US Masters: Day Four

The 2017 Masters reaches its end with McIlroy looking to claw his way into green jacket contention

Ruaidhri Croke Mon, Apr 10
 
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  • 16:47
    Hello, good evening and welcome! It's the final day of the 2017 US Masters at Augusta and we are in for drama galore over the next seven hours or so. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for all of the action into the small hours of Sunday morning before the 81st Masters champion is crowned. You can get involved using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke. Tee times and leaderboard to follow!
  • 16:48

    How they stand after three rounds...

    -6: Garcia, Rose

    -5: Fowler

    -4: Spieth, Moore, Hoffman

    -3: Scott

    -2: Schwartzel

    -1: Westwood, Pieters

    E: McIlroy, McGirt, Casey, Kjeldsen, Kuchar, Rahm

    +1: Chappell, Walker, Dufner, Couples

    And your final round tee times, local then Irish time in brackets...

    10.05am (3.05pm): Ernie Els
    10.15am (3.15pm): Marc Leishman, Larry Mize
    10.25am (3.25pm): Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger
    10.35am (3.35pm): Curtis Luck (a), James Hahn
    10.45am (3.45pm): Adam Hadwin, Louis Oosthuizen
    10.55am (3.55pm): Ross Fisher, Daniel Summerhays
    11.05am (4.05pm): Kevin Kisner, Byeong Hun An
    11.15am (4.15pm): Brendan Steele, J.B. Holmes
    11.25am (4.25pm): Matthew Fitzpatrick, Emiliano Grillo
    11.45am (4.45pm): Stewart Hagestad (a), Daniel Berger
    12.05pm (5.05pm): Martin Kaymer, Branden Grace
    12.15pm (5.15pm): Steve Stricker, Hideki Matsuyama
    12.25pm (5.25pm): Jason Day, Justin Thomas
    12.35pm (5.35pm): Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson
    12.45pm (5.45pm): Pat Perez, Russell Henley
    12.55pm (5.55pm): Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka
    1.05pm (6.05pm): Jason Dufner, Fred Couples
    1.25pm (6.25pm): Kevin Chappell, Jimmy Walker
    1.35pm (6.35pm): Jon Rahm, William McGirt
    1.45pm (6.45pm): Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy
    1.55pm (6.55pm): Paul Casey, Soren Kjeldsen
    2.05pm (7.05pm): Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters
    2.15pm (7.15pm): Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel
    2.25pm (7.25pm): Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman
    2.35pm (7.35pm): Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth
    2.45pm (7.45pm): Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia

     

  • 17:10

    The 81st Sunday at the US Masters dawns with the expectation of high drama, spills, thrills, twists and turns. And that's before we even reach the back nine, when it supposedly all starts as the shadows lengthen, the roars get louder, putts start dropping and the ghosts of past moments such as Mickelson at the 13th, Tiger at the 16th, Nicklaus at the 17th, Sandy Lyle at the 18th and many more seem to waft through the tall pine trees.

    The sun is shining in a crystal clear blue Gerogia sky once again with very little wind. Yesterday scoring was still on the tough side with many of the pins tucked away in treacherous spots on the glass-like Augusta greens but today the Men of the Masters look to be interested in a bit of excitement themselves. We of course have the traditional final day pin positions such as on the right on the 12th, just over the bunker at the 16th and front left at the 18th but many of the other holes look to be quite accessible and will likely yield a lot of birdies.

    And what a leaderboard we have on our hands. The world numbers six, eight, nine, 11 and 14 are all in the top seven with Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman perhaps the only odd ones out.

  • 17:14

    There are so many potential storylines on this final day and none more so than in the form of Sergio Garcia. The Spaniard, so often the nearly man at majors; constantly touted as 'The Best Player Never To Have Won A Major', comes into the final 18 holes this evening possibly with his best ever chance of discarding that tag. He will go out in the final group alongside Justin Rose - both locked at six under par - but, crucially, he is looking like a much more confident and happy Sergio.

    The Spaniard is in a much better place off the course these days having recently got engaged and this week he has his fiancee and family from Spain over following him. This isn't the Garcia who lost to Pádraig Harrington at the British Open in 2007 or at the USPGA the following year. It's not the Garcia who constantly spoke of the world being against him and once said that he would never win a major because he didn't get the breaks. He was "just playing for places," he said.

    This is a newly rejuvenated Garcia. At the age of 37 he still has many good years ahead of him and you have to feel that, if he is to slip the green jacket onto those shoulders that have taken so much heartache, the floodgates might just open.

    Need anymore reasons for this to be a Garcia win? Well, today would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday. And we all know that nowhere does sentiment better than Augusta National and the Masters.

  • 17:17

    Speaking of sentiment, how fitting would it be for Jordan Spieth to win this thing? Despite a quadruple bogey nine at the 15th on Thursday - in his first round since the spectacular back nine collapse last year which was set up by a quadruple bogey - he's fought back as only Spieth can, showing incredible fortitude and resilience to wrench himself back into contention. And not just into contention but right into a position where many, if not most, are fancying him to go on and win a second green jacket.

    Or can Justin Rose can make it major number two? The 2013 US Open champion shot the best round of the day yesterday with a 67 to force his way into the final group on Sunday. His putter set itself alight on the back nine, resulting in a five under par 31 for the way in. If he can maintain that form on the greens today it's very hard to see past him.

    Or perhaps Rickie Fowler will take his first major title. He held his nerve on so many occasions yesterday, holing a number of saving par putts to grind out a score of 71. He'll also partner good friend Spieth in the final round which will help to settle both players no end.

    Or will it be a previous champion who triumphs? 2011 and 2013 winners Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott partner each other in the fourth to last group, both looking to add a second green jacket to their closets.

    Quiet men Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore will also fancy their chances flying in there under the radar in what will be the two-ball everyone will take the least notice of.

    So there, that must surely be enough of a build-up for you and we haven't even mentioned Rory McIlroy.

    He tees off at 6.45pm Irish time alongside Matt Kuchar but looks to be just a bit too far back. It was the familiar story of putting trouble for McIlroy on the back nine yesterday as he continuously missed good birdie chances. That leaves him at level par and six behind the lead going into today but, the key fact is the quality of player at the top of that leaderboard. It's probably just a bit too much of an ask for McIlroy to pass those players and complete the career Grand Slam this week, meaning that he will carry the burden of a missing green jacket on his shoulders for another year.

    But, then again, Augusta does produce magic. How about a major championship record-breaking 62 for McIlroy and a stunning victory?

    Well, we can all dream.

    Okay, the early starters are out on the course and it's time to get this show on the road. Buckle up, it's go-time!

  • 17:23

    Out on the course Brendan Steele and Matt Fitzpatrick are showing that Augusta is there for the taking today. They have both birdied their first three holes and are back to three over for the tournament. The flags looks to be standing completely limp. This is as scoreable as the Georgia track can get.

    There are plenty of players already out on course and if you're wondering about the fortunes of anyone in particular then don't hesitate to get in touch by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I'll endeavour to fill you in!

  • 17:28
  • 17:35

    Around this time yesterday there were only three players out of the 28 on the course who were under par.

    Today, there are currently nine players under par on the course out of just 25.

    I'm here all week.

  • 17:46

    After that rapid start Fitzpatrick has dropped a shot with a bogey at the par three sixth.

    Meanwhile, Daniel Berger has picked up birdies at the second and third to join Fitzpatrick at four over.

    So, who thinks Sergio can win this today? Going by Philip Reid's Out of Bounds column from a few weeks ago, he simply doesn't have the cajones to take a major title...

    Out of Bounds: Does Sergio Garcia have the balls to win a major?

  • 17:52

    Brendan Steele has eyes on a top 12 finish and an automatic invitation back for next year. After birdies at the second, third and fourth he's rolled in another at the short par four seventh and is now back to two over for the tournament and tied-21st.

    At the same mark is Phil Mickelson who has just parred his first hole.

  • 18:05

    With 20 players to tee off we're creeping towards the business end of the field with Rory McIlroy due on the tee in 40 minutes and the final group an hour later.

    Prediction time: Who wins this?

    Use the Contact Us button at the top of the blog to let me know your selections. I'm going with Sergio!

  • 18:09
  • 18:11

    The fireworks have started!

    Phil Mickelson has got back to level par with an eagle at the second to make it a perfect start and move to tied-11th. The bad news for Phil is that he's played the opening two holes in six under this week...but the rest of the course in six over.

    Meanwhile, it looks like it's going to be a disappointing farewell for Ernie Els at the Masters. The Big Easy's career on the main tour has been winding down quickly as of late - this week was the first cut he made since November - and he most likely won't be qualifying for another Masters after his exemption runs out this year.

    Sadly he sits dead last in 53rd position after going double bogey, double bogey at the 15th and 16th to slip all the way out to 19 over par.

  • 18:21

    It's a pink and grey polo shirt for Rory McIlroy today with white trousers, white shoes and a white cap. Can't say that outfit would go too well with a green jacket but I don't think Rory would mind that. He's finishing up his warm-up as we speak before his 6.45pm tee time.

    Meanwhile, Mickelson looks to be intent on maintaining that poor record after the first two holes this week. He's made an absolute hames of the third hole, including a duffed pitch, for a double bogey to slip straight back to two over.

    At level par for the tournament is Freddie Couples who has opened with a birdie at the first. It was a disappointing 74 for the 57-year-old yesterday but he's still set for yet another good finish among the Augusta pines this year.

  • 18:22
  • 18:33

    Could Ryan Moore fly right under the radar today and win a green jacket? He showed at the Tour Championship last year that he has the bottle for the big events when he took McIlroy right to the wire and then, the following week, went on to hole the winning putt at the Ryder Cup. He's also the former winner of the low amateur prize at the Masters, having taken that accolade in 2005. No one is talking about him and that suits Moore just fine. He's a quiet man at the best of times and in the pressure cooker of today that should stand to him perfectly.

    Or perhaps Charley Hoffman could match a green jacket with his green glove. After leading for the first two rounds he stayed right in the mix yesterday before a double bogey at the 16th derailed him a little. However, he's still just two shots back and playing with Moore in the least heralded two-ball today will surely stand to both men.  

  • 18:35
    Freddie Couples really does love Augusta and he's climbing up the leaderboard once again! A birdie at the second gets him to one under for the tournament and tied-9th after his opening three at the first.
  • 18:43
  • 18:45
    Okay, here we go! Rory McIlroy is on the first tee. Can he pull off something outrageously special?
  • 18:51

    At the third Couples drops back a shot with a bogey five while Jon Rahm has opened with a par to remain level par alongside the 57-year-old.

    On the first, McIlroy's drive pulls left and bounds into the pine straw underneath the trees.

  • 18:55

    McIlroy manages to squeeze his second shot out from under the trees and onto the front of the first green. From there he'll have 56 feet to negotiate in two shots to save par.

    Up ahead at the second Jimmy Walker has taken advantage of the par five to make a birdie and move up to level par alongside Couples and Rahm.

  • 19:03

    McIlroy gets down in two from the front of the first green over a huge slope on the bottom of which the pin is perched.

    Over at the fourth - the toughest hole in Masters history - Couples has rolled in a beautiful putt for a two to get to one under.

    -6: Garcia, Rose

    -5: Fowler

    -4: Spieth, Moore, Hoffman

    -3: Scott

    -2: Schwartzel

    -1: Westwood, Pieters, Couples (4)

    E: McIlroy (1), Casey, Kjeldsen, Rahm (1), Walker (2)

  • 19:05

    At the second McIlroy has launched a drive down the right of the fairway leaving him in range for his second but not coming from the best of angles as the pin is back right.

    Up ahead at the third Walker has managed to chip in for a scrambled par after trouble off the tee.

  • 19:06
  • 19:12

    McIlroy finds the putting surface with his second at the par five second but faces 53 feet for eagle.

    However, he's played an excellent putt up to three feet and rapped in the tap in for birdie. That's McIlroy to one under and five behind!

  • 19:14

    -6: Garcia, Rose

    -5: Fowler

    -4: Spieth, Moore, Hoffman

    -3: Scott

    -2: Schwartzel

    -1: Westwood, Pieters, Couples (5), McIlroy (2)

    E: Casey (1), Kjeldsen (1), Rahm (1), Walker (3)

    +1: Chappell, Walker, Dufner, Couples

  • 19:17

    Paul Casey!

    What a shot from the Englishman at the second. He's faded a beautiful long iron into the par five green, allowing the contours take it right down to the pin from where he'll face four feet for eagle to get to two under!

    Up at the third McIlroy launches a drive towards the green. It finishes up 20 yards or so short and leaves him with a tough pitch to probably the hardest placed pin on the course today.

  • 19:25
  • 19:25

    With that viciously tough pitch at the third McIlroy can only fly it to the back fringe, leaving a quick birdie putt down the slope. He starts it left, allowing the slope to take it around towards the hole and settle a few inches past. That's a good par on a hole where there won't be many birdies today with that pin position.

    Over at the second Casey has contrived to miss that short eagle putt! He has to settle for a birdie and move to one under.

    Back at the first the former champion pairing of Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel have just got underway.

    And, finally, that video is Russell Henley holing out on the seventh. He's now up to level par.

  • 19:26

    -6: Garcia, Rose

    -5: Fowler

    -4: Spieth, Moore, Hoffman

    -3: Scott

    -2: Schwartzel

    -1: Westwood (1), Pieters (1), Couples (6), McIlroy (3), Casey (2)

    E: Kjeldsen (2), Rahm (3), Henley (7)

  • 19:30

    It's a so-so approach to the par three fourth for McIlroy leaving a long, long birdie putt which he'll do well to convert in two.

    Back at the first Scott and Schwartzel open with pars.

  • 19:34

    Back at the first Moore has knocked his approach shot in to eight feet. Sink that one and The Man Nobody Is Talking About will only be on off the lead!

    At the second Pieters makes a solid 10 footer up the hill for birdie to get to two under. From the other side of the hole Westwood has half the distance for a four of his own but he tugs it left and remains at one under.

    But back to the first tee we go! It's time for the big boys!  

    Fore, please: Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth now driving!

  • 19:37

    Thwack!

    Fowler's drive drifts right and finds the fairway bunker at the first.  

    Spieth steps up next and joins him in the sand, watched by a man in the gallery with a cap on emblazoned with the words 'Lee's Tees'.

    If your name is Lee and you haven't set up a golf tee manufacturing business then you have missed a huge opportunity.

  • 19:38

    At the third Casey has rolled in a long birdie putt for a rare-as-hen's-teeth three to get to two under.

    And bad news for all of you McIlroy fans. That long birdie putt at the fourth turned into a three-putt bogey and he drops back to level par. It's been that sort of thing all week for the four-time major winner. Every time he takes a step forward he takes another one straight back.

  • 19:41

    -6: Garcia, Rose

    -5: Fowler

    -4: Spieth, Moore (1), Hoffman (1)

    -3: Scott (1)

    -2: Schwartzel (1), Casey (3), Pieters (2)

    -1: Westwood (2), Couples (7)

    E: Rahm (4), Henley (8), McIlroy (4), Chappell (6)

  • 19:45

    At the fifth Mcilroy's drive squeezed right into the pine straw but he does a good job of flying his second onto the back fringe where he'll have 20 feet for birdie. That approach shot is watched by a man in the gallery wearing a Kerry jersey. You can take it he's happy this evening anyway.

  • 19:47

    The final group is underway!

    Justin Rose hits first and finds the fairway with a three-wood.

    Garcia opts for the driver and crushes a beautiful fade down the centre of the fairway.

    Up at the second Schwartzel has picked up his first birdie of the day to join playing partner Scott at three under after the Aussie failed to take advtange of the par fiove.

  • 19:49

    Up at the first green Spieth and Fowler both face tough pitch and putts to save par. Spieth plays first and leaves himself with a dicey four footer down the hill.

    Fowler then steps up and beuaitfully uses the back stop to send his ball up...and then let it trickle back down to a few inches for a nerve-settling par at the first.

  • 19:49
  • 19:52

    And the dicey four footer for Spieth proves to be exactly that! He pulls his putt left and it stays out. That's an opening bogey for the 2015 champion and he slips back to join Scott and Schwartzel at three under.

    Up at the fifth McIlroy has 36 feet for birdie but it's safe to say that his race is very much run at this stage.

    -6: Garcia, Rose

    -5: Fowler (1)

    -4: Moore (1), Hoffman (1)

    -3: Scott (2), Schwartzel (2), Spieth (1)

    -2: Casey (3), Pieters (2)

    -1: Couples (7)

    *E: McIlroy (4)

  • 19:54

    What a start this is from Garcia!

    With only a wedge in hand after that big drive at the first he sends his ball rocketing into the Augusta sky where it pitches right over the flag and spins back to six feet.

    Rose comes up and out of his approach after pushing it out to the right. It catches the false front and bounds back down onto the fairway leaving what will be a very tough pitch up over the slope.

  • 19:55

    But don't discount quiet man Ryan Moore. He's rolled in a 15 footer for birdie at the second to get to five under.

    Alongside him Hoffman does the same and the two untalked about challengers are suddenly sharing second place, just one behind the lead.

  • 19:58
    Adam Scott has struggled with his putting all week and that has continued at the third. After sending a huge drive just over the green and then pitching down to four feet he misses his birdie putt left. That means that Aussie stays at three under and misses a golden opportunity to cut the gap to two.
  • 19:59

    But back we go to the first. After a lovely bump and run up the false front and down the slope towards the pin, Rose holds his nerve to roll in a vital par putt. That's absolutely huge, a bogey there could have been a big dent in his confidence.

  • 20:00

    Sergio Garcia leads by one shot!

    The Spaniard makes no mistake with his birdie putt at the first, rolling it right into the centre to take the outright lead!

    -7: Garcia (1)

    -6: Rose (1)

    -5: Fowler (1), Hoffman (2), Moore (2)

    -3: Scott (2), Schwartzel (2), Spieth (1)

    -2: Casey (4), Pieters (3)

    -1: Couples (7)

    *E: McIlroy (6)

  • 20:03

    Over at the eighth Couples makes a short putt for his birdie four and he now climbs to two under.

    Back on the second tee Garcia, who is absolutely cranked up to the max, unleashes another mega drive straight down the middle.  

    Rose again takes three wood but this time pushes it right into the sand.

    Up ahead at the green Fowler faces a long, treacherous putt for eagle while Spieth has splashed a gorgeous bunker shot out to eight feet which will give him a good uphill look at birdie.

  • 20:06

    Martin Kaymer has made birdies at the ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th in a remarkable run that's got him to one under for the tournament!


    At the third Moore has run into some troble after finding the greenside bunker with his approach. From there he could only splash out to 20 feet and, three putts later, he makes a double bogey to slip back to three under.

  • 20:08

    Spieth answers straight back to the bogey at the first with a birdie at the second after that magical bunker shot. He's immediately back to four under and alongside Moore.

    Fowler tidies up for par after failing to keep his eagle effort on the viciously fast green. He remains one ahead of Spieth at five under.

    Back to Garcia and Rose up the fairway...

  • 20:10
    Garcia looks to fade a long iron in to the back right pin at the second but catches it a tad heavy and it winds up in the bunker short right. That's going to leave the most delicate of bunker shots to a pin only yards away.
  • 20:15

    And from that bunker Garcia has played an absolutely majestic shot. He splashes it right up onto the top of the slope behind the pin, allowing it to feed back down to a few feet. Sergio is on it today.

    After laying up with his second Rose spins a gorgeous third shot in to even closer than Garcia.

  • 20:16

    Up at the third Spieth got a huge stroke of luck as his drive, which he pulled left, bounded through the fairway bunker and out. However, he can't take advantage as he flies his approach over the back of the green.

    Meanwhile Fowler, who laid back with his drive, flies a super wedge shot in to six feet.

  • 20:18

    Well, well, well.

    Thos two very makeable birdie putts at the second prove to be exactly the opposite for Garcia and Rose as both slip past on the right hand side. They have to settle for par and move to the short par four third.

    -7: Garcia (2)

    -6: Rose (2)

    -5: Fowler (2), Hoffman (3)

    -4: Spieth (2)

    -3: Scott (4), Moore (3)

    -2: Casey (6), Couples (9), Schwartzel (4)

    -1: Pieters (5), Chappell (8), Kaymer (13), Kuchar (7)

    *E: McIlroy (7)

  • 20:20

    After an untidy pitch shot from the back of the third Spieth fails to hole a 12 footer for par and is left with four feet back for bogey there. He's looked just a little ragged so far today has the champion of two years ago.

    Fowler, on the other hand, does not look ragged at all. He looks right on form. His curling left-to-right birdie putt tracks right into the middle of the cup and he closes the gap to one shot!

  • 20:24

    Spieth's short bogey putt slides in the middle but that's another dropped shot and he slips to four behind Garcia. He's started bogey, birdie, bogey.


    -7: Garcia (2)


    -6: Rose (2), Fowler (3)


    -5: Hoffman (4)


    -3: Scott (4), Spieth (3)


    -2: Casey (6), Couples (9), Schwartzel (4), Moore (4)


    -1: Pieters (6), Chappell (8), Kuchar (7)


    *E: McIlroy (7)

  • 20:26

    Back to the leaders we go and their travails on the tricky short par four third. After both going with drivers they left tough pitches over the bunker to a tiny sliver of green on which the pin sits.

    Rose can do no better than send his wedge through the green into Spieth country.

    Garcia decides to take the bouncey route up the slope and it proves to be the best option as it bumps up to five feet.

  • 20:27
    By the way, if you hadn't noticed already, Freddie Couples went out in 33 and is tied-sixth at two under. At the age of 57. Incredible playing from the 1992 champion.
  • 20:31

    Garcia goes two shots clear!

    After that excellent pitch up the hill he's rolled in the birdie putt and is now up to eight under!

    Rose, now, has all the pressure on his shoulders to knock in a three-footer for par and stay in touch. But he does so well.

    -8: Garcia (3)

    -6: Rose (3), Fowler (3)

    -5: Hoffman (4)

    -3: Spieth (3)

    -2: Scott (5), Casey (7), Couples (10), Schwartzel (5), Moore (4)

    -1: Pieters (6), Chappell (9), Kuchar (7)

    *E: McIlroy (7)

  • 20:34

    Up to the par three fourth hole and the first problems of the day for Fowler.

    After missing the green with his tee shot he slides his par putt past the hole and drops his first shot of the day. That's Fowler back to five under.

    From 30 feet away and across the ridge Spieth rolls what is surely a perfect putt right at the middle of the hole but it stops inches short! He settles for par and remains three under but that's now five behind.

    Over at the par five eighth McIlroy has chipped and putted from the side of the green for his second birdie of the day and he's now one under and up to tied 11th.

  • 20:40

    Hoffman has run into some trouble at the fifth, carding a bogey five which sees him drop back to four under.

    Fowler's approach to the same green finishes in the same spot, well below the level of the putting surface.

    After a tee shot straight down the middle Spieth fires his approach into the centre of the green where he'll face a long putt. He needs to start making some sort of a move though, he's now five back.

    Adam Scott is kicking into gear and, after a good approach at the seventh, will face eight feet up the hill for a second birdie in a row to get to four under.

  • 20:42

    Garcia negotiates his cross-green putt at the fourth in much the same way as Spieth did, tapping in for a comfortable par. He's looking really, really in control so far.

    From almost twice the distance with his first putt Rose lags up to five feet and converts for an excellent par to remain within two and in second place on his own.

  • 20:43

    -8: Garcia (4)

    -6: Rose (4)

    -5: Fowler (4)

    -4: Hoffman (5)

    -3: Spieth (4), Scott (6)

    -2: Casey (7), Couples (10), Schwartzel (5), Moore (4)

    -1: Pieters (6), Chappell (9), Kuchar (7), McIlroy (8), Westwood (7), Kaymer (15)

  • 20:43
  • 20:45

    As I said Garcia is looking so comfortable today. With that he smashes another excellent tee shot down the fifth fairway where it joins Rose's ball.

    But let's not forget the Spaniard has looked like this in the final round of majors before. The real test is going to be how he reacts to mistakes which will, inevitably, come at some stage during the rest of today's round. He reacted very well yesterday, remaining in control and getting the shots back quickly. If he can do that again today he'll win.

  • 20:47

    Paul Casey has rapped in another birdie putt - the latest coming at the eighth - and he's suddenly creeping into the conversation. He's now three under and tied-fifth with Scott and Spieth.

    That's after Spieth's birdie outt at the fifth slides by the right edge and Scott's does the same at the seventh.

  • 20:48

    But the leaderboard is becoming more and more separated. After a bogey at the fourth Fowler has followed with another at the fifth after he failed to get up and down from the back of the green and he's suddenly back to four under and four behind.

    That means that Garcia holds a two shot lead over playing partner Rose and a four shot lead over the rest of the pack!

  • 20:51

    -8: Garcia (4)

    -6: Rose (4)

    -4: Hoffman (5), Fowler (5)

    -3: Spieth (5), Scott (6), Casey (8)

    -2: Schwartzel (7), Moore (6)

    -1: Pieters (7), Chappell (10), McIlroy (9), Westwood (7), Kaymer (16), Couples (11)

  • 20:53

    Rose just hasn't quite found his groove yet today. His approach to the fifth comes up short, catching the false front and trickling back down to leave a terrifying two putt for par.

    Garcia's ball follows a similar flight, lands at the false front but clings on to the correct level!

    Sergio Garcia just got a good break in the final round of a major!

    Could this finally be it?!

    Well maybe not if Paul Casey has something to say about it. He's the only one making a real charge so far today and has just stuffed his approach to five feet at the ninth. If he rolls that in he's four under and tied-third!

  • 20:54

    Fowler's iron play has become very ragged in the last three holes. At the par three sixth his approach lands well short and falls back down into the fairway. However, he will have a good bit of green to play with there as the flag is perched towards the back.  

    Spieth's effort is almost identical and finishes right beside Fowler's ball. Neither player has really got going so far today.

  • 20:57

    Sergio's lead may just become three...

    Rose's tough putt up the slope at the fifth flies past the hole and onto the back fringe, leaving a good 12 feet to save par.

    From the correct level Garcia lags another excellent long putt up to a few inches and taps in an easy par.

    Deep breaths, Sergio. Deep breaths. It won't be this easy the whole way through...

  • 20:59

    Sergio Garcia leads the Masters by three shots!

    From the back fringe Rose fails to save par and, suddenly, Garcia is out there all on his own with almost no one making a charge.

    Except maybe Paul Casey that is. The Englishman has rolled in his birdie putt at the ninth to get to four under and tied-third.

  • 21:00
  • 21:03

    Out of nowhere Spieth's putter has absolutely failed him. After his pitch up the sixth green ran out too far his par putt back misses right and it's yet another bogey for the American. He's now all the way back at two under and six behind Garcia.

    Fowler does well to hole out and stop the rot of the previous two holes.  

    But the fact is that Garcia now leads by three with all of those behind him - except Casey - faltering.

    -8: Garcia (5)

    -5: Rose (5)

    -4: Casey (9), Fowler (6)

    -3: Spieth (6), Scott (7), Moore (7)

    -2: Schwartzel (7), Pieters (8), Hoffman (7)

    -1: henley (14), McIlroy (10), Westwood (8), Kaymer (17), Couples (12)

  • 21:04
  • 21:07

    Rose answers back!

    At the par three sixth he fires a gorgeous long iron into the back right pin where it lands soft and releases to eight feet. He needs that to kickstart his final round and put the pressure on Garcia.

    But the Spaniard may already be putting pressure on himself. He's tugged his tee shot at the sixth left where it catches the green and rolls away, leaving an absolutely treacherous 60 foot putt that will break any number of ways.

    Ahead at the seventh Fowler's troubles continues as he hooks his tee shot left into the trees where there is little or no chance of finding the green. It's all beginning to unravel a bit for the American.

    Spieth cracks one straight down the fairway. He really needs to get something going now that he's back at two under but let's remember that he, more than anyone, knows exactly the drama that can unfold on the back nine.

  • 21:07
  • 21:08

    The above quote may, or may not, be true.

    Either way that heartbreak is showing no signs of rearing its ugly head as the Spaniard makes light work of his seemingly impossible long putt at the sixth, lagging it up to a few inches.

  • 21:08
  • 21:12

    But Rose is putting on the pressure!


    He rolls his birdie putt right into the middle and cuts Garcia's lead to two. That makes it a shaky one for the leader for the par but he shows no signs of nerves, rolling it right into the middle. That's an excellent par given where he was after the tee shot.


    Casey has made a good par at the notoriously difficult 10th and remains four under.


    -8: Garcia (6)


    -6: Rose (6)


    -4: Casey (10), Fowler (6)


    -3: Scott (8), Moore (7)


    -2: Schwartzel (8), Pieters (9), Hoffman (7), Spieth (6), Westwood (9)


    -1: Henley (14), McIlroy (10), Kaymer (17), Matsuyama (17)

  • 21:14

    It looks like Spieth really has run out of gas. From the middle of the seventh fairway his approach came up short and rolled back down the apron. His pitch then barely made it up to green level and he now faces 10 feet to save par.

    From the back left of the green Fowler leaves his long birdie effort five feet short and will also be tested for par. There's very little positive energy going through that group at the moment.

  • 21:16

    But maybe Spieth has just conjured up a small bit. His par putt catches the left lip and drops to keep him at two under.

    Fowler then steps up and finds the middle of the cup to remain at four.

    And perhaps there's an opening for the chasing pack. Back on the tee Garcia has pulled his drive left into the trees where it looks like a lottery as to whether he'll have a shot.

    Rose, meanwhile, whacks one down the middle. He might just be kicking into gear now.

  • 21:16
  • 21:18

    Garcia has a gap up to towards the green anyway but it's a putting surface so well guarded by sand that the best he can hope for is a good lie in the front trap. However, if he can manage that he'll fancy his chances of getting up and down for par.

    Here goes...

  • 21:20

    He carves a low draw underneath the pines where it bounds up the fairway and into the right bunker. It's by no means an easy up and down but it does give him a chance of saving par.  

    Can Rose now stick it close and put the pressure on?

    You bet he can!

    He launches a gorgeous fade into the middle of the green where it stops and then catches the slope, feeding back to two feet!

    The pressure is well and truly being put on Sergio now.

  • 21:23

    Garcia splashes his bunker shot up the slope, hoping for it to feed back down to the pin. It does...very, very slowly, but stops three feet short. That will be a devilishly quick putt for par and probably the biggest test of his mettle so far, especially with Rose in close.

    The two Europeans are going blow for blow here and we're not even on the back nine yet!

  • 21:27

    Oh, Sergio. You have the whole of Spain and beyond watching through their fingertips.

    His short par putt looks for all the world to be missing right but, somehow, it grabs the right lip and falls! He's really, really getting the breaks today.

    So far.

    That's a par but, all of a sudden, his lead is only one!

    Rose stands up and rolls in his short birdie putt and it's becoming more and more like a two-man battle now!

    -8: Garcia (7)

    -7: Rose (7)

    -4: Casey (10), Fowler (7)

    -3: Scott (9), Moore (8), Schwartzel (9), Hoffman (8)

    -2: Pieters (10), Henley (16), Spieth (7)

    *-1: McIlroy (12)

  • 21:30

    At the par five eighth Spieth's putter remains stone cold, his birdie effort staying left and leaving him to settle for par and two under.

    From the left of the green Fowler plays a superb flop shot up to a few feet and converts for birdie. He now moves to within three and in third place on his own at five under.

  • 21:30
  • 21:32

    Up at the 13th Jon Rahm has played a superb pitch shot down the green and into the hole for an eagle three which gets the hugely talented young Spaniard back to one under par.

    Back on the par five eighth Rose and Garcia have both launched huge drives down the middle of the fairway, leaving no more than irons into the green for their second shots.

  • 21:34

    -8: Garcia (7)

    -7: Rose (7)

    -5: Fowler (8)

    -3: Moore (9), Schwartzel (10), Hoffman (9), Casey (11)

    -2: Pieters (10), Henley (16), Spieth (8), Scott (10)

    *-1: McIlroy (12)

  • 21:36

    As you can see from that last leaderboard, Casey dropped a shot at the 11th and joins the four-way tie for fourth. It's becoming more and more like the Garcia v Rose show with a possible sprinkling of Fowler.

    Speaking of the final group, they're both in good position after two shots at the eighth. Garcia is almost pin high on the right fringe while Rose will face a 20 yard pitch from short of the green.

    Two up and downs and they move a further shot clear of the pack.

  • 21:37
  • 21:38
    It's a poor approach from Fowler at the ninth, his ball landing on the bottom tier and spinning right back off the green where he'll face a very tough up and down for par.
  • 21:39

    Rose looks to have played a good pitch at the eighth but it takes a big bound forward and scoots eight feet past the hole, leaving him with a downhill putt for birdie.

    Garcia opts for the Texas wedge with the three wood from the fringe - as he did so well at the 16th yesterday - but leaves himself with a bit longer this time around. He'll have five feet there for birdie.

  • 21:41

    Fowler pitches up and holes out for a solid par to go out in level par 36 and remain five under.

    From the back of the green Spieth coaxes a long birdie putt down to holeside and converts for par. But that's a disappointing front nineof 38 for the American and he's back at two under.

  • 21:41

    JUSTIN ROSE!

    The 2013 US Open champion makes it three birdies in a row with a perfect putt at the eighth to tie Garcia!

    But can the Spaniard answer back and retain his one shot lead?

  • 21:43

    No he cannot.

    Garcia's putt starts left and stays left. That's the first chink in his armour and all of the momentum is now with Rose. I'm beginning to fear a little for Garcia I must say...

    -8: Garcia (8), Rose (8)

    -5: Fowler (9)

    -3: Moore (9), Schwartzel (10), Hoffman (9), Casey (11)

    -2: Pieters (10), Henley (16), Spieth (9), Scott (10)

    *-1: McIlroy (12)

  • 21:44
  • 21:45

    A good birdie for McIlroy at the 13th has him up to two under and into a tie for eighth.

    Meanwhile, back at the 11th, Schwartzel rolls in a rare birdie putt to go into fourth on his own at four under.

  • 21:49

    -8: Garcia (8), Rose (8)

    -5: Fowler (9)

    -4: Schwartzel (11)

    -3: Moore (10), Pieters (12), Casey (12)

    -2: Henley (17), Spieth (9), Scott (11), McIlroy (13), Kuchar (13), Hoffman (10)

  • 21:52

    At the 10th Fowler sends his approach over the pin and towards the back of the green, leaving a putt that should be just slightly quicker than putting down an ice rink.

    Back at the ninth Rose does pretty much the same, leaving pretty much the same putt on a very similar green.

    Do you think Garcia was spooked by Rose's third consecutive birdie at the last hole?  

    Well, he wasn't. After a monstrous drive he spins a gorgeous approach into 10 feet above the hole. That's a very makeable birdie while Rose faces a huge task just to get down in two for par.

  • 21:54

    Fowler's birdie putt at the 10th is tracking all the way but misses on the left edge! That was agonisingly close.

    Quickly back to the ninth and Rose's similar effort. It isn't quite as close but it stops within three feet, leaving him a par putt that he should make.  

    Can Garcia capitalise and go one clear?

  • 21:56

    No, he cannot. His putt stays left the whole way and misses.

    Now here comes Rose with a little bit of work left to do for his par...

    ...no sweat. He bangs it in the back.

    Up steps Garcia for an absolutely crucial short putt (they're all crucial)...

    ...and he does the same. As you were, then.

    -8: Garcia (9), Rose (9)

    -5: Fowler (10)

    -4: Schwartzel (11)

    -3: Moore (10), Pieters (12), Casey (12)

    -2: Henley (17), Spieth (9), Scott (11), McIlroy (13), Kuchar (13), Hoffman (10)

  • 21:58

    Ladies and gentlemen: it's the back nine on Sunday at The Masters.

    Are you ready?

    Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia sit locked at the top of the leaderboard on eight under par with Rickie Fowler alone in third, three shots back. Schwartzel is a further shot back before a pack of four players on three under.

    Here we go, the 2017 US Masters has officially begun.

  • 21:59
  • 22:00

    Rose steps up first on the 10th tee but blocks his three wood right, into the pin straw. Garcia's shot takes a similar flight but lands soft and stays in the fairway.

    Those may very well have been nervy swings. Understandably so. Both players are a long way back from the treacherous green for their approaches.

  • 22:04

    At the 11th Fowler pushed his tee shot way right but benefitted from a huge stroke of luck as it came to rest on the spectator walkway.

    From there he fires an approach towards the green to the sound of a strange man yelling "HAM AND CHEESE, RICKIE!".

    Anyway, his ball lands on the putting surface but bounds through, leaving a treacherous up-and-down for par.

    Back to the leaders on the 10th...

  • 22:05

    Oh no, Sergio.

  • 22:07

    His tee shot left him with well over 200 yards for his approach and he's completely blocked his approach out to the right. It's landed in probably the worst place it could have. It's way up above the green on the right, perched on the pine straw and behind a small tree. Talk about spirit of Seve. He's going to need that and then some from there.

    Rose, however, is going to need some of that himself after leaving his approach short and way below the green level.

  • 22:07
    Up at the 13th Pieters has knocked in a second consecutive birdie to get to four under while, at the 11th, Fowler has left himself with eight feet up the hill to save par and remain, just about, in touch.
  • 22:08
  • 22:08
    That's what Garcia faces, ladies and gents...
  • 22:08
  • 22:09
    Here goes...
  • 22:10
  • 22:11

    He does just about as well as he could by flipping a wedge up and over the bunker, landing it on the near fringe and helplessly watching it scoot off the far fringe, 35 feet from the hole for par.

    Rose steps up next and flips a wonderful pitch shot up five feet. It looks like that's going to be to take the lead on his own...

  • 22:12

    But wait one second. Schwartzel is not out of this!

    He's two-putted the 13th green for a third consecutive birdie and is now five under, third on his own!

  • 22:13

    Okay, Sergio. He limits the damage with a two-putt for bogey. That's absolutely fine given where his second shot finished.  

    It does mean, however, that Rose has five feet to take the lead on his own...

    And he makes it!

    Justin Rose leads the Masters on his own!

  • 22:16

    -8: Rose (10)

    -7: Garcia (10)

    -5: Schwartzel (13)

    -4: Fowler (11), Pieters (13)

    -3: Kuchar (14)

    -2: Chappell (17), Casey (14), Scott (12), McIlroy (15), Moore (12), Hoffman (12)

  • 22:17

    Schwartzel moves to five under and just three behind as he rattles in his birdie putt at the 13th.

    And I bring you disastrous news from the 12th.

    Spieth has, once again, put it in the water at the par three in the final round. He's had an absolutely horrendous day today.

  • 22:19

    MATT KUCHAR!

    McIlroy's playing partner has just gone and made a hole-in-one at the 16th! That follows birdies at the 12th, 13th and 14th and he's now five under and tied with Schwartzel!

  • 22:20

    And the drama is showing absolutely no signs of stopping.

    This is proving to be the tough stretch that was always going to come around for Garcia. He's tugged his tee shot left into the pine straw where it looks to have nestled right up behind a pine tree...

    Meanwhile Rose corks one straight down the middle.

    It's all kicking off now!

  • 22:22

    -8: Rose (10)

    -7: Garcia (10)

    -5: Schwartzel (13), Kuchar (16), Pieters (14)

    -3: Fowler (12), Scott (13)

    -2: Chappell (17), Casey (14), McIlroy (15), Moore (12), Hoffman (12)

  • 22:23

    This drama is showing absolutely no signs of stopping. Pieters makes it three birdies in a row at the 14th and is now up to five under alongside Schwartzel and Kuchar.

    But let's go back to Garcia at the 11th. This does not look pretty...

  • 22:25
    From the pine straw Garcia manages to punch a low runner out towards the right of the green where it catches a mound and bounds down to the fringe. It leaves him with the length of the green to negotiate in two for a par but that was an excellent recovery. If he can make par here it'll settle him right down.
  • 22:26

    But even still he might find himself two behind the leader!

    Rose has stuffed his eight iron approach in to eight feet and is showing absolutely no signs of letting the foot off the gas.  

  • 22:28

    Trouble for Kuchar and Schwartzel.

    from the left of the 14th the South African's pitch slides past the hole, catches a slope and falls 40 feet away. From there he rolls his par putt back up to five feet and will have that just to save bogey.

    Meanwhile, at the 17th Kuchar's approach bounds off the back of the green and leaves himself with an almost impossible chip shot. He's in Danny Willett country down there...

  • 22:28
    Rory McIlroy has birdied the 16th and is now three under and tied-sixth...
  • 22:30

    Schwartzel tidies up for bogey but that drops him back to four under and kills his momentum.

    Pieters, after a huge drive at the 15th, fires his approach straight over the pin, leaving 15 feet for eagle! That's to get to seven under! The Belgian isn't out of this yet.

  • 22:31

    Sergio.

    It's back to back bogeys for the Spaniard after his long birdie putt left him with too much to do for par.

    That means Rose has a birdie putt to go three shots clear with seven to play...

  • 22:33

    But it turns left and misses!

    He cleans up for par and Garcia does likewise for bogey.

    That does mean, however, that the gap is now two.

    -8: Rose (11)

    -6: Garcia (11), Pieters (15)

    -5: Kuchar (16)

    -4: Schwartzel (14), Scott (14)

    -3: Fowler (12), Casey (15), McIlroy (16)

    -2: Moore (13)

  • 22:34

    And, as you can see there, Garcia is now joined by Pieters in second place after the Belgian two putted for a birdie four at the 15th.

    Okay, the final group are on the 12th tee box.

  • 22:36

    Rose, up first, plays the perfect shot to the very centre of the green, between the two bunkers and 15 feet away. Absolutely spot on.

    Now, Sergio.

    His shot is a little further left of Rose's, barely clearing the bunker but it does leave him with a birdie putt. It's a long one, but it is a birdie putt.

    There's still plenty of time, Sergio.

  • 22:38

    Fowler, finally, finds something at the 13th to two putt for birdie after finding the green in two at the par five. That moves him to four under.

    Up at the 16th Pieters anxiously watches his tee shot as it sails left towards the water before grabbing the bunker. That gives him a good chance of using the backstop to get up and down and save par or maybe, just maybe, rolling it in for a birdie. Anything is possible at this stage.

  • 22:39
    Adam Scott's hopes have drowned at 15 as his approach shot catches the slop and slides back into the water.
  • 22:40

    Meanwhile, Kuchar got up and down from what looked to be an impossible spot on the 17th to save par. He goes up the last at five under.

    Back to the final group at the 12th...

  • 22:42

    Garcia hits a good lag putt up to holeside and safely makes his par.

    Rose could put a real dent in Sergio's hopes here if he holes his putt for a two.

    It looks good all the way but slides right at the very last and misses!

    -8: Rose (12)

    -6: Garcia (12), Pieters (15)

    -5: Kuchar (17)

    -4: Schwartzel (14), Scott (14), Fowler (130

    -3: Casey (16), McIlroy (17), Chappell (68)

    -2: Moore (13)

  • 22:45

    Pieters feathers a superb bunker shot to the top of the slope at the 16th, allowing it to feed right back to a few feet. But, from there, he pulls his putt left. That's a bogey for the Belgian and he slips back to five under, alongside Kuchar in tied-third.


    At the 13th Rose hits a perfect tee shot down the right hand side, leaving a good angle into the green for his second.


    Garcia, looking to put the pressure on, takes his drive straight over the trees but stares anxiously at it. It may have caught some of the branches and dropped towards the stream running down the left but we don't know as of yet...

  • 22:48

    Oh no.

    Oh no, Sergio.

    It's bad news I'm afraid. His drive at the 13th did catch the trees, dropping down into the bushes. He's currently taking a drop on the pine straw from where he'll be playing his third. This is not looking good. At all.

  • 22:50

    At the 15th Schwartzel has answered back to his bogey at the previous hole with a birdie to move back to five under.  

    And, ahead at the 18th, Kuchar gets up and down for a par to finish on the same mark after a closing 67. He sits tied third in the clubhouse.

    back to the travails of Sergio....

  • 22:53

    Okay, he's done well. He's managed to advance it up the fairway to 80 yards or so short of the green from where it's absolutely crucial that he gets up and down for par.

    From the right of the fairway Rose his second shot through the green where it gather in a bowl, leaving an extremely tough pitch down the green with the water lurking in the background. Best of luck, Justin.

  • 22:53
  • 22:54
    That leaves McIlroy currently tied-seventh and facing another year of being questioned about the career grand slam.
  • 22:56

    Garcia has played a beauty of a fourth shot to the 13th green, allowing the slope to take it back to five feet. That's for a par and you feel, at this stage, it really has to go in for him to have a chance.

    Up at the 16th Schwartzel fires his tee shot straight over the pin, leaving 20 feet for birdie to get to six under.

  • 22:56

    Up at the 17th Pieters has a putt to get to the same mark but it misses right and he remains at five under.

  • 22:58

    Oh, Justin Rose!

    The leader feathers a stunning little pitch and run down the treacherous 13th green to about six feet. The fact that it's gone to six feet shows just how fast that was as it passed the cup almost dead weight.

    Here comes a huge moment now. Garcia may very well have this putt just to remain within three...

  • 22:58

    And he makes it!

    Don't count Sergio out just yet! That's a superb par for the Spaniard and will give him a serious momentum boos.

    But here comes Rose for birdie and a three shot lead...

  • 23:00

    It misses left!

    What amissed  chance that is!

    And now, in the matchplay situation that the pair find themselves in, Garcia takes just that bit extra momentum into the 14th hole.

    You could not have got two more opposite pars there.

  • 23:01

    -8: Rose (13)

    -6: Garcia (13)

    -5: Kuchar (67), Pieters (17), Schwartzel (16)

    -4: Fowler (14)

    -3: Casey (17), McIlroy (69), Chappell (68), Scott (16)

    -2: Moore (15)

  • 23:03

    After two quick pull hooks with his last two drives Garcia faces no such problems at the 14th as he cannons one straight down the fairway, past Rose's ball.  

    There are five holes to play at the 2017 US Masters and it is, very much, game on!

  • 23:05

    At the 18th Pieters fires a lovely approach shot in to 12 feet. He'll have that for birdie and to post 16.

  • 23:07
  • 23:08

    It's Rose to play into the 14th green first and he catches a break. His approach lands right at the front but catches the far side of the knuckle, feeding down towards the hole and leaving him 30 feet for birdie, rather than rolling back off the putting surface.

  • 23:09

    SERGIO!

    This realy is a new Garcia! Whereas previously the last few holes would have derailed him completely, this time around he's fighting back hard. he fires an approach in towards the back pin, walking after it and eyeing it up and down. He knows it's good...and it is good! It lands softly, catches the slope and feeds in to eight feet!

    This is sporting drama at its absolute best!

  • 23:11
    Up at the 18th Pieters fails to sink his birdie putt and instead has to settle for par, a round of 68 and a total of five under which leaves him tied third with Kuchar and Schwartzel.
  • 23:12

    Okay, back up to the 14th we go. Here comes Rose's putt...

    ...it sets out left, feeding in towards the hole but not quite enough. It misses by a few feet and rolls on, leaving a very, very nervy five footer for par.

    At the 17th Schwartzel leaves his birdie putt right in the jaws but a foot short. He remains at five under going up the 18th.

  • 23:15

    VAMOS, SERGIO!

    Garcia shows absolutely no nerves as he raps his birdie putt right in the back of the hole and piles all the pressure on Rose.

    The Englishman has five feet to save par and maintain a one shot lead...

    ...and he does it! Neither player is giving an inch, this is absolutely superb stuff.

    -8: Rose (14)

    -7: Garcia (14)

    -5: Kuchar (67), Pieters (68), Schwartzel (17)

    -4: Fowler (15)

    -3: Casey (68), McIlroy (69), Chappell (68), Scott (16)

  • 23:16

    Garcia is absolutely on it now!

    He corks a 340 yard drive down the 15th, leaving no more than a mid-iron into the green for his second.

    Rose follows him down the fairway but is much further back, leaving a much longer club in for his approach.

  • 23:17

    Okay, let's take a few second to catch breath.  

    This really is The Masters leaving up to its billing.

  • 23:22

    Rose is away first and he pulls his shot left, pleading with it to get down. It does but it leaves a long, long eagle putt across the green.

    Here comes Sergio...

  • 23:23

    AND HE PLAYS A MAJESTIC SHOT!

    It pitches about six inches short of the hole, hits the flag, and spins to six feet! That's for eagle!

    Without a doubt that is one of the best shots I've ever seen. I'm really not sure how much more of this I can take.

  • 23:24
  • 23:24
  • 23:25

    Okay, everybody calm down. The golf is still going on.

    Rose, from across the green, lags a decent putt down towards the hole but it misses right and trundles on. He should make birdie from there but the door is well and truly open for Sergio...

  • 23:26

    AND HE MAKES THE EAGLE!!

    It rolls in the front foor with perfect pace!

    Garcia goes to nine under and Augusta goes absolutely wild!

    Rose now has five feet to tie Garcia at the top...

  • 23:27

    And he makes no mistake!

    Garcia and Rose go to the 16th hole tied for the lead at nine under.

  • 23:29

    -9: Garcia (15), Rose (15)

    -6: Schwartzel (68)

    -5: Kuchar (67), Pieters (68)

    -4: Casey (68)

    -3: McIlroy (69), Chappell (68), Fowler (16)

  • 23:32

    The final group goes to the 16th. The shadows stretch out over Augusta and the stage could not be anymore perfect.

    And the golf could not be anymore perfect!

    Garcia fires his shot in over the pin, letting it feed back down to eight feet.

    The pressure is on Rose now but he stick his in even closer!

    This is just some of the most incredible sporting theatre ever seen!

    Both players high-five leaving the teebox, acknowledging the incredible play of each other.

  • 23:32
  • 23:32
  • 23:34

    It turns out Rose is up first...

    And he holes it for a birdie!

    Pressure on Sergio. Can he reply?

    I'd say so. But I don't know. I don't know what's going to happen anymore. This is just ridiculous.

  • 23:36

    Oh, Sergio...

    That was very much an old Garcia stroke. It's as tentative as you've ever seen it, his ball sliding right and staying out. It never had a chance.

    -10: Rose (16)

    -9: Garcia (16)

    -6: Schwartzel (68)

    -5: Kuchar (67), Pieters (68)

    -4: Casey (68)

    -3: McIlroy (69), Chappell (68)

  • 23:39

    On to the 17th we go.  

    Rose launches a drive down the right and is fortunate that his ball bounces away from the trees and into the first cut of rough.

    Sergio, chasing once again, bombs one straight down the middle.  

    Can they just play another 18 holes regardless of result? This drama shouldn't end.

  • 23:44

    Rose gets a free drop away from a sprinkler head but it doesn't bring him quite onto the fairway. He's still in the first cut and, because of that, will struggle just a little to control this.

    He fires one high into the setting sun and walks after it. It's straight down the pin and he likes it...

    ...but it drops short into the bunker! That's a deep bunker as well. It's going to be very tough from there.  

    Here comes Sergio.

  • 23:46

    From 147 yards he rockets a pitching wedge straight towards the pin, his ball landing softly and settling in the perfect position, 15 feet short. That leaves him with a very makeable birdie putt up the hill while Rose faces a tricky bunker shot.

    This is right in the balance.

  • 23:47
    Rose makes an excellent job of his sand shot, splashing it up the green and allowing it to release out towards the hole. That leaves him with six feet or so for par.
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  • 23:48

    It's been very much about the Garcia-Rose show today and there's still plenty to go in it.

    Garcia is standing over his birdie putt. It's up the hill and looking like it will fall slightly to the left...

  • 23:50

    That's another tentative stroke from Garcia and one he really could not afford.

    Being completely honest it was a pretty horrendous stroke. His ball comes up two feet short.

    Here comes Rose for a huge par save...

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    And he misses!

    Rose slips back to nine under and leaves the door open for Garcia...

    And the Spaniard walks right through it!

    Rose and Garcia go up the 18th tied at nine under par!

  • 23:51

    -9: Garcia (17), Rose (17)

    -6: Schwartzel (68)

    -5: Kuchar (67), Pieters (68)

    -4: Casey (68)

    -3: McIlroy (69), Chappell (68)

    -2: Scott (73), Moore (74)

  • 23:52
    I suppose The Masters doesn't really begin until the final hole on Sunday...
  • 23:54

    Garcia rips one straight down the middle with a perfect low fade around the corner!

    Rose rips one straight after him with an identical flight!

    Still, there is absolutely nothing to choose between these two!

  • 23:58

    It's Rose to play first.

    Deep breaths, ladies and gents. Deep breaths.

  • 23:59

    What a break!

    He pushes his approach out right but it takes a huge kick to the left and feeds right in to 10 feet.  

    Can Sergio answer?

  • 00:00

    NO!

    NO WAY!

    Well, what else did you expect after the way this day has gone?!

    Garcia has only gone and knocked it inside Rose!

    This is just absolutely incredible. This shouldn't end and nobody deserves to lose this.

  • 00:01
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    Justin Rose has seven feet for birdie.

    Sergio Garcia has five feet for birdie.

    Who can hold their nerve?

  • 00:03

    Justin Rose cannot.

    His putt starts at the right lip and stays right.

    Sergio Garcia has a five foot putt to win The Masters and with it his first ever major championship.

  • 00:05

    He's missed.


    Somehow, once again, Garcia has come within milimetres of winning a major championship but failed to do so.

  • 00:07

    It's a playoff.

    We're going to get more of this. But can Sergio possibly recover from that?

    That stroke was nothing more than a straight push right.

    Perhaps fate is just against him. Well, we will see soon.

    Stick with us, the playoff is to come!

  • 00:09

    -9: Garcia (69), Rose (69)

    -6: Schwartzel (68)

    -5: Kuchar (67), Pieters (68)

    -4: Casey (68)

    -3: McIlroy (69), Chappell (68)

    -2: Scott (73), Moore (74)

    *Garcia and Rose go to a playoff*

    Full 2017 US Masters results

  • 00:14
  • 00:16

    I hate to say it but Garcia's putts on the 16th, 17th and 18th have all been so tentative. It looks as if the occasion has got to him on the greens once again. His body language also didn't look great coming off the green. He looked very down and still did as he was getting into a cart there to go to the 18th for the playoff.

    Advantage Rose, I reckon.

  • 00:17
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  • 00:19

    Okay, here we go. The players are on the 18th tee and Rose has the honour.

  • 00:21

    Rose looks to play a fade down the fairway again but overdoes it this time, his ball crashing into the trees. It comes down and kicks towards the fairway but remains in the pine straw where he will be blocked out from the green.

    Garcia sees his chance and fires a carbon copy of his regulation play drive straight down the middle.

    Advtange, Garcia.

  • 00:22
  • 00:24

    Rose opts not to try a Seve-like recovery shot towards the green and instead pitches out, just barely past Garcia's ball.  

    The advantage is even more so in Garcia's favour now. It's a very similar approach shot to the one he faced in regulation play...

  • 00:25

    And it's a very similar result! He sticks it in to 12 feet, on a similar line to the putt Rose had in normal time.

    Surely, surely, this is his time now?!

  • 00:26

    But maybe not if Rose has a say!

    And he does. He fires his third shot in to a similar position as Garcia. It'll be a longer putt for Rose but that could stand to him. If he makes it, he puts the pressure on Garcia to make his for the win. If he misses, Garcia will have two putts.

  • 00:26
  • 00:28
    Here we go. Rose to put the press on Garcia...
  • 00:29

    And he misses!

    It's a bogey for Rose.

    Sergio Garcia has two putts to win The Masters!

  • 00:30
    SERGIO GARCIA IS THE 2017 US MASTERS CHAMPION!
  • 00:33

    He only needed one putt! Garcia's birdie effort catches the left edge and drops and finally, finally, Sergio Garcia is a major champion!

    After so many years of heartbreak, Garcia gets it done on what would have been Seve's 60th birthday. The crowd around the 18th green break into chants of "Sergio! Sergio! Sergio!"

    What a day of golf, what a finish, what a tournament and what a player.

    Sergio Garcia, Masters Champion.

  • 00:35
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  • 00:39

    I'm trying to regain my composure here. That back nine and playoff was some of the very best sporting drama I have ever witnessed. truly, incredible stuff.

    Our man in Augusta - Philip Reid - has filed his report right on queue so stay tuned for that as it will be online in the next 20 minutes.

    Thanks for reading along over an incredible weekend of golfing action.

    Sergio Garcia is the 2017 US Masters champion and the best player never to have won a major tag must find another player to latch onto.

    With that I shall leave you, thanks again for reading, bye!

  • 00:59