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Sports Reed holds 3-shot lead ahead of final-round showdown with McIlroy

05:02  08 april  2018
05:02  08 april  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Spieth fires 66 to open 2-shot lead after opening round at The Masters

  Spieth fires 66 to open 2-shot lead after opening round at The Masters There are few guarantees in life, but Jordan Spieth holding the lead after a round at The Masters is getting as close to a sure-thing as there is out there. It seems hard to believe, but with a 6-under-par 66, Spieth holds the lead at Augusta National for the ninth time in just 17 career rounds. To put that in perspective, Tiger Woods, who has won the event four times, played his 79th career round on Tuesday and has also held the lead nine times.Early in the round it didn't look like Spieth would have a stake on the lead as a bogey on the 7th saw him drop to even-par for the tournament.

American Patrick Reed holds a three - shot lead into the final round of the Masters at Augusta, with Rory McIlroy second after a round of 65. Rickie Fowler (65) is third on nine under, one ahead of Jon Rahm (65). The last four champions at Augusta had already won in that season, but of those

shot a brilliant third round 65 including a birdie at the 18th to put the pressure on the American, who responded with a magnificent 67 of his own. Reed is the one with a three shot lead but is that enough against the relentless McIlroy

a man that is standing in the grass© Jamie Squire / Getty Images Sport / Getty The epic singles match between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy during the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine was some of the most entertaining golf the game has seen on that stage.

There will be an opportunity for an incredible encore on Sunday at the Masters, as the duo will be paired together in the final group for the closing round at Augusta National.

Reed, who won the Ryder Cup affair 1-up, fought off a number of intense challengers throughout a soggy Saturday to post a 5-under-par 67 and hold a three-stroke lead on McIlroy, who sizzled with a 7-under 65 to rise up the leaderboard.

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Patrick Reed posted his third straight round in the 60s on Saturday and will carry a 3 - shot lead into Sunday, when he'll be paired with Ryder Cup nemesis - The only thunder was on the ground, not in the sky, a series of ear-splitting roars for Patrick Reed and his two eagles, Rory McIlroy and his final

Reed didn't flinch when told of McIlroy 's views. "I am leading ," he said. "But at the same time, he's trying to go for the career Grand Slam. He had a four- shot lead in the 2011 and shot 80 in the final round . Now it's the missing piece of the slam.

Those two weren't the only ones taking advantage of the quality scoring conditions, as both Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm also posted 65s to sit third and fourth respectively, and make-up the second-to-last group on Sunday.

PlacePlayerRound 3 scoreTotal to par
1Patrick Reed67-14
2Rory McIlroy65-11
3Rickie Fowler65-9
4Jon Rahm65-8
5Henrik Stenson70-7
T-6Tommy Fleetwood66-6
T-6Bubba Watson68-6
T-6Marc Leishman73-6
T-9Justin Thomas70-5
T-9Jordan Spieth71-5
11Dustin Johnson71-4

With Reed not teeing off until 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, he was able to watch a number of top players attack the course in light rain and winds. The 27-year-old appeared as though he would come back to the field with a bogey on the third, but quickly squashed any of those ideas with four birdies over his next eight holes.

Reed soars to lead with sparkling 66 in Round 2 at the Masters

  Reed soars to lead with sparkling 66 in Round 2 at the Masters Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth have become one of the more dominant Ryder Cup pairings in the world in recent years, but they were headed in different directions during an action-packed Friday at Augusta National. Spieth struggled out of the gate with a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine, eventually finishing with a 2-over 74, while Reed did the opposite by dropping six birdies in the opening stretch before posting a 66 to hold a two-shot lead over Marc Leishman.Reed was in top form throughout the entire round, attacking flag sticks and rolling in birdie putts with ease.

On Sunday at Augusta, where the sound reverberates loudly through the pines, the two men will face each other again in the final pairing of the 82nd Masters. With a three-under-par 69 that included two eagles on the back nine Saturday, Reed holds a three - shot lead over McIlroy

Reed , the 27-year-old American who has never won a major championship, holds a three - shot lead over McIlroy , the 28-year-old Northern Irishman who has won four major titles, but never the Masters, going into Sunday’s final round .

That run re-established his lead, and an incredible eagle on the par-5 13th extended it. Reed wasn't done there however, posting a second eagle on the par-5 15th with a perfectly-played chip shot that sent the patrons surrounding the green into a frenzy.

Playing in the group ahead of Reed, McIlroy matched his counterpart at every step, pouring in five birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free round. By rolling in his birdie putt on the 18th hole, the Northern Irishman ensured the dream final pairing was a certainty and sets up an incredible Sunday of drama.

Not that any matchup between Reed and McIlroy needs added stakes, but there's certainly some on hand for the final round at Augusta. Reed is looking for his first career major title while McIlroy can become just the sixth golfer in the Masters-era to complete the career Grand Slam.

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