AUGUSTA, Ga. – A Ryder Cup isn’t to be determined this time.
A green coat is.
Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy are in the present last blending of the 82nd release of the Masters, with Reed at 14 under and McIlroy at 11. Only two years back, they confronted each other in the opening singles coordinate on the last day of the Ryder Cup, importantly exchanging birdies and falcons in a deafening match that Reed won with a birdie on the last gap.
That epic tilt makes for a pleasant background to the last blending of the last day of this Masters. Adding to the show is that the two players could impact the world forever among the Georgia pines.
Reed, who is looking for his first real title, had never softened 70 up 12 past rounds at Augusta National Golf Club however has posted 69-66-67 this week and could turn into the principal player in Masters history to shoot each of the four adjusts in the 60s.
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What’s more, McIlroy, a four-time real champion, would turn into the 6th player to finish the profession Grand Slam if he somehow managed to win, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in the rarified quality of greatness.
The two, in any case, demand Sunday’s confrontation isn’t a two-man diversion.
Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm, each looking for their first real triumph, are prowling and combined in the penultimate gathering. Each shot an intruder free 65 in the third round, which took Fowler to 9 under and Rahm to 8 under.
At 7 under is 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stenson. Also, three players who can’t be totally marked down – two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood – are 6 under.
Overnight rains have mollified the course a bit, yet a cool, dry day landed for the last round. The back nine anticipates, where dreams have been satisfied and dashed from Amen Corner to the last green.
The well known white scoreboards are primed and ready.
Let the last round start.