Jordan Spieth, who's gone second-first-second in his first three Masters, fought back from an opening 75 to climb into contention at 4-under 212. Moore has never had a top-10 finish in eighth previous starts here, and has only one top 10 on the PGA Tour this season. Spieth could have been forgiven for playing safe, but smashed a long iron onto the green from 230 yards and narrowly missed the eagle putt.
He finished at 4-under 212, barely missing playing in the final group at the Masters for what would have been a record fourth year in a row.
World No.6 and 2015 Masters victor Jordan Spieth suffered a bogey on his opening hole and has dropped another to slump to two under. Didn't we know Thursday's quadruple bogey and the resulting 41st place finish in the first round was just an aberration?
Rose birdied the par-three 16th to take the advantage, but the Englishman - who won the Olympic gold medal in Rio a year ago - got out of a bunker on 17 only to miss a par putt to leave them tied going down the last. His shot off the pine straw at 13 to set up a birdie that brought memories of Phil Mickeslon in 2010, who was there to witness Spieth's mimicking Saturday.
"I took advantage of the par fives - 8, 13, 15 - and stole a couple more", Rose said. "I know that; if I am able to jump out into the lead, I know that you have to keep the gas pedal down and pretend you're not".
He believes it will be a thinking-man's game Sunday, particularly on the back nine. Can you imagine Garcia ending his career drought and winning his first major on Sunday? He did just that and regrouped, covering the back nine in 34 shots to sign for a two-under 70 and a share of the lead. The shot at the last looked as though it was going to be a tap-in birdie. Moments later, he realized the ball bounced softly enough off the side of the bank to stop halfway down.
He then chipped to a foot and made the birdie putt. "They didn't give up, felt the momentum and when the momentum was on their side they ran with it and continued to press and get better and better".
The 37-year-old Spaniard finished off his round by clenching his fist when a 7-foot par putt dropped into the cup for a 70. Both are at 6-under par 210. Charl Schwartzel, who won here in 2011 with birdies on the final four holes, shot a 68 in the third round to move to 2 under and four shots behind.
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Rickie Fowler one stroke back.
The second-to-last group today, off at 2:35 p.m., will feature good friends Spieth and Fowler. That's all you want but really it starts on the back nine. I'm not going to do it, but no, I think about it all the time.
Overall, 10 golfers have a solid shot at winning The Masters, entering the final round at -1 or better. "If you have a chance you have to go for it and pull off the shot". He almost holed a wedge from the fairway on the 15th for another birdie and wound up with a 68. "So you know, we are going to go out there and do well again, and you know, just make sure we have a good chance coming into the last five or six holes and see what happens".
But Hoffman, one of four to share the overnight lead after the first two rounds, slipped behind Rose and Garcia after finding water on the par-three 16th and ending with a double bogey. Hoffman battled for par on the last hole to stay just two shots behind.
Also challenging were Australian Adam Scott, the 2013 victor, at three under, with 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa another shot back.
The four-time major victor, who needs to win the Masters to complete the career grand slam, hit a superb pitch to three feet but missed the par putt to leave himself five shots off the lead.
World number two Rory McIlroy made a fast start on Saturday but was unable to maintain momentum and ended up at level par. He was six shots behind. He led for the majority of the round, but a double-bogey on the 16th, pushed him down the leaderboard. Mickelson shot 39 on the front and 74 for the round, leaving him in a tie for 21st and eight shots behind in his bid to become at age 46 the oldest Masters champion.