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Rose, Garcia lead Masters as Spieth lurks

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Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy each made up early ground only to be hampered by double bogeys, while Rickie Fowler - one of four overnight leaders along with Hoffman, Thomas Pieters and Sergio Garcia - did well to rescue a bogey on the third after he had briefly moved clear at the summit. 'For me the test was around six when I made bogey but then I clicked into gear on the back nine and the par putt on 11 was the catalyst. "You can't really Jordan-proof it", Spieth said Saturday of Augusta National, his insightfulness and humility on display.

Sullivan could only add a birdie-free 78 to his opening 71, but made the cut with a shot to spare as strong winds over the first two days made scoring conditions hard.

"Obviously, I'm a major champion, but I'm looking for more".

Garcia probed around the leaderboard all day while watching others make bogeys and birdies around him.

Where there was just one runaway leader at the end of the first round, there are four players sharing the lead in a tightly bunched up leaderboard, and another five were within three shots of them at the halfway stage of the 81st Masters.

"I think I probably could have shot a 67 or 68, but just a few too many wasted opportunities", he said.

The Olympic gold medalist had been going nowhere on the front side before he and his caddie regrouped after the seventh, when Rose was five strokes out of first place.

Fowler spent his time in the next-to-last group hitting fairways and greens.

Jordan Spieth, however, knows what it feels like to do both.

As usual, it includes Jordan Spieth, two shots behind and in contention for the fourth consecutive year. "... It comes down to me making sure that I keep doing the things that I've been doing all week, and you know, just believe that I can do it". Plus, his fondness for Arnold Palmer could provide some extra motivation. "You have to hit the shots necessary to give yourself a chance at birdie".

Pieters has a chance to become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters on his initial try.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion whose back-nine Sunday meltdown a year ago cost him a repeat crown, fired a 68 to share fourth on 212 with fellow Americans Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman, a co-leader until finding the water at the par-3 16th and making double bogey. He had a 71 on Saturday with four birdies and three bogeys after shooting a 67 on Friday. He has not recorded a bogey since No. 17 in Round 2.

And five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, on level par 144 through 36 holes with fellow past Masters champions Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, could become the oldest victor in Masters history.

Hoffman, with almost the same putt as Garcia, misses on the left edge and taps in for par at No. 5, maintaining his one-shot lead.

Lee Westwood, who is still searching for his first major championship win, shot a 4-under 68 to climb back into red figures at 1 under. He finished with six birdies Saturday, including three in his last six holes.

"We wanted to shoot four under and thought if we did the lead would move to six or seven and I'd creep on it", said the 2015 champion, who is bidding to become the youngest two-time Masters victor.

QUOTEWORTHY "I know that anything can happen". The Spaniard is still searching for his first major triumph at the 74th attempt and victory could be wrapped up on what would have been Seve Ballesteros' 60th birthday.

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