AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Here it is. It's Sunday at Augusta National.
Another Green Jacket will be awarded by the end of the day. A Masters that began with forceful winds, a slip down the stairs and a couple of remarkable comebacks will conclude with whatever drama is inevitably in store.
Crazy things happen on Sunday. Holes in ones, pine straw shots between the trees, etc. No one needs to remind Jordan Spieth what can happen on Sunday, who looked to be in position to claim his second Green Jacket last year before stepping onto the 12th hole. This year, after a difficult first round in which he shot 3-over, Spieth has worked his way up to fourth at 4-under for the tournament.
"After the first round, I couldn't ask for much better than this. You know, we fought back tremendously to have a chance to win this golf tournament, and no matter what happens at the end, we will have a chance to win with a really good round tomorrow," Spieth said. "I plan to play aggressive because at this point, it's win or go home. So you pull off the shots and you make the putts, then you know, I want to give myself a chance for that to be enough. And if I don't, then so be it."
Spieth said he's made several comebacks in his PGA career, but said this year's Super Bowl when the New England Patriots came back after trailing 28 points to the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI is a good example of what he's trying to accomplish on Sunday.
"Obviously the Super Bowl this year is a very clean example of somebody that just refused to lose, and the entire team refused to lose. Therefore, didn't give up, felt the momentum. And when the momentum was on their side, they then ran with it and continued to press and press and get better and better," he said. "And that's what's so difficult. There might be a time tomorrow where the momentum goes on my side, but being able to continue that momentum and to be ‑‑ swing freely and hit the shots necessary by just focusing on where I want to hit it versus focusing on the entire round, that's what is such a challenge, and that's the challenge I'm looking forward to."
Justin Rose, after shooting 5-under on Saturday and for the tournament, made it to the top of the leader board, tied with Sergio Garcia, who has never won a major tournament, let alone, a Green Jacket.
"Today I began to feel very comfortable on the greens. Just things began to click and I had my run," Rose said, who had five birdies on the back nine on Saturday. "There's no real reason for it. I think that this course offers you that. It offers you a run. It offers you a run around the par 5s."
Rickie Fowler had a great round on Friday and was consistent on Saturday to get to third at 5-under. He said it's the best he's felt in a major tournament, but knows with a crowded leaderboard, it will be tough to pull away.
"I think it's going to be a long, hard‑fought day," Fowler said. "I don't think anyone is going to put themselves far enough out front where they can cruise in."
Anything can happen on Sunday at Augusta National. Here are the pairings and tee times:
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