McIlroy makes move at Masters, Reed still leads
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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