Masters power rankings: Rose in full bloom as Hoffman falls away

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We rank the Green Jacket contenders after the third round at Augusta National...

10/10

Justin Rose

Given it was about six months before his Olympic gold medal left his neck, would he ever take the Green Jacket off? That back nine 31, and a best round of the day 67, was mesmeric. Just keep that putter hot for one more day.

9/10

Jordan Spieth

Was as big as 40/1 after his nine. Can you believe he might win this? After a nine? It’s never been done before but Jordan’s just a freak round Augusta. I’m sure all his doubts about the 12th will loom large tomorrow evening. I won’t be betting against him, though.

8/10

Lee Westwood

How costly is that second round going to be? Once again cruised through the back nine to stay firmly attached to the fringes. If only. Two words that could be chiselled onto Westy’s tombstone.

Charl Schwartzel

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Where the hell did he come from? He hadn’t merited as much as a shot on the TV until he drained an eagle putt at 15. He won this the last time there was a massive last day pile up, you know…

Ryan Moore

I need a couple of betablockers, my heart’s beating so quickly when Ryan bobs another birdie in the hole. 200/1. I can hardly breathe. Bring it home.

Adam Scott

He’s magnificent, isn’t he? The coolest man in golf. Three birdies and no dropped shots. A third successive 69 might bag him a second Masters title.

7/10

Sergio Garcia

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Fred Couples had his miracle moment at the 12th in 1992, has Sergio had his at 13? His Masters hopes seemed about to drown in the water but, somehow, his ball clung to the bank. He bagged a birdie. How crucial will that be?

6/10

Rickie Fowler

If it’s his time in the Butler Cabin, he can look back on a third round where he was brilliant with the putter. The rest of his game, though, will need to step up a gear on Sunday.

5/10

Jon Rahm

Peter Alliss is convinced Rahm’s part of some huge birth certificate conspiracy – “He looks a lot older than 22” – and the Spaniard appeared wiser than his tender years until he dumped his tee shot in to the water at 12 and chucked it all away.

Rory McIlroy

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Nothing quite says Guantanamo Bay more than Rory’s orange jump… sorry, trousers. Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. He’d obviously been watching McIlroy’s front nines.

Charley Hoffman

It was all going so well. But he’s not out of it yet.

4/10

Phil Mickelson

So that’s what you get for being conservative. Everyone’s always telling Phil to be sensible and when he flicks an iron from the third he walks away with a double. Having kicked off with two birdies, it completely flattened him.

Thomas Pieters

‘Moving Day’ got lost in translation for Thomas. A double at the 11th sent the Belgian spiralling back into the pack but he’d looked unsettled for most of the day. You feel he’ll need to go very low tomorrow.

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