Masters updates: Umbrellas out as Woods begins his 3rd round

Jordan Spieth walks off the 18th hole during the fourth round at the Masters golf tournament Sunday

Four-time Major victor Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, seeking a career Grand Slam with a triumph here, sank birdie putts from 16 feet at 15 and 17 feet at 18 in a seven-under par 65 to stand second on 11-under 205 through 54 holes.

"The roars.it's hard not to know what's going on", McIlroy said.

Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy meet again, this time for a green jacket instead of a gold Ryder Cup trophy.

This is for themselves, not for team. "I think I'm a bit too far back".

The former Augusta State University standout has never before held the 54-hole lead in a major championship but remains adamant that he is not about to change anything at this point.

That "something else" is something grand.

Eventual Masters champion has come out of final Sunday pairing 22 out of the past 27 years.

"They are going to have a good time going at it", he said.

But nothing could fluster Reed, who chipped in for his eagle on 15 and sank a 14-footer on 13. "I'm just going to go out and try to play the golf course and try to play some good golf".

Reed responded in a huge way to Rory McIlroy's eagle at the par-5 eighth by making three straight birdies in the third round at Augusta National on Saturday.

"There's a lot of stuff that you can do at a Ryder Cup that you can't do at Augusta National", Reed said with a smile. Reed is at 14-under 202 heading into the final round.

Woods avoided Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th for the first time to make par.

Reed also doesn't buy into the idea that the pressure is all on him. He holed a 10-footer for birdie, the start of three in a row to regain control. "I don't really care what people say on Twitter or what they say, if they're cheering for me or not", Reed said. "Felt like I was doing what I needed to do".

Rickie Fowler, a sensational round of 65 with five birdies and an eagle with no dropped shots, meant he is nine under par and very much in the hunt.




McIlroy can only hope he didn't use up all his luck. This one settled 8 feet away from the left pin. He found it, and the bushes are thin enough he could chip out of the mess and escape with par.

Since then he has won four majors, but never a Masters.

The gamesmanship, however, started in the interview room Saturday night. Spieth lost his two-shot lead on the first hole and was on the verge of getting left behind until he made a key par putt to close out the front nine with a 40, and then salvaged a 74 to join McIlroy just five shots behind. He's got that to deal with and sleep on.

That's how Reed answered McIlroy.

"Hey, I'm leading", Reed said. Reed countered by saying McIlroy has pressure trying to complete the career grand slam. "You can put it either way", he said.

He claims he doesn't feel the pressure. It was simply golf by one of the greatest players.

It's the guy Americans love, and Europeans hate to see emerge at the Ryder Cup.

Reed yanked his tee shot at the par-4 first left and into pine straw. "My swing is just off with my irons", said Woods, who admitted he now had his sights set just on trying to get to even par for the tournament on Sunday.

Tiger Woods almost aced a hole and made his lone eagle of the week. He was at 8-under 208.

Henrik Stenson (70) was four shots behind.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have begun their third rounds at the Masters and the umbrellas are out at Augusta National. His only late blemish was missing a 9-foot par putt at No. 18.

McIlroy has been hankering for a return to the last group on Sunday at Augusta since 2011, when he took a four-shot lead into the final round and carded an 80.

Woods is exempt for all the major championships, but his 10-year exemption to the U.S. Open expires after this year. "Not that I have anything against Patrick. That will be a good goal tomorrow and hopefully I can get it done".

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