Rory McIlroy right in Masters chase ahead of final round

Posted April 10, 2018

His Sunday 64 did equal the tournament's final-round record.

US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed - with one career top-10 in a major - takes a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy into the final round at Augusta National. Reed is at 14-under 202 heading into the final round. Henrik Stenson (70) was seven shots behind.

Reed ran off three straight birdies around the turn, and he stretched his lead to as many as five shots with his eagles.

But Spieth, a two-time Australian Open victor, dropped a shot on his final hole and Reed showed no nerves of a man on the brink of his first major to cling to a one-shot win over the fast-finishing Rickie Fowler, with fellow Texan Spieth a stroke further back in third. He went to Augusta State and has a lot of support and I'm hoping to come in here and spoil the party. He will be chased by McIlroy, who needs a Masters victory to complete a career grand slam.

"It's going to be good fun".

"It's nearly impossible to put into words how I feel", said Reed, who completed his college golf career at nearby Augusta State University.

Reed, who had never cracked 70 in 12 Masters rounds before this week, became the fourth straight first-time Masters victor and the ninth first-time victor in the past 10 majors.

"There's a lot of stuff you can do at the Ryder Cup you that you can't do at Augusta National", Reed said.

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No matter how he finishes, he will leave the course with two huge highlights on "Moving Day".

Even removed by one pairing Saturday, the two put on a good show with full awareness of what the other was doing. Leishman also began with three birdies and unleashed a tremendous approach at 15 to set up a 6-foot eagle putt. He sank the comeback effort and pumped his fist in celebration. "If I get off to a quick start and get it rolling, get some momentum going, which I haven't had so far..." He posted red numbers on Nos.

So Spieth remained calm despite losing a two-shot lead on the first two holes. It was only one shot inside the cut line, which Woods flirted with before making birdies at the par-5 13th and 15th holes and closing with back-to-back pars.

Spieth's tee shot came up short, landed on a downslope and hopped into Rae's Creek. In the hours before the leaders tee off on Masters Sunday, the area's thick with patrons sipping Arnold Palmers and breathing deep of the prestige of the place. That was more than enough to atone for the few times he got out of position, and his 6-under 66 put him atop the leaderboard for the first time in a major. He punched out, missed the green and wound up with a triple bogey.

The only Masters champion who was not inside the top 10 after 54 holes was Art Wall Jr.in 1959 (T-13th). When McIlroy chipped in for eagle on No. 8 to tie for the lead, it lit a fire under Reed, who responded with three consecutive birdies to re-seize the high ground and a pair of back-nine eagles to build a cushion. He made a birdie there, with his splash out of the front bunker, and another at the 8th, with a pin-point pitch in.

Reed, who had never broken 70 at Augusta National in his previous tries, continued to find greens easily and putt exceptionally well in the third round. The shot would have rolled well past the hole, but it hit the stick and dropped in for a 3.

Day 1, tee 1, shot 1.

"Hopefully I can hit my irons better".

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Patrick Reed hits a drive on the third hole during the third round at the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Augusta, Ga.

Casey didn't like the mattress in the house he rented near the course, so he bunked with his kid in "a proper bed".

Woods is expected to crack the top 100 for the first time in years following golf's first major.

By making the cut at the Masters, Woods is projected to move into the low 90s, pending his Sunday finish at Augusta National, where he is tied for 40th after a third-round, even-par 72. "My swing is just off with my irons, just at the wrong time". He played the Masters for the first time since 2015. He is back following a fourth back surgery. "I'm leading, there is pressure, but I felt fine this morning". "I just haven't gotten it done", Woods lamented. This was his only sub-par round of the tournament saw him beat Phil Mickelson by a shot, despite the left-hander conjuring a five-under 67. "Let's make these the only ones'".

Rickie Fowler was a shot behind McIlroy thanks to an eagle on the second and birdies on the fifth, sixth and eighth. "This tournament creates something that is very special, and year in, year out, history is made here". ESPN writer Kevin Van Valkenburg made a great observation in 2016: "There is a little bit of New Jersey attitude in Reed". He followed that with a bogey.

Jon Rahm catapulted himself up the leader board also with a 65, which took him from two to eight-under-par. He's no less entertaining.

Woods is 1 under for the week on the four par 5s.

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