US Masters: Day Four

Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed are the final pairing as the Masters reaches a thrilling denouement

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  • 15:55

    Good afternoon and welcome to the final day of the 2018 US Masters! It's Rory McIlroy v Patrick Reed around Augusta National with a stellar cast chasing from further behind. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the next eight hours or so as all of the thrills and spills that we are bound to get unfold around the most dramatic of sporting theatres. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke.

    Tee times and leading scores are below before we properly kick things off around 4.30. It's Sunday at the Masters ladies and gentlemen, sit back, relax and enjoy!

    Round four tee times (all times Irish)
    1500 - Vijay Singh
    1510 - Ian Poulter, Brian Harman
    1520 - Chez Reavie, Phil Mickelson
    1530 - Tyrrell Hatton, a-Doug Ghim
    1540 - Martin Kaymer, Kyle Stanley
    1550 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Xander Schauffele
    1600 - Bryson DeChambeau, Branden Grace
    1610 - Rafael Cabrera Bello, Tiger Woods
    1620 - Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples
    1640 - Xsch Johndon, Webb Simpson
    1650 - Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas
    1700 - Adam Scott, Daniel Berger
    1710 - Haotong Li, Paul Casey
    1720 - Adam Hadwin, Hideki Matsuyama
    1730 - Satoshi Kodaira, Russell Henley
    1740 - Kevin Kisner, Francesco Molinari
    1750 - Matthew Fitzpatrick, Si Woo Kim
    1800 - Charley Hoffman, Tony Finau
    1820 - Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar
    1830 - Jason Day, Bernd Wiesberger
    1840 - Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen
    1850 - Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith
    1900 - Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth
    1910 - Bubba Watson, Marc Leishman
    1920 - Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood
    1930 - Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm
    1940 - Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy

  • 15:56

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed

    -11: McIlroy

    -9: Fowler

    -8: Rahm

    -7: Stenson

    -6: Fleetwood, Watson, Leishman

    -5: Thomas, Spieth

    -4: D Johnson

    Notables:  Woods +4, Mickelson +6 (2)

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  • 16:17

    Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods – end of list. Those are the only five men in the history of this great sport of golf to win all four Major championships during their careers.

    Today, at Augusta National, 28-year-old Rory McIlroy from Holywood, County Down has the chance to join them and become just the sixth man in history to complete the career grand slam. Golfing immortality beckons for the boy who once appeared on UTV chipping golf balls into a washing machine at the age of just eight. He has come a long way since then and has already etched his name in the golfing history books but today he has the chance to join a very, very exclusive club.

    However, standing in his way is one Patrick Nathaniel Reed of San Antonio, Texas. The 27-year-old has proved himself on the Ryder Cup stage at Gleneagles and of course at Hazeltine – who could forget that Sunday duel with McIlroy – but now he has the chance to become a major champion and slip on a green jacket.

    While no lead at Augusta is unassailable, at one stage yesterday Reed looked like he was going to get as close to one as possible when he eagled both the 13th and 15th to open up a five shot lead. However, a bogey at the 16th and a hard fought par save at the 17th showed the chinks in his armour while McIlroy’s brilliant birdie on the last cut Reed’s lead from four to three.

    As we know, on Sunday at the Masters, three shots is nothing.

    We’ve had Nicklaus v Watson’s ‘Duel in the Sun’ at Turnberry, Stenson v Mickelson at Troon, Woods v DiMarco on this very golf course in 2005, Faldo v Norman nine years earlier and many more. Today, among the tall pines and pink azaleas we have Reed v McIlroy.

    And what of the chasing pack? Two behind McIlroy and five behind Reed is Rickie Fowler. The American is due a good final round at a Major having stumbled here last year. One shot behind him is Spanish sensation Jon Rahm who seems to know no other way to play than to fire at every pin. Could he get a fast start, storm through the field and make it back-to-back Spanish winners? Or could Henrik Stenson add a green jacket to his claret jug? Could Bubba Watson add a third green jacket to his wardrobe? Or could Tommy Fleetwood or even Marc Leishman sneak under the radar and spoil the Rory/Reed party?

    The rain has cleared overnight at Augusta, it’s a warm and slightly breezy day and, over the next few hours, we will find out which of those narratives will materialise.

  • 16:36
  • 16:46

    Plenty of traditional Sunday pin placements today - expect to see at least one hole in one at the 16th where the slope feeds everything down towards the pin, as long as you don't leave it up on the top shelf. Do that and you won't be keeping it on the green.

    The 12th, as always, is bound to cause some trouble sitting precariously over the water on the right - think Spieth in 2016 or Freddie Couples in 1992 when his ball held up on the bank.

    The 13th offers an eagle chance but miss left and, again, you'll do well to keep it on the green coming down the vicious slope towards the creek.

    Out on the course there seems to be some birdie opportunities early on with Phil Mickelson so far leading the way among the early starters. Birdies at the second, third and fourth have got him back to four over par for the tournament.

    Also among the players already on the course is Tiger Woods. After missing a short birdie putt at the first he has picked up his first shot of the day at the Par 5 second to get back to three over.

  • 17:02

    This is the first time McIlroy has been in the final pairing at the Masters since 2011. On that day he was an inexperienced 21-year-old who suffered the meltdown of all meltdowns on the back nine. Who could forget the picture of him hitting out of what was basically the front garden of Butler Cabin before winding up with an 80 and blowing what was a four shot lead at the start of the day.  

    You have to think he has long gotten over that, having gone on to win four Majors since, but the fact still remains that he has not been in this position at this course since then. When he stands up on that 10th tee later this evening it can't not be in the back of his mind.

    However, there are nine holes to play before that stage of the round and, despite this being billed as a McIlroy and Reed duel, the reality is that the American carries a three shot lead into the final round. If he flies out of the blocks he may just leave McIlroy in his dust. A 67 or possibly even a 68 for Reed and McIlroy will need one of the greatest final rounds of all time just to force a playoff.

    But let's not think about that for the moment. A few quick birdies for McIlroy, a slow start from Reed and then an epic battle down the back nine - a la Garcia and Rose last year - is what we all want.

    Reporting from Augusta is our man Philip Reid.

    Only Patrick Reed stands in the way of Rory McIlroy and Masters glory

    We're all familiar with the back nine at Augusta but, before the serious action gets underway, why not have a look at every hole on the famous old course.

    US Masters 2018: Augusta National hole-by-hole guide

  • 17:14
    Bin Her Out on the course there seems to be some birdie opportunities... Needs a plural verb form. In this business, words are all you've got. Prize them.
  • 17:14

    Thanks for the heads up.

  • 17:14
    columbabonner@gmail.com Rory to triumph in a play-off
  • 17:18

    Out at the fourth Woods has just lipped out for a hole-in-one, sending some early roars around the course. There were more roars then when he walked up and rolled the birdie putt in to get back to three over par for the tournament.

    It's been an interesting week for Tiger. After competing at the Valspar and the Arnold Palmer Invitational the hype train went into overdrive but what this week has shown is that Major championship golf is just a different kettle of fish altogether. While his driving has improved (thankfully) his iron play has been quite ragged and he's missed a number of short putts. This year's Masters probably came just a little bit too early for him but the US Open in June may just be perfect timing.

  • 17:26

    Playing alongside Woods is Rafael Cabrera-Bello. The Spaniard briefly got into a tie for the lead on Friday but has struggled since then. On his bag this week and for the last year or so is Dubliner Colin Byrne. Last week he joined Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent on The Irish Times Added Time podcast to give an insight into some of the intricacies of Augusta, how the best players play it and share some excellent anecdotes from his career as a caddy at the Masters. You can listen and subscribe below.

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    After those early birdies Mickelson has dropped two shots and is now back to six over and one under for the day.


    That means that the lowest round currently on course is first man out Vijay Singh. The 2000 US Masters champion is playing alongside cult hero Jeff Knox who steps in each year as a non-competing marker when an uneven amount of players make the cut. Singh is currently bogey-free for the day and has just completed Amen Corner with a birdie at the 13th to get to three under for the day and five over for the tournament.

  • 17:45

    Disaster for Woods at the seventh.

    After a sensational second shot from behind a tree in the right rough where he managed to play a sharp cut around and onto the green, allowing it to feed out to about five feet, he's only gone and three-putted from there. An excellent birdie chance turns into a bogey and he slips back to four over.

  • 17:52
    Hideki Matsuyama is the first man on the course to break into the top 15. The Japanese player has made a birdie at the Par 5 second to get to one under alongside a host of players including Jason day, Matt Kuchar and Jimmy Walker.
  • 17:57
  • 18:00

    Reed ditiching his traditional Sunday red and black - a direct copy of Tiger Woods.

    Is that an early sign of nerves? Never mind a red shirt and black trousrs, I was expecting him to rock up today with the stars and stripes draped around his shoulders and a ghetto blaster playing Star-Spangled Banner.

  • 18:07

    Hideki Matsuyama is signalling his intentions early by following his birdie at the second with another at the Par 4 third. He is now up to two under for the tournament.

    Up ahead at the eighth Woods has made an excellent up-and-down from the left of the green for a birdie four which gets him back to three over.

    So far it seems like there are birdies to be made out there, even on the tough front nine but it's certainly not as easy as it was yesterday when the slight softness of the greens saw a number of 65s. I'll be shocked if anyone goes that low today.

  • 18:15

    Less than an hour and a half now until McIlroy and Reed take to the first tee at 7.40pm Irish time.

    Reed is currently on the range warming up while there is no sign of McIlroy yet but he's never been a man for a long warm-up while Reed does a very long one indeed.

    Out at the third Russell Henley has made his first birdie of the day to join the tie for 16th at one under par.

    Meanwhile, Woods has given the shot he picked up at the eighth straight back at the very next hole to slip back to level par for the day.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed

    -11: McIlroy

    -9: Fowler

    -8: Rahm

    -7: Stenson

    -6: Fleetwood, Watson, Leishman

    -5: Thomas, Spieth

    -4: D Johnson

    Notables:  Woods +4 (9), Mickelson +5 (14)

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  • 18:26

    Rory McIlroy is in the building. The four-time Major winner has just arrived at the course and will shortly commence his warm-up.


    Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler are also preparing for their final rounds. At eight under and nine under respectively are they a little too far back? If Reed goes out and shoots anything under par you'd have to think they would be - it's hard to see anything lower than 66 or so out there today - but if the leader comes out and drops a few early, slipping back to 11 or 12 under then it's game on for Fowler, Rahm and possibly even Stenson at seven under.


    Realistically you have to think that if Reed breaks 70 then McIlroy is the only man who can catch him and, even with his immense talent, that will be some ask.


    There certainly are scores out there, however, and Webb Simpson is proving it. After eight holes he's five under for the day and now up to two under for the tournament! What a front nine that's turning out to be for the 2011 US Open champion.


    Meanwhile, on the back nine Mickelson has eagled the 15th to get to four under on the day and three over for the tournament.

  • 18:30
  • 18:41

    McIlroy, dressed in black trousers, a white pullover, pink polo, white cap and white shoes has moved onto the putting green.

    Reed is on the range, earphones plugged in wearing black trousers, black shoes, black tank top, pink polo shirt and black cap.

    Out on the course Woods has reached the 11th at four over for the tournament. The pin is tucked in the traditional back right corner, making it imperative to leave the ball below the pin which is exactly what Woods has done.

    Webb Simpson has now completed the front nine in just 31 shots (five under par). What Rory McIlroy would do for that.

  • 18:45

    Charley Hoffman has made a leap into the top 12 with birdies at the second and third to get to three under for the tournament.

    Back on the first tee, Justin Rose and Louis Oosthuizen (both three under) have just teed off.

  • 18:56
    Simpson has made yet another birdie at the 10th and is now six under for the day. Maybe there is a super-low score out there after all. He's now three under for the tournament.
  • 19:00
    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are on the first tee. At five under you have to imagine they're both too far back but I'm sure they won't be thinking that themselves. That means they'll be gunning for a quick start. There should be fireworks.
  • 19:01
  • 19:09

    At the first green Dustin Johnson has made a par to remain at four under while his playing partner, Cameron Smith of Australia, made a birdie to join him at four under.

    It was a disappointing day for Johnson yesterday as he played quite well tee to green but just failed to make any putts.

    Back down the fairway Thomas fired his approach to about 15 feet. Next up was Spieth who took dead aim at the pin and stuffed it in to four feet!

    He needs a lightning quick start and a lot of help from McIlroy and Reed but he's certainly going about doing the first bit. That's to get to six under.

  • 19:13

    It's a little longer than four feet in the end for Spieth but it makes no difference as he rolls the birdie putt in to get one up straight away and move to six under.

    Thomas's effort slips past the right edge and he remains at five under.

    Meanwhile, Mickelson has completed the round of the day so far with a 67 while Woods has birdied the 13th to get back to three over.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed

    -11: McIlroy

    -9: Fowler

    -8: Rahm

    -7: Stenson

    -6: Spieth (1), Fleetwood, Watson, Leishman

    -5: Thomas (1)

    -4: D Johnson (1), Smith (1)

    Notables:  Woods +3 (13), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

    Click here for full scores

  • 19:17
  • 19:19

    At the second, Rose has successfully converted a 55 foot eagle putt in two to make his first birdie of the day and get to four under.

    Ian Poulter has been speaking to Sky Sports after his round of 69 to finish at four over and he says that there is a score to be made out there today. He says the greens are a little more receptive than players will think and he managed to get it around in 69 without making aby birdies on the Par 5s.

    Expect fireworks. Just 20 minutes now until Reed and McIlroy take to the tee!

  • 19:24

    Well Spieth is certainly making the quick start he needs. At the Par 5 second he has knocked a fairway wood into the middle of the green where he'll have 30 feet down the hill for an eagle three. That's to get to eight under alongside Rahm. What a start that would be!

    Thomas's drive found the creek on the left but he was able to punch out of it. From there he's found the left hand side of the green and will now have a dreadfully quick and undulating putt the whole length of the green down to the pin for his birdie.

    Back on the first tee are Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler.

  • 19:28

    Matsuyama is the latest player to put together a good front nine. He's gone out in three under par 33 to sit tied-14th at three under for the tournament alongside Charley Hoffman.  

    Back to the second green we go. From about three states away Thomas coaxes a super putt down to holeside and rolls it in for par to remain at five under.

    Spieth, for the eagle, sets his putt out left and it stays there. However, that's a birdie, birdie start for the Texan and he's already up to seven under and in a tie for fifth with Stenson. Exactly what he wanted.

  • 19:33

    Justin Rose is now trying to get himself up towards the top of the pack chasing McIlroy and Reed. After a birdie at the second he's found another at the Par 3 fourth and is now up to five under.

    Back at the first tee Fowler has found the bunker with his tee shot while Rahm sends one right down the centre of the fairway.

    And the Spaniard is now joined at eight under by Stenson after the Swede opened with a birdie.

    Next on the tee, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed.

  • 19:35

    Eagle for Tiger Woods!

    Up ahead at the 15th Woods has found the green in two and rolled in a snaking 25 footer for a three and his first eagle of the year. He now gets back to one over par and three under for the day. Quickly heading towards his best round of the week.

  • 19:37

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed

    -11: McIlroy

    -9: Fowler

    -8: Stenson (1), Rahm

    -7: Spieth (2)

    -6: Watson (1), Fleetwood (1)

    -5: Rose (4), D Johnson (2), Thomas (2), Leishman (1)

    -4: Smith (3)

    Notables:  Woods +3 (14), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

    Click here for full scores

  • 19:39
    So, at the second, Bubba Watson has just putted off the green and into a bunker. Yes, these greens are as hard as they're made out to be. From there he gets up and down to save par. Easy two-putt there.
  • 19:40

    Fore please, Rory McIlroy now driving!

    Here we go. Let battle commence.

  • 19:43

    Reed is first to go with three-wood in hand. However he yanks it left and right up against a tree.

    McIlroy steps up next and absolutely blocks one way right! As in, miles right.

    There's out of bounds down there but, mercifully, it's stayed in. However, he could be in all sorts of trouble there.

    Excitement and drama from the get-go!

  • 19:48

    That's what nerves will do to even the best of players.

    But it looks like McIlroy has got a break. He seems to have an avenue through the trees and up to the green. Maybe he meant to hit it there...

    On the opposite side of the fairway Reed has not been so lucky. He's pressed right up against a tree and has to abbreviate his follow through so as not to break his arm. His ball flies up and into the greenside bunker short. Not too bad there.

    Now to McIlroy. He trashes it up and over the trees and into the same front bunker as Reed. A shaky start but a good chance for both to get up and down to save par and run to the second.

  • 19:49
  • 19:51

    Well this is chaos on the first hole so far.

    Reed is first to play from the bunker and he catches it thin, sending it right to the back of the green and leaving a seriously difficult up-and-down just to save bogey!

    McIlroy is on a slight downslope but has done extremely well to chase his shot out to about five feet. That's for a nerve-settling par and will very likely move him closer to the lead.

    What drama already!

  • 19:53
    Over at the second Stenson has passed up a golden opportunity to make it two birdies in a row and get to nine under as his five footer slips past the left edge. He stays at eight under while Fleetwood has made six to drop back to five.
  • 19:56

    Back to the first.

    Reed's long par putt trundles down towards the hole and slides past the right edge from where he tidies up for a bogey to drop back to 13 under.

    McIlroy, from a good seven feet for par and with the nerves absolutely jangling ... sinks it!

    One up for McIlroy from the very get-go and what a par that was from the Holywood man. That was a very, very shaky start for Reed and suddenly Fowler, Stenson and Rahm are in this even more.

    Leaderboard

    -13: Reed (1)

    -11: McIlroy (1)

    -9: Fowler (1)

    -8: Stenson (2), Rahm (1)

    -7: Spieth (4)

    -6: Watson (3)

    -5: Rose (6), D Johnson (5), Thomas (4), Leishman (3), Fleetwood (2)

    -4: Hoffman (8)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (16), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

    Click here for full scores

  • 20:00

    Well McIlroy has certainly put that horror drive at the first behind him. At the second he has caned one well over the trees and around the corner, leaving nothing more than a mid-iron into the green at the Par 5. He's setting the gauntlet down to Reed already.


    Speaking of Reed, his drive starts out right and narrowly misses the fairway bunker but stays in the fairway. That's also a good angle to attack the green.


    Up ahead at the fifth Spieth is about to join the group at eight under after stitiching his approach which nearly went into the hole for an eagle.

  • 20:02

    Up at the second green Rahm faced a long wagle putt which he very nearly made but was happy to tap in for a birdie four and move alongside Fowler at nine under.

    That's because the American couldn't take advantage of the Par 5 after finding sand with his drive and punching out. He takes his par.

    Over at the seventh Rose has knocked his approach stone dead, leaving a two-foot putt for birdie to move to six under.

  • 20:07

    RORY MCILROY!


    What a sensational shot! We're only on the second hole and McIlroy has absolutely stamped his authority.


    Reed played first and found the front left bunker, leaving a dreadfully tough up-and-down all the way down the green.


    Next up is McIlroy. The pin is tucked back right and not really accessible.


    Unless you're Rory McIlroy and you're hitting an eight iron with your second, that is.


    He flies it straight over the bunker and in to three feet, almost holing it!


    He'll have three feet for eagle to tie Reed after just two holes!

  • 20:14

    Over at the fifth Spieth has holed out for his birdie and is now up to eight under while Rose also makes his birdie at the seventh to get to six under.

    But this is all about McIlroy and Reed at the moment.

    From the front bunker Reed chases his shot down to eight feet. This is for birdie and, most likely, to maintain a one shot lead over McIlroy.

    And he misses.

    McIlroy now faces three feet for eagle to tie Reed at 13 under.

    And he misses.

    Oh my word. No one saw that coming after that shot in. But it's okay, it's a birdie and already the defecit is cut to one shot after being at three just two holes ago.

    Leaderboard

    -13: Reed (2)

    -12: McIlroy (2)

    -9: Fowler (2), Rahm (2)

    -8: Spieth (5), Stenson (3)

    -6: Rose (7)

    -5: Casey (13), D Johnson (6), Thomas (5), Watson (4), Fleetwood (3)

    -4: Simpson (16), Hoffman (9), Leishman (4)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

    Click here for full scores

  • 20:16

    Reed and McIlroy are already separating themselves from the field more and more but Rahm is doing his best to keep pace.

    After two superb shots at the third he has rolled in hs short birdie putt to get to 10 under. Alongside him Fowler hasn't quite got it going yet with three pars keeping him at nine under.

    Up ahead at the 18th Tiger Woods has signed off with a 69 - his best round of the week - despite a three putt bogey at the last.

  • 20:20

    Hmm, you wonder how that short missed putt may affect McIlroy after the huge adrenaline rush from his second shot. The answer, at the third at least, is not well. The cardinal error with the pin at the front on this green is the miss short where the ball will feed all the way back down the false front, well below the green.


    And that's exactly what McIlroy has done. He'll now face a seriously tough up-and-down to save par.


    Reed doesn't take any chance, sending his shot over the pin to the back fringe where he'll have about 20 feet for birdie. Much better there than where McIlroy is.


    Up at the Par 3 fourth Fowler has given himelf a good chance of a first birdie of the day. He'll have about 15 feet. Rahm, meanwhile, hooks his tee shot way left into the bunker.

  • 20:26

    Uh, oh. Momentum switcher.

    From the back of the green Reed has only gone and holed his birdie putt before McIlroy misses his par putt after a good chip!

    All of a sudden, from McIlroy having an eagle putt to tie the lead at the second, he's now three shots behind once again.

    How will he handle that mentally?

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (3)

    -11: McIlroy (2)

    -9: Fowler (3), Rahm (4)

    -8: Spieth (6), Stenson (4)

    -6: Casey (14), Rose (7), Thomas (6), Watson (6)

    -5: Leishman (6), Fleetwood (5)

     -4: Hoffman (10), D Johnson (7)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

    Click here for full scores

  • 20:27
    As you can see there, Rahm failed to get up and down from the bunker at the fourth and has slipped back to nine under while Casey is going on a ridiculous run through the back nine. He's now eight under for the day!
  • 20:29

    Okay, we have a battle for the ages on our hands here.

    At Par 3 sixth Reed's tee shot just about creeps onto the front of the green, leaving 25 feet for birdie.

    McIlroy, fresh of missing a chance to tie the lead and then suddenly being three behind again, goes and stuffs it into three feet!

    What a tee shot that is. Now he just has to make that putt which is pretty much the exact same length as the eagle putt he missed...

  • 20:31
    Over at the seventh Spieth has missed that excellent birdie chance and he remains at eight under. He can't afford to miss those opportunities today.
  • 20:35

    Okay, back to the Reed v McIlroy duel at the fourth.

    Reed's long birdie putt swing left and misses by a good six feet. It's still his go and he manages to sneak his par putt in the left edge to remain at 14 under.

    McIlroy now steps up from three feet to cut the lead to two...

    And he makes it!

    This is already swinging all over thhe place. What drama.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (4)

    -12: McIlroy (4)

    -9: Fowler (4), Rahm (4)

    -8: Spieth (7), Stenson (5)

    -6: Casey (14), Rose (8), Thomas (7), Watson (6)

    -5: Leishman (6), Fleetwood (5)

     -4: Hoffman (10), D Johnson (7)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

    Click here for full scores

  • 20:37

    At the 15th Casey has a putt for eagle to get to 10 under on the day!

    He has the course record well in his sights.

    The eagle effort misses but he tidies up for a birdie to move up to seven under and seventh on his own. What a round this is.

  • 20:41

    Casey needs one more birdie in the final three holes to set a new Augusta National course record of 63.

    But back to the final groups and Fowler is having a nightmare at the fifth. After flying the green with his approach he has wound up with a bogey five to slip back to eight under. At one over for the day there's not much happening for him on the final day of a Major once again. A familiar story for Rickie.

    Alongside him Rahm makes a testy six footer for par to remain at nine under.

    Back on the tee Reed and McIlroy have both found the fairway. The pin is right at the back here but you absolutely cannot afford to go long. Long is dead.

  • 20:45

    McIlroy's ball on the right of the fairway is pressed right up against the collar of the first cut, making a clean strike almost impossible. His shot wafts way up in the air and comes up short, leaving a trecherous pitch up the green and over a false front.

    Reed's approach is better, getting up and over that false front but leaving about 30 feet or so for birdie.

    Meanwhile, at the eighth Jordan Spieth has quietly moved to four under for the day and nine under for the tournament. He is now tied third with Rahm. On this course you cannot write this man off.

  • 20:49

    What a pitch from McIlroy.

    With a sand wedge he bumps it forward into the top of the false front, allowing it to feed down and around to the left where it stops four feet from the hole.

    Reed, from 30 feet short, coaxes his putt up to about the same distance. Two testers for pars there.

    Up at the seventh Stenson has stitched his approach shot. That's for a birdie to get to eight under.

  • 20:53

    Before today McIlroy had not missed a putt inside four feet all week. He has now missed two in four holes.

    After that superb pitch his par putt slips right and stays out. I hate to say it but this is already McIlroy's worst putting performance of the week by a long way so far.

    Reed has no such issues with his parr putt, brushing it in to retake his three shot lead.

    So, five holes in, we're exactly as we were at the start.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (5)

    -11: McIlroy (5)

    -9: Spieth (8), Rahm (6)

    -8: Stenson (7), Fowler (6)

    -7: Casey (16)

    -6: Thomas (8), Watson (7)

    -5: Rose (10), D Johnson (9), Fleetwood (6)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 20:56

    McIlroy doesn't quite have it today so far.

    Luckily for him, neither does Reed.

    Both of them have hit pretty dreadful tee shots at the Par 3 sixth, both failing to get over the huge mound that is about 20 feet short of the pin. Both will face a serious test of their short games to save par there.

    Up at the ninth Spieth is hunting yet more birdies. His approach stops about 20 feet below the hole. That's for a front nine of 31 and to move to 10 under, just one behind McIlroy and four behind Reed.

  • 21:00

    Jordan Spieth is one shot behind McIlroy.

    At the ninth he makes no mistake with his right-to-left birdie putt and he is quickly bringing himself right into this with a front nine of 31.

    Over at the sixth Reed has rocketed hs long birdie putt up and over the mound and all the way off the back of the green! He has about 20 feet for par there.

    McIlroy does much better, lagging his up to short of the hole. However, it's still a good six feet. away.

  • 21:01
    The way they're playing, you really have to fancy Spieth to get right into this now. He has all the momentum while McIlroy and Reed are both struggling.
  • 21:05

    Reed's lead is cut to two.


    From the back of the green Reed's par putt slips past the left edge and he drops back to 13 under.


    McIlroy, with all the pressure on him from six feet makes no mistake to remain at 11 under.


    And, to add to all of that, at the seventh Rahm has rolled in his birdie putt to join Spieth at 10 under.


    It's heating up now.


    Leaderboard


    -13: Reed (6)


    -11: McIlroy (6)


    -10: Spieth (9), Rahm (7)


    -8: Stenson (7), Fowler (6)


    -6: Casey (17), D Johnson (10), Thomas (9), Watson (8)


    -5: Rose (10)


    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)


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  • 21:08

    Back on the seventh tee McIlroy pushes his tee shot right where it scoots into the first cut.

    Reed does the opposite, pulling his left into the first cut.

    To say it bluntly: the last two-ball of Reed and McIlroy are pretty much playing the worst golf out there so far.

  • 21:12

    Wow, Patrick Reed.

    From the left rough he sends his approach over the pin, landing it on the perfect spot on the slope where it rolls back to all of three inches.

    McIlroy is under a tree on the right and under pressure. However, he has done superbly well to chase a low shot up between the front bunkers where it settles in the fringe, leaving him as routine a chip as you can get at Augusta.

    Over at the 10th Spieth has about 25 feet for yet another birdie. You would not be one bit surprised if he makes it.

  • 21:16

    And he very nearly does. Spieth's birdie putt rolls around the right edge and stays out. He remains at 10 under.

    At the seventh Reed has tapped in his birdie putt.  

    McIlroy must now get up-and-down to ensure the lead stays at three (once again exactly how it was at the start).

    His pitch is a bit shaky, kicking left off the fringe to four feet from where he slots the par putt home.

    Once again, we're back to where we started.

    Except Rahm and Spieth are 10 under.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (7)

    -11: McIlroy (7)

    -10: Spieth (10), Rahm (7)

    -8: Stenson (7), Fowler (7)

    -7: Watson (9)

    -6: Casey (17), D Johnson (10), Thomas (10)

    -5: Henley (16), Rose (12)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 21:18

    Rahm is having big trouble at the Par 5 eighth after hooking his second shot left into the trees.

    From there he can only pitch out and then pitch his fourth shot up onto the green. That leaves him with about three feet for par to remain at 10 under.

  • 21:22

    At the 18th Casey has finished with a disappointing two bogeys in a row to slip back to five under and card a round of 65.


    Back to the final two-ball at the eighth. McIlroy has been poor off the tee today after excelling over the first three days. And his tee shot here is poor once again, flying right and into the trees. From there he can only pitch out, leaving a long iron into the green for his third at the Par 5.


    Reed finds the fairway bunker and also lays up but he will be significantly closer.


    Up at the green Rahm has saved his par to remain 10 under.

  • 21:24

    Spieth is on a serious charge.

    At the tough Par 4 11th he fires another missile approach shot into the heart of the green, leaving a 20 foot uphill putt for birdie.

    Back at the eighth McIlroy had 208 yards for his third shot and has done well to get it up to the front right fringe where he will have a short pitch for his fourth.

    However, this is a chance for Reed to birdie and open up a four shot lead...

  • 21:28

    And Reed has give himself 10 feet to do exactly that after a wonderful wedge shot into the eighth.  

    We could have a big moment on our hands here, this could be a five shot lead in a minute...

  • 21:30

    But it's not.

    McIlroy's pitch scares the hole but runs eight feet past.

    Reed now has a chance to make the birdie and put the pressure on McIlroy but his putt misses right.

    This is massive par putt now for McIlroy to stay three behind...

    And he misses.

    Patrick Reed leads by four shots, McIlroy is now in a tie for second with Spieth and Rahm. It's unravelling just a small bit but there is plenty of time to go. Reed is not burning it up by any means.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (8)

    -10: Spieth (11), Rahm (8), McIlroy (8)

    -9: Fowler (8)

    -7: Stenson (9)

    -6: D Johnson (12), Thomas (10), Watson (10)

    -5: Casey (F: 65), Henley (17), Rose (12), Smith (12), Fleetwood (9)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 21:32

    Only a par for Spieth at the 11th and he is on the 12th tee box.

    He's put it in the water here the last two years in a row on Sunday.

    But not this time. He was never going to take the chance. He sends it long to the back fringe where he will have about 25 feet for birdie. He lifts his arms in celebration. You can breathe again, Jordan.

  • 21:35

    After some brilliant putting the first three days, it's deserted McIlroy today.

    But there is still plenty of time and you get the feeling all it will take is for someone to have a run at Reed who is not on his best game either.

    At the ninth McIlroy has launched a perfect drive (finally) down the centre of the fairway while Reed pushes his right. Let's get going now, Rory.

    And now there are four players at 10 under!

    Rickie Fowler has recovered from some early jitters to birdie the eighth and ninth and join Spieth, McIlroy and Rahm in a tie for second, four behind Reed.

  • 21:36

    At the 16th, Charley Hoffman has just had the first hole-in-one of the tournament.

    Reed is a long way back at the ninth and in the rough. McIlroy is miles ahead of him and in the fairway.

    This is a chance.

  • 21:38

    Well, well, well.


    If any hole ever owed a golfer anything it was the 12th owing something to Jordan Spieth.


    From the back of the green he's only gone and rolled in his birdie putt!


    He now moves into second on his own at 11 under and just three behind. He started the day nine behind.


    He couldn't, could he?

  • 21:40

    Two-shot swing potential!

    Reed's second at the ninth barely makes the front of the green and is spinning back, back and off the front of the green, all the way down to a good 30 yards short. That is a seriously tough up-and-down from there.

    McIlroy, sensing his chance, sends his lob wedge well over the pin, spinning it back to 12 feet. From there it will be a huge right-to-left swing but it's a big chance and it's exactly what McIlroy needs before hitting the back nine.

  • 21:45

    Two-shot swing potential gone.

    Reed bumps a lovely pitch well up past the pin, allowing it to trickle back to about four feet.   With nerves of steel he knocks it in the middle and maintains what is now a three-shot lead over Spieth, four over McIlroy.

    McIlroy, with a good chance for a much-needed birdie, sends his putt out right and it doesn't come back. That's a par and really good chance gone.

    Ladies and gents, we're into the back nine on Sunday at the Masters.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (9)

    -11: Spieth (12)

    -10: Fowler (9), Rahm (9), McIlroy (9)

    -7: D Johnson (13), Stenson (10)

    -6: Hoffman (16), Finau (16), Rose (13), Smith (13), Watson (12)

    -5: Casey (F: 65), Henley (F: 67), Thomas (12), Fleetwood (10)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 21:47

    Jordan Spieth is going to win, isn't he?


    He's birdied the 12th, meaning it was written in the stars all along. And now, just to confirm it, he has only gone and launched his second shot at the Par 5 13th, from the pine straw, in to 12 feet.


    That is for eagle and to get to within one of Reed.

  • 21:49

    My god, what a shot that is from Jordan Spieth. This is just destiny, isn't it?

    McIlroy's chances are fading fast but he's still tied third and well in this.

    At the 10th his tee shot finds the right rough while Reed launches a perfect drive down the middle.

  • 21:50

    Here comes Spieth for the eagle.

    This is to get within one of Reed and three ahead of McIlroy...

  • 21:51

    And he pulls it left.  

    he has to settle for a birdie to move him to 12 under and seven under for the day through 13 holes. Just incredible stuff so far from the man looking for his second green jacket.

    Back to the 10th we go.

  • 21:53

    McIlroy, from the right rough, can only find the front right portion of the green, a good 30 feet from the hole, leaving a huge swinging putt.  

    Reed sends his shot straight at the pin where it stops about 20 feet short.

    At the 11th Fowler has found the gfairway while Rahm tugs it left into the first cut.

    It's between five men now.

  • 21:56
  • 21:58

    At the 14th Spieth sends a missile down the centre of the fairway. That's perfect. He is really, really in the groove now.

    Back at the 10th McIlroy gives his birdie putt a run but it stays high and misses on the right. He tidies up well for a par but remains four behind Reed and now two behind Spieth.

    Reed almost increased his lead but his birdie putt stopped right in the jaws.

    The final two ball are entering Amen Corner.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (10)

    -12: Spieth (13)

    -10: Fowler (10), Rahm (10), McIlroy (10)

    -8: D Johnson (14)

    -7: Finau (17), Rose (14), Smith (14), Stenson (11)

    -6: Hoffman (17), Thomas (13), Watson (12)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 22:00

    Rahm and Fowler have both found the centre of the green at the 11th and will have outside looks at birdie from about 30 feet.

    Up ahead at the 14th, Spieth's approach lands in the middle of the green but doesn't roll out. That will also be a long birdie putt.

    Back at the 11th tee Reed is in big trouble. He's lost his drive way right into the trees and could be in big, big trouble with the water down the left of the green.

    Yet again the door opens slightly for McIlroy and he at least takes the first step by sending a perfect drive down the centre of the fairway.

  • 22:03

    Rahm and Fowler both two-putt for par at the 11th and move on to the 12th tee. You would take that every day all week at that hole.

    Up ahead at the 14th, Spieth's birdie putt is high all the way and misses on the left.

    As you were, then. For now.

  • 22:08

    From the pine straw on the right of the 11th Reed can only punch his second down the fairway where it runs into the first cut, leaving a tricky pitch over the water.

    McIlroy, from the centre of the fairway and 185 yards out, hits a dreadful shot. It hangs out right and stays there, leaving the bunker between him and just a sliver of green before the pin. If either players gets up and down there they'll have done seriously well.

    The door is opening for Jordan Spieth, I fancy.

    Having said that Rahm and Fowler have both given themselves great looks at birdies on the 12th after excellent tee shots to that tough right hand pin.

  • 22:10

    At the 15th, Spieth hammers his drive down the centre of the fairway, leaving the green well in range at that Par 5. He is doing absolutely nothing wrong.

    Back to Rahm at the 12th. From 20 feet left of the pin his putt runs out of steam right at the end and stays out. He remains at 10 under.

    Fowler, from closer in and at a better angle, hammers it home!

    Fowler now gets to 11 under!

  • 22:12

    Back to the 11th we go. From a tough spot on the left Reed plays a magnificent pitch over the water, allowing it to run up to the pin. It's gone about eight feet past but you fancy him to make that.

    McIlroy, from a tougher spot on the right, does about as well as he could, bumping it down to seven feet. You have to feel that that;s a must-make if he is to have any chance.

  • 22:15

    Reed putts first and misses.

    His lead over Spieth is now just one!

    No man has ever come from nine behind on the final day to win the Masters but Spieth may just do that.

    McIlroy now has to make this to remain within three.

    And he misses.

    I hate to say it but I reckon that's game over for McIlroy. There is absolutely nothing happening for him today, particularly on the greens.

    Leaderboard

    -13: Reed (11)

    -12: Spieth (14)

    -11: Fowler (12)

    -10: Rahm (12)

    -9: McIlroy (11)

    -8: D Johnson (14), Watson (14)

    -7: Finau (F: 66), Thomas (14), Stenson (13)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 22:16
    At the 15th, Spieth is on in two and facing about 30 feet for eagle to take the lead...
  • 22:18

    McIlroy and Reed have reached the 12th tee.

    Reed hits first, flying it slightly left of the pin and to the back fringe.

    McIlroy does the exact same. They will have about 30 feet each there for birdie.

    At the Par 5 13th Rahm has bombed his drive right around the corner, leaving nothing more than a short iron in for his second.

    Fowler takes a 5 wood and finds the middle of the fairway but will be well back.

  • 22:19

    Over to Spieth at 15.

    Originally I said 30 feet, make that more 60 feet.

    And he's left it about eight feet short. That was tentative but he will now have that to tie Reed at 13 under.

  • 22:21

    McIlroy's birdie putt at the 12th is left all the way and he has to settle for par. With six holes to play he remains four behind.

  • 22:24

    MAKE THAT FIVE BEHIND!

    From the back of the green Reed has rolled his birdie putt right in the centre to get back to 14 under!

    He gives it a huge fist pump and a shout and he now leads on hiw own again.

    But his lead is just one!

    That's because Spieth has rolled in his birdie putt at the 15th to get to 13 under! This is fast becoming a battle between Reed and Spieth.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (12)

    -13: Spieth (15)

    -11: Fowler (12)

    -10: Rahm (12)

    -9: D Johnson (15), McIlroy (12)

    -8: Smith (16), Thomas (15), Watson (14)

    -7: Finau (F: 66), Stenson (13)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 22:26

    At the 13th Rahm played a magnificent second shot into the heart of the green from where his eagle putt slipped just past the hole. However, that's a birdie and he now moves to 11 under.

    After missing the green with his second, Fowler pitches down to about eight feet and goes ahead and rolls it in!

    Fowler is now up to 12 under, two behind Reed and one behind Spieth.

  • 22:28

    Spieth is about half a club out at the 16th and will face 30 feet for yet another birdie.

    At the 13th Reed has bombed a drive down the middle, leaving a mid-iron to the green for his second.

    McIlroy is way out of rhythm today as he pushes his tee shot out into the pine straw.

    This is getting very, very close now.

  • 22:32

    McIlroy's drive clattered around the trees and back out into the first cut on the 13th. And, finally, he's taking full advantage by sending his second shot into the middle of the green. He'll have about 30 feet for eagle from there and will have to make for even a slim chance.

    Reed's shot is heavy and looks to be in the water but somehow it has held on the bank! Shades of Fredie Couples at the 12th in 1992.

  • 22:33

    JORDAN SPIETH!

    This man is not human. He is simply not human.

    From 30 feet at the 16th he's gone and holed it to tie Reed for the lead and go to nine under for the day!!!

    This is history in the making.

  • 22:34
    One more birdie for Spieth and he will set a new course record, the joint lowest Major championship round and, most likely, collect a second green jakcet.
  • 22:38

    This is just outrageous stuff from Jordan Spieth.

    Back to the 13th and Reed from the bank where, somehow, he avoided the water. He bumps his pitch forward to 12 feet and misses the putt.

    We have a tie for the lead at the Masters!

    McIlroy's eagle putt misses left but he tidies up for biride. His green jacket chances are over now, though. This is the Spieth and Reed show.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Spieth (16), Reed (13)

    -12: Fowler (13)

    -11: Rahm (13)

    -10: McIlroy (13)

    -9: Smith (17)

    -8: D Johnson (15), Watson (15)

    -7: Finau (F: 66, Stenson (14)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 22:39

    Well Jon Rahm is not out of this!

    After a lovely approach to the 14th he rattles in the birdie putt to get to 12 under and just two back.

    He's alongside Fowler at that mark after the American failed to make his birdie putt from a very similar spot.

    At the 17th Spieth has hammered his drive down the fairway.

  • 22:42

    McIlroy is all out at the 14th, bombing a drive well down and leaving just a short approach shot from there. A birdie there and an eagle at the 15th...

    Reed also finds the fairway, leaving himself with a short shot in.

  • 22:43

    At the 15th Rahm is all out, looking to make an eagle.

    His drive drifts right and into the rough. He should still be able to get home in two, however.

    Back at the 14th Reed has sent a lovely approach right down the flag where it settles 10 feet away.

    McIlroy tugs his approach a little left, leaving 25 feet for birdie.

  • 22:45

    At the 17th Spieth fires his approach perfectly pin high and in to about 20 feet.

    This is for birdie to go into the lead on his own and to go 10 under for the day.

    But it shaves the right edge and stays out. If he had made that the rest might as well have just gone home.

  • 22:46
    From the centre of the fairway at the 15th Fowler finds the right portion of the green and will have a long look at eagle. That will be to tie the lead.
  • 22:49

    But wait, no it won't be.

    That's because Reed has rattled his birdie putt in at the 14th to retake the solo lead at 15 under!

    McIlroy's day has been summed up. After his birdie putt rolled four feet past he has missed the one back and now drops back to six shots behind. His putter has just gone stone cold today.

    Leaderboard

    15: Reed (14)

    -14: Spieth (17)

    -12: Fowler (14), Rahm (14)

    -9: Smith (17), Watson (16), McIlroy (14)

    -8: D Johnson (17), Stenson (15)

    -7: Finau (F: 66, Leishman (16)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 22:52

    When will the drama end?!

    First, at the 15th, Rahm takes a crack at it in two but comes up a whisker short and his ball rolls all the way back down into the water.

    From there he takes a drop and wedges it to about 20 feet. That's to save par.

    But the real drama is over at the 18th.

    Spieth, looking to play a cut around the corner cracks a tree barely 100 yards from the tee!

    He has 270 yards left for his second. Now one behind you feel he needs nothing less than a par here to post 14 under and hope.

  • 22:53
    Spieth cracks a hybrid up the 18th fairway to within about 120 yards of the green. He's going to need the up-and-down of his life there.
  • 22:55

    More developments at 15.

    Fowler coaxed his eagle putt nicely down to a few feet and brushed in the birdie putt to get to 13 under, one behind Spieth and two behind Reed.

    But Rahm's chances look sunk after he failed to make his par putt and now drops back to 11 under.

  • 22:56

    Back up the fairway Reed is completely blocked out from going for the green in two after driving down the left.

    All he can do is punch it down to 100 yards out from the green. McIlroy can only do the same after also driving down the left.

    Back to the travails of Spieth at the 18th. Up-and-down and a prayer, Jordan.

  • 22:57
    From 97 yards he plays a magnificent lob wedge in to about eight feet. His putt will be straight up the hill and would give him a 63, an equal course record, a total of 14 under and one of the pars of the century.
  • 22:59

    And 14 under could be the number.

    That's because, at the 15th, Reed's wedge shot has flown right over the pin and settled in the back pin, leaving a lightning quick 30 foot birdie putt down the slope.

    At the 16th is Fowler who needs a birdie and two pars if he is to have any chance. However, he's tugged his tee shot at the Par 3 and found the bunker.

  • 23:04

    Jordan Spieth's chances may just have died.

    He starts his par putt left up the hill and it stays left. That's a hugely disapointing bogey but a truly sensational round of 64 and a totla of 13 under par.

    So, with that Patrick Reed has a two shot lead with three holes to play.

    That's after he trundled his birdie putt down to a few feet and knocked in the par putt.

    McIlroy's birdie putt also misses and he settles for par.

    Leaderboard

    -15: Reed (15)

    -13: Spieth (F: 64), Fowler (15)

    -11: Rahm (15)

    -9: Smith (F: 66), Watson (17), McIlroy (15)

    -8: Stenson (16)

    -7: Finau (F: 66, D Johnson (F: 69), Leishman (17)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 23:05

    What a magnificent bunker shot from Fowler. Short-sided at the 16th he plays it well up the slope, allowing it to trickle back down towards the pin. It looked scarily like Tiger's chip in 2005 for a second but didn't go in.

    However, that's a great par save and he remains two behind with two to play.

    Meanwhile, Rahm makes a par and his chances are now also gone, barring a miracle.

    Back to Reed on the tee who has a three shot lead with two to play.  

  • 23:09

    Reed, with a man in a Kerry jersey standing behind him at the 16th tee, steps into his shot and takes a deep breath.

    And what a shot it is. He punches yet another iron right down the pin where it lands and comes to rest 12 feet away. That could be for the US Masters title.

    But not if Rickie Fowler has anything to say about it. He is in position A in the 17th fairway with birdie on his mind.

  • 23:11

    Fowler's approach to the 17th is just inches out, landing 15 feet short and feeding back onto the fringe at the front.

    At the 16th McIlroy sees yet another birdie putt slip past and he takes a par to remain nine under.

    Here comes Reed...

  • 23:12

    And it stays out, somehow!

    That looked in all the way but it dived left at the end and somehow managed to stay out. The lead stays at two.

    For now.

  • 23:14

    Leaderboard

    -15: Reed (16)

    -13: Spieth (F: 64), Fowler (16)

    -11: Rahm (16)

    -9: Smith (F: 66), Watson (F: 69), McIlroy (16)

    -8: Leishman (F: 70), Stenson (17)

    -7: Finau (F: 66, D Johnson (F: 69)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 23:15

    At the 17th, Fowler's putt from the fringe comes up and over the ridge and stops three feet past the pin. He has a nerve-jangler coming back.

    Rahm makes an excellent up and down to save his par and remain 11 under.

    Reed's tee shot drifts right and into the first cut but he looks to be clear of trees.

    McIlroy bombs one down the fairway but it's all very futile now.

  • 23:17

    Fowler brushes in his par putt with the minimum of fuss. He goes to the last hole level with Jordan Spieth at 13 under. He needs a birdie and a Patrick Reed bogey for a playoff.

    Patrick Reed needs two pars to become the 2018 US Masters chamoion.

  • 23:20

    Fowler needs an 18th hole birdie and he's given himself the best possible chance with a superb drive down the middle.

    And he has a real chance now. Reed's second shot from the right rough turns over left and finishes well short, leaving a seriously tough up-and-down for par.

    Who knows, a Fowler birdie could even win this...

    McIlroy's approach lands short of the oin and rolls back down off the green.

  • 23:24

    Here comes Rickie from the fairway on the 18th.

    He has 154 yards to that traditional Sunday pin tucked in the front left.  

    He makes a great swing, his caddy says "be the number" and it is! It pitches 12 feet short and rolls out to about eight feet. What an incredible shot from Fowler. That's to post 14 under and knock Spieth out.

    Back to Reed at the 17th!

  • 23:25

    His rattles a putt up and over the undulations and it is absolutely flying past the hole ... but it hits the flag and jumps out!

    It's rolled out to about eight feet for par but that was going 25 feet past if it didn't hit the flag.

    What else can haappen today?!

  • 23:26

    Reed for par.

    This is huge.

    And he makes it!

    Nerves of absolute steel and he stays at 15 under.

    Now up to 18 to see if Fowler can cut that lead to one shot...

  • 23:28

    RICKIE FOWLER MAKES THE BIRDIE!

    This is just sensational, stupendous sporting drama. Fowler brushes his eight footer in for a birdie three, a round of 67 and a totla of 14 under.

    Patrick Reed needs a par to win the US Masters.

  • 23:29

    Leaderboard

    -15: Reed (17)

    -14: Fowler (F: 67)

    -13: Spieth (F: 64)

    -11: Rahm (F: 69)

    -9: Smith (F: 66), Watson (F: 69), Stenson (F: 70), McIlroy (17)

    -8: Leishman (F: 70)

    -7: Finau (F: 66, D Johnson (F: 69)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 23:31

    Reed needs a par and he's started the hole the right way. He sends a perfect low cut up the left hand side, stopping just short of the famous Sandy Lyle bunker.

    McIlroy also corks his drive down the middle but all eyes are on Reed now.

    Par for the green jacket.

  • 23:33

    From 166 yards Reed sets his shot off straight at the pin - probably a pull - and it skips past the pin and up the left of the green.

    It surely should come back down the slope and go close but it hasn't! It's stuck on the ridge and he will now face a lightning quick putt for birdie. Two from there to win is no easy task whatsoever.

  • 23:36

    McIlroy missed the green right with his approach and has pitched down stone dead. That's a par and a hugely disappointing final round of 74 to finish tied-fifth at nine under.

    Massively disappointing from McIlroy.

    Here comes Reed. His putt is down the fringe, moving right to left and absolutely lightning quick. it's about 25 feet and he has two from here for the title. I would imagine he is struggling to breathe.

  • 23:38

    Reed barely brushes it down the slope. He could not have hit that any lighter. For a second it looks like it's on a good line to go in but it drifts right ... and rolls four feet past.

    There is still a bit in this.

    This putt for the Masters.

  • 23:38
    PATRICK REED IS THE 2018 US MASTERS CHAMPION!
  • 23:43

    With the minimum of fuss Reed slots the short par putt home to take his first Major championship.

    He needed two pars on the final two holes and he did just that.

    But there was so much more to it than that. Every time he made a mistake today he answered straight back and did exactly what was required of him by shooting a final round 71 after three superb rounds previous.

    Stay tuned for plenty of reaction, as well as Philip Reid's report from Augusta.

    Leaderboard

    -15: Reed (F: 72)

    -14: Fowler (F: 67)

    -13: Spieth (F: 64)

    -11: Rahm (F: 69)

    -9: Smith (F: 66), Watson (F: 69), Stenson (F: 70), McIlroy (F: 74)

    -8: Leishman (F: 70)

    -7: Finau (F: 66, D Johnson (F: 69)

    Notables:  Woods +1 (F: 69), Mickelson +2 (F: 67)

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  • 23:57

    For McIlroy it just never really happened. After he missed that short eagle putt at the second hole after the magnificent approach it seemed like a little bit of the confidence drained out of him. His driving was poor and his putter - the cornerstone of his good play throughout the week - went cold.

    But McIlroy is still just 28 and will be back. The career grand slam is surely there for him some day, he has just too much talent for it not to be.

    Thanks for reading over the four days, the 2018 US Masters is over and we have two months to wait for the next Major championship when the US Open takes place at Shinnecock Hills. Philip Reid's report from Augusta will be online shortly so stay tuned for that, bye!

  • 00:03