. Spieth has done both, and he seems to be the favorite among the Augusta crowd these days.

Rose claimed his maiden major with the US Open at Merion in 2013 and has been a perennial Masters contender since 2007 with a best of tied-second in 2015.

Rose had the low round on Saturday. Spieth felt good about his chances while playing catch up. Forty times in the 80 previous Masters, the victor was the third-round leader or co-leader.



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