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Day 3 - Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy set for repeat battle

April 07, 2018

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy will reprise one of the most epic battles in Ryder Cup history when they lock horns in the final group of the 2018 Masters Tournament, Reed chasing a maiden Major title and McIlroy eyeing an historic Grand Slam.

“I think the biggest thing this week is just going out and playing golf. I’m trying not to allow the moment to take over me, really just go out and play some golf and just hit golf shots," said Reed.

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy set for repeat battle, Masters 2018 Day 3,  © Getty Images

“I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough, I feel like I'm putting well enough. I just need to go out and play the game and not worry about everything else and just play golf."

“It's going to be a lot of fun tomorrow. Obviously we're both playing really solid golf, and to be able to go into a final round on Sunday at the first major and go up against each other and go out and play some good golf, it's going to be a lot of fun to go out there. But really, I'm just going to do my thing and stick to my game plan and go out and enjoy my Sunday.”

The first Major of the season was billed as one of the most eagerly anticipated in many years and the event is certainly living up to the hype, especially on an enthralling moving day which saw Reed, McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Tommy Fleetwood all shoot in the mid-60s.

Jon Rahm moved into contention with a bogey-free, 7-under 65. His round included five birdies and an eagle at the par-5 8 th hole. He hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation, 9 of 14 fairways and required 26 putts. He has avoided three-putting any green in the first 54 holes.

“Really there was nothing that needed to be changed today. I was playing really good, and I knew I was playing good. I went back on my round and I realized every time I missed the fairway, I basically made a bogey," said Rahm.

“So I just focused on making sure I hit the fairways and make some putts, and I executed that really well yesterday on the back nine. I was keeping it in play, just keeping it in the right spots on the fairway, hitting good shots and making putts.

“Today I kept doing the same thing. Luckily there were shots like today on one where I missed the fairway and was able to make a birdie. But didn't miss many of the fairways, and the ones I missed was not by much. I always had a shot to the green. Really that was the difference, and then just being able to make the putts.”

Five shots clear of the field after an eagle at the 15th, Reed suffered a bogey on the 16th hole soon after McIlroy had put the galleries into raptures with a closing birdie to finish off a stunning third round 65, meaning it was just a three-stroke difference heading into the final day.

“It was a great day. I'm closer to the lead than I was starting off the day, which a bonus, especially when you see Patrick go out and shoot 67 and obviously play very well," McIlroy said.

“I rode my luck a little bit out there - the chip in on the eighth hole, finding my ball in the azaleas on 13, not the first time. Then hitting the tree on 18 and coming back in the fairway and making a birdie from that."

“I rode my luck a little bit out there today. Hopefully I don't have to rely on it too much tomorrow, but it was just a great day. To get myself into the final group, and have a chance to win another major, I'm excited. You couldn't ask for much more out of today.”

Despite a final-hole bogey, England's Tommy Fleetwood (T6) tied his career low round in a major championship (66/R3/2017 The Open) with a 6-under 66 that included a five-birdie stretch on holes 12-16. Fleetwood has birdied the par-5 15 th hole each round this week.

“The front nine was sort of steady, but I played great from the get go. I hit two good shots into one and from the first two, three, four holes I was in a good rhythm. The only time I was out of position, I got the wind a little bit wrong on five and into a bunker, but I kind of had my chances the first 11 holes and didn't make enough of them."

“And then it was nice to hole one on 12 and then just get on that little bit of a run. It's strange coming off Augusta disappointed with a 66, but it was a very, very good day.”

Nine of the top 12 players in the Official World Golf Ranking were within the top 15 of the leaderboard after round three, but it was the World Number 24 Reed who stole the show and delighted the patrons with four birdies and two eagles helping him to a five under 67 and a 14 under total.

Scores

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Patrick Reed
-14
69
66
67
202
2
Rory McIlroy
-11
69
71
65
205
3
Rickie Fowler
-9
70
72
65
207
4
Jon Rahm
-8
75
68
65
208
5
Henrik Stenson
-7
69
70
70
209
T6
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
72
72
66
210
T6
Bubba Watson
-6
73
69
68
210
T6
Marc Leishman
-6
70
67
73
210
T9
Justin Thomas
-5
74
67
70
211
T9
Jordan Spieth
-5
66
74
71
211
11
Dustin Johnson
-4
73
68
71
212
T12
Cameron Smith
-3
71
72
70
213
T12
Justin Rose
-3
72
70
71
213
T12
Louis Oosthuizen
-3
71
71
71
213
T15
Jason Day
-1
75
71
69
215
T15
Jimmy Walker
-1
73
71
71
215
T15
Bernd Wiesberger
-1
70
73
72
215
T15
Matt Kuchar
-1
68
75
72
215
T15
Charley Hoffman
-1
69
73
73
215
T15
Tony Finau
-1
68
74
73
215
T21
Matthew Fitzpatrick
E
75
74
67
216
T21
Si Woo Kim
E
75
73
68
216
T21
Kevin Kisner
E
72
75
69
216
T21
Francesco Molinari
E
72
74
70
216
T21
Satoshi Kodaira
E
71
74
71
216
T21
Russell Henley
E
73
72
71
216
T21
Adam Hadwin
E
69
75
72
216
T21
Hideki Matsuyama
E
73
71
72
216
29
Haotong Li
1
69
76
72
217
T30
Paul Casey
2
74
75
69
218
T30
Adam Scott
2
75
73
70
218
T30
Daniel Berger
2
73
74
71
218
T30
Ryan Moore
2
74
72
72
218
T30
Jhonattan Vegas
2
77
69
72
218
T30
Zach Johnson
2
70
74
74
218
T36
Webb Simpson
3
76
73
70
219
T36
Bernhard Langer
3
74
74
71
219
T36
Fred Couples
3
72
74
73
219
T36
Rafa Cabrera Bello
3
69
76
74
219
T40
Tiger Woods
4
73
75
72
220
T40
Bryson DeChambeau
4
74
74
72
220
T40
Branden Grace
4
73
73
74
220
T43
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
5
79
70
72
221
T43
Xander Schauffele
5
71
78
72
221
T43
Martin Kaymer
5
74
73
74
221
T43
Kyle Stanley
5
72
74
75
221
T47
Tyrrell Hatton
6
74
75
73
222
T47
Doug Ghim (a)
6
72
76
74
222
T47
Chez Reavie
6
76
71
75
222
T50
Phil Mickelson
7
70
79
74
223
T50
Ian Poulter
7
74
75
74
223
T50
Brian Harman
7
73
74
76
223
53
Vijay Singh
8
71
74
79
224
CUT
Sandy Lyle
6
74
76
--
150
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
6
72
78
--
150
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
6
74
76
--
150
CUT
Jason Dufner
6
73
77
--
150
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
7
75
76
--
151
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
7
77
74
--
151
CUT
Thomas Pieters
7
73
78
--
151
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
7
73
78
--
151
CUT
Brendan Steele
7
76
75
--
151
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
7
77
74
--
151
CUT
Danny Willett
7
75
76
--
151
CUT
Ross Fisher
8
78
74
--
152
CUT
Wesley Bryan
8
74
78
--
152
CUT
Pat Perez
8
73
79
--
152
CUT
Patton Kizzire
8
76
76
--
152
CUT
Trevor Immelman
9
78
75
--
153
CUT
Joaquin Niemann (a)
9
76
77
--
153
CUT
Yuta Ikeda
9
76
77
--
153
CUT
Alex Noren
9
74
79
--
153
CUT
Kevin Chappell
9
77
76
--
153
CUT
Doc Redman (a)
9
76
77
--
153
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
10
77
77
--
154
CUT
Gary Woodland
10
78
76
--
154
CUT
Austin Cook
10
74
80
--
154
CUT
Billy Horschel
11
76
79
--
155
CUT
Ian Woosnam
11
79
76
--
155
CUT
Mike Weir
11
76
79
--
155
CUT
Larry Mize
12
76
80
--
156
CUT
Angel Cabrera
15
76
83
--
159
CUT
Yuxin Lin (a)
15
79
80
--
159
CUT
Mark O'Meara
15
78
81
--
159
CUT
Sergio Garcia
15
81
78
--
159
CUT
Matt Parziale (a)
16
81
79
--
160
CUT
Harry Ellis (a)
22
86
80
--
166



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