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Patrick Reed’s in the Masters driver’s seat ahead of a Sunday showdown with Rory McIlroy

The third round had a couple of outstanding performances.

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Patrick Reed shot a 5-under-par 67 in the third round of the 2018 Masters on Saturday. He ended the day 14-under for the tournament, three shots ahead of second-place Rory McIlroy. Those two will make up the final group on Sunday, as Reed hunts his first major win. He’s led since the end of the second round on Friday and picked up steam on Saturday.

Reed wasn’t perfect. He made three bogeys and left a couple of makable putts on the Augusta National greens. But he made two eagles on the back nine, and he had enough massive steps forward to offset his couple of small steps backward. He played Augusta’s four par-5 holes at a combined five strokes below par to set himself apart.

McIlroy was excellent in his own right. He started the day at 4-under for the championship, in fourth place and five shots back of Reed. He shot a 7-under 65, highlighted by shooting an absurd 31 on the opening nine holes. His best moment of the day was an eagle at the par-5 eighth, where he chipped in from 23 yards after running a 3-wood from the fairway off to the right of the green. He played a bogey-free round and kept moving up.

Reed-McIlroy is an excellent final pairing for golf fans. The two had an emotionally fraught match against each other at the 2016 Ryder Cup, which Reed (and Reed’s American team) ultimately won over McIlroy and Europe. That round included McIlroy excitedly screaming after holing a putt in the midst of a hostile American crowd at Hazeltine and Reed, later, wagging his finger at McIlroy after winning a hole by sinking his own difficult putt.

Of course, the Green Jacket could go to neither of them. Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler, the world’s No. 3 and 7 players respectively, will play in the second-to-last group to tee off Sunday. Those two are right at the tippy top of any discussions about the best players in the world not to win a major yet, along with Hideki Matsuyama and probably even ahead of Reed. Either of them could win if Reed and McIlroy slide just a little bit.

Rahm, McIlroy, and Fowler all shot rounds of 65 on Saturday — an incredible collection of play all at once, even by three of the world’s greatest players. There’s so much talent at the top of the leaderboard that there’s virtually no way Sunday isn’t a blast.

Here’s the leaderboard after 54 holes:

Masters leaderboard 2018, through 3 rounds

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