Patrick Reed consolidates Augusta Masters lead after third round

Patrick Reed hits to the 13th green during the second round at the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 6, 2018, in Augusta, Ga.

Rory McIlroy is ready to complete the career Grand Slam Sunday at Augusta National - and at Patrick Reed's expense.

Reed carded 5-under-par 67 in the third round to maintain his lead at 14-under entering the final day of the Masters.

McIlroy's momentum built with an unlikely par at the fifth, where his second shot from a fairway bunker caught the lip but kept travelling, settling 13 feet from the pin.

McIlroy and Reed were the two best performers at Hazeltine that week and they duly shattered lofty expectations as they set Hazeltine alight.

Woods had battled back to even par for the day with seven-foot birdie putts at the sixth and eighth.

Reed was a runner-up at the PGA Championship last summer, though he played the final hole without a chance to win. He'll meet a foe from one of his most memorable performances on Masters Sunday.

McIlroy's 65 was matched by Rickie Fowler, who is -9, and Spaniard Jon Rahm, who is a shot further back at -8.

Reed produced a stunning reply with three straight gains between the eighth and 10th and, as McIlroy's round became somewhat scratchy on the back nine - bar a clutch birdie at 15 - the American's juggernaut largely continued to roll.

Rahm followed the formula of McIlroy and Fowler with five birdies and an eagle to put himself on the map. In my spare time I play golf and Ultimate frisbee, dabble in photography and make my auto less comfortable on the street just so that it'll be quicker at the track.

"Putting it in perspective, six months ago I didn't know if I'd be playing golf", Woods said. The two players will be grouped together on Sunday, and golf fans will remember the electric head-to-head singles match they played at the 2016 Ryder Cup, a match Reed won 1-up.

Reed, who led Augusta State to a pair of NCAA titles, opened with a 25-foot birdie putt and zoomed into the lead after two more short birdie putts. The greens are really soft, the wind wasn't really blowing hard today. You have the ascendant Jason Day and the ever-popular Sergio Garcia among the world's top 11. And while he'll take any score he can get if it means victory, another sub-70 round would make him the first player in Masters history to shoot in the 60s all four rounds.

For days Shane's stepdaughter Jordan was tirelessly tweeting and posting to Facebook, on a mission to get the attention of Tiger Woods and it worked. 8-10. "I was able to get into that (Ryder Cup) mode", he said. "My swing is just off with my irons". On Wednesday, first time Masters competitor Finau picked up an ace in the Par-3 contest.

"I'm a ways back", Fowler said. Well out of contention, Mickelson began the third round with a drive into the trees and then whiffed on his first attempt trying to get back to the fairway.

But Mickelson finished with a 2-over par 74 for a 7-over total of 223. I've been hitting that shot well on the range and I thought it was a prime opportunity to give it a test.

"I feel like I know where I need to leave the golf ball. and it's now just going out here and executing the game plan and staying disciplined enough to actually stick to that game plan".

  • Julie Sanders