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Reed moves three clear at Masters

10 April, 2018, 20:04 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Jordan Spieth walks off the 18th hole during the fourth round at the Masters golf tournament Sunday

Patrick Reed was about to sink a 10-foot eagle putt that would give a stranglehold at the 2018 Masters, and hundreds of fans around the 13th green at Augusta National were doing something remarkable. Major-less young studs Patrick Reed and Jon Rahm are right there too, and it's still anyone's green jacket.

The 42-year-old American, who underwent spinal fusion surgery last year, had notched two top-5 finishes in tuneups last month to spark "Tigermania" excitement that he was ready to again contend in majors. Par: 72. Yards: 7,435.

The two previously faced off in the 2016 Ryder Cup, which was won by the U.S., with Reed defeating McIlroy in the final day's singles matches. In John Feinstein's book "The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup", Reed conceded to being "really tight" before a showdown that would set the tone for the final day.

Besides, it's stroke play.

"It's definitely not a two-horse race at this point", McIlroy cautioned.

"I can't imagine this will be the same", Reed said. Try not to look at them.' It's hard not to.

"Any time you hear a bunch of roars, you're going to get excited, especially if you feel like you're playing some good golf", Reed said.

McIlroy can only hope he didn't use up all his luck.

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In addition to facing the pressure of holding the lead after three rounds at the Masters, Reed enters with his personal expectations since the tournament takes place close to where he went to school at Augusta State. Spieth shot 64, which included a last-hole bogey, and was two back. McIlroy said. "Hopefully I don't have to rely on it too much" Sunday.

"At the same time, he's trying to go for the career Grand Slam".

Former world number one Woods was considered one of the favourites in his bid to collect a fifth Green Jacket after showing impressive form in his return to competition this year, but was unable to make any noise for a second consecutive day.

"I didn't play the par-5s well, and I didn't hit a lot of good iron shots; it was the same as yesterday", said Woods, who bogeyed the first two holes but played the remaining 16 in 2 under. "He's got that to deal with and sleep on tonight".

Reed surely will bank on more par-5 dominance.

Reed had just eagled the 13th to take a 3-shot lead when Rahm was discussing his own round.

Keeping the lead won't be easy for Reed, not on this stage.

"Biggest thing I can just pull from it is, I was going up head-to-head with Rory and was able to put together a really good round", Reed said of the Ryder Cup experience.

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"The amount of training I've done and the amount of work we've done in the gym, it has paid off", Woods said. He was smiling all the while, having a grand old time out there. The advantages of this coverage over the BBC one is that Sky invests a lot in its coverage so it tends to be extremely high end, plus you also get all four days instead of the final two.

The final round of a major championship at Augusta National Golf Club provides a different kind of emotional stakes than the final day of an global team event.

No one has ever rallied from more than eight shots behind after 36 holes to win the Masters.

Reed knows he has his hands full with more than just McIlroy chasing history. Jack Burke Jr. did it in 1956.

Spieth began the day at 6 under.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson still have a say in that. "I want to spoil the party".

Sir Nick Faldo has warned Tiger Woods that he is "still a long way off" from being able to compete with the world's best and declared that his performance at the 82 Masters was a "wake-up call".

Casey still managed to shoot a 7-under 65, which is the lowest round of the day so far and his best score ever in a major championship.

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