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Masters 2018: Patrick Reed leads Rory McIlroy by three into final round

Masters 2018: Patrick Reed leads Rory McIlroy by three into final round

Reed is 13 under for the par fives alone after three rounds
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bbc.comRory McIlroy kept alive his hopes of a first Masters title with a bogey-free seven-under 65 but Patrick Reed takes a three-shot lead into the final round.Northern Irishman McIlroy, who will become the sixth man to win the career Grand Slam of all four majors if he wins, is second on 11 under.World number 24 Reed, leading outright for the first time in a major, is 14 under after two late eagles.
Rickie Fowler is third after a 65, one ahead of Spain's Jon Rahm (65).The last four champions at Augusta had already won in that season but of those within six of the lead after two rounds, only McIlroy, world number one Dustin Johnson and number two Justin Thomas have tasted victory so far this year.
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McIlroy made par from this picturesque, if daunting positionMcIlroy made a superb start playing alongside Henrik Stenson in the penultimate group. He birdied three of the first six holes and then a chip from the undulations off to the right of the eighth green hit the flag and rattled into the cup for an eagle to give him a share of the lead on nine underIt was a five-under front nine from the world number seven, his lowest at Augusta National.At the 13th, as torrential rain began to fall, his second plummeted into the brightly coloured azaleas to the left of the green and he did well to salvage par.He birdied the par-five 15th and then holed from 17 feet for another at the last to equal his lowest Masters round.Three of the last four winners were ahead at the halfway stage and Reed calmly moved again with his fifth run of three consecutive birdies this week.He dropped a shot at the short 12th but coaxed a downhill putt in at the next for his first eagle of the tournament, before swiftly adding another at the 15th with a magnificent chip over a greenside bunker.Reed missed a short putt to bogey the 16th and a seven-foot birdie chance at the last but is the first man since Lee Westwood in 2010 to play his first three rounds under 70.Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, level par at the halfway stage and nine shots off the pace, leaped up the leaderboard with five successive birdies on the back nine.But the 27-year-old from Southport, who missed the cut on his Masters debut last year, three-putted the final green for a 66 to drop back to six under.Asked about his score he said: "I need to go out and do the same on Sunday. All I can do is try shoot the same score again. If I can get going on that front nine, having watched so many Masters Sundays, it will be a joy to be part of one."More to follow.
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