US Masters: Day Three

Rory McIlroy is well poised as the pack look to reel in Patrick Reed on moving day at Augusta

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  • 16:05

    Hello and welcome to The Irish Times liveblog of day three at the US Masters from Augusta National. My name is Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for all of the action throughout what is a wet and windy day at the famous old course. 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. It's time for moving day at the Masters!

    Round three tee times (all times Irish local time, USA unless stated)
    15.00 Paul Casey (Eng)

    15.10 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

    15.20 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)

    15.30 Webb Simpson, Xander Schauffele

    15.40 Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter (Eng)

    15.50 Adam Scott (Aus), Bryson DeChambeau

    16.00 Doug Ghim (a), Bernhard Langer (Ger)

    16.10 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Si Woo Kim (Kor)

    16.20 Brian Harman, Daniel Berger

    16.30 Chez Reavie, Kevin Kisner

    16.40 Branden Grace (Rsa), Jason Day (Aus)

    16.50 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Kyle Stanley

    17.00 Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)

    17.10 Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), Fred Couples

    17.30 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa), Vijay Singh (Fij)

    17.40 Haotong Li (Chi), Russell Henley

    17.50 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Adam Hadwin (Can)

    18.00 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Zach Johnson

    18.10 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Jimmy Walker

    18.20 Matt Kuchar, Jon Rahm (Spa)

    18.30 Charley Hoffman, Cameron Smith (Aus)

    18.40 Justin Rose (Eng), Bubba Watson

    18.50 Rickie Fowler, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)

    19.00 Justin Thomas, Tony Finau

    19.10 Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson

    19.20 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Rory McIlroy (Nlrl)

    19.30 Patrick Reed, Marc Leishman (Aus)

  • 16:08
    Leaderboard
    -9: Reed


    -7: Leishman


    -5: Stenson


    -4: McIlroy, Spieth


    -3: D Johnson, Thomas


    -2: Finau, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Rose, Watson, Hoffman


    -1: Smith, Kuchar, Rahm, Wiesberger


    Notables:  Woods +5 (2)


  • 16:18

    When Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts put their heads together in 1933 and decided to open an exclusive enclave for the rich and powerful of Manhattan to retreat south to during the cold winter and early spring months for golf, champagne, endless amounts of shrimp and various other activities, they probably didn't consider days like this. But, as Van Morrison sang, there'll be days like this.


    In this case, it's a wet and windy Saturday following on from warm, calm conditions for the opening two days. Unusual conditions for the first Major of the year, but no doubt it will make for intriguing viewing as Patrick Reed tries to take another step towards his first Major championship victory with a stellar cast in pursuit that includes Marc Leishman, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson and, of course, Rory McIlroy to name a few.


    The azaleas don't look quite as bright, the dogwoods a little bleaker, the water pockmarked by falling raindrops and umbrellas the order of the day among the patrons. With the rain forecast to get even heavier and the wind to get up, this is going to turn into a war of attrition by the time the final few groups tee off.


    Good enough for them, you'd have to say. Aren't these the conditions we all battle through even at the height of summer in Ireland? The main difference being that we're not playing for a first prize of $1,980,000 (yes, that was announced earlier as the prize money for first place this year).


    Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among those already on course and trying to get used to the wet conditions and greens that are running a bit slower today thanks to the moisture on the surface.


    Let's get out to the action.

  • 16:28

    An indication of how ugly it is out there at the moment: Tiger Woods is two over through his first three holes and joint second last at six over par.

    Phil Mickelson is four over through his first four holes (including a triple bogey at the first) and is dead last at nine over par.

    That's right, Tiger Woods is second last and Phil Mickelson is last. Just the 19 Majors between them...

  • 16:39

    While the wind won't neccessarily suit Rory McIlroy's game when he gets underway at 7.20pm, the wetter it gets the better for the man chasing a career grand slam as his huge power will become more and more of an advantage.

    Yesterday he left the course a little frustrated after missing makeable birdie chances at the 17th and 18th but, overall, a 71 and a total of four under par was just reward for his patience.

    Reporting from Augusta, our man Philip Reid writes that this is becoming a real chance for McIlroy to etch his name in golf history.

    Rory McIlroy stays patient to remain right in Masters mix

    However, if McIlroy is going to pick up his first green jacket he will have to reel in Patrick Reed who put together a blistering round of 66 yesterday to storm into the lead at nine under - a number that looked a long way out of reach for the earlier starters. Below is Philip Reid's day two report.

    Augusta National bites but Patrick Reed sets a hot pace

  • 16:53

    The rain has, mercifully, ceased for the moment but there is plenty more forecast with the height of it due when the leaders should be just about halfway through their front nines. That being the stretch from the fourth to the seventh which has played as the most difficult stretch of holes so far this week. That should be fun.

    Out on the course, Woods has settled down a little by giving himself good looks at birdie at the fourth and the fifth but made neither and he remains at six over. He has now just arrowed a perfect iron shot into the middle of the sixth green and will face a 15 foot putt for a birdie two.

    Alongside him Ian Poulter is also struggling at six over par for the tournament while Phil Mickelson remains in last place at nine over.

    So far, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey and Webb Simpson are the only men under par out on the course - all three are one under on their rounds and four over for the tournament.

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any particular player just hit the 'Conact Us' button at the top of the blog and I will give you all of the information you need.

  • 16:56

    So the rain has started to pour down again - so much for that forecast.

    But that doesn't bother Mickelson or Woods.  

    At the Par 5 eighth Mickelson pulled out a driver for his second shot from the fairway and has chased it up to 10 feet! He'll have that for eagle.

    Meanwhile, Woods has made a first birdie of the day at the sixth to get back to +5.

  • 17:03

    Eagle time for Phil!


    The three-time Masters champion rolls in his left-to-righter after that driver off the deck to give Mickelson fans something to smile about. He's now seven over par and not last on his own anymore!

  • 17:16

    Kevin Kisner is the biggest mover of the day so far, picking up two birdies in his first three holes to get to one over par.

    Alongside him is Jason Day who has just birdied the second.

    Meanwhile, Mickelson has followed his eagle at the eighth with a birdie at the ninth and he's now six over. Is the comeback on?!

    A par at the seventh means Woods is one better than Mickelson with Poulter also at six over. Bryson DeChambeau now occupies that last place at seven over par.

  • 17:22
  • 17:25

    Woods has got into his groove now and is looking quite good since the sixth hole.

    Two good shots up the Par 5 eighth were followed by a superb high lofted pitch up to a few feet. He'll have that for a birdie four to get back to four over par and into the top 40.

  • 17:28

    It's there for Tiger!


    That's two birdies in three holes and he is now back to level par for the day but has the tough stretch of nine, 10, 11 and 12 to come.


    Meanwhile, it's a three-putt bogey for Poulter and he drops back to seven over.

  • 17:30

    A reminder of how the top of the leaderboard looks with two hours to go before the last group tee off.

    Leaderboard
    -9: Reed


    -7: Leishman


    -5: Stenson


    -4: McIlroy, Spieth


    -3: D Johnson, Thomas


    -2: Finau, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Rose, Watson, Hoffman


    -1: Smith, Kuchar, Rahm, Wiesberger


    Notables:  Woods +4 (8), Mickelson +6 (10)


  • 17:38
  • 17:42

    A bad stroke of luck for Woods after an excellent approach at the ninth.


    With the pin set right at the very back of the severely sloping green, he flew his second shot right up to the flag where it pitched about three feet away and spun back just a little ... and then caught the slope ... and then suddenly was 25 feet below the hole.


    The spots you have to hit to get close on these greens are just miniscule - an outrageously tough test.


    From there he has two-putted for par to complete a level par front nine and remain four over par.


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    War, murder and an incorrect scorecard: The story of the 1968 US Masters

  • 17:52
  • 17:52

    Webb Simpson has now got it to -3 for his round with another birdie at the 10th and he's now back to two over.

    Jason Day is up to one over and into the top 25.

  • 17:55

    It's another birdie for Day - the latest coming at the Par 3 sixth - and he's now up to level par. He's too far back to realistically make a run but he and a few others are showing that there are birdies to be made out there.


    Meanwhile, Woods has parred the 10th after another solid iron approach and two putts. He heads for Amen Corner at four over par.

  • 18:02

    Tiger Woods (+4) and Phil Mickelson (+6) are playing Amen Corner and we still have all of the leaders to come over the next six hours or so.  


    I can live with this.


    From the right of the 13th Mickelson's second shot comes up short and bounces back into the tributary of Rae's Creek.  


    At the 11th Woods corks a drive down the middle and punches a lovely approach from 174 yards into 30 feet or so right of the pin.

  • 18:07

    Woods is looking really in control now. If he can roll in this birdie putt and pick up a few more on the way in, get to even par maybe, and the rain and wind gets worse and the leaders come back to five or six under and pigs fly over Augusta there could be a chance of seeing him pick up a fifth green jacket.

    Just maybe.

  • 18:10

    Okay, so he's missed the birdie putt at the 11th. Maybe it won't happen, then.

    But we do have a new man under par! Jason Day is flying through the front nine, picking up his third birdie of the day at the seventh, and he's now one under for the tournament.

  • 18:13

    On each of the first two days Woods found the water with his tee shot at the 12th ... but not today!

    He's flown a lovely iron shot into about eight feet from the back left pin, raising his arms and celebrating as it lands.

    Further through the back nine, Matt Fitzpatrick is putting together quite a nice round. He has just birdied the 14th to get to three under for the day and two over for the tournament.

  • 18:15
  • 18:17

    No dice for Tiger. His birdie putt dives left straight away and slides past. He remains at four over for the tournament through 12 holes.

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any player in particular you can get in touch by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog.

  • 18:21

    Tommy Fleetwood is the latest man to get under par for the tournament with a birdie at the second moving him up to one under.

    Leaderboard
    -9: Reed
    -7: Leishman
    -5: Stenson
    -4: McIlroy, Spieth
    -3: D Johnson, Thomas
    -2: Finau, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Rose, Watson, Hoffman
    -1: Day (7), Fleetwood (2), Smith, Kuchar, Rahm, Wiesberger
    Notables:  Woods +4 (12), Mickelson +6 (13)
  • 18:24

    We're really starting to see some birdies falling now. As well as eagles!


    Matt Fitzpatrick's stellar third round has got even better at the 15th with an eagle three to get to five under on the day and level par for the tournament.


    Meanwhile, Russell Henley is the latest to join the pack at one under with a birdie at the third to follow his first birdie of the day at the second.

  • 18:25
    We are now less than an hour from Rory McIlroy's tee time of 7.20pm.
  • 18:30

    Tiger has played some incredible shots this week, proving that he does still have his full array of plays, he probably just needs more tournaments before he can compete at a Major.

    At the 13th he drove it right into the pine straw. Faced with the options of punching out or playing a low cut under the trees and over the water he went for the daring shot and pulled it off, his ball landing just short of the green. However, his pitch up the green is poor, rolling off the back into the collection area.

    Brilliance followed by mediocrity - he just hasn't quite had that consistency this week.

  • 18:30
    One hour until the final group of Patrick Reed and Marc Leishman tees off.
  • 18:35

    Jon Rahm has birdied the first hole to get up to two under and he is now the highest placed player on the course.

    Back out at the 13th Woods has to settle for par - yet another par on a Par 5 this week - and he remains at four over.

    Leaderboard

     

    -9: Reed

     

    -7: Leishman

     

    -5: Stenson

     

    -4: McIlroy, Spieth

     

    -3: D Johnson, Thomas

     

    -2: Rahm (1), Finau, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Rose, Watson, Hoffman

     

    -1: Day (8), Henley (3), Fleetwood (3), Wiesberger (1), Kuchar (1), Smith

     

    Notables:  Woods +4 (13), Mickelson +6 (15)


    Click here for full scores

  • 18:45
    Now teeing off the first we have Justin Rose and Bubba Watson. Both are at two under and looking to make a run, what an excellent two-ball that is a two-time winner and the man thwarted last year. They will both be worth keeping an eye on.
  • 18:47
  • 18:51

    At the second Rahm has made it two birdies in a row and he is now up to three under, tied for sixth and six behind Reed.

    Another par for Woods at the 14th and he remains at four over par.  

    Day has whipped it around the front nine in three under and is one under for the tournament.

    In the first group of the day, playing with famous Augusta member Jeff Knox, Paul Casey has signed for a 69 to get back to two over for the tournament.

    If conditions stay like this there are scores out there, without a doubt. The fairway are softer, the greens are softer and a little slower. However, if the heavy rain comes in as forecast later on it may start to get very difficult. A quick start is what's needed.

  • 19:02

    Not the start Rose wanted.

    He has bogied the first to slip back to one under while Watson makes par and remains at two under.

    Cameron Smith has joined Watson at that mark with a birdie at the second.

    Out on the practice ground McIlroy is finishing off his warm-up. Just 20 minutes to go until his tee-time now.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed

    -7: Leishman

    -5: Stenson

    -4: McIlroy, Spieth

    -3: Rahm (2), D Johnson, Thomas

    -2: Hoffman (2), Smith (2), Watson (1), Finau, Fowler, Oosthuizen

    -1: Henley (6), Fleetwood (5), Wiesberger (2), Rose (1)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (14), Mickelson +6 (17)

    Click here for full scores

  • 19:03
  • 19:08

    At the 15th it's a bogey for Woods. The Par 5s have absolutely killed him this week. He is now one over for the day and five over for the tournament.

    But we're getting to the real business end now - just 10 minutes until McIlroy and Stenson tee off and 20 minutes until the final group of Reed and Leishman.

  • 19:11

    Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are on the tee.


    What a two-ball we have here. Spieth begins at four under after rescuing what could have been a disastrous round yesterday when he double bogeyed the first and bogeyed the second. He'll hope to fare better today.


    Meanwhile, Johnson has flown fairly under the radar this week, despite being the world number one. That suits him though and he'll be looking to make a big splash today.


    Up at the second Watson has made his first birdie of the day and he joins Rahm, Johnson and Thomas at three under. Alongside him Rose has got the bogey at the first straight back with a birdie at the second and he is now back to two under.

  • 19:16

    A birdie for Charley Hoffman at the third moves him into the group at three under. The birdies are there to be made and the chasing pack are already making them. Patrick Reed is being chased down.

    At the first Spieth puts yesterday's demons behind him with a perfect drive down the middle while Johnson does the same, albeit a good 40 yards further on.

    Over at the 16th Woods has bounced straight back from that bogey at the 15th with a two at the 16th to get back to four over and level par for the day.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed

    -7: Leishman

    -5: Stenson

    -4: McIlroy, Spieth

    -3: Rahm (4), Hoffman (3), Watson (2), Thomas (1) D Johnson

    -2: Smith (3), Rose (2), Fowler (1), Finau (1)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (16), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

    Click here for full scores

  • 19:19

    Fore please, Rory McIlroy now driving!

    Here we go, McIlroy (four under) and Stenson (five under) are on the tee and ready to make a charge. Sit back and enjoy the next few hours, folks.

  • 19:22

    Rickie Fowler has joined McIlroy and Spieth at four under with an eagle at the second which seems very, very gettable today. Plenty of birdies there already and McIlroy will be very keen to add to that.


    But for now he has the first hole to deal with. With a driver in hand he pulled his tee shot well left but got a stroke of luck as it hit a tree and bounced back into the first cut. That's okay there.


    Stenson, three-wood in hand, finds the fairway.

  • 19:24

    Up at the first green, Spieth and Johnson have opened with two-putt pars to remain four under and three under respectively.

    Meanwhile, Matt Kuchar is sliding quickly down the leaderboard with a three-putt bogey at the fourth and he's now back to two over par.

  • 19:27
    Again, if you're wondering about the fortunes of any particular player you can get in touch using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and i'll fill you in.
  • 19:28

    At the first Stenson fires a bullet iron shot into the heart of the green, 25 feet below the pin.

    McIlroy, from the rough on the left, looks to swing a draw around some overhanging branches but doesn't quite get the turn and it misses the green to the right. Not a bad place to be, he has plenty of green to work with there.

  • 19:33

    On the first tee, Patrick Reed (nine under) and Marc Leishman (seven under) are teeing off in the final group.

    Up at the green McIlroy played a beautiful pitch up the green, allowing it to feed around to a few feet. From there he has rolled it in for an opening par.

    Stenson's birdie putt up the hill comes up short and he also has to settle for par.

    Meanwhile, ahead at the second Thomas has picked up an early birdie to join McIlroy, Spieth and Watson at four under.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed

    -7: Leishman

    -5: Stenson (1)

    -4: Watson (3), Fowler (3), Thomas (2), McIlroy (1), Spieth (1)

    -3: Rahm (5), Finau (2), D Johnson (1)

     -2: Hoffman (4), Smith (4), Oosthuizen (3)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (17), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

    Click here for full scores

  • 19:35

    Already it's bunching up behind Reed with Watson, Fowler and Thomas among those to pick up early shots while Finau and Rahm are just a shot further behind.

    At the second, Dustin Johnson has a great chance to join them after a huge drive down the Par 5 and a superb second shot in to 20 feet. That will be for eagle while Spieth is right of the green in two.

  • 19:36

    Not what Stenson or McIlroy wanted off the first tee.

    First Stenson pulled his tee shot left where he could be in all sorts of bother among the pine trees.

    McIlroy then sprayed his shot out to the right where it bounds into the pine straw. He should at least have an angle to the green down the hill there, however.

  • 19:39

    Warning bell

    Dustin Johnson has joined the group at four under. He has barely made a ripple this week but is just slowly creeping his way up the leaderboard and now sits four off the lead.

    Spieth also remains in that group after his pitch from the right of the green came up 10 feet short and he failed to convert the putt.

    The group at four under and tied fourth is currently made up of: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

    If this US Masters isn't living up to your expectations then I don't know what you want!

  • 19:41

    From the pine straw McIlroy manages to get a strong hit on the ball, sending it bounding down towards the green where it misses the left bunker but comes to a halt in an awkward little spot below the green and short-sided.

    Up at the 18th Tiger Woods has finished with a par to card a third round 72 and remain four over.

  • 19:46

    At the first hole, Leishman and Reed have both opened with regulation pars.

    Stenson, after finding the creek on the left of the second with his drive, took a drop and then punched his third down short of the green. From there he's knocked an iron in to 12 feet and will have that to save par.

  • 19:50

    Spieth fizzes a lovely wedge into the third green where it spins back to five feet below the hole. That will be a great chance for a first birdie of the day. Johnson is about 15 feet away coming across the green.

    Back at the second, McIlroy's pitch from the left is a little tentative, coming up 12 feet short. From there his putt also comes up short and he has to settle for par.

    Stenson's par putt missed right and he now drops back into the group at four under.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed (1)

    -7: Leishman (1)

    -4: Watson (5), Fowler (4), Thomas (3), McIlroy (2), Spieth (2), D Johnson (2), Stenson (2)

    -3: Rahm (7), Finau (3),

    -2: Hoffman (6), Smith (6), Oosthuizen (4)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

    Click here for full scores

  • 19:54

    At the second, Reed sprayed his drive right into the bunker and has been able to advance it down the fairway to 100 yards from the green. He'll have up-and-down from there for birdie.  

    McIlroy takes an iron off the third tee and finds the centre of the fairway. It will only be a wedge from there although he'll be a little disappointed not to have birdied the Par 5.

    At the third Spieth shoves a good birdie chance out to the right and it lips out. Major chance gone there while Johnson also makes par, leaving the huge group at four under intact.

  • 19:58

    The pin at the front is perched barely over the false front, demanding a shot over the pin and control of the spin so that it doesn't come back off the green. Stenson does that, just about, his ball settling 10 feet below the pin.

    McIlroy, also with wedge in hand, keeps his effort on the green but he'll be about 20 feet to the right of the pin.

  • 19:59

    Rickie Fowler makes a move!

    After that eagle at the second he made pars at the third and fourth and has now gone anmd birdied the fifth to get to five under par and take third place on his own.

  • 20:02

    Rory McIlroy makes a move!

    No sooner had Fowler gone to five under than McIlroy joined him. That 20 foot birdie putt across the third green set out way right and snaked its way back into the centre of the cup to move McIlroy within four of the lead.

    At the second, neither Reed nor Leishman can take advantage of the Par 5. McIlroy has picked one up on them there, big time.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed (1)

    -7: Leishman (1)

    -5: Fowler (5), McIlroy (3)

    -4: Watson (6), Thomas (4), Spieth (4), D Johnson (4), Stenson (3)

    -3: Rahm (7)

    -2: Fleetwood (9), Smith (7), Rose (6), Oosthuizen (5), Finau (4)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

    Click here for full scores

  • 20:05

    Jon Rahm makes a move!

    It's all happening now! The Spaniard has pitched in for a birdie four at the Par 5 eighth and he now joins the group at five under.

    But that group now longer contains Rickie Fowler because he has only gone and birdied the Par 3 sixth to follow his birdie on the fifth and jump to six under.

    Patrick Reed, they're coming for you...

  • 20:08

    We've only just started and already the leaderboard is stacking up.

    Bubba Watson is the latest to get to five under, joining McIlroy and Rahm after a birdie at the Par 4 seventh.

    At the third that false front has got the better of Patrick Reed, his ball spinning all the way back down and he will now face an incredibly hard pitch back up to the front pin.

  • 20:11

    Rory McIlroy!

    The charge we anticipated is happening. After that birdie at the third he fired his tee shot at the Par 3 sixth into the back of the green and poured the putt in the middle to join Fowler at six under, just three behind Reed.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed (2)

    -7: Leishman (2)

    -6: Fowler (6), McIlroy (4)

    -5: Rahm (8), Watson (7)

    -4: Thomas (5), Spieth (4), D Johnson (4), Stenson (4)

    -3: Rose (7), Oosthuizen (6)

    -2: Fleetwood (10), Smith (7)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

    Click here for full scores

     

  • 20:13

    Bogey for Reed!

    He was always going to find it difficult after that approach and he has failed to get up-and-down at the third, dropping back to eight under.

    Rory McIlroy is now just two off the lead.

  • 20:15
  • 20:19

    McIlroy has struggled a little off the tee so far and does so again at the fifth as his three-wood turns over left and finds a deep bunker. Not what he wanted.

    Back at the fourth Reed looked to have settled himself down with a tee shot right down the throat of the pin at the Par 3 but his ball stops, catches a slope and trickles back to 40 feet or so. That is Augusta National in a nutshell.

  • 20:23

    What a stroke of luck for McIlroy!

    From that huge bunker at the fifth his shot catches the lip, spins up in to the air and the top spin takes it all the way up to the green, over the hump at the front and it rolls out to eight feet! That's for three birdies in a row and to get within one of the lead.

    One man going the wrong way is Jordan Spieth. A bogey for him at the fifth means he's back at three under while Dustin Johnson made a magnificent up-and-down to remain at four under.

    Back at the fourth Reed's long birdie putt catches the lip of the hole and stays out! He maintains his one shot lead at eight under as Leishman also two-putted for par.

    Let's all take a breath for a second.

  • 20:26

    McIlroy's putt is lacking a small bit of conviction and it drifts right at the very end. That's a birdie chance gone but he remains just two behind the lead.

    Leaderboard

    -8: Reed (4)

    -7: Leishman (4)

    -6: Fowler (7), McIlroy (5)

    -5: Rahm (9), Watson (7)

    -4: Oosthuizen (7), Thomas (6), D Johnson (5), Stenson (5)

    -3: Rose (7), Spieth (5)

    -2: Fleetwood (11), Smith (8)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

    Click here for full scores

     

  • 20:28

    Thomas has fired a gorgeous approach over the pin at the seventh, spinning it back to six feet and he'll have that to join the group at five under.

    Back at the sixth Johnson's birdie putt stops on the lip and somehow doesn't fall! He stays at four under while Spieth remains one back after a good par save - he's looking a tad ragged today.

  • 20:30

    RORY MCILROY!

    Well, well, well he is determined to get his hands on that green jacket this year and he isn't waiting around.

    At the Par 3 sixth his tee shot is right down the barrel of the pin the whole way and lands just inches from the hole, stopping dead a few inches away!

    That's a kick in birdie and he will move to within one of Reed.

    At the seventh Thomas fails to hole that birdie putt and remains at four under while Rahm has a good birdie chance at the 10th to get to six under.

    This is hectic!

  • 20:37

    No problems for McIlroy with that tap-in birdie but he's two behind almost instantly!

    After an excellent approach to the fifth, Reed pours his birdie putt right into the middle to get back to nine under.

    Leishman is unable to follow him and he stays alongside McIlroy at seven under.

    And they're now joined by the on-fire Rickie Fowler who has rolled in a birdie four at the eighth to go five under for the day and seven under for the tournament.

    At the 10th Rahm makes no mistake with his birdie putt and he's now up to six under.

    There is no end to this.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed (5)

    -7: Fowler (8), McIlroy (6), Leishman (5)

    -6: Rahm (10)

    -4: Watson (8), Oosthuizen (8), Thomas (7), D Johnson (6), Stenson (6)

    -3: Fleetwod (12), Rose (8), Spieth (6)

    -2: Smith (9)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 20:40

    The even better news is that the rain is holding off ... for now.

    At the seventh McIlroy has caned a drive down the middle of the fairway. This is McIlroy in full flow and, as we all know, he takes some beating when he's on it.

    He has Patrick Reed to catch, however. The leader has fired his tee shot into the heart of the sixth green, 20 feet from the pin.

  • 20:42

    Spieth finally finds a birdie at the seventh and he now rejoins that big group at four under who are lurking five behind the lead.

    At the sixth, Leishman's long range birdie putt looks in all the way but it falls left right at the end and stays out.

    AT the 11th Rahm has missed the fairway left with his drive. It's only by a few yards but that's not the place you want to be as you approach the green down the hill with water on the left.

    Over to McIlroy at the seventh we go.

  • 20:44

    With just 104 yards to go he knocks a wedge past the pin and spins it back to 15 feet. That's okay there but it will be an exceptionally quick birdie putt from there.

    Back at the Par 3 sixth Reed's putt stays right and leaves him with a par and his two shot lead at nine under.

    Up at the ninth it's a disaster for Watson as he misses a two foot par putt to slip back to three under.

  • 20:49

    Finally, something happens for Stenson! At one over for the day he was struggling and found a bunker with his second at the seventh. However, from there he's gone and knocked it in for a birdie to get back to five under!

    McIlroy, now, across and down the hill for birdie. He starts his putt well left, allowing the slope to take it in but it doesn't quite have enough steam and it stays out!  

    Over at the Par 5 eighth Thomas found the green in two and successfully two-putted for birdie to get to five under.

    Leaderboard

    -9: Reed (6)

    -7: Fowler (8), McIlroy (7), Leishman (6)

    -6: Rahm (11)

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

    -4: Oosthuizen (8), Spieth (7), D Johnson (7)

    -3: Fleetwod (12), Rose (9), Watson (9)

    -2: Smith (10)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 20:53

    At the 11th Rahm fired another majestic iron shot straight at the pin but his birdie putt lipped out, leaving him at six under.


    Back at the seventh, Leishman has been a bit wild today and he's wild again here. His drive is well into the trees on the right and from there he can only advance it into the front left bunker. He's still level par for the day and seven under but is almost being forgotten about with the birdie-fest going on around him!


    Reed had no such trouble, finding the centre of the fairway. From there he knocks another lovely approach shot in to pin high right, about 20 feet away. After a slightly shaky start he has settled right down and seems in the groove now.


    McIlroy has moved onto the Par 5 eighth which is well reachable in two for him. With driver in hand he corks one down the middle and will now have eagle eight at the front of his mind.

  • 20:58

    At the ninth Fowler's approach flew long of the pin, leaving a lightning quick putt back down the slope but he managed to coax it to tap-in range and get away with a par. That's a scintillating front nine of 31 for the American and he remains alongside McIlroy at seven under. That group doesn't contain Leishman anymore however after he failed to get up and down from the bunker on the seventh and dropped back to six under.

    Alongside him Reed looks to baby his birdie putt down to the hole but it falls left and stays out. He remains two clear going to the eighth.

  • 20:59

    They're all making the hay at the eighth today and Johnson is no different. He's rolled in a putt for a birdie four there to get up to five under. He's still lurking dangerously.  

    Over at the 12th Rahm, after missing the green long and left, managed a superb up and down to save par. That will feel like a birdie.

  • 21:01

    Oooh, not great for McIlroy at the eighth.

    From 268 he looks to draw a three wood up to the green but hangs it out to the right where it catches a hump and bounds even further right. That will leave a devilishly tough up-and-down there for birdie.

    Over at the 14th is Fleetwood. He has birdied the 12th and 13th and now sticks his approach at the 14th in to kick-in range. That will move him up to five under!

  • 21:03

    How has that stayed out for Fowler!

    After an excellent approach at the 10th, he sends his birdie putt up the hill where it looks in all the way but stops milimetres short, right on the lip! That's a par for Fowler and he remains at seven under but he really would have fancied that one.

    At the eighth Reed and Leishman could both be in a bit of trouble after leaving their drives out to the right where it looks like they've finished in the fairway bunker.

  • 21:07

    RORY MCILROY!

    He's only gone and pitched in for eagle at the eighth!

    Rory McIlroy is now tied for the lead with Reed after that Tiger-like moment!

    He bumped it forward into the slope, allowing it to roll out to where it hit the centre of the pin and dived down. He's five under through the first eight holes!

    Leaderboard

    -9: McIlroy (8), Reed (7)

    -7: Fowler (8)

    -6: Rahm (12), Stenson (8), Leishman (7)

    -5: Fleetwood (14), Thomas (9), D Johnson (8)

    -4: Watson (10), Oosthuizen (10), Spieth (8)

    -3: Rose (10)

    -2: Smith (12)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 21:11

    Okay, we all need to settle down a little now. McIlroy still has 28 holes to play.


    On the first of those - the ninth - he's fired a massive drive straight down the fairway and will have nothing more than a wedge in from there.


    At the 13th Rahm is in trouble after finding the water with his second shot. However, it is a Par 5 so he can still save his par.


    Meanwhile, Reed has given himself a good chance to take the lead again on his own after a lovely pitch up the eighth green to about six feet. That's for birdie.

  • 21:15

    One man being forgotten today is Spieth. He has just bogied the ninth to complete a one over par front nine and slip back to three under.

    Back to the ninth we go. First up is Stenson who birdied the eighth himself and is now up to six under. With the pin right up the back there is little or no margin for error to get it up and over the slope short of the flag.

    Neither Stenson nor McIlroy can manage to do so as their shots pitch up near the pin and spin back to about 25 feet.

    Leishman is struggling and fails to take advantage of the Par 5 eighth as his birdie putt slips past. He remains at six under.

  • 21:17

    Patrick Reed retakes the lead on hiw own!

    Well, we all know what wer're thinking: McIlroy and Reed together in the final group tomorrow in what would be a Ryder Cup revenge match.

    After that good pitch at the eighth Reed sinks his birdie putt and now leads on his own at 10 under.

    Up ahead at the 11th Fowler has made a superb par save after driving in the trees and then managing to get up-and-down from 100 yards. He stays at seven under.

  • 21:20

    McIlroy and Stenson both take two putts for their pars at the ninth.

    That's a scintillating opening nine of 31 shots for McIlroy and he remains one behind Reed with Stenson a further three back after a 35 on the front.

    Meanwhile, Fleetwood is on fire. He has birdied the 15th to make it four in a row and get to six under. He's also got 12 feet for birdie at the 16th!

    Leaderboard

    -10: Reed (8)

    -9: McIlroy (9)

    -7: Fowler (11)

    -6: Fleetwood (15), Rahm (13), Stenson (9), Leishman (8)

    -5: Thomas (10), D Johnson (9)

    -4: Watson (12), Oosthuizen (11)

    -3: Spieth (9)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 21:25

    Out to McIlroy at the 10th. He looks to send a high three-wood draw around the corner but leaks it a tad right where it runs into the first cut, leaving a longer approach.

    Back at the ninth Reed sends a low chaser into the green looking to skip it up to the pin but, like everyody it seems, it stops about 25 feet short.

    Marc Leishman is able to get it back there however. He scoots one up to pin high where he will face 12 feet for birdie.

    But Tommy Fleetwood is the man on fire at the moment! He has rolled in that birdie putt at the 16th to make it five in a row and get up to seven under alongside Fowler who has just parred the 12th.

    Back at the 13th, by the way, Rahm did manage to get up and down to save that par and stay at six under.

  • 21:29

    Reed takes a two shot lead!


    This man will not be shaken. After failing to get his approach up to the pin at the ninth it doesn't matter because he rattles his long birdie putt in, getting him to 11 under and two clear of McIlroy.


    Leishman fails to make his birdie putt and remains back at six under.


    Up ahead at the 10th McIlroy had 197 yards to go for his second and flew it right over the pin where it comes to a rest in the fringe. That will be lightning quick down the hill but it's much better than missing in the bunker right.

  • 21:30
    This has been sensational drama and we haven;t even reached the back nine yet. And it's still only Saturday.
  • 21:35

    At the 10th McIlroy sets his birdie putt out well left, allowing Augusta's huge undulations to bring it right down to holeside. That's fine there. Take a par and get out. As he would do at the next two holes as well before the birdie chances come from the 13th onwards.

    From below the hole Stenson also manages a par and remains at six under.

    Over at the 17th Fleetwood has fired his approach in to 15 feet and will have that for six birdies in a row!

    Leaderboard

    -11: Reed (9)

    -9: McIlroy (10)

    -7: Fleetwood (16), Fowler (12)

    -6: Rahm (14), Stenson (10), Leishman (9)

    -5: Thomas (11), D Johnson (10)

    -4: Watson (12)

    -3: Smith (13), Oosthuizen (12), Spieth (10)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 21:39

    Fleetwood's birdie run comes to an end at the 17th by a matter of milimetres and he remains at seven under.

    Over to the 10th now and Reed. After finding the fairway with his drive he's fired a superb iron shot in to six feet below the hole. That is a magnificent approach to a pin that is tightly hugging the right bunker.

    At the 15th Rahm has a go for the green at two but misses it right, leaving a dreadfully tough pitch back up the green.

  • 21:40

    Oh, Rickie.

    At the 13th he hangs his second shot out right where it doesn't manage to carry the tributary of Rae's Creek! He will now need a rather special up and down to save par on the Par 5.

    Meanwhile, at the 11th Dustin Johnson has had to take an unplayable after his drive found some bushes.

    And, with all of that, the rain begins to fall.

  • 21:43

    Patrick Reed cannot stop making birdies.

    This is an incredible display from the Texan. Without any fuss he rolls his birdie putt right into the centre of the cup at the 10th and moves to 12 under, three shots clear of McIlroy.

    His putting has just been sensational these last few days.

    Alongside him Leishman failed to make his birdie and he remains at six under.

  • 21:44
  • 21:47

    McIlroy's drive down the 11th is just ridiculously long. He will have about a nine iron in from there to the hardest hole on the course.

    He needs birdies because Reed is not looking like letting up.

  • 21:50

    It's a good approach from McIlroy, perhaps not quite as close as he would like but still a good chance from the best side of the pin. He'll have about 12 feet up the hill, moving right to left.

    At the 13th Fowler did manage to get up and down to save his par and remain at seven under. That's huge for the American to maintain his momentum. However, he's suddenly five behind thanks to Reed's brilliance.

    Over at the 14th Watson makes a much-needed birdie to get to five under.

  • 21:50
    Over at the 18th Fleetwood has four feet for par, a 65 and the best round of the week.
  • 21:54

    McIlroy's putt is agonisingly close!

    It tracks all the way but dies left right at the end. However, he will happily take par there. The birdie chances will come after the 13th.

    Over at the 18th it's a disappointing finish for Fleetwood as he misses the par putt to finish with a bogey, a round off 66 and a total of six under par.

    Meanwhile, there were bogies at the 11th for both Johnson and Thomas and they move back to four under.

    Leaderboard

    -12: Reed (10)

    -9: McIlroy (11)

    -7: Fowler (13)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Rahm (15), Stenson (11), Leishman (10)

    -5: Watson (14)

    -4: Thomas (12), D Johnson (12)

    -3: Smith (14), Oosthuizen (13), Spieth (12)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 21:56

    There's no doubting that this is slowly becoming more and more like a Reed and McIlroy duel ... or maybe I'm just dreaming.

    McIlroy has made his first mistake of the day at the Par 3 12th by leaving his tee shot out right where it lands into the face of the greenside bunker and rolls back into the flat. That will really test him if he is to save par.

    Up at the 16th Rahm has made a superb birdie two to get to seven under after he managed to save his par at the 15th.

  • 21:58

    At the 11th Reed whacked another perfect drive down the 11th fairway. From there he plays a cautious approach in to the front of the green where he will face a 20 foot birdie putt.

    At the 12th McIlroy has work on his hands. His bunker shot checks up and stops nine feet short. That is for what would be a crucial par.

  • 22:00

    This is why Amen Corner is just brilliant.

    At the 11th, Reed has made his par to stay at 12 under and he now looks across to the 12th green where McIlroy is lining up his par putt.

    It's nine feet and it's to stay within three shots.  

    This is big...

  • 22:01

    And it's there!

    That was so, so important and it also sends a message to Reed as McIlroy gives it a big fist pump.

    Leaderboard

    -12: Reed (11)

    -9: McIlroy (12)

    -7: Rahm (16), Fowler (14)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Stenson (12), Leishman (11)

    -5: Watson (14)

    -4: Smith (15), Thomas (13), D Johnson (12)

    -3: Oosthuizen (14), Spieth (12)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 22:04

    Okay, here come the birdie chances for McIlroy.

    First up the Par 5 13th. McIlroy takes the line straight over the trees on the corner with a touch of draw and it's absolutely smashed down there. That will leave nothing more than a short iron from the perfect angle.

    This is McIlroy absolutely on his game.

    Back at the 12th Reed sends his tee shot straight at the pin but it flies ling, settling in the back fringe. That's okay though, he'll face a putt of about 20 feet for birdie there.

    Over at the 16th Cameron Smith is continuing his impressive run through the field. He's almost knocked his tee shot right into the hole, leaving just a few feet for a birdie which would move him to five under.

  • 22:06

    At the 15th Watson finds another birdie and moves up to six under.

    Smith makes no mistake with his short birdie putt at the 13th and he joins the tie at five under.

  • 22:08

    Jon Rahm makes his move!

    After that birdie at the 16th, he almost holes his approach to the 17th and makes no mistake with the putt to make it two-in-a-row and get to eight under. He's now third on his own.

    And he may just be closer to the lead in a minute or so. From the back of the 12th green Reed takes a wedge but it's hot and races past the pin, rolling all the way out to about 14 feet. That's to save par and maintain his three shot lead...

  • 22:11

    And he has missed!

    Reed's lead is cut to two and McIlroy is in prime position down the 13th!

    How quickly it all changes.

    And you can include the weather in that as it has just started to pound down with rain. It's all up in the air again now.

    Can McIlroy make his drive count?

  • 22:13

    No. He cannot.

    His second shot hooks left, his hands slipping off the club in the follow through. It has shot right into the azaleas on the huge slope to the left of the green. Even if he can find that and play it it will be verging on impossible to get it close.

    Not good.

  • 22:13
    McIlroy is searching through the azaleas. No luck yet it seems...
  • 22:14
    He's found it.
  • 22:14
    It's not great.
  • 22:15
    Are you even allowed to hit from the azaleas at Augusta? Surely this is sacrilege.
  • 22:16

    But he's done it!

    He's managed to bunt it down into the fringe, leaving a very doable up-and-down to save par. He would take that right now and run.

    Back on the tee Reed has found the fairway but the extreme right edge, leaving a very long second.

  • 22:18

    McIlroy has done well.

    He pitches it up onto the green, allowing it to check up and roll down to four feet. Make that and run, Rory.

    Up ahead at the 15th, Fowler has taken full advantage of the Par 5 to make a birdie and join Rahm at eight under.

    Prepare for your Rory in the azaleas picture.

  • 22:18
  • 22:19

    There he is now. Rory in the azaleas.

    And make that a Rory par from the azaleas!

    He makes no mistake with the putt to get away with a five and remain two behind Reed.

    That was as good a par as you will see all week.

  • 22:23

    What a shot from Patrick Reed.

    With a long iron in hand he sends a glorious second shot into the heart of the green, allowing it ro run up to 15 feet. That's for eagly and a four shot lead!

    Meanwhile, McIlroy has smashed another perfect drive down the 14th.

    After that save on the last he needs to capitalise.

    Leaderboard

    -11: Reed (12)

    -9: McIlroy (13)

    -8: Rahm (17), Fowler (15)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (16), Stenson (13), Leishman (12)

    -4: Smith (17), Thomas (14), Spieth (13), D Johnson (13)

    -3: Kuchar (17), Rose (16), Oosthuizen (15)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 22:24

    Rahm makes a great par at the last after having the length of the green to go with his birdie putt.

    That's a 65 and the lowest round of the week for the Spaniard to get into the clubhouse at eight under.

  • 22:25
  • 22:27

    EAGLE FOR REED!

    Wow.

    This man is going to take some serious, serious stopping. With huge break from the left his eagle putt tracks all the way down, catches the right lip and drops.  

    He now holds a four shot lead.

  • 22:29

    McIlroy needs birdies to put the pressure on.

    And he's given himself a great chance at the 17th with an approach from 121 yards which flies straight over the pin and pulls up 10 feet away.  

    He needs that, he really needs that.

    You get the feeling Reed won't be coming back to the field unless there is serious pressure put on him.

  • 22:31

    But maybe there is a mistake in Reed.

    At the 14th he's hooked his tee shot well into the trees. He's in the lap of the gods there. All depends if he has a shot to the green or not.

    Over at the 17th Fowler is perfectly placed to fire at the pin. A birdie for him there or at the 18th and he'll be well in with a shout on Sunday.

  • 22:32

    Here comes McIlroy now for the birdie.

    It's left to right and slightly downhill...

    And it misses left. Chance gone. Big chance gone.

    If Reed gets out of this with a par then McIlroy has really let him off the hook there.

    Stenson also fails to find a birdie and he remains at six under.

  • 22:33

    Leaderboard

    -13: Reed (13)

    -9: McIlroy (14)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65), Fowler (16)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (17), Stenson (14), Leishman (13)

    -4: Smith (17), Thomas (15), Spieth (14), D Johnson (14)

    -3: Rose (17), Oosthuizen (16)

     Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 22:37

    It's got just a little bit loose for McIlroy in the last few holes and he needs to reign it in.


    The Par 5 15th is a huge chance for him to pick up a birdie or better but he almostly certainly won't be going for the green in two after pulling his drive left. Most likely he'll only be able to punch down short of the water there.


    However, Reed also lost his drive left down the 14th. He's managed to hook his second shot on to the right portion of the green but, with the flag on the left, he will face a monstrous birdie putt. That is no easy par from there.


    At the 17th Fowler has found that birdie. After a superb approach he rolls the putt in for a three and is now alongside McIlroy in second place at nine under.

  • 22:40
    Fowler is coming up the last needing a par for a 65. If he can find that and get in at nine under he'll ruin the potential McIlroy-Reed final two-ball on Sunday. Unless, of course, McIlroy can make a birdie or two.
  • 22:41
    At the 15th Spieth has found a birdie to get to five under par but he's been lost in the charge today. As has Dustin Johnson (also five under) and Justin Thomas (four under).
  • 22:43

    At the 15th McIlroy can only send his second shot up and over the high pine trees, leaving about 100 yards in with his third.

    Back at the 14th Reed faces 99 feet (yes, 99 feet) with his birdie putt. And he's done so, so well. He's managed to get it up to about three feet and should get out of there with par. It's hard to see what will shake him now.

    At the 18th Watson has finished with a par for a round of 68 and a total of six under.

  • 22:46

    Reed brushes in the par putt and remains at 13 under. Those were two magnificent putts.

    Up ahead at the 15th McIlroy's wedge flies a little long and is unlucky not to spin back more. As it is he will have about 15 feet for birdie. With four between him and Reed he needs to start taking these chances, otherwise he'll have gone through the two Par 5s on the back nine without a birdie.

    At the 18th Fowler has sent his approach up to 30 feet and will have that for a 64 and to post 10 under.

  • 22:50

    It's there for McIlroy!

    That's huge! He needed that momentum so, so badly. His putt down the hill catches the left lip and falls to move McIlroy to 10 under and three behind Reed.

    Leaderboard

    -13: Reed (14)

    -10: McIlroy (15)

    -9: Fowler (17)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65)

    -7: Stenson (14)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (F: 68), Leishman (14)

    -5: Spieth (15), D Johnson (16)

    -4: Smith Thomas (16)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 22:52

    Fowler's putt at the 18th is in all the way ... until it stops in the jaws.

    What an effort that was. As it is he has to settle for a 65 and nine under going into the final round which currently has him alone in third.

    Back at the 15th Reed has cut a lovely low bullet down the fairway. He'll be a distance back but probably still in range to go for it in two.

  • 22:54

    Up to the 16th we go and McIlroy after that crucial birdie.

    With the pin perched almost impossibly at the back right McIlroy takes it on but misses by a few feet to the right, leaving a delicate little chip from the fringe.

    Back at the 15th Reed goes absolutely all out at a three wood ... and carries the water by a matter of feet where it has perched right on the bank. Breathe a sigh of relief there, Patrick.

  • 22:56
  • 22:59

    McIlroy's little pitch at the 16th is played as delicately as possible and still manages to roll five feet past the pin.

    However, he makes no mistake with the par putt up the green. He's looked really, really assured on the greens this week. Without a doubt this is his best chance at a green jacket since 2011.

    There's still a long way to go but you have to imagine he's not going to let Reed run away with this.

  • 23:02

    Well...

    Remember when I said McIlroy won't let Reed run away with this...?

    Well, he may not have any choice.

    Patrick Reed has just pitched in for eagle from the bank at the front of the 15th green.

    That's his second eagle in three holes and opens up a FIVE shot lead on McIlroy.

    This is just getting silly now. McIlroy is six under on the day and trails by five.

    Leaderboard

    -15: Reed (15)

    -10: McIlroy (16)

    -9: Fowler (F: 65)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65)

    -7: Stenson (15)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (F: 68), Leishman (15)

    -5: Spieth (16), D Johnson (16)

    -4: Thomas (17)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 23:06

    Okay, back to McIlroy we go at the 17th.

    His drive drifts right and looks to be close enough to a pine tree. He will have a shot to the green at the Par 4 but it'll be extremely difficult.

    Back at the 16th Reed is pretty mich floating at this stage. However, he's going to face a very tough birdie putt after his tee shot landed 15 feet short of the pin and rolled all the way back to about 50 feet away.  

    To be honest, the way it;s going, will anyone be surprised if he holes it?

  • 23:08

    It turns out McIlroy can't go for the green from the pine straw and he's forced to pitch out, leaving a very tricky short shot to the green.

    He needs that up-and-down for par so, so badly.

  • 23:10

    What a shot.

    What a shot Rory McIlroy.  

    For a second that looked like it was going to go in but it stops just short and he taps in for par. Huge save there.

    Meanwhile, back at the 16th Reed has made a slight error. His long birdie putt up the hill comes to a halt a good seven feet short.  

    This will really test him.

  • 23:12

    And he misses!

    Reed's par putt slips right and lips out.

    The door opens a fraction.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (16)

    -10: McIlroy (17)

    -9: Fowler (F: 65)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65)

    -7: Stenson (16)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (F: 68), Leishman (16)

    -5: Thomas (F: 70), Spieth (17)

    -4: D Johnson (17)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 23:15

    It's all happening now.

    At the 17th Reed's tee shot flies way right and into the trees. Absolute lap of the gods. He needs a big break there and seems to be getting a little bit wild the last two holes.

    McIlroy, on the last tee box, does the exact same!

    His drive slices right into the trees but catches some branches and bounces out onto the fairway! He'll be a long way back but he will at least have a shot to the green.

    Up ahead at the green Spieth has just holed out for a par, a round of 71 and a totla of five under.

  • 23:19

    Reed has got a break. A break in that he's not behind any trees but he is a long, long way back from the 17th green with his ball sitting down on the pine straw.

    And it's all getting a bit loose for Reed now! His second absolutely flies out of the pine straw and bounds through the green, way down the slope at the back which leaves him with a dastardly tough pitch coming back up. He'll do seriously well to save par from there. Perhaps the adrenaline is starting to get to him a little bit.

  • 23:20
    And McIlroy is not backing down. From way back at the 18th after his ball clattered the trees he has fired an approach all the way up to pin high. He has 18 feet for birdie, a 65 and 11 under. With Reed where he is he could be within touching distance by the end of play.
  • 23:22

    Reed has played about as good a shot as he could have hoped for from the back of the 17th green and still faces eight feet, down the hill and left-to-right for his par.

    They're all big putts now but that one is especially. Back to back bogies would really kill momentum.

    Up to McIlroy at the 18th...

  • 23:24

    AND IT'S THERE!

    McIlroy sinks his 18 foot birdie putt at the last to complete a magnificent round of 65 and post 11 under.

    Reed hears the roars as he lines up his par putt at the 17th.

    Over to you, Patrick...

  • 23:25

    And he walks it in.

    Wow that was cool from Reed.

    What an up-and-down that was. However, out of nowhere Reed's five shot lead is now three and the American has a hole to play.

    We are going to get Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed in the last group tomorrow.

    Can they wear their Ryder Cup colours?

  • 23:31

    This has been amazing stuff today and that's not even considering what tomorrow will be like.

    At the 18th Reed has caned a drive up the fairway. A birdie here could put a huge dent in McIlroy's hopes. Either way though, we're in for something seriously special tomorrow.

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (17)

    -11: McIlroy (F: 65)

    -9: Fowler (F: 65)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65)

    -7: Stenson (F: 70)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (F: 68), Leishman (17)

    -5: Thomas (F: 70), Spieth (F: 71)

    -4: D Johnson (F: 71)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 23:36

    Reed is just not letting up.

    What a shot he has played here on the 18th. His sends his approach out to the right, allowing it to land on the bank and trundle up to 12 feet.

    It's pretty much the same line as McIlroy but closer in. This is for a four shot lead going into Sunday.  

  • 23:36
  • 23:37

    Fighting talk from McIlroy and he's barely off the course. Tomorrow is going to be something special.

    Here goes Reed for a birdie, a 66 and a four shot lead...

  • 23:39

    And it misses to the right!

    Well that could be very, very important come this time tomorrow when the winner is crowned.

    So that's a 67 for Reed and a total of 14 under to lead by three from McIlroy.

    Hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen, Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed will go head-to-head in the final group tomorrow.

  • 23:40

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (F: 67)

    -11: McIlroy (F: 65)

    -9: Fowler (F: 65)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65)

    -7: Stenson (F: 70)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (F: 68), Leishman (F: 73)

    -5: Thomas (F: 70), Spieth (F: 71)

    -4: D Johnson (F: 71)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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  • 23:45
    Muriel Thank you Ruaidhri for bringing the golf so alive to me here in remote New Mexico where I am watching the grandkids and enjoying some time to myself while they nap. Roll on tomorrow
  • 23:49

    Well what a day that was.  

    From the very start McIlroy came flying out of the blocks with birdie at the third and fourth and then a near ace on the sixth. The pitch in for eagle at the eighth saw him tie the lead but then Reed went into another gear.

    Birdies at the eighth, ninth and 10th followed by eagles at the 13th and 15th threatened to put the championship to bed.

    But, as we all know, that's not how it works at Augusta. His bogey at the 16th, coupled with McIlroy's superb birdie at the last left the door open.

    There's three between them tomorrow and a green jacket on the line.

    But let's not forget the chasing pack. Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm in particular are the two threats with Henrick Stenson probably just a little too far back at seven under. Fowler and Rahm both shot 65s today so don't rule them out just yet.

    The one thing we do know however is that the course will play significantly tougher tomorrow as the rain passes and calm, warm conditions come in. You can be sure Augusta will be set up firm with the greens like lightning.  

    Who can withstand the heat?

  • 00:11

    Okay folks, that's all from me for today. I will leave you with the leaderboard going into the final day and nothing but dreams a Sunday duel between Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed at Augusta.

    Thanks forreading and tune in again tomorrow from 4pm, bye!

    Leaderboard

    -14: Reed (F: 67)

    -11: McIlroy (F: 65)

    -9: Fowler (F: 65)

    -8: Rahm (F: 65)

    -7: Stenson (F: 70)

    -6: Fleetwood (F: 66), Watson (F: 68), Leishman (F: 73)

    -5: Thomas (F: 70), Spieth (F: 71)

    -4: D Johnson (F: 71)

    Notables:  Woods +4 (F: 72), Mickelson +7 (F: 74)

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