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.

McIlroy and Reed will be in the final pairing on Sunday. It could shape up to be the kind of showdown typically seen in the Ryder Cup. Rickie Fowler is 9 under, one shot ahead of Jon Rahm and two strokes better than Henrik Stenson.

Patrick Reed ’s in the Masters driver’s seat ahead of a Sunday showdown with Rory McIlroy . He ended the day 14-under for the tournament, three shots ahead of second-place Rory McIlroy . Those two will make up the final group on Sunday, as Reed hunts his first major win.

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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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

Final round tee times including Reed vs McIlroy . Patrick Reed in confident mood ahead of mouthwatering showdown . Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates his birdie on the 18th hole during third round play of the 2018 Masters Credit: Reuters.

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.

Patrick Reed leads Rory McIlroy by three shots heading into the final round .

Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed set up a mouth-watering repeat of their Ryder Cup showdown as damp conditions failed to prevent fireworks in the 82nd Masters. And while Reed will start the final day with a three - shot lead on 14 under par

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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