3rd round at Masters a day of wasted chances for McIlroy

First-timers make their mark at Augusta

First-timers make their mark at Augusta

If the United States left-hander wins his fourth green jacket two months shy of his 47th birthday, he would break the age mark of Jack Nicklaus, who was 46 in 1986 when he won his record sixth Masters crown and record 18th major title.

Rickie Fowler hits a drive on the fourth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

The cold wind disappeared and the roars were back in the first major of the season. Garcia hasn't. Rose, 36, won his long-awaited first major title at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion (and has followed it up with a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics). "I know that; if I am able to jump out into the lead, I know that you have to keep the gas pedal down and pretend you're not". Good shots were rewarded, but if you got sloppy you could get on the wrong side. "I have to continue to play good, aggressive golf, as I did today".

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Rory McIlroy was in great position - on the leaderboard, in the fairway, on the green - to make a run in the Masters. Ten players are at least -1 on the tournament, with Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia co-leading at -6 through Day 3.

Here is who he is up against to win The 2017 Masters Tournament.

Co-leader Sergio Garcia, playing his 72nd consecutive major tournament and 74th overall, is still seeking his first major title.

"It would be nice (if he could talk to Seve)". "I'm playing good golf".

Rose was an afterthought, five shots behind, when his tee shot to a left pin on the par-3 12th dropped in 5 feet from the hole for the first of five birdies on the back nine.

Garcia, winless in 73 prior major starts, slid to second alongside American Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters victor and 2016 runner-up, at four-under.

"I've been in the lead for 36 holes and more than that, nearly all of today", he said, still smiling after the third round. I was looking for 2 under a side and that's what I got.

"I went to bed with my heart pumping faster [Friday] night because of that round than I probably will [Saturday] night, because I knew I had a chance, " he said.

A pack on three-under included 2013 Masters victor Adam Scott of Australia, 2013 US Open victor Justin Rose of England, Americans Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore and Belgium's Thomas Pieters.

England's Lee Westwood, runner-up previous year, shot 68 to finish at one under along with Belgian Thomas Pieters, the joint overnight leader who struggled to a scrappy 75.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who can complete the Career Grand Slam with a victory Sunday, needs a big rally after shooting 71 and is six back in a tie for 11th that includes rookie Jon Rahm of Spain, who came in at 73. He was vitrually out of contention, eight strokes behind in a tie for 21st.

Couples, meanwhile, made the cut for the 29th time in his 32 starts at Augusta National. "But writing articles is easy".

"If I'm healthy enough to swing hard at it, I can play this course well", Couples said. I'm right handed. I could see the right edge on the tower, but my ball, the actual shot wasn't blocked. It was a joke. Golf Channel commentator Notah Begay, a friend of Woods and his former teammate at Stanford, had some idea on Friday as to when Woods might return.

Started brightly and played very well tee to green but just didn't hole any putts. He had four birdies (2, 3, 8, 12) on the afternoon, but a bogey on five and a double bogey on seven. He made his only birdie on the 18th hole.

Rickie Fowler tips his hat on the 18th green during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

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