Masters Tournament: Saturday updates, highlights and leaders

Masters Tournament: Saturday updates, highlights and leaders

Patrick Reed celebrates a birdie on the tenth green during the third round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy tested him, but Patrick Reed, a seven-year pro from San Antonio, is standing tall with a three-shot lead Saturday at the Masters.

After McIlroy pulled even with Reed at 9-under par with an eagle on the par-5 eighth, Reed responded with birdies on Nos. 8, 9 and 10 to push to 12-under.

McIlroy parred holes nine, 10 and 11.

The field behind the pair is still tight. Seven players sit within six shots of Reed, including Jon Rahm and Rickie Fowler (both 7-under), and Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman (all 6-under).

McIlroy makes a charge

Here comes Rory McIlroy.

His chip for eagle on the par-5 eighth has him tied with Patrick Reed for the lead at 9-under par. McIlroy is 5-under in his Saturday round alone through eight holes.

A win at Augusta for McIlroy would seal his place as one of the greatest golfer of all time. He’d complete the career grand slam with a victory and avenge his Sunday meltdown at the Masters in 2011, when he lost a four-stroke lead on the tournament’s final day after carding an 80.

Very tight at the top of the leaderboard

Things are starting to heat up Saturday at the Masters as American Patrick Reed holds on to a slim lead and Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler come charging.

Reed is holding at 9-under after shooting a blistering 66 on Friday. Saturday, he’s even so far through six holes.

Fowler has run to second place after making up five strokes in the front nine. He eagled the par-5 second, then birdied Nos. 5, 6 and 8. McIlroy was 4-under to start the day, but picked up strokes with birdies on the third, fourth and sixth holes.

Australian Marc Leishman, who ran neck-and-neck with Reed all day Friday, is keeping pace at 6-under, but bogeyed the par-4 seventh.

Still not the day for Tiger

Saturday’s round was better for Tiger Woods, but the charge for which golf has waited a decade did not come.

Woods carded an even 72 on Saturday, his third round at the Masters, leaving him at 4 over par and 13 shots back of leader Patrick Reed.

The four-time Masters champion was finally consistent after two days of topsy-turvy golf. Woods birdied the par-3 sixth, par-5 eighth and par-3 16th but bogeyed Nos. 1, 2 and 15. His tee shots stayed clear of obstacles, and he was able to save pars with his putter.

But during stretches where leaders have been aggressive on the lush course at Augusta National Golf Club, Woods never attacked the course. Reed, who leads at 9 under entering Saturday’s round, and second-positioned Marc Leishman were a combined 6 under par on holes 11 through 16 on Thursday and Friday, but Woods played them even through all three of his rounds.

The result was respectable, but not invigorating.

For that, look to the top 10 golfers remaining; all were within five shots of Reed, who teed off at 2:30 p.m.

Rickie Folwer eagled the par-5 second to climb to 6 under. Spaniard Jon Rahm birdied Nos. 1 and 2, then eagled the par-5 eighth to jump to 5 under. Rory McIlroy birdied Nos. 3 and 4 to earn a 5-under mark, as well.

Reed, Leishman in front headed into the weekend

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Most of the right names are in proper position. The final six groups in the third round of the Masters on Saturday include eight major champions.

The oddity among them: The final group contains zero.

Patrick Reed, the 27-year-old Texan who’s an established Ryder Cup hero, and Mark Leishman, an Australian who has contended here before, are each seeking their first major championship at Augusta National Golf Club.

Reed’s second-round 66 on Friday vaulted him into the lead at the tournament’s midway point, getting him to 9 under par and granting him a two-shot advantage over Leishman. In 2013, Leishman played in the final pairing on Sunday in the Masters, watching countryman Adam Scott force a playoff, which he won.

“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 Friday evening. “I believe that if I play the golf that I know how to play that I can win majors.”

So many around them have already done it. The penultimate group consists of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (2016 British Open) and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who needs only the Masters to complete the career grand slam. Before them comes the duo of Jordan Spieth, whose three majors include the 2015 Masters, and Dustin Johnson, who won the 2016 U.S. Open.

Also among those final six groups: 2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, 2010 British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen, 2013 U.S. Open champ Justin Rose and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson. All are within seven shots of Reed’s lead.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both made the weekend at the Masters, but the pre-tournament hype that the two 40-somethings could contend proved untrue.

Mickelson, a three-time champ here, began his Saturday in the third group at 10:20 a.m., trying to scratch back from 5 over. Woods, who has four green jackets, plays with Englishman Ian Poulter at 10:40 a.m., trying to recover from rounds of 73 and 75 (4 over).

The final group tees off at 2:30 p.m., and it’s anyone’s guess as to how bad the weather will be by then. Rain was falling over Augusta National in the morning, and it’s possible that will continue all day — potentially with wind mixed in as well.

How to watch

This week isn’t just about Woods. Many of the world’s best players enter the week in strong form. Add in the Woods intrigue, and you’ll want to know how to watch all weekend, a tricky proposition, since this is the tightly controlled Masters. Still, there are a few options. (All times are Eastern.)

  • CBS takes over on TV from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 7 p.m. (or the conclusion of play) Sunday. Its online coverage can be found at CBS AllAccess. The network will have a preview show (“On the Range”) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com.
  • CBSSports.com will also have live streams of featured groups, as well as coverage from Amen Corner (holes 11, 12, 13) and holes 15 and 16. Featured group coverage starts at roughly 11 a.m. Saturday; Amen Corner coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. and holes 15 and 16 coverage begins at 1:30. Consult the full live stream schedule here.
  • The Golf Channel has “Morning Drive” on TV and online from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday, and “Live from the Masters” on TV and online beginning at 9 a.m.
  • AT&T/DIRECTV has coverage of featured groups, Amen Corner and the 15th and 16th holes starting at 3 p.m. each day (at 2 p.m. Sunday) on Channels 703, 704 and 705. There’s a 4K package from Amen Corner on Channel 105 and the 15th and 16th holes on Channel 106 starting at noon Saturday and Sunday for Amen Corner and 12:30 for the 15th and 16th holes. You also can stream the coverage.
  • Masters.com offers much of the same live coverage, too.

Weather

Saturday’s third round could get a little dicey. The forecast calls for a 100 percent chance of rain with possible thunder and some wind, especially in the morning. Whether it will halt play remains to be seen, but it very well could. The wet weather should help soften Augusta’s notoriously tricky greens.

The skies will clear a bit for Sunday’s final round, though it will be cool with highs in the mid-60s.

Favorites

The Post’s Barry Svrluga identifies five players who could win this weekend, including Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, and yes, Woods. Who could win but won’t? Jason Day heads that list. Read the rest of Svrluga’s breakdown here. The Post’s Neil Greenberg, meantime, gives the highest win probabilities to Reed entering the third round. His explanation is here. Josh Planos analyzes which six holes may decide Woods’s fate.

More Masters coverage from The Post:

Svrluga: When Tiger and Phil play a practice round, it’s anything but meaningless

For 10 bucks, you can eat like a king at the Masters

Augusta National to host a women’s amateur event in 2019

Tiger and Phil teamed up for nine holes of golf. (They won.)


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