Rose lovingly patted Garcia's cheek before they embraced. We all know what happened past year as he fell apart late and effectively coughed up his second straight green jacket.
Justin Rose of England, who has captured one major title and another that felt like it, put himself in position for his first Green Jacket on Saturday.
Perhaps the most daunting name at Augusta National was Spieth, who began this Masters with a quadruple-bogey 9 on the 15th hole of the opening round and was 10 shots out of the lead when he trudged off the course on Thursday. "(Sunday) is a huge day". "I sort of got the balance right today, but I didn't take my opportunities when I could have". "I think that at the end of the day, that's really the only thing you can do".
"These first two rounds are probably the best I've ever played at Augusta", Garcia said. "It leads me to understand everybody's mindset behind me, so it means I have to stay positive tomorrow and continue to play good, aggressive golf".
"It's the kind of place that if you are trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down", Garcia said.
"I gave a decent account for myself and will come back next year and try again".
"I don't even know how much it would mean to be able to join both of my idols as a Masters victor", he said. I already knew I had a chance and we did what we needed to do today.
Credit to Sergio Garcia for dodging trouble and staying near/at the top throughout the day.
"As in any tournament, I just like to get within three or four shots on a Sunday afternoon". Garcia birdied the first playoff hole and Rose made bogey, after his tee shot bounced out onto pine straw near the fairway while Garcia found the fairway. His only major win came in 2013 at the U.S. Open.
They share the lead on six-under par 210 ahead of world number eight Rickie Fowler in third and 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth, one shot behind in a three-way share of fourth.
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"So you've just got to roll with it and realise that sometimes you're going to get good breaks, like has happened to me a few times this week, and sometimes you're going to get not-so-good breaks". Garcia made bogey, dropping him to 3 under. The 37-year-old Spaniard began his round as the worst Saturday player at Augusta over the past two decades, where he has averaged 75 depressing shots.
Only one player - Craig Stadler in 1982 - shot as high as 75 in the first round and went on to win.
Charley Hoffman shot a level-par round of 72, to remain on -4, despite starting the third round as co-leader.
The former will be ruing a double bogey on the 16th hole, after finding water, which prevented him from ending the day with a share of the lead. He'd also bogeyed No. 14, and played his final five holes in 3-over.
Justin Rose. Sergio Garcia. Lee Westwood still is in contention at 1-under, as his Thomas Pieters, who also is 1-under.
"It was key, it was necessary, I had to have it", Spieth said.
This is just another typical Sunday at the Masters for Spieth, who has finished second, first and second in his three starts. "No matter what happens, we will have a really good chance to win this with a good round (Sunday)". I was on the cut line after the first round, I knew that. "And I certainly can post single digits under par at this point". Last year, the Masters was won by Danny Willett.
There is no surprise that the top-ranked member of that group is Spieth, a man who has never finished worse than runner-up at this event, and has been gunning for redemption for 364 days now.
The two veterans seeking to become the oldest Masters champions slid down the leaderboard Saturday.