Final round of Masters packed with 'wonderful storylines'

David Goldman AP

David Goldman AP

Six months after being taunted by US Ryder Cup fans about having never won a major title, Sergio Garcia finds himself on the brink of a breakthrough at the Masters.

"Whilst believing he was off air Peter made a lighthearted remark which he now knows was inappropriate", a BBC spokesman said.

In comparison to Rose, who was five-under for the last seven holes, McIlroy failed to pick up any birdies over the closing stretch as he had to settle for a third-round 71. "I plan to play aggressive because at this point, it's win or go home". He's worked to improve his fitness, health, golf game and mental approach the past six months and believes he's arrived at the ideal nexus to take the next step to major champion. Mickelson's rise ended there.

Rose's drive in the play-off down the 18th was a poor one and he was only able to chip out before having to settle for a five while Garcia was straight down the middle and found the heart of the green before holing his putt. It's his second straight day over par as he attempted, at 46, to become the oldest victor at Augusta National.

Jordan Spieth reckons he's on course to pull off a comeback to match the New England Patriots' astonishing victory in this year's Super Bowl. The 2015 Masters champion was all but gone after a frustrating, quadruple bogey nine on the 15th hole in Thursday's opening round. He said when he hit crisp, high arcing shots often they landed a yard or two into the rough, making it hard to navigate the subsequent approach.

The fiery Spaniard, bidding to end almost two decades of major disappointment, got his day off to brilliant start, rolling in a short birdie putt at the first.

MAYBE HOFFMAN? Say what you want about Charley Hoffman's inexplicable water ball on No. 16, the 40-year-old has hung tough after one of the loneliest situations in sport - gaining a big lead early.

"It came down to the back nine on Sunday here, which is what this tournament is famous for". Hoffman appeared to have handled the chase well Saturday until the par-3 16th. He does get to keep a replica of the Masters trophy, which includes the names of every victor and runner-up, as well as a 3.4-inch-diameter gold medallion.

Spieth, who has finished second, first and second at Augusta National in three appearances, is a real battler and will be aiming to use that quality to good effect on the last day.

BIG CHARGES: The most capable making a huge run? But McIlroy, seeking the career grand slam, has a penchant for going low late at Augusta National, shooting in the 60s in three of his last four final rounds at the Masters.

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