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Patrick Reed will take a three-stroke lead into the final day of the 2018 Masters Tournament as he looks to keep Rory McIlroy and a host of other stars at bay in search of his maiden major title on Sunday.
Reed and McIlroy will be the last pair to tee off on Day 4 as the former hopes to build on the 67 he carded in the third round, while the latter seeks further improvements upon Saturday’s 65.
McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm each hit seven-under par on Saturday—the joint-lowest score in this year’s competition so far—with the latter two sitting third and fourth, respectively, on nine and eight under.
Fowler and Rahm will be another chasing pair to keep an eye on, while Henrik Stenson and Tommy Fleetwood, tied for sixth on six under, will also tee off together.
Jordan Spieth’s chances of a second green jacket look slim as he begins Sunday with a share of ninth spot alongside his Day 4 partner Justin Thomas on five under, nine strokes off the leading pace.
We provide a breakdown of the key viewing information to ensure you don’t miss Sunday’s action, complete with predictions for the last day at Augusta National Golf Club.
Visit the official Masters website to see Sunday’s pairings in full.
U.S. TV Schedule
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET (CBS Sports); 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET (CBS)
UK TV Schedule
Reed will have undoubtedly proved some detractors wrong by managing to keep his place at the Masters summit until the decisive 18 holes, but it’s here that many might expect he will falter.
Despite being the only player in Augusta this year to card three consecutive sub-70 rounds, things have almost gone too swimmingly thus far for the world No. 24, per broadcaster Tony Massarotti:
It will be of particular interest to see how he fares playing in such close proximity to McIlroy. Yesterday it was former contender Marc Leishman—now tied for sixth after a 73 on Saturday—applying the pressure, but McIlroy could either help bring the best or the worst out of his playing partner with so much at stake.
Regardless of which that is, it just has to be better than McIlroy and other pursuers to take the green jacket. Golf Channel researcher Justin Ray provided a statistic earlier in the week that suggested McIlroy was in good stead to take the top prize:
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Rory McIlroy is tied for fourth. Here are his results the previous four times he was inside the top-5 after the first round of a major: Win, Win, Win, Win.
That was before he, Fowler and Rahm exploded in the scoring ranks with a trio of 65s, and McIlroy’s first bogey-free round of the competition hinted he’s cracking Augusta at the right point this weekend.
You know you’re having a good weekend of golf when even your errors start working in your favour, and McIlroy’s ability to rescue a par on the fifth indicated fortunes are flying in his favour:
Stenson has been consistent in his work but, as in previous years, requires a lot of something extra entering the final day if he’s going to excel from fifth on the leaderboard.
One of the other obvious challengers to Reed’s throne is an in-form Fowler, who also failed to mark down a bogey on Saturday and started his day off with an eagle on the second following a 231-yard lay-up onto the green:
McIlroy has the career grand slam at his fingertips and won’t be lacking in motivation as he seeks to add the fourth and final major to his trophy cabinet, but Augusta State University alumnus Reed appears to have his edge on familiar soil.
That being said, the creaks should start to open up enough of an opportunity for McIlroy to cut the three-shot gap on Sunday, and if it comes down to a play-off, he gets the backing to keep a cooler head and prevail.
Prediction: McIlroy to win via play-off.