Jordan Spieth finds the water again on 12 at the Masters

Charley Hoffman had led for most of the Masters.

The final group has teed off at Augusta National.

"I was just in between clubs on both of those holes and hit the wrong one on both, I guess, and left myself in an awkward position". "So I'm certainly going to go for broke tomorrow".

With the temperatures warming and the wind dying down from the near gales that buffeted the players in the first two rounds, scoring improved and so did the opportunities. Rose and Garcia joined him out front before Hoffman's tee shot on 16 plunged into the pond.

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It was mission accomplished for Adam Scott on Saturday as the Australian put on a clinical display of precise ball-striking at the U.S Masters to sneak within striking distance of a second Green Jacket with a second successive three-under 69.

Fowler birdied the third but followed with back-to-back bogeys to stumble back before a birdie at eight.

Rose, who is looking to add a second major to the US Open he won at Merion four years ago, knows what's coming on championship Sunday.

Only 10 players remained under par, all of them separated by five shots. He will be paired in the final group with Rose, one of his friends.

"Lost to a record setting performance, really", Rose said of Spieth's 18 under in 2015.

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Garcia has been taking a methodical journey to what he hopes is his first-ever major championship. "But definitely had some good breaks throughout all three rounds". His approach shot on the par-5 13th hole looked headed straight for Rae's Creek, but the ball magically held up in the rough on the bank of the creek.

McIlroy stumbled further with a double-bogey at the seventh, before repairing the damage with birdies at the eighth and 12th holes.

"It was nice", Garcia said.

"I feel great on the golf course", he said.

Fowler also began the day tied for the lead, and remains in the hunt after shooting a steady 71. He's had his chances in the four majors, too, particularly in 2014 when he was among the top five at all four majors, including a tie for fifth behind victor Bubba Watson at Augusta National. "If I can play something like today and maybe finish it off a little better that might be enough".

A smiling Fowler said he is in a good place physically and mentally not only about his golf game, but about life in general. That happened. But I'm still (T-11), six shots back. "I feel it and I see it". There's exceptions like Jordan Spieth, that he played one, he nearly won it and then the next one he won.

The normally steady Hoffman, who led by two early midway through the second nine, dropped three shots to par in the final five holes Saturday, opening a door that England's Justin Rose and Spain's Sergio Garcia quickly walked through.

It figures to be quite a Sunday shootout at the Masters. Rickie is a very confident player.

And his Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia, who will "have a great opportunity". "I'm looking forward to it. Everybody has a story line [including] past champions who are right there, as well".

Heading to the par-5 15th, traditionally the easiest hole on the course, Hoffman had a prime chance to get that stroke back.

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