Stellar leaderboard sets up blockbuster final Masters round at Augusta


Favourable pin positions, calm weather and a leaderboard packed with stellar names meant a blockbuster day was set up ahead of the leaders teeing off for the final round of the Masters.

Only 10 players were under par before the start of Sunday's final round, but a thrilling 'moving day' set the scene for a sunny Augusta.

Justin Rose birdied five of his last seven holes on Saturday and that left him six under par for the tournament alongside co-leader Sergio Garcia, the perennial nearly man in majors looking to end his duck on Sunday.

Rickie Fowler, another gifted player yet to win one of golf's big four, was just one shot adrift, while Jordan Spieth charged up the leaderboard on Saturday and was two behind the leaders.

Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore, and former champions Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel were the other players still firmly in contention, although the likes of Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters and Rory McIlroy have it all to do to receive the green jacket.

Sunday has always produced dramatic moments at Augusta. The memorable chip from Tiger Woods en route to victory in 2005, Phil Mickelson's second to the 13th out of the pine needles in 2010, McIlroy's meltdown a year later, and even 12 months ago with Spieth's scarcely believable quadruple-bogey at 12 that left the door open for eventual winner Danny Willett.

This year promises to be no different with pin locations providing the possibility of low scores. McIlroy began his round at  1.45pm local time with Matt Kuchar, with the Northern Irishman having admitted on Saturday that he needs the "round of my life" to win the green jacket.

Schwartzel and Scott were due out at 2.15pm, with Hoffman and Moore in the group after.

The stellar pairing of Spieth and Fowler were scheduled for 2.35pm, ahead of the final group of Garcia and Rose.