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Masters 2018: Patrick Reed hangs on to earn first major title

10 April 2018, 08:03 | Nina Mathis

Masters 2018: Patrick Reed hangs on to earn first major title

Masters 2018: Patrick Reed hangs on to earn first major title

He is the only player in the field to make birdie on every par 5 both rounds.

On a day when the sky was leaden grey and the forecast was for thunderstorms, it was the shining light provided by the golfers of the 2018 US Masters that will be most remembered on an incredible Saturday at Augusta National. Is Patrick Reed, in pursuit of his first major championship, ready for the moment?

McIlroy and Reed will be in the final pairing on Sunday. He finished 1 over for the tournament and left the hallowed grounds feeling a little better about his game. The last time he was in the top 100 was on March 22, 2015, when he was 96th.

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It wasn't great golf. And there was that football game in South Bend, Ind., last year, when he miffed Georgia fans posing for photos wearing Notre Dame attire in a Bulldogs-Fighting Irish game. "I'm just here to play some golf. I left myself in bad spots", Woods told reporters. I really did. I missed playing out here.

No tournament in golf quite conjures expressions of romance quite like the Masters, with its cinematic setting, age-old traditions and sheen of exclusivity. "Best (event) in all of our sport". Do a search for the word "hate" and "Patrick Reed" on Twitter, and the results are jarring. It never happened. Never even came close, either. He'll still be seen in his traditional red and black. He managed another birdie on 14 and then shot an even-par the rest of the way.

Tiger Woods admitted frustration and disappointment with slow progress in his comeback from back surgery after struggling off the tee again in Saturday's third round of the Masters.

"Another loose day with the irons", he said. His most brilliant shot of many came in setting up that eagle on No. 13, when he hit a low-riding 4 iron into a flawless spot on the green. It was possibly the highest score I could have shot today. "All in all it was a bittersweet ending".

He still drew one of the round's largest galleries, giving spectators a reason to get to the course long before the leaders arrived at the practice range.

Masters 2018: Patrick Reed hangs on to earn first major title
Masters 2018: Patrick Reed hangs on to earn first major title

"Everyone wants to win, and if you don't believe you can win them, then you probably shouldn't be playing in them", Reed said. McIlroy said. "Hopefully I don't have to rely on it too much" Sunday. "It was a little bit disappointing I didn't hit my irons as well as I needed to for this particular week".

Patrick Reed hits a shot on the fourth tee during the third round at the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. And I just didn't do a good enough job this week in that regard.

"I nearly feel like I can kick it into another gear and go even deeper", Reed said.

More than any pressure with the Grand Slam at stake, McIlroy has a score to settle. He added two more birdies, including his emphatic putt on the final green. That came from Hazeltine and a match described as "one of the best we ever played".

Seeking the win he needs to become just the sixth player to complete the career grand slam, McIlroy was just a shot off the lead after two holes but faded badly with a closing 74.

A chip that likely would have gone off the green at the par-5 eighth banged into the pin and dropped for eagle. He drained a sweeping 30-footer after reaching the green in two. That's the new goal, but the original goal - the only goal - was to win in his first trip at Augusta National since 2015.

No sooner had McIlroy joined him atop the leaderboard at 9-under than Reed rolled in a nine-foot birdie at the eighth and a 25-footer at the ninth.

"How about that?" Woods said. "I just haven't gotten it done".

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