2018 Masters: The Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy showdown will captivate Augusta National

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Two of the most recognizable walks in the sport of golf will traipse to the first tee on Sunday with history splaying in every direction. Patrick Reed at 14 under will sidle up to the starter with his burly, lumbering gait ready for major championship victory No. 1. Rory McIlroy, at 11 under, will bounce and bob his way through the patrons en route to what he hopes will be the final leg of the career Grand Slam. Two alphas jousting for the most important prize in golf after a lusty Saturday in which we may have gotten more than we bargained for.

McIlroy teed off first in Round 3, and after a slow start, poured in healthy birdie putts at Nos. 2 and 3. After nearly taking down the stick at the par-3 6th for another bird, McIlroy started strutting so hard I was briefly worried his hip flexors couldn’t handle the bend in his knees. He obliterated a drive 343 yards on the 7th and chipped in for eagle on the 8th, which elicited a mighty roar. Poof, Reed’s five-shot advantage over the four-time major winner was gone as both sat at 9 under for the week. 

After a par at the 9th, Rory walked to the 10th tee and stared down the big leaderboard over

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