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

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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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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.

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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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