McIl­roy makes move at Masters, Reed still leads

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

AUGUSTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Rory McIl­roy boosted his chances of com­plet­ing a ca­reer grand slam af­ter a scorch­ing start in the third round of the U.S. Masters yes­ter­day left him within two shots of leader Pa­trick Reed on a star-stud­ded leader­board.

McIl­roy took a full ad­van­tage of a damp­ened Augusta Na­tional setup and went five-un­der through his open­ing nine holes, a run punc­tu­ated by a chip-in for ea­gle from 23 yards out at the par-five eighth to reach nine un­der for the week.

The fast start briefly put the 28-year-old North­ern Ir­ish­man alone in front un­til Reed, who led Aus­tralian Marc Leish­man by two overnight, re­claimed his perch atop the leader­board with birdies at the eighth and ninth holes to reach 11 un­der.

Rickie Fowler, con­sid­ered one of the world’s best play­ers with­out a ma­jor ti­tle to his name, took a big step in re­mov­ing him­self from that dis­cus­sion as he was five un­der through 12 holes and just four shots off the pace.

Also at seven un­der was Eng­land’s Tommy Fleet­wood, who stormed into the pic­ture as he was seven un­der on the day with a hole to play.

Spa­niard Jon Rahm, (five un­der through 14), Swede Hen­rik Sten­son (one un­der through 10) and Leish­man (one over through nine) were all six un­der for the week.

Player of the Year Justin Thomas (one un­der through 12) and twice win­ner Bubba Wat­son (two un­der through 13) were a fur­ther two shots adrift.

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